Voice Search Readiness in 2019 and Beyond

Bernadette Coleman: 2019 is here. While the focus in recent weeks has been predictions on the digital marketing trends that are expected to emerge this year, I would argue that one of the most important measures brands need to take in 2019 is to implement a full-scale voice search readiness strategy, if they have not already.

Improving the Local SEO Toolkit: A 2018 Holiday Wish List

“Local is a complicated world that is not currently served well by the tools of the organic world. The end of the year and the start of a new one is a great time to get folks thinking about how they might address this hole in our tool sets,” says Mike Blumenthal. He and David Mihm explore the weaknesses and possibilities among local search tools in their last column of 2018.

Google’s Backdoor Shift to a Social Network

Mike Blumenthal and David Mihm: In the case of Q&A, reviews, and the coming sports commenting feature, Google is looking to gain a better understanding of the entity, and in the case of the sharing buttons and the new ability to follow a business, Google is looking to better understand the individual so that it can improve the search experience now and in the future. That would be a very Googly social network.

The Future of Advertising in an Autonomous Vehicle Landscape

When autonomous vehicles begin to replace traditional cars, the local business advertising market will shift alongside. But SMB advertising might not actually look dramatically different than it does today; instead, today’s location-based, personalized marketing will reach new customizable extremes.

On Google, Hyperlocal Listing Strategy is Key to Brick-and-Mortar Success

Called “How to Survive in Google’s Local Search Ecosystem,” GMB senior product manager Steven Chen’s talk at Brandify’s annual conference emphasized the importance of a hyperlocal listing strategy in which multi-location brands empower franchisees to take ownership of their own user-facing information.

Street Fight Daily: Boosting Sales with Google My Business; Battle Over Yelp Reviews May Go to Supreme Court

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Heard on the Street, Episode 14: Boosting Sales with Google My Business… Battle Over Negative Reviews on Yelp Could Go to Supreme Court… Apps Downloaded on Millions of Android Phones Tracked Users in Ad Fraud Scheme…

Street Fight Daily: ThriveHive Launches GMB Solution; Amazon Now #3 Ad Platform, May Open 3K Brick-and-Mortars

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… ThriveHive Launches Solution to Audit Google My Business Profiles… Amazon Is Now the #3 Digital Ad Platform in the US… Nucleus Claims It Now Has Throw Weight to Outperform Platforms on Ads…

ThriveHive Launches Solution to Audit Google My Business Profiles

The sheer volume of features that Google has added to Google My Business in the past year has made the platform overwhelming for many small business owners. It’s also opening up new opportunities for digital marketing vendors like ThriveHive.

Google’s Local Improvements—Posts Become Essential, and Mike Wins the Bet!

“Google’s made plenty of laudatory improvements to Google My Business and associated products over the past 24 months, and there does seem to be a qualitative shift in the way it’s approaching the space,” David Mihm tells Mike Blumenthal in their biweekly column.

What Happens When Knowledge Panels Aren’t Actually Knowledgeable?

In the latest of their biweekly columns, David Mihm and Mike Blumenthal explore what they find to be a troubling practice on Google’s part: granting select platforms the power to insert themselves into a local business’ knowledge panel without any recourse for the business or verifying that the information is accurate.

With Data and Local Guides, Google Maps Stays Ahead of the Rest

Justin O’Beirne marvels that, with the AOI initiative, Google has figured out how to “create data out of data,” meaning that AOIs are a mashup of 3D modeling and data extraction from images. Looked at more broadly, this is not the only example where Google has built features on top of features within the Maps universe.

Google My Business Looks to the Future

Aditya Tendulkar is about as close to the source as you can get when it comes to the strategic direction of Maps and Google My Business. We asked him a few questions about the quick pace of feature releases in recent months and the new openness Google seems to be showing toward listing management companies and crowdsourcing.

Local SEO Guide Launches Tool for Tracking Google My Business Updates

The company is releasing a tool to minimize unapproved changes to Google My Business pages. Although Local SEO Guide’s Locadium tool was originally developed for the company’s own clients, CEO Andrew Shotland says the decision was made to open Locadium up to the general public after a number of SEO firms expressed interest.

When Breaking Google’s Guidelines Is Almost Necessary with GMB

A couple of months ago I was helping a physical therapy business on the Google My Business Forum that was filtered out of the local results on Google because of the Possum algorithm update in 2016. In this case, the culprit was a completely different physical therapy business down the street (about a two minute walk away).

Could Chipotle Have Saved Millions of Dollars By Taking Online Reviews More Seriously?

If done right, online reputation management can act as an early warning system for multi-location businesses, and can ultimately prevent long-term brand damage and reduce the risk of decreasing profits.

Moz Local Incorporates Google My Business Insights Into Platform

The company announced this morning that it is integrating Google My Business insights data into the Moz Local platform. The platform, which allows businesses to post listings across the major aggregators of location data, will offer information about how and where customers optimize their Google listings.

Street Fight Daily: Google Launches Website Builder for SMBs, Amazon Go’s Potential Impact on Retail

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google Testing Website Builder Within Google My Business… Amazon Go, Deep Learning, and a Better Retail Experience… Toyota Leverages Mobile Location Firm NinthDecimal’s Data to Establish Attribution for Dealer Visits…

Street Fight Daily: Google My Business Tests Chat Feature, M-Commerce Sees Conversion Issues

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google My Business Tests a Messaging Feature to Enable Business-Customer Communication… Mobile Smartphone Shoppers Struggle with Navigation… E-Commerce Won Black Friday Weekend. Now Walmart Really Has to Compete on Amazon’s Turf…

Street Fight Daily: Lyft Foresees All-Robotic Fleet by 2021, Oracle Launches Chatbot Dev Platform

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Lyft Says Robots Will Drive Most of its Cars by 2021… Oracle Launches a Chatbot Development Platform… How Tech Companies Disrupted Silicon Valley’s Restaurant Scene…

Street Fight Daily: Twitter Launches Location Feeds, Are Ride-Share Drivers Independent Contractors?

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Twitter Launches Tags to Location Feeds with Foursquare… Lyft’s $27 Million Deal to Make Drivers Independent Contractors Gets Closer To Approval… 6 Tools SMBs Can Use to Identify Dissatisfied Customers …