Video: Last Week in Local March 18, 2019
Mike Blumenthal

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.;

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Google took down 2.3 billion bad ads, 1 million ad accounts in 2018 – Search Engine Land


Mary: Google took down ads on roughly 1.2 million pages, 22,000 apps and 15,000 sites for violating policies around misrepresentative, hateful or low-quality content. Google, we need even more diligence from you!

A New Way to Add Events on Google Maps – Local Search Forum


Mary: @JoyHawkins alerts us to a new feature that enables her to add an event directly to a knowledge panel from the Google Maps app.

Google Maps Spam Patrol: Why You Need to Do It, and 10 Tips to Make It Doable |


Mary: Phil Rosek makes the case for all of us to fight spam in GMB.

No Matter What Business You’re In, You Are In The Business of Selling | Street Fight


Mary: Kendrick Shope explains that selling’s a skill like any other, and once you learn it and become really good at it, your business is going to change forever. If you really want to up your sales game this year, focus on these five selling strategies.

“Hey @Yelp if a business applies for the Yelp Verified badge and you can’t confirm the validity of their license, will you continue to allow them to advertise on your site?”


Todd: Tom interacted with Yelp on Twitter about their new Yelp Verified program to offer a badge to legit licensed in home service providers. Problem is that “basically forces businesses to pay to prove their license is valid so they can have the badge or else consumers may not trust them.”

 “?️ Google’s Assistant automated restaurant reservation service tested in the wild! Filmed is the booking process, followed by the call received in the restaurant.”


Mike: Andy Simpson created a video/recording of the new Duplex restaurant reservation feature of the Google assistant showing how the booking attendant works for both the caller AND the restaurant.

Announcing TextBack: User-Activated Reviews Via Text – GatherUp


Mike: This is a feature that works really well for businesses that can’t easily capture their customer’s email or sms number during the transaction. Think a restaurant that puts the call to action on the table top or even a home service provider that leaves a card instructing the end user to text the number to start.

Local Link Building for SEO – Tactics & Insights from Local SEO Experts


Mike: All agree that links are a critical part of improving rank in Local, particularly in organic but there is a growing body of practitioners that note that the idea of “link building” emphasizes the wrong thing… the business should be thinking about how to increase its visibility and brand awareness in front of its online audience.

Kroger expands Pinterest tie-up with first-party data ad targeting


Carrie: Pinterest & Kroger announce a way to tie Kroger’s first party data into the Pinterest ad platform. Brands will be able to expose customers to new products and connect with Kroger’s millions of customers on Pinterest.

Michael Wallace on Twitter: “New “suggested posts” within @GoogleMyBiz dashboard based on review content. Appears to be based on high traffic listings.”


Carrie: Michael Wallace reporting on twitter that Google is adding “suggested posts” to GMB interface. Mostly consists of excerpts from reviews. Great way to mix in content for posting.

How To Force Q&A On a GMB Page That Doesn’t Have It – Local SEO Guide


Carrie: Sometimes KP in the sidebar of a branded search doesn’t show the “Ask a question” widget even if the category is eligible for Q&A. If this happens, go to Maps & Search, widget should be available there – ask a question. This forces the branded KP to show the Q&A widget.

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