8 Local Search Tips

For a business, the ability to be found easily online can be the difference between keeping the doors open and going under.  Having a high degree of “search-ability” will ensure that customers can connect with your company or brand.  Customer connection often translates into sales, and as we know, solid sales are a key component [...]

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Google’s New Local Results Layout of Restaurants

If you have not seen it already, do a quick search for your favorite genres of food in your area. Google has been introducing a new layout for restaurant and food related search results. Here is an example of how the new layout looks: As you can in the image, the new layout still includes [...]

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Local Search Optimization in 2013

2012 was an Interesting Year for Local Search In 2012 we saw the introduction of Google+ local and its slow but interesting development. Hopefully we will continue to see the development and integration of places and plus. As of right now there is still many elements that could be improved in an effort to make [...]

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2012 Trend on Twitter

Twitter has released 2012′s data showing us the top trends, Golden Tweets and more that occurred this year. According to Twitter, “The 2012 Trends reveal what captured our attention, rather than what terms were consistently popular.” You can visit 2012.twitter.com to see a breakdown of 2012 which was a rather busy year for social media.  [...]

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Google+ Local Changes Reviews Format

If you have not seen it already, Google has updated their previous review format which closely features Zagat’s review system to a simpler and more straightforward review layout. The new format allows user to write the standard verbal review and then select from 4 categories: Poor-Fair, Good, Very Good, Excellent You can see an example [...]

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Google+ Local: The Integration of Google+ and Google Places

Last week Google unveiled the new feature Google+ Local. This new feature is a result of Google integrating Google Places into their social network Google+. This new update is Google’s effort to combine and streamline Google+, Google Places and Google Maps to all use the same platform. This will also allow a much more direct [...]

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Check the categories on your Google Listing

There was a bug that occurred within Google Places last weekend, the result was that multiple listings stopped displaying on Google’s first page of local results. In Google’s defense they were quick to respond to the complaints being posted in the Google Groups forum concerning the issue. They said the bug is getting worked out [...]

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Who’s on page two of local results?

Update: April 25, 2012 This issue was a glitch and was corrected. Google users can now see the additional pages of “Places”results. _________________________________________________________________ More changes have occurred within the Google’s local search.Last week we saw the start of users no longer being able to see beyond the first page of “Place” results. In the past [...]

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Images and Logo not displaying on Google Listing?

If you are managing your own Google listing do not be alarmed if your logo and photos are not currently displaying on your listing. There is a bug in Google Places that is causing a lot of the recently created and verified listings to not display the logos and photos uploaded in the listings control [...]

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New Local Search Formats for Results on Google

For some time now Google’s local search results have stuck with a standard format of display results either in a 7-pack, 3-pack or 1-pack. The number of results displaying was determined by Google’s algorithm. However, if you have not noticed already several weeks ago this standard of formatting changed and we noticed and so have [...]

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