Google MyBusiness Website Builder Released Worldwide

Today Google is announcing the worldwide release of their small business web builder, Websites. First spotted in January, it is a simple, single page web builder that allows a business to create a basic webpage in 5 minutes (or less if really simple). It is accessible either via the Google My Business dashboard. The Website …

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Mike B Around the Local Web

Video Deep Dive: Sponsorships as an opportunity in Local Marketing – an educational interview with Megan Hannay of Zipsprout about ideas for leveraging a business’s relationship with local NFP agencies to enhance their digital marketing. (Now also available as a podcast). Video: Last Week in Local May 30, 2017 – Join Mary B and me and guest …

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Review Spam – Which Google Categories Are Worst?

Which categories of businesses on Google are most likely to buy reviews? You will find many of the usual suspects and a few surprises as well. I have been exploring review spam networks, review spammers (aka spewers) and the businesses that buy these fake reviews.  In April I wrote about a particular review spam network …

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Yelp Encouraging Use of Special Holiday Hours

Yelp is attempting to fix their lack of accurate hours by encouraging the input of special hours for Holidays. Yelp, for all of their consumer strengths in reviews, has been woefully behind in getting accurate business hours from their restaurants. More than once I have selected a restaurant that was stated as opened in Yelp …

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When Will Google Fix My StreetView Image?

This falls into the “learn something new everyday in local” category…. fellow Top Contributor Treebles (a more knowledgeable Google Mapping/MyBusiness expert you will not find) advised me that Google publishes their Streetview update schedule for the year and it includes details as to which countries, states and cities they will be visiting. Who knew? You …

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Update on Google’s SMB Website Builder

Phil Barnhart, Director of Marketing at NehMedia, reported out a new test version of Google’s Website Builder. The product appears to have a few upgrades from the previous version I reviewed in January. As Phil noted in his post, it still is limited in many ways: It’s not ready for prime-time – there are no …

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