Google My Business Verification Whitelisting Update

I recently received these details about the yet unannounced Google My Business Whitelisting program that I wrote about last month. The program allows large agencies to not have to go through the normal postcard verification process and to have the listings instantly verified. The writer asked to remain anonymous. I have been unable to verify … Continue reading Google My Business Verification Whitelisting Update

Google “Hustling” the Business Dashboard in Search

In one of a long line of recent (and approaching spammy) GMB related emails, Google has started sending out emails educating owners of verified businesses that they can now “Meet your new dashboard on Google Search” When clicking the email call to action it takes the user to interact with the new(ish) mini dashboard visible … Continue reading Google “Hustling” the Business Dashboard in Search

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