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[Infographic]: The Consumer Buying Journey for Multi-Location Brands

By: Sean Flavin, Marketing Specialist

When developing marketing strategies, it’s important for brands to understand their customers’ buying journeys. I.e., how does someone go from a consumer realizing a need to a customer making a purchase? It can be tough. Buying journeys have become increasingly malleable, it’s no longer about trying to figure out if the journey is linear or … Continued

3 Tips to Help Multi-Location Brands Optimize Their Local Search Presence

By: Sean Flavin, Marketing Specialist

After a couple of years of touting a rise in “near-me” queries, Google recently announced that these explicitly local searches have fallen out of favor. The search company was quick to point out that this didn’t mean local searches were decreasing, just that “over the last two years, comparable searches without ‘near me’ have grown … Continued

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

By: Chelsea Weidauer, Associate Product Specialist - Local Search

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

The Latest from Google: September 2017

By: Carolina Erke, Sr. Marketing Specialist

As advertisers continue to strategize and optimize to best reach consumers, Google consistently strives to create seamless online experiences that provide value to users and remove conversion friction for advertisers. All while taking mobile into account as the primary channel of consumption. Driving more calls with ad extensions for call-only ads Traditionally, ad extensions boost … Continued

3 Ways to Control Multi-location Search Competition in the Same Market – In Under 250 Words

By: Andrea Brandon, Director, Marketing

Whether from Fortune 500 brands, or the franchisees, dealers and agents along Main Street USA, we bump into this question from search advertisers a lot: “Can we prevent competing against ourselves in multi-location markets?” The answer is an unsatisfying yes and no. Completely avoiding overlapping budgets and dog-eat-dog competition among multiple locations in the same … Continued

Rank ‘em: How Financial Brands Stack Up in Search Engine Results

By: Sean Flavin, Marketing Specialist

Wealth management firms operate in a highly competitive space that requires them to vie for the attention of an increasingly digital-first consumer base. To reach these always-connected consumers, it’s imperative that these brands show up near the top of search engine results pages, according to findings in a report published by Moz this week. The … Continued

A look at paid search advertising in the Era of Voice Search

By: Matt Carter, Senior SEM Specialist

Have you had the pleasure of listening to your friends or coworkers shout commands into Amazon’s Echo device powered by Alexa yet? “Alexa, play Passionfruit by Drake.” Even if you don’t own an Alexa-enabled device, chances are you’ve heard similar commands. Maybe you’ve even heard the word “Alexa” so much that you can’t bear to … Continued

SMX West – Day Two Recap:

By: Mindstream Media, Staff

Mindstream Media’s Allison Eckberg, Heather Ottenhausen and Stephanie Cheek are at Search Marketing Expo (SMX) West, a leading conference for search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing professionals (SEM) since 2007. Mindstream’s search pros will be providing their analysis of the day’s most interesting sessions. Their recap of Day Two is below. For more … Continued

SMX West – Day One Recap:

By: Mindstream Media, Staff

Mindstream Media’s Allison Eckberg, Heather Ottenhausen and Stephanie Cheek are at Search Marketing Expo (SMX) West, a leading conference for search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing professionals (SEM) since 2007. Mindstream’s search pros will be providing their analysis of the day’s most interesting sessions. Here’s their recap of Day One. Session: The definitive guide … Continued

Dominate Google’s Search Results by Following these 3 Steps

By: Alyssa Wind, Local Specialist

Google’s search engine results page (SERP) layout routinely adapts as Google tests new features and updates ranking factors. The protean approach has given the search engine a variety of result types available for any given search. For instance, a search for “pizza” may result in a SERP consisting of a paid ad for a nearby … Continued