Widely cited as the foremost Local Search expert in North America and affectionately known among his colleagues as 'Professor Maps', Mike Blumenthal is the author of the industry's most respected blog: Understanding Google Maps & Local Search. Marketers, local business owners and companies in local search know that a visit to Blumenthal's blog promises rich and unique insights into Local SEO news, tactics, and troubleshooting. Google, too, has been captivated by Blumenthal's reportage and employees regularly drop by for equal doses of constructive criticism and encouragement. A major percentage of today's high level Local SEOs point to Mike Blumenthal as teacher, mentor and friend.
In an effort to meet the growing need for business owner education, Blumenthal co-founded Local U - a conference series that brings industry experts to U.S. cities for instructive, rewarding local search marketing seminars. Blumenthal is also a frequent speaker on the SMX circuit and has accepted engagements at many other events including the recent SMX Advanced in Seattle and Avvocentric in Orlando.
In an effort to help small businesses better engage with the online review world, Mike co-founded GetFiveStars.com with Don Campbell & Thomas Hasch. Getfivestars.com is designed to let a small business or an agency working on their behalf easily implement a best practice customer feedback/review management process. The product automatically solicits and tracks feedback, minimizes bad reviews, pushes testimonials out to the business website and encourages happy customers to leave reviews across the internet.
In addition to his work as blogger, speaker and Local Search consultant, Blumenthal has over 30 years of experience in the world of computers and the Internet, helping to run Blumenthals.com, a web hosting and design business.
A loving husband and father of two, he puts family life first and spare time is spent in the pursuit of his hobbies including nature photography and bking. Mike Blumenthal lives and works in Olean, NY and brings the highest possible level of professional skills, coupled with an honest and humorous approach to surmounting the many challenges of Local SEO, to his national consultancy practice.