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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. “

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).”

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.”

Constructing the Enterprise Priority List for Local Search

David Mihm and Mike Blumenthal

Constructing the Enterprise Priority List for Local Search

“I think some local managers in corporations are getting pushback as to why their local traffic is falling, and if it is why should they maintain local pages? What is hard to explain is that those pages DO feed Google,” Mike Blumenthal tells David Mihm. “But these locations need to be not just well structured, but easily found and crawled by Google, not hidden behind some opaque code.”

Building the Essential Digital Marketing Bundle for Local Businesses

David Mihm and Mike Blumenthal

Building the Essential Digital Marketing Bundle for Local Businesses

“Last time we identified our essential digital bundle for small businesses,” says David Mihm to Mike Blumenthal. “This week I thought we might tackle how agencies and media companies might go about building and selling that bundle — and why there seem to be so few who are actually doing it.”

Street Fight Daily: Business Discovery in the Voice Search Age, Mobile ROI Eludes Marketers

Joseph Zappa

Street Fight Daily: Business Discovery in the Voice Search Age, Mobile ROI Eludes Marketers

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… SEO’s Path Forward in the Age of Google Assistant, Home, and Amazon Echo… 67% of Marketers Can’t Measure Mobile ROI… Among Marketers, IoT Is Seen as Critical Emerging Technology…

The Increasing Impact of Reviews and Google+ (?!) on Local SEO

David Mihm and Mike Blumenthal

The Increasing Impact of Reviews and Google+ (?!) on Local SEO

Some new data has given us some “big time insight” into how Google is using authoritative local sites to inform local search rankings, says David Mihm. Mike Blumenthal agrees, saying that the prominence of local review pages and appears to be “transferring prominence directly to the local entity in a way that is totally independent of links.”