Mike B Around the Web This Week

Here are some posts/interviews from around the web: I did an incredibly enjoyable interview with Stephan Spencer of Marketing Speak about Reputation, reviews and local ranking.  The link to the shownotes, transcript, and audio is here and the iTunes link is here. Last Week in Local with Mary Bowling and Ed Reese covered the recent …

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Google Upgrading Front Page GMB Editing Test

Early in July I wrote about a test that increased the presence of the Google My Business Dashboard via the front page of a Google branded search. Thibault Tadda alerted me via twitter of an upgrade to the test that now includes a to do list. If the business or a manager is logged in …

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Mike B Around the Interwebs

Here are articles that I published over the past week some place other than here: LocalU: Video: Last Week in Local July 31 Every week at LocalU Mary Bowling and I and the occasional guest discuss the news from the world of local. We look at strategic as well as tactical pieces that can inform your …

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How Google Home Services can Affect You – by Dave Squires

Google is obviously expanding their Home Services Ads program. It has now moved east to Philadelphia and is also covering more verticals. In addition to the original plumbers and locksmiths it is expanding to the HVAC, electricians, garage door, roadside assistance, auto glass, painting, handyman, home cleaning and even appliance repair categories. Dave Squires, a …

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Google Websites Passes 250,000 Sites Created

It has been just over a month since Google My Business rolled out Google Websites worldwide. It appears that as of a few minutes ago, Google has passed a quarter of million sites built using the tool. That is roughly 40,000 sites per week, an average of 5681 per day since introduction. In the first …

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Google My Business Updates Insights Download Reports

Google, the past few days, has been rolling out a new capability with the down load Insights feature that now allows for spreadsheet data to be downloaded about Photos and Phone Calls in addition to the general Insights data that has been previously available. The feature, generally available since April, now allows additional details focusing …

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Google My Business Messaging FAQ

Updated: Saturday July 1th Q: Has Messaging been launched as a product? Yes, Google has confirmed that it is now launched in the U.S. Q: Does every dashboard have Messaging? It is rolling out now to US users but should be in all US dashboards shortly. Q: Is the release worldwide? No, it is coming first to the …

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Google Messaging Rolling Out to More Dashboards

Update: Google has confirmed that Messaging is officially rolling out. See the Messaging FAQ here. There have been numerous reports today of Google Messaging, the direct from Knowledge Panel SMS chat feature, rolling out more broadly. Whether this is an early rollout or a late test, it is hard to know as Google has not …

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