Why Android in Car is Very Unlikely to Happen

Reuters has an exclusive report that Google’s next version of Anroid will be car ready for use without a phone. “Allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones“. I have a hard time seeing this happening.  For a number of reasons. Cars, like the iPhone, are integrated … Continue reading Why Android in Car is Very Unlikely to Happen

Apple: Local Search Embedded in Spotlight as a Default – Can it Move the Needle?

Google has long been the top dog in local search. Along the way they bested IYPs, Driving Direction sites and Mapping companies. Google left more than a few, like CitySearch and Yahoo Local, among the walking dead and severely limited the growth options for the likes of  the Groupons and Navteqs of the world. They have … Continue reading Apple: Local Search Embedded in Spotlight as a Default – Can it Move the Needle?

Google – Some Days I Just Shake My Head – Today is One of Them

Over the past several days, a number of Google “annoyances” have cropped up…. sometimes it is amazing where a company like Google chooses to put its head…. that I wanted to get off my chest. 1- Did you know that Google’s bulk upload, even though upgraded multiple times with a raft of new ownership, management … Continue reading Google – Some Days I Just Shake My Head – Today is One of Them

Google Releases Mobile My Business Updates

Google has just announced several updates to the mobile capabilities of My Business. Business Owners can now respond to reviews via the MyBusiness mobile app (Android today, iOS very soon) Call Analytics from within MyBusiness – this was a feature that was rolled out temporarily last month, but is now (permanently) available in mobile and desktop … Continue reading Google Releases Mobile My Business Updates

Moz & LocalU Present: LocalUp Feb 7th in Seattle

Update: We have sold out of the early bird ticket special. Stay tuned. The most comprehensive and advanced Local Search conference.  Advanced LocalU is the only conference of its kind and provides you with the knowledge and tools you need to help your business and the businesses of your clients to prosper in local search. … Continue reading Moz & LocalU Present: LocalUp Feb 7th in Seattle

A Plug-in for Adding Google Reviews to Your WordPress Blog

Update: I just heard from David Deering about the plug-in’s use of Schema. Firstly the schema is not done correctly. More importantly however (which I suspected but didn’t investigate as I thought the schema was reserved for the paid version… mea culpa) marking up reviews and ratings that were created on another site actually goes against … Continue reading A Plug-in for Adding Google Reviews to Your WordPress Blog

Google Adds Instant Listing Verification Via Webmaster Tools for Most Business Categories

Googler Jade has announced in the forums that they are now going to allow instant verification via webmaster tools for many businesses. From the announcement: Good news — starting today, if you’re verifying a page for your business, you may be instantly verified on Google My Business if you’ve already verified your business’s website with … Continue reading Google Adds Instant Listing Verification Via Webmaster Tools for Most Business Categories