Video: Last Week in Local August 14th
Mike Blumenthal

Last week in local 8/14/2017

Join Local U for the latest public episode of Last Week in Local, a weekly conversation about the articles that attracted our attention during the past week ending August 14th, 2017. This week featuring Mary Bowling and Mike Blumenthal.

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Mary’s Links

What are the risks for businesses that are getting fake reviews on Google?

Are Local Guides complicit? (answer: yes)

Note Joy’s creative use of her customers as “experts” in the article as a “brand” building tactic.

WXYZ Detroit covers fake online reviews of local businesses at Google

Mike is on a crusade to get Google to fix fake reviews. He was asked to be on the news report about fake reviews and their impact on businesses and consumers

How to Use Organic SEO to Rank in Google’s “Local 3-Pack” (Rio SEO Webinar)

Links clearly have a role to play. but that doesn’t change the fact that entity ranking is different than traditional seo.

Forbes Welcome

You need to be sure to choose the right agency. The wrong marketing team could actually tank your business in a number of ways. Here are the telltale signs of a bad digital marketing agency, and how each type affects your business.

Aldi is adding a huge perk to take on Whole Foods and Lidl

Delivery, organic food? Is Aldi gearing up for a Whole Foods battle?

Google (Almost Certainly) Has an Organic Quality Score (Or Something a Lot Like It) that SEOs Need to Optimize For – Whiteboard Friday

Entertain the idea, for a moment, that Google assigned a quality score to organic search results. Say it was based off of click data and engagement metrics, and that it would function in a similar way to the Google AdWords quality score. How exactly might such a score work, what would it be based off of, and how could you optimize for it?

Should SEOs Guarantee Their Work? – BrightLocal

Mike’s Links

Last week in Local 8/14

Car dealers are in for a lot of pain. A crisis is brewing. Global automotive aftermarket should shrink by 60% but because of install base only 10% by 2030 due to electric cars needing many fewer parts and repairs. After that it gets catastrophic.

Can Yelp Extend Its Moment in the Sun?

Yelp is caught between a rock and hard place and has done nothing to improve its relationships with their primary customer. They have been slow to innovate and seem to be caught in an untenable position.

New York Today: A Dial-a-Rep Phone Booth – The New York Times

Employees at the Standard Hotel wanted to “do something” to encourage political engagement. Installed a phone booth that allows you to call the representative of choice and voice your opinion. A well done example of a local marketing idea

ADA Compliance for Websites – A Beginner’s Guide

Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools List

Video Deep Dive: Google Posts, how it relates to search, How SMB can manage & leverage – Local University

How to Add Your “Under Construction” Business to Google Maps

Google My Business Expands Optional URLS for Appointments, Reservations & Ordering Ahead

12 Facts to Know about Google My Business Appointment URLs |

Can’t Add a Google My Business Appointment URL? Try This Hack |

Google Rolling Out Questions & Answers

11 Tips to Optimize the New Google Q & A

Map Anything From the Chrome Address Bar

Useful shortcut to explore map addresses quickly straight from the URL bar.

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