Report: Websites and GMB Profiles Both Essential for Local Businesses

A whopping 64% of respondents indicated relying on Google My Business to find contact information for local business, suggesting it’s an indispensable platform. Yet consumers still trust local business websites most of all, and only 8% say they never consult a business’ website when making shopping decisions.

Gauging the Opportunity to Replace Local Merchants’ Websites

We asked respondents what they used their sites for, and, considering the functions they deemed most important, whether they could replace them with a list of suggested companies and platforms. Facebook’s company pages and Google’s enriched listings topped the list.

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. 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.

Street Fight Daily: Legacy Media Botches Digital, Microsoft Eyes Apple Pay

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… New Report: Local Newspapers Have Done A Terrible Job Building Local Digital Audiences (NiemanLab)… As Bill Gates Promised, Microsoft Will Soon Have Its Own Apple Pay Alternative (Business Insider)… SMBs Put Their Money Where Success Is: Website (eMarketer)…