LocalU Advanced Santa Monica Advance Pricing Ends Soon

LocalU Advanced is rapidly approaching. Its only a few weeks away and the seats are filling. It should be a great event with incredible speakers and sponsors. Speakers include Joy Hawkins, Darren Shaw, Joel Headley (ex Googler), Marissa Nordahl (Google) and myself amongst many others. We have 14 speakers overall. Sponsors include ZipSprout, Moz Local, … Continue reading LocalU Advanced Santa Monica Advance Pricing Ends Soon

11 Tips to Optimize the New Google Questions & Answers

The new Google Places Questions & Answers offers a lot of potential for both helping and hurting a business. Here are some thoughts on how your business should approach this new and untried feature in the local Knowledge Panel. 1- Get out in front of them. Crowd sourcing can be intimidating to the typical business … Continue reading 11 Tips to Optimize the New Google Questions & Answers

Uber & Amazon Flex in California; the Land of Milk, Honey and the Working Poor

I was feeling lazy and running a little late so rather than grabbing BART in San Francisco I grabbed an Uber to the airport today. As I typically do, I asked the driver how Uber was treating him given the recent firing of his boss… He grumbled and said they sucked and it was getting … Continue reading Uber & Amazon Flex in California; the Land of Milk, Honey and the Working Poor

Google Adds Product & Service Menu Links to the Knowledge Panel

Google is now displaying a Product/Page Link in the Knowledge Panel and providing direct entry of the link via the Google My Business dashboard. Last week Google added the ability for individual restaurants to add their menu links to the GMB dashboard and have them show in their branded KP result. At the time it appeared to support service … Continue reading Google Adds Product & Service Menu Links to the Knowledge Panel

Google Finally Adds Menu Link Option for Smaller Restaurants to GMB

The Google My Business Dashboard now allows restaurants to add menu URL. Last December, Google updated the GMB API to allow for a menu URL attribute to be added. Yesterday they announced that the feature is now available to regular dashboard users via the Google My Business New Features Page. Many restaurants use PDF file formats … Continue reading Google Finally Adds Menu Link Option for Smaller Restaurants to GMB

Google Continues Testing of ‘Posts’ As Worldwide Use Expands

The product that was originally called Podium and is often referred to as Posts, continues to be tested as a small business tool that allows a business owner to post directly to their branded search result. We saw the “Posts” like test in late January that included a call to action and posting on the right. Recently, … Continue reading Google Continues Testing of ‘Posts’ As Worldwide Use Expands

Google Upgrades Mobile Restaurant Display with New Features

Google has recently rolled out a number of upgrades to their mobile restaurant search results: Speedier Menu Data in an AMP like form More visual card like Local Finder results Addition of Happy Hours Speedier Menu Data in an AMP like form With the rollout of the updated Google search app, Google is starting to … Continue reading Google Upgrades Mobile Restaurant Display with New Features

Google Pack Adds Ability To Segment Results by Rating & Hours

Sergey Alakov, an active local SEO from Toronto, just noted on Twitter that Google has finally rolled out the ability to segment all local rpack esults on both the desktop and mobile by ratings and by hours. The feature had been first spotted in tests in early September and the tests have recurred since then. It has been available for … Continue reading Google Pack Adds Ability To Segment Results by Rating & Hours