About Local University
Who We Are
Local U brings together some of the top minds in the local search space: Joy Hawkins, David Mihm, Mike Blumenthal, Mary Bowling, Joel Headley, Colan Nielsen, Greg Gifford, Krystal Taing, Carrie Hill & more. Occasionally, representatives from Google attend our events and are available to walk business owners through the features of Google My Business when appropriate. We pride ourselves on our collegial focus and our end-goal is to have every attendee go home with a lengthy list of ideas and action items they can apply to their own in-house, enterprise, or agency client relationships.
Local U Advanced is a full day of instruction focused on Local SEO and Search. Its usually preceded by an evening networking event at a nearby venue and gives all attendees ample opportunity to get their questions answered. We also can help with specific problems during Q&A time, breakout sessions, breaks & more. Historically, over 90% of attendees have said they felt the event was worth the price and over 85% said they’d recommend Local University to others. We have a money-back pledge – and if you feel you didn’t get the most out of your attendance, let us know and we’re committed to making it right.
Typical Local U Agenda
Each Local University features a full day of learning that combines the latest in tactics with tested tips and case studies – sure to provide you with a lengthy “to-do” list when you return to your office! While we used to do half-day events, we now reserve those for corporations to add to their own conferences – so if you’re looking to add LocalU content to your event, get in touch with us!
- Local, Social, and Voice – The Trifecta of Local Online Success – Erin Jones
Cultivating raving fans within the local and social communities via tried and true methods incorporating local recommendations, social content, and brand voice online.
- The Best Content for Locally Targeted Pages – Carrie Hill
We’ll take a look at what content works for a localized page – from reviews to product and service descriptions and a few stops and starts in-between
- Reported vs Actual – What’s Stealing Local SEO Visibility – Cindy Krum
You know what Google and other tools are reporting on your rankings and visibility but what about the things that push you down in search results that are not reported in most local SEO tools? Things like ads and PLAs in both the Map Pack and in the regular search result can push you down, and you might not even know. Similarly, things like Knowledge Graph and Knowledge Graph disambiguation can be impacted by location, making it easier or harder for your SEO efforts to be successful. In this talk, Cindy will outline how you can know when things like this, that are not regularly reported in your local SEO tools, might be impacting your ability to rank and get traffic from local SEO.
- PR for Local Business: Crafting a Unique Story and Befriending Gifted Storytellers – Craig Mount
Utilize public relations for local businesses to 10x local marketing campaigns. Find out how to successfully implement PR into your agency workflow and get meaningful media mentions for local businesses.
- The Power BI presentation you never knew you needed – Greg Gifford
Power BI is an amazing reporting tool, but the user interface is confusing and there’s no real documentation to help you learn how to use it. In this presentation, Greg will show you how Power BI works, basically giving you a cheat code to skip several levels ahead in knowledge. He’ll also share a life-changing agency-level rollup report that lets you slice and dice tons of client data, from life-span to organic results. You’ll wonder how you ran your agency without it…
- Entity Entropy: Managing Local Search for a 2400-Location Academic Health Center – David Mihm
Helping enterprise clients manage their local search presence isn’t easy to begin with, but Google My Business’s historically-poor understanding of the relationships between facilities, clinics, and providers makes it even more challenging in healthcare. David will share an in-depth case study of his sole consulting client for the past four years — including how he’s dealt with clinic-practitioner listings and his data-backed view of the 2020 patient journey.
- The State of Reviews – Mike Blumenthal
What changes have we seen in the review landscape, how does that affect how we can market our products and services – and what can we expect to see in review marketing in the near future.
- Breakout Sessions:
- Agency AMA
Joy Hawkins, Allie Margeson, Dana DiTomaso
This is your chance to get all of your Agency questions answered. How do you hire? What tactics work best for training? What tools are in your kit?
- Site Reviews
If you submitted your site to the site review lottery and were informed that you were chosen, this is the time to see your site through new eyes. We’ll have a variety of speakers from the day weighing in!
- Expand and Conquer
Amanda Jordan, Locomotive.com
The perspective of an experienced SEO can help businesses decide where and how to expand. Learn how to use data to propose business expansions into new territories.
- AMA About Managing Multiple Locations/Enterprise Accounts in GMB
Krystal Taing, Greg Gifford
Here’s your chance to ask and answer all of your multiple location GMB questions.
- Agency AMA
Video: Last Week in Local for the Week Ending June 14, 2021
Carrie, Mary, and Mike discuss Google’s Small Business Advisors, the FTC’s resolution with MoviePass, Rating Pins on Maps, Relations in GMB and much more! Last Week in Local is a look back at the interesting and important articles from the previous week. It covers critical industry trends, interesting local…Listen
Video: Last Week in Local for Week Ending June 7, 2021
Join Mary Bowling, Mike Blumenthal, and special guest Jason Barnard as they discuss the weeks’ news in local search & SEO Then hop over and watch their discussion about obtaining a Personal Brand Panel, with tactics and strategy. Last Week in Local is a look back at the interesting…Listen
Video: Last Week in Local for the Week Ending June 1, 2021
Mary, Mike & Carrie discuss the last week’s local search & SEO news. Info & news from Google Marketing Live, Amazon’s Sidewalk “opt-out”, Scholarship linkbuilding & more. Last Week in Local is a look back at the interesting and important articles from the previous week. It covers critical industry trends,…Listen
Video: Last Week in Local for Week Ending May 24, 2021
Today Mike, Mary & Carrie discuss Google I/O, Tess Voecks’ Freelancer Management Dashboard, The Shopping Graph, Keywords that Clients Actually Use, and much more! It’s a holiday in Canada, Happy Victoria Day to my co-workers – so you’re treated to the not even novice video editing skills of Carrie this…Listen
Video: Last Week in Local for Week Ending May 17, 2021
Today Mike, Mary & Carrie discuss the return of the 10-pack, google’s technical SEO discovery chops, common service area business GMB mistakes, great service business optimization tactics, and more. Last Week in Local is a look back at the interesting and important articles from the previous week. It covers critical…Listen
Video: Last Week in Local for Week Ending May 10, 2021
Happy 151st Episode – Last Week in Local Viewers & Readers! Join Mike & Carrie as they discuss FTC’s findings on companies that limit who can work on their equipment, how keyword stuffing in GMB has real-world implications, and bugs from BrightLocal’s Rank Flux tool and Google’s LSA Bidding SFAFU….Listen