Sponsored: How Location Intelligence and Software-as-a-Service Will Take Over in 2018

Location data and technology companies thrived in 2017 and are looking to expand on their success this year. Probably the best indication that location intelligence is here to stay and growing are the better regulations and user-friendly initiatives that are being adopted by different players in the ecosystem.

Why All Local Tech Vendors Need Offline Attribution in 2018

Sponsored Content: With Google and Facebook offering their own standalone solutions (to measure only their own media) and with Snap’s 2017 purchase of Placed, anyone in the market of competing for share, will need, at minimum, the same tools as the next guy, writes Freckle’s Neil Sweeney.

Sponsored Content: Managing a Coordinated Local Presence Management Strategy

Surveys of both SMBs and enterprise local marketers show that both use a variety of marketing channels, so evaluating each channel’s effectiveness on its own, and then coordinating marketing programs across those channels, is important. But marketing channels fuel each other and produce multiplier effects.

Sponsored Content: Optimizing Map Listings to Drive Search Results

In this article, we will take a close look at the role that maps and map listings, such as Google Maps, Apple Maps, and Bing Maps, are playing in the local search ecosystem. We will delve into how the data from those services is driving desktop, mobile, and voice search.

Sponsored Content: Leveraging Connected Channels in Local Presence Management

Social media marketing is not a silo. Neither is website management, pay-per-click advertising, or search engine optimization — particularly when it comes to the practice of local presence management. By integrating website data with social campaign results, marketers suddenly have access to information such as who their biggest fans are and where they live.

­­Sponsored Content: The Real Meaning of Local Presence Management

If just one piece of a brand’s local presence is not being managed well, then in-store traffic can dip. That’s why consistent monitoring of online data across websites, mobile applications, and forums is necessary for businesses long after they’ve initially taken control of their digital presence.

Brand Battle: Weight Watchers vs. Jenny Craig

To gauge how each company approaches local marketing, Brandify’s proprietary technology analyzed Weight Watchers’ and Jenny Craig’s store locations with focus on areas of local presence management. 492 Jenny Craig locations and 663 Weight Watchers locations were included in the data sample.

Sponsored Post: As Temperatures Soar, So Should Local Marketing

Summer is here, and it feels like a new beginning. The change in season also means a drastic change in consumer behavior — with temperatures on the rise, so is consumer spending. Vivial has released free new eBook to help SMBs enhance their digital presence based on seasonal trends.

Brand Battle: Wireless Phone Companies Face Off

To gauge how each company approaches local marketing, Brandify’s proprietary technology analyzed AT&T’s and Verizon’s store locations with focus on areas of local presence management. 4,903 AT&T locations and 4,000 Verizon locations were included in the data sample.

How Neighborhood Context Solves the Local Data Problem

Neighborhoods play an essential role in people’s daily experiences. People seek out neighborhoods where they feel a sense of shared identity, and neighborhoods shape the kinds of businesses that thrive there. For brands with a global footprint, doing business at the neighborhood level requires them to tailor their offerings and contribute to the community experience, beyond just fulfilling a functional need.

Sponsored Content: Using Your Website as a Customer Engagement Tool

Websites remain a foundational marketing element for companies of all sizes and they are likely the “home base” for customers finding the detailed information they desire as well as the basics, like store hours, contact information, product details and links to social channels. While on the surface it may seem like websites are the opposite of engaging—static, one-size-fits-all, impersonal—the fact is with a little bit of strategy, businesses can create a website that provides customers with a truly engaging experience with clear calls to action as part of the customer’s journey.

Sponsored Content: Jewelers Battle for Holiday Retailers

While some shoppers went online to buy gems this holiday season, many went to their local jewelry stores. Winning brands this holiday season had their store location information readily available. But there’s more to reaching the local customer.

Sponsored Post: 5 Digital Marketing Trends for the New Year

If 2016 was any indication of the fast-paced world of digital marketing, 2017 is sure to be another wild ride. To help businesses of all sizes keep up with the constantly changing technology, Vivial has put together our top five digital marketing trends and predictions for the new year.

Predictions 2017: Attribution Is Next

Sponsored Content: The companies who prove that their media is better at driving in-store visits will reap the benefits. Measurement will not come from the vendor itself but rather from third-party measurement firms decoupled both from the buying and selling of advertising and from the platforms on which the media runs.

4 Ways to Dust Off Your Website and Use It to Engage with Customers

Creating fresh content and having the time and staff to devote to keeping the website updated are other challenges business owners frequently point out as barriers to building and maintaining a website. But it shouldn’t be this way. Websites are still a foundational marketing element for businesses of all sizes—especially small- and medium-size businesses (SMBs) like restaurants, retails, gyms, banks and other service providers.

Infographic: The Fight for Leads

In the battle to find and convert customers, a range of tools are at the disposal of marketers. This infographic highlights eight winning tactics being used by marketers in health care, automotive, marketing agencies and law firms. It is the final post in the “Fight for Leads” series sponsored by CallRail.

Sponsored: Black Friday’s Battle of the Brands

Though Toys ‘R’ Us might have enjoyed an edge by appealing customers with its toy-specific specialized product focus, Target held the final advantage, winning this month’s Brand Battle by 75 points.

Voice Search Profoundly Changes the Way Consumers Interact on Mobile

Sponsoered content: Business listings are an important part of voice searches, particularly when “near me” searches are involved. Localized searches may see an even more rapid shift to voice than other searches, based on consumers’ increasing comfort with using hands-free devices in the car or when their eyes are otherwise occupied while outside the home.

This Holiday Season, Brands Need to Pay Special Attention to Data Details

Many brands are already breaking out holiday decorations, hoping to attract the efficient crowds this early in the season. But glittery ornaments and fake snow only goes so far: 30% of local search users have cited “inaccurate” information as the issue they most frequently experience, and Google’s “near me” searches have increased 34-fold since 2011. Once the Brandify 360° Network completes initial listing corrections, the solution provides additional insights and value, such as pinpointing where online traffic originates from for specific listings and automating details to save time and energy for management.

How Lawyers Capture & Convert Clients

No longer a taboo, law firms are aggressively using digital channels to recruit clients, in response to changes in consumer behavior. According to a survey by FindLaw, 74% of prospects who begin their searches online end up contacting their choice firms via phone. Eighty-six percent of consumers start their online research with search engines, and a small-but-growing 3% relies on social media.