Voice’s Impact on Local: The Knowledge Graph, SEO, Paid Search

We know voice will play a major role in Local in 2019, as voice recognition software gets more sophisticated, “near me” searches skyrocket, and marketers wise up to where the voice-local opportunity really lies in the near future: smartphones. In this article, let’s get more specific. Voice will affect the fundamentals of local search: the Knowledge Graph, SEO, and paid search, for example. Drawing from Street Fight lead analyst Mike Boland’s 2018 white paper on voice, I break down those changes below.

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.

Unpacking the Increasingly Complex Local SERP

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Case Study: How a Newborn Photographer Uses CRM for Creative Remarketing

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After Some Challenging Pivots, Moz Digs Deeper for Growth

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Brand Battle: Weight Watchers vs. Jenny Craig

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Street Culture: MomentFeed CEO Says ‘Don’t Work Here Unless You Absolutely Must’

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