Google My Business Using Pop Up Ads to Pitch Adwords Express

Many have asked whether Google would monetize Posts (or Websites, or Messaging or Insights or…). My thinking is that they will not monetize it directly but will use it as a reason for a business to come back to the Google My Business Dashboard where they can sell them Adwords. And not actually Adwords but …

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Google Updates GMB Insights Email

Google, just off releasing a raft of new products and still testing others, has significantly updated the monthly Insights email that is being sent to GMB account owners. This email, one of many email notifications that the GMB is sending out, has signficantly more information than the previous email. Particularly this new email sends specific …

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Google Website Adds 100,000 New Sites Since Launch

On June 13th Google introduced Google Website, their single page web builder for (very) small businesses, worldwide. The product had been in testing since last year and appears to be targeted primarily at developing countries. How is it going two weeks on? How many sites have been built? I have been tracking the daily increase …

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Google Opens Waitlist for Testing Posts with Multi-location Chains

In a post on the Google My Business forum, Google allowed the sharing of a link to a form to for multi-location chains to express their interest in testing multi-location sharing of Posts. They note on the form: Posts for large multi-location businesses Posting across multiple locations is currently not supported in Google My Business. …

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Google Posts Rolling Out WorldWide

Google is formally announcing the world wide availability of Google Posts today. The product allows a business to micro-blog directly to their Knowledge Panel result, create Posts of up to 300 words in length and include a photo. The Post can be further defined as an event with a date range or a call to …

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Mike B Around the Local Web

Summer has finally arrived to Western NY. And for me a burst of energy and new articles. Here are some of the articles I wrote (or in the case of LocalU or StreetFight co-wrote) around the web: Making Sense of Posts in Google’s SMB Product Portfolio – With David Mihmn at Streetfight. I have been following …

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How Willing Are Consumers to Write Reviews?

Consumers have long been fans of reading reviews but have been reticent to actually write reviews. It seems from my longitudinal surveys that that attitude is steadily changing. I was surprised to see the near linear increase in self reported review write AND to learn that those over 65 are just behind 25-35 year olds …

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Google My Business Website FAQ

Here are some answers to your Google Website questions. Google My Business Website FAQ Does the site support Schema? No, while the data is structured in a way that makes it easy for Google to read, it does not use Schema Does Websites support SEO? Not really. There is a limit to a single page …

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