Google My Business List (aka GMBL, Bulk) has not seen this many upgrades in a quarter since the financial meltdown in 2008. Google rolled out last night a small but helpful upgrade that allows businesses to set different hours for different days both en masse and on a daily date basis. The feature rolled out … Continue reading Google Bulk (GMBL) Adds Holiday Hours Support
I am a student of local. I read Google patents, I study legal documents. And I am reasonably a good speller. That doesn’t mean that I can spell Acxiom’s name correctly very often. Nor can I pronounce it. It is one of those corporate branding exercises that must have looked great on paper but never … Continue reading Why Acxiom Needs a New Name and Always Has
Google, with the release of the new Google My Business API, is perhaps suggesting one of the biggest “best practice” shifts for handling SMB Google My Business accounts in years by suggesting that it is not only ok but preferred to claim multiple listings in a single Google My Business account. Yesterday in the Google Ads … Continue reading Google Best Practice For Different Businesses in the Same Dashboard
Many (myself included) who use both Apple Maps and Google Maps contend that Apple Maps has gotten good enough that it is simply a matter of preference not functionality as to which one to use. The one area though where Apple had a distinct advantage was in the Watch integration of Apple Maps. It is … Continue reading Google Updates Maps for iPhone and Adds Watch Compatibility – How Well Does it Work?
Note: I am heading out for a 5 day vacation. Responses might be limited. Please fill in the blanks for me and keep the conversation going. Dave would get lonely otherwise. Google seems to have completed the roll out the new local search result with reports of its visibility from Western Europe, Eastern Europe, UK, Australia, … Continue reading Thoughts About the New Local Stack Display
Jeff Overmyer of MerchantCentric, who noticed the missing Yelp reviews at Yahoo, dug deeper and (gasp) actually got a response from Yahoo on Reddit: “Thanks for pointing this out! I work for Yahoo, and I’ve reported this to our Yahoo Local team*. They’ll be taking a look at this for sure. Yahoo Local doesn’t use the … Continue reading Yahoo & Reviews & Support, Oh My!
Updated 8:15 PM with images and details captured by Glenn Gabe of of G-Squared Interactive. Dr. Pete Meyers of Moz posted this screen shot of a sponsored Snak Pak test displayed for the search “plumbers” in San Francisco. It was captured on a desktop search last night. Reports of Google getting into home services first surfaced this … Continue reading Google Testing Sponsored Home Services Marketplace Snak Paks
Re/code has just reported that Uber has hired Brian McClendon, the former co-head of Google Maps. McClendon has a storied history in the mapping world having created Keyhole and Google Earth and having marshalled many of the technical developments at Google Maps over the past 10 years. According to Wikipedia he holds 12 Map patents including … Continue reading Uber Hires Brian McClendon, (ex) Google VP of Maps
The Google My Business Forums and most other Google product forums as well are in the process of being upgraded to a totally new forum software. Like with every Forum upgrade that Google does, its one step forward and 2 (hopefully) back. Here is the Google My Business Forum announcement and they note: Our new design … Continue reading Google Releases New Support Forum Platform
Michael Wallace (@LocalGladiator) of Ethology has alerted me to a new, shiny interface for the Google My Business Locations (i.e. bulk) dashboard. Announced in the Help Files with the interface conventions detailed here, the interface appears to improve what has been a product frequented with bugs and inconsistencies. Google has now posted in the forum as … Continue reading Google My Business Locations (Bulk) Gets Interface Update