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TESTING, TESTING…1, 2, 3

By: Heather Ottenhausen, Manager, Location Solutions

As always, Google continues to test new search features. The most recent and noteworthy include: Showing competitor ads on local business profiles Highlighting content on-site based on the search result clicked Bulk Google My Business review management Competitor Ads on Local Business Profiles One not-so-popular test Google is currently conducting is placing competitor ads on business … Continued

5 Voice Search Optimization Strategies You Need to Know

By: Heather Ottenhausen, Manager, Location Solutions

Voice-enabled speakers like Google Home and Amazon Echo have become a significant part of consumers’ everyday lives. According to research from eMarketer, almost 75 million people in the United States will use smart speakers this year. And, nearly three-fourths of those users will use their smart speakers to conduct general searches. This rising usage makes … Continued

What Multi-Location Brands Need to Know About Google’s March 2019 Core Update

By: Heather Ottenhausen, Manager, Location Solutions

It’s been just over a month since Google released a core algorithm update that sent shockwaves through the search engine optimization (SEO) industry. Originally dubbed “Florida 2.0” by speculators, Google promptly renamed it the March 2019 Core Update (ostensibly to make it easier for everyone to grasp). We understand it can be useful to some … Continued

SMX Recap: Emerging Local Search Trends You Need to Know

By: Heather Ottenhausen, Manager, Location Solutions

The 2019 Search Marketing Expo (SMX) West was held in San Jose, CA at the end of January. The conference is known for touching on some of the hottest topics in search engine marketing (SEM), search engine optimization (SEO) and local search. This year, some of the top minds in local search gave presentations to … Continued

Top 5 takeaways from Moz’s 2018 Local Search Ranking Factors

By: Heather Ottenhausen, Manager, Location Solutions

Moz recently released its annual Local Search Ranking Factors survey covering a broad range of topics including Google My Business signals, local reviews, links, citations and much more. To develop the results, Moz surveyed top local SEO practitioners. The respondents offered their thoughts on what they considered to be the most influential factors determining Google’s local … Continued

The Medic Update Examined

By: Heather Ottenhausen, Manager, Location Solutions

It’s been a little over a month since Google rolled out their latest algorithm update on Aug. 1 –  The Medic Update. Since then, SEO professionals have been carefully analyzing the effects it may have on different sites. At first glance, this update appeared to mainly affect sites in the medical or healthcare verticals. However, … Continued

What Google’s Move to Drop Anonymous Reviews Means for Local Brands

By: Heather Ottenhausen, Manager, Location Solutions

In late June, Google officially announced they were removing anonymous reviews from business listings. Google provided local search blogger Mike Blumenthal a short and sweet statement confirming the move. “We do not allow anonymous reviews today and we’ve removed legacy anonymous reviews.” The actual purge of anonymous reviews appears to have occurred in May. Google’s confirmation … Continued

Google Local Search News: The Latest Updates to Google My Business and Maps

By: Heather Ottenhausen, Manager, Location Solutions

Recently, Google released a few details about new features for Google My Business (GMB) and Google Maps users. Although not all of these new features are available yet, each of these updates could be huge for local businesses and consumers.  The GMB dashboard is now allowing more types of service businesses (e.g., plumbers and florists) to add … Continued

Have You Added Business Descriptions to Your Brand’s Google Listings Yet?

By: Heather Ottenhausen, Manager, Location Solutions

In late March, Google announced on Twitter they were bringing business descriptions back to Google My Business (GMB) listings. You can now add a description to your Google My Business listing! The description is a chance to tell prospective customers your story and what makes your business unique. Learn how to add a description in … Continued

“Near me” Searches on Google are Declining – What that Means for Local Businesses

By: Heather Ottenhausen, Manager, Location Solutions

Industry Update – Local Search Searching for nearby businesses used to mean almost always using geo-modifiers in the search query. However, while mobile searches for businesses continue to increase, the use of geo-modifiers has actually declined since 2015, according to Google. Over the past two years, searches for local places without the qualifier “near me” … Continued