Voice Search and SEO: What Local Businesses Need to Consider

As new technology is developed, consumer behavior evolves with it, along with the demand for new local SEO and search strategies. Today this technology is digital assistants; tomorrow it will be something different. Now is the time for local businesses and companies that serve local businesses to consider how voice search will impact search results. With the continual growth in popularity of Siri, Alexa, Google Now, and Cortana, optimizing web […Read More]

Taking Control: Local Presence Management for Multi-Location Brands

Did you know that 73% of consumers lose trust in a business if it has inconsistent location data? Bad data is a big issue for businesses of all sizes, and can get even trickier for brands with more than one location. Even if only some locations are misrepresented online, having outdated, inconsistent citations or inaccurate information on the web can have a significant impact on the brand’s credibility with consumers. […Read More]

4 Website Marketing Strategies to Get More Customer Reviews

In a world where consumers can find information about pretty much any business, product, and service online, it’s not easy for a local business to capture the spotlight for long. Building a collection of positive customer reviews is one of the best and easiest ways to gain visibility online and convert consumers into customers. Reviews Are the Best Way to Establish Trust Why is this? Because reviews build credibility and […Read More]

The Power of Yelp’s Questions & Answers Feature for Businesses

Have you checked out Yelp’s new Questions & Answers feature yet? This feature enables the Yelp community to ask and answer specific questions about a business. Each question is connected to a specific business and the answers to the questions can come from other consumers or the businesses themselves. #Yelp’s Questions and Answers Feature by @BernieColeman #Business Click To Tweet This feature differs from reviews in that consumers are able […Read More]

Local Presence Management in 2017: What a Local Citation Is and Why It Matters

When it comes to marketing a local business online, local citations play an important role in improving SEO and boosting visibility in local search results. This is especially true in mobile search results. Most likely, this isn’t anything you haven’t read about before, but in 2017 this is even more significant. As search engine algorithms continue to evolve and get smarter, we have to get smarter and more focused on […Read More]

Can Local Businesses Really Rank with RankBrain?

RankBrain has been around for awhile now. Has it helped or hurt your clients’ rankings? This machine-learning algorithm known as RankBrain was developed by Google to monitor websites and serve results based on user intent vs. just the keywords searched. For those not familiar with RankBrain, the short description is: A constantly evolving artificial intelligence (AI) that analyzes search queries to learn more about how and why people carry out […Read More]

Making the Most of the Mobile Experience [eBook]

The rise of mobile is not exactly what you’d call a dry, abstract subject. With so many of us living the mobile experience every day we clearly know it as a vital and exciting subject. We observe mobile use by family, co-workers, fellow shoppers and people in general getting from their point A to point B, with an on-average “connection to the web time” of about 3 hours daily. (Nomophobia? […Read More]

Google Shakes Things Up: Testing Product Ads in Mobile Search Results

It seems Google is testing a new layout for mobile search results again. This time placing product ads for local inventory at the top of the page. Yes, this means sponsored products are being displayed above the local 3-pack. The ads are almost mistakable for the local pack, since the products appear next to a map and are not clearly labeled as sponsored content. Mike Blumenthal originally spotted this and […Read More]

The Top Emerging Mobile Design Trends for 2017

In our mobile-driven economy, the importance of maintaining a consistent, up-to-date mobile presence cannot be overstated. After all, 82% of consumers use their smartphones to access product reviews and other decision-driving data when making in-store purchases. A business can make its mobile website even more consumer-friendly with faster load times, simpler site navigation, and designs that cater to smartphone users. Incorporating web design principles that contribute to a smoother user […Read More]

How to Future-Proof an SEO Strategy Against Google Algorithm Updates

Search engines like Google have one main job: to serve up relevant search results. In order to keep up with the latest technology (like smartphones) and consumer needs (high-quality, targeted, local search results), Google is continually improving the algorithms it uses to rank website content. This is great for consumers but makes things a bit more complicated for a local business trying to get found online. These frequent Google algorithm […Read More]