Video: Last Week in Local 6/17/19
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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Last Week in Local is Sponsored by falls by wayside as Walmart focuses on its website, online grocery | Article | Reuters


Mike: Mike: Walmart said it will integrate’s retail, technology, marketing, analytics and product teams with its own online business after it failed to live up to the world’s largest retailer’s e-commerce ambitions., an online start-up it acquired in 2016 for $3.3 billion in an effort by WalMart to go upscale. Jet selling about $650 million, did not reach the $1 billion goal set by Walmart

This shows two things, how hard it is for Walmart to reach into the upper middle class and urban shopping world AND how high the bar is set for a project to be a keeper at the level of sales that Walmart has.

Amazon to shut down its Amazon Restaurants business in the U.S. – GeekWire


Mike: The competition is fierce in the food delivery market, with companies such as Uber, Grubhub, and DoorDash seeing big growth in recent years. Those three companies combined hold more than 75 percent of the U.S. food delivery market share.

Similar to Walmart, if a project doesn’t scale to a billion or three and Amazon can’t see itself becoming one or two, they exit.

Moz Local 301s To Uberall | Local SEO Guide


Mike: “The problem is well-funded competitors like Yext* and Uberall are playing a global game and trying to grab as much big-brand market share as they can. It’s a big market to be sure, and there’s a ton of opportunity, but there are also plenty of competitors right behind them like Brandify, Rio,, SweetIQ, entire villages in the Philippines, etc. making it hard to stand out.”

Hopefully this partnership will allow Moz to focus on adding significant value to their listing business going forward.

GMB Suspensions Ramping Up Again


Mike: Lot’s of noise in the GMB forums, Twitter and Local Search forums about a dramatic increase in the number of accounts being suspended. Those that are legit are being let back in after revivification and many good locations have been hit. But and this is a big but, if you have been relying on virtual offices, shared work spaces and multiple (against guideline listings) at one location you should be concerned.

Valentin Pletzer on Twitter: “Google testing a locationpicker (Choose area) button for local pack #google #seo #local #mobile… “


Carrie: Valentin Pletzer saw some testing of a location picker in Google maps.  Interesting addition to all the testing they’re doing with mobile and desktop interface

Google My Business Photos: The Ultimate Guide to Looking Good Online – BrightLocal


Carrie: Jamie Pittman posts a really handy guide to the type of photos you should be uploading to GMB – along with some tips. Google will delete stock photography (I didn’t know this) – and encourages you to upload photos into the different categories they outline. Inside, Team, etc.

Google Test More Tabs in Branded Local Packs | Sergey Alakov


Carrie: Sergey Alakov is showing that Google is testing more “tabs” in branded knowledge panels. Latest Models (car brands), Menu (restaurants), Executives, Video Games (typically shown for game developer and game console manufacturer brands, but can also be shown if a brand developed a game as in Pizza Hut’s example below), etc.

Francisco Castro Vazquez on Twitter: “? Changes in Google My Business reviews in some markets. In France, if you want to write a review on Google Maps, you must indicate the date of your visit.”


Carrie: Users in France now required to leave the date of visit on a review in Google

Google My Business Changes How They Deal With Practitioner Listings – Sterling Sky Inc


Carrie: Joy outlines some scenarios with practitioner listings and how to get changes made based on things like practitioners moving to another practice, dying, buying a solo-practitioner office, etc.

Is ‘Pay-to-Play’ the Future of Google My Business? – BrightLocal


Carrie: If you didn’t get a chance to watch live, take a look at this webinar recording done at Bright Local with Ben FIsher, Greg Gifford, Mary Bowling and Myles Anderson, “Is ‘Pay to Play’ the Future of Google My Business?”

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