Google, Local Search entrepreneurs & sleeping with elephants

Yesterday Greg Sterlng’s blog Screenwerk hosted an interesting guest post: Google should Power the Local Web by Daniel Bower, who is part of welovelocal.com in the UK. He eloquently argues that due to the complex nature of true local, Google should focus on providing tools for local rather than going after Local Search themselves. His … Continue reading Google, Local Search entrepreneurs & sleeping with elephants

Google Map’s Coupons: My Coupon is bigger than Your Coupon

Today Google has confirmed that ValPak has certain coupon size and layout benefits that are not available to all businesses when they upload their coupons to the Local Business Center. There are currently three levels of coupons creation that we know about: 1-Local Business Center where a business can create coupons one at a time. … Continue reading Google Map’s Coupons: My Coupon is bigger than Your Coupon

Google Coupons Now has searchable interface

Google Coupons are one of the great underpromoted features of Google Maps. It came, we saw and it didn’t conquer. Not because it couldn’t but it just seems to be one of those Google technologies that is languishing in the backwaters of some engineer’s 20% project.A recent query at the Google Maps for Business Group … Continue reading Google Coupons Now has searchable interface

Google Intros Search Ads on Google Mobile Search

Just received this email from Google: Search Ads on Google Mobile Search Hello Michael Blumenthal, We are happy to announce a new feature that will allow you to easily reach additional qualified customers who are searching Google from their mobile phones. In the next few days, your search ads will be eligible to run on … Continue reading Google Intros Search Ads on Google Mobile Search

Google makes it easier to embed Maps AND generates new Maps traffic

Google’s new upgrade to easily allow Maps to be embedded on a web page has been widely reported. I figure the test of any new “easy to use” technology and whether it will propagate widely is the “Mike Test”. That is, if I can figure out how to use it in 5 minutes or less … Continue reading Google makes it easier to embed Maps AND generates new Maps traffic

TechPro’s CEO speaks about Google Maps Bulk Upload abuse

This morning I had a long and interesting conversation with the President & CEO Gabriel Howard of TechPros, one of the companies that was involved in the Bulk Upload issues reported last week. The interview is lengthy and is included at the end of this post in its entirety. The upshot (as reported by the … Continue reading TechPro’s CEO speaks about Google Maps Bulk Upload abuse