Video: Last Week in Local August 27, 2018
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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As ‘Near Me’ Searches Spread on Mobile, Consumers Trade Loyalty for Convenience | Street Fight


Location marketing is changing the way people shop in the real world, potentially decreasing the role loyalty plays in purchasing decisions as consumers prioritize convenience. According to the results of a new study commissioned by the location marketing platform Uberall, 82% of shoppers have done a “near me” search on their smartphones.

What to Call Your Google+ Maps My Business Places Listing Thingy – Whitespark


What do you call your business listing on Google? Learn the right terminology, why it’s important, and where/what business information can be edited.

2018 healthcare providers survey report: online reputation management – PatientPop


A thorough look at reviews in the medical industry.

Google to Offer Combined Content (Paid and Organic) Search Results – SEO by the Sea ⚓


Google introduces combined content results which are paid search results and organic results both related to a specific brand.

Restaurant bans customer for life after he complained his food was undercooked on Facebook | The Independent


When you give a restaurant a negative review, you don’t expect the restaurant to fire back with a lifetime ban. But this is what happened to 33-year-old entrepreneur Sam Chisnall after he complained about his ‘uncooked’ meals on social media. The diner from Essex griped to the manager of the Pavilion Restaurant who agreed to reduce his bill from £220 to £140.

Facebook Takes a Stab at Local—Again | Street Fight


“As it stands, Facebook’s latest local effort is of academic interest but hardly seems a reason for businesses to actively re-engage with the free side of the social giant’s features. From a competitive viewpoint, it hardly seems the stuff of legend needed to take on the current local search hegemon, Google,” Mike Blumenthal tells David Mihm in their latest biweekly column.

A Big Change To Facebook Reviews, 5-Star Reviews Are Now Recommendations – GetFiveStars


Facebook throws SMBs a curveball with their new recommendation format. Learn what has changed.

Video Deep Dive: Google’s Algo Update- How did it affect local? – Local University


August 1 brought a core Google algo update that affected a great number of sites. What was its impact on local?

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