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Video: Last Week in Local – Dec 17, 2018

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Every week we bring you a brief 15 minute video and the links of the best articles in Local Search. OK. It's not always 15 minutes but we are never off by more than 10 minutes or so.;

Last Week in Local is now available as a podcast. Sign up here for your regular Local Fix. What better way to spend your drive time?

Every week we bring you a brief 15 minute video and the links of the best articles in Local Search. OK. It's not always 15 minutes but we are never off by more than 10 minutes or so.;

Last Week in Local is now available as a podcast. Sign up here for your regular Local Fix. What better way to spend your drive time?

An SEO's Letter to Santa: All I Want for Christmas This Year

Source: www.searchenginejournal.com

Mary: Tony Wright' SEO wishlist for Santa this year includes some things we probably all wish for: a wider and deeper pool of SEO talent, dialing back the effects of biz name spam, more clarity in Google's communications to us and an SEO code of ethics to help weed out some of the worst players in our industry.


Four tools to discover and optimize for related keywords - Search Engine Watch Search Engine Watch

Source: searchenginewatch.com

Mary: Ann Smarty drives us through a few tools to  help with understanding topics, expanding keyword lists with related terms, and diversifying our organic rankings.


How to Contact Google My Business for Help and Support?

Source: www.steadydemand.com

Mary: Ben Fisher provides specific steps on how to contact Google My Business Support, get the fastest help possible and gives you some examples of how to best report problems to get action from GMB.


How Can You Tell a Competitor Does Effective Local SEO? | LocalVisibilitySystem.com

Source: www.localvisibilitysystem.com

Mary: Phil Rosek gives us some criteria to use in Local competitor research to help to determine who our real online competitors are and which ones are ranking on thin ice.


Webinar Recording: Local Search in 2018/2019 - Looking Back and Forward - Local University

Source: localu.org

Carrie: The crew at LocalU put on a webinar where Joy Hawkins, Mike Blumenthal, Mary Bowling, David Mihm & Darren Shaw talked about trends from 2018, and looking ahead to local search in 2019.  Definitely worth a listen.


Why Local Businesses Will Need Websites More than Ever in 2019 - Moz

Source: moz.com

Carrie: Miriam Ellis takes a look at how important the website is to any local business, even in an age of Zero Click Search!


2018 Local Marketing Year in Review - Tidings

Source: tidings.com

Carrie: David goes over his predictions FOR 2018 and gives himself a grade on how he did - some of it a bit tongue-in-cheek.


Google Adds Messaging Directly to GMB App in New Trial & Further Muddies Messaging Strategy

Source: blumenthals.com

Carrie: Mike reviews the addition to Messaging to the GMB App, and how it ads another layer to the already muddy waters of Google's hodgepodge of messaging strategy (but the long-term goal is sound)


Starbucks Partners with Uber to Launch On-Demand Delivery at 2,000 Locations | Street Fight

Source: streetfightmag.com

Mike: New services like on demand delivery and autonomous vehicles will create new ways to deliver local services and products. It’s still early days but any retailer that isn’t keeping an eye on these partnerships for ideas will be left behind.


Retail as a Service: Amazon will Create (and Destroy) with Cashierless Checkout Solution | Street Fight

Source: streetfightmag.com

Mike: The company most likely to disrupt the many relationships in local is Amazon who will be able to offer everything from a logistics network to smaller retailers than can deliver goods directly from China to their shelves to the ability to save them time and money with cashier-less checkout technology. Most small retailers hate Walmart and are more likely to want to partner with Amazon…


Official AMP plugin for WordPress released - Marketing Land

Source: marketingland.com

Mike: Google’s AMP plug-in has arrived at V1.0 and offers a simple way to speed up a site for mobile that businesses should look at if their site is slow.


Google Spamming Business Listings with Irrelevant Events - Online Ownership

Source: onlineownership.com

Mike: Google has been rolling out integration of local events into business knowledge panels at a torrid pace of late. Often with poor quality checks and disastrous outcomes. If you run events, come up with a strategy to include them in rich snippets on your website and in the meantime keep an eye on your Knowledge Panel to make sure that Google is getting it right!


Square Appointments opens to direct bookings through Instagram and Google | VentureBeat

Source: venturebeat.com

Mike: Reserve with Google is expanding across new partners and this announcement opens up the Knowledge Panel scheduling feature to a lot of small salons etc. The list of future partners in this program is large and we should see regular announcements like this.


Google Local Services Ads Checks by Category - Tom Waddington

Source: tomwaddington.com

Mike: The various checks that are required to get into Local Services Ads varies by business category. Tom put this database together to try to help sort through it all. If you are in a business that provides in home services look at Tom’s list to understand what you will need to do to get into the program.


Google Posts decline in traffic leave many to wonder if strategy is worth the time - Search Engine Land

Source: searchengineland.com

Mike: With the move of Posts to the middle of the search results, there has been a decline in conversions. This move doesn’t impact Posts value as a branding tool but might reduce the ROI of certain activities enough to re-evaluate its benefit to your business. If nothing else it points out the need for tracking to ascertain Post’s value to your business.

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