Making Local Appointments on line

Last week I reported on the new service, Leavefeedback.org that elegantly closes the circle of consumers and small businesses. The New York Times reports on a new class of small business products that further brings local and smb’s together: Making Appointments for Doctor or Dinner that further embeds the internet in the lives of clients …

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Dash’s Car Navigator Gives Smart Directions, if Others Participate – Walt Mossburg, WSJ I have not really been following the Dash but after having read Mossburg’s article in the WSJ it struck as quite significant that your car would act as a data “probe” to provide real time traffic information to a community of users. …

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Mapping Marketshare: Maps Up, Mapquest Down & Yahoo Local is UP!

Google’s addition of the Local 10-Pack piqued my curiosity about its affect on Maps visitation. As I reported yesterday, according to Hitwise, visitation has gone up on the order of 21% since January 23rd. This begged the question of, at whose expense was this market share gain by Google. In the past MapsQuest has suffered …

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Google’s LBC: Now With More Fiber– Mike Boland, Kelsey Group A good summary of how the inclusion of video in the Google LBC can benefit local search marketing. Interestingly, he points out that Google was allowing (c)ompanies such as TurnHere and eLocalListing were already uploading this content for their SMB clients via direct partnership, but …

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From Camel’s Eyelids to Auto-geolocation: the Future of Mobile and Local Search AIMClear Blog A good update of the local session at NY SES. Steered Wrong: Drivers Trust GPS Even to a Fault – Jennifer Saranow, Wall Street Journal What can you say?

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iPhone SDK: a tipping point for Local Search?

Apple’s announcement of their software development kit was big in the tech news arena but got scant coverage in the search world. From where I sit, it appears to be a seminal event that will define local search for the next decade and will lead to a dramatic upsurge in hyper local searches. There was …

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KML: HTML for the Geoweb – Christopher Schmidt, TechnicalRamblings KML has become the “HTML” of the Geographic Web. With limited semantic meaning, a combination of mostly-human understandable XML tags for the majority of the usages, widespread use and abuse for purposes far beyond the original thoughts and intentions of the designers, and more, KML fits …

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