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Q&A: Does Google’s Latest Product Mean Death by a Thousand Cuts for Brands

David Mihm and Mike Blumenthal

Q&A: Does Google’s Latest Product Mean Death by a Thousand Cuts for Brands

Google really left businesses hanging with the Q&A release, Mike BLumenthal tells David Mihm in their biweekly column: “We had enough engineering cycles that we could “step into the breach” of what is obviously a big brand problem. Whether it is long term or not depends on what Google can parse from the questions in terms of improving results. “

Local SEOs: Don’t Play These Google Games

Ben Fisher

Local SEOs: Don’t Play These Google Games

Trying to game Google today is not worth the risk. Yet every day I see examples online and talk to digital marketers, agencies and businesses who are still trying to trick Google. Whether you’re optimizing your client’s business or your own, here are a few local SEO games you should stop playing with Google.

Can Facebook Contend in Local Search?

Mike Boland

Can Facebook Contend in Local Search?

Facebook has been formidable in a few key areas of local — mostly among SMBs. It has penetrated further in SMB adoption than any other entity to date, and Street Fight data indicates sustained growth. That’s half the battle for Facebook: The other half is gaining equal favor as a local search and discovery engine among users.

On the Various Challenges Facing European Publishers (and Some Solutions)

David Mihm and Mike Blumenthal

On the Various Challenges Facing European Publishers (and Some Solutions)

“As audiences age out, the number of print subscribers will plummet, and as older small business owners retire, old ways of doing business … retire with them as well,” David Mihm writes to Mike Blumenthal. “Legacy media companies that don’t evolve rapidly are going to be left with no audience and no customers.”

The New Local Ecosystem: An Interview With Darren Shaw

Damian Rollison

The New Local Ecosystem: An Interview With Darren Shaw

As of this year, the task of updating the Local Search Ecosystem has been handed to Darren Shaw of Whitespark, who also inherited David Mihm’s other well-known brainchild, the Local Search Ranking Factors report. Last week, Darren released Local Search Ecosystem 2017, a bold departure in visual design and a much-needed update to the last edition, from 2014.

The Key to Multi-Channel Success: Understanding the Search and Social Mindset

Eric Pumphrey

The Key to Multi-Channel Success: Understanding the Search and Social Mindset

People behave differently depending on where they are in the digital space. Even the same individual will exhibit drastically different behavior depending on when and where they are online. Understanding the different mindsets of your audience on these channels will help you align them more effectively.

Dead Fingers Still Walking?

Andrew Shotland

Dead Fingers Still Walking?

While Google and Facebook may have a lock on consumers and big advertisers, in no way do they have a lock on SMB advertisers. If Dex Media/YP can provide a better experience for its advertisers, it’s got a real shot at keeping those fingers walking well into the future.

Why Voice Search Is the Future

Jon Schepke

Why Voice Search Is the Future

Voice presents tremendous opportunities for location marketers to build their businesses, too. Companies such as Domino’s Pizza and Starbucks are tapping into voice to drive commerce, but the best way to capitalize on voice is to let consumers define your approach.

Making Sense of Posts in Google’s SMB Product Portfolio

David Mihm and Mike Blumenthal

Making Sense of Posts in Google’s SMB Product Portfolio

“In local, most businesses do not have a transaction so Google wants to control the action,” Mike Blumenthal tells David Mihm. “If they can sell an ad, great, and if not then they take credit for a click or a call, driving directions or response to a CTA (and gather the data of those activities).”

Are Website Builders the Next Big Growth Market in Local?

Mark MacLeod

Are Website Builders the Next Big Growth Market in Local?

Website builders have been around almost as long as the internet itself. As you would expect, this is a busy market. Sitebuilderreport.com tracks 35 vendors. There are many more. Interestingly, only 4 of the 35 vendors get a good rating. Clearly, this is a large market that is ready for new and better solutions.

Charting Google’s Shifting Priorities in the New Local Search Survey

Damian Rollison

Charting Google’s Shifting Priorities in the New Local Search Survey

For many years, Physical Address in City of Search was the most important ranking factor, but it has now been overtaken by Proximity of Address to the Point of Search (Searcher-Business Distance). As such, the canonical local search use case has become a mobile user searching for a business nearby his or her current location.

The Current State of Google Maps — Fake News, Fake Reviews

David Mihm and Mike Blumenthal

The Current State of Google Maps — Fake News, Fake Reviews

“It’s incredible to me that given all of Google’s focus on new local products that they are still getting some of the basics wrong,” Mike Blumenthal tells David Mihm. “People who rely on Google more and more to find local businesses need to know that the fundamental metric of the business quality, reviews, is fair and well policed.”