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Mike B Around the InterWebs

As a reminder, the FeedBurner email feed of my posts is going away. I would suggest that if you want to follow my writing that you subscribe to the Near Media Newsletter where I am joining David Mihm and Greg Sterling to focus on local search, social and commerce. Some recent writings and podcasts: Articles: …

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Mike B Around the InterWebs

As a reminder, the FeedBurner email feed of my posts is going away. I would suggest that if you want to follow my writing that you subscribe to the Near Media Newsletter where I am joining David Mihm and Greg Sterling to focus on local search, social and commerce. Some recent writings and podcasts: Articles: …

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Mike B Around the Web and Around the World – An Update

I have been busy since I left my full time employ at GatherUp.com. I have been doing my consulting again, helping with two new companies, Leadferno & Near Media AND writing. I am also still doing the LocalU Last Week in  Local. But none of it here. As a note, if you are following me …

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Mike B Around the Local Web

In case you didn’t get enough of me this week here on my blog, you can overindulge in local  until you puke at these other fine publications: Ductape Marketing: How to Get Found Using Ever-Changing Local SEO Tactics I have a fun conversation about Local with one of my favorite marketers, John Jantsch. We talk …

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in Local Mobile

Apple iMessage for iOS10 Rolls Out Conversational Commerce with Transactional Local Apps

Apple started shipping iOS10 with a new version of iMessage yesterday to the installed base of iPhone users. Welcome to the new era of conversation commerce for local. And with the new version of iMessage comes an App store and the ability for third parties to integrate directly into the messaging flow. When initially announced …

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Local U Advanced – End of Super Early Bird Pricing & Speaker Interview with Joy Hawkins

The LocalU Advanced Super Early Bird Pricing ($599 or $549 for 3 or more) goes up $100 at the end of day 9/8/2016.  So order today. To give you a sense of the kind of speakers and topics we will be dealing with we are interviewing some of the speakers.  In this second interview of …

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Apple Maps / Siri

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in Apple Maps & Siri

An Updated List of Apple Business Listing Data Providers

Interested in who provides business listing data to Apple Maps? With rollout of iOS 9 Apple is becoming ever more important in local search. This fact struck home early this year when a major theme park contacted me and said that people were piling up at their service entrance instead of their front gate. Turned …

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Technical

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in Google+ Local, Reviews

Thoughts on the Recent Rollout of Aggregate Reviews, Snippets & Critic Reviews in Google SERPS

Since early August with the roll out of Critic Reviews and Top 10 Lists and with the recent rollout of Reviews from the web and a significant review snippet display upgrade, Google has been on a rich snippet tear. Here are some my thoughts, big and small, about these changes. Do you see these changes …

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in Google+ Local, Reviews

Google Updates Mobile Rich Snippet Display with Pricing Information

In addition to the release of Reviews from the web and new review rich snippet guidelines (again), Google has simultaneously updated the display of mobile organic review rich snippets with more space and additional pricing details. H/T to Aaron Weiche, the CMO at GetFivestars. Although Jared McKiernan of ParkWhiz asks some interesting questions:

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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 …

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Local U

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Local U Advanced – Seattle – June 10th

Local U Advanced is returning to Seattle on June 10th with an all new curriculum for 2014. When asked what attendees liked best about our just completed Local U Advanced in Philadelphia here is what a few of them said: How intimate the group is and the ability to talk to the presenters before, during and after presentations. All …

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in LocalU

Local U Advanced – March 8th – King of Prussia, PA

Update: 3/3/14: Only 11 seats left. There are only 9 days left until our next Local U Advanced, just outside of Philadelphia, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in King of Prussia, Pa. This year we have limited the total ticket sales (including sponsor seating) to just 65 folks. As of yesterday afternoon there were only …

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