Video: Last Week in Local August 28th
Mike Blumenthal

Last week in local 8/28/2017

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 28th, 2017. This week features Joel Headley and Mike Blumenthal.

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Local U Advanced Santa Monica – Online Marketing Conference

LocalU Advanced is coming to the Los Angeles area this Nov. 16th. Pre Agenda (and deeply discounted tickets) are now available.

The Next Doctor You Consult Could Be a Robot: Healthcare Meets AI and the Blockchain — Bitcoin Magazine

Startup company has been working with university researchers to create a platform on the blockchain where patients can discuss their medical data with an advanced artificial intelligence “doctor.”

EHR adoption rates increased with passage of HITECH Act – Health IT Pulse

Due to the early rush due to incentives, many are finding that the early adoption has led to other problems.

5 Interesting Facts About Millennials’ Mobile App Usage from “The 2017 U.S. Mobile App Report”

At the top of the list was Amazon, with 35% of 18-34 year-olds selecting that app, followed by Gmail (30%) and Facebook (29%). Only 1 of the top 10 wasn’t owned by Amazon, Facebook (4) or Google (4) … The Apple App store app

Amazon Cuts Whole Foods Prices as Much as 43% on First Day

Amazon and Wholefoods are starting out of the gate quickly to disrupt grocery stores.

The Fallacy of Google’s “Micro-Moment” Positioning

Google Express partners with Walmart, which is good for both of them, but it doesn’t really help Google in creating something to slow Amazon down

Schema Markup Generator (JSON-LD) |

If you are looking for help creating JSON-LD schema this does the trick for many of the schema entities but not all

ScreenwerkGoogle and the Case of the Disappearing Location Modifiers

It wasn’t that long ago that “near me” searches were going through the roof. Google continued to tweak their local algo and now have largely eliminated the need for the modifier and consumers are learning that.

Video Deep Dive: How to rank in cities where you don’t have a physical location

A common question in the Local space. Darren Shaw and Mike Blumenthal lay out the options

Google Advanced Verification & Home Services Ads – An Update

Big changes in service  area businesses and the most frequently spammed categories like locksmiths and plumbers. Google seems to be responding with HSA as a way to limit the spam.

Is Google Going to Remove the 3-Packs? What You Need to Know about Home Service Ads (HSAs)

A more detailed look at the impact of these HSA changes.

Upload Video to Google Maps Listings – New Google Local Feature

One more new feature that a business needs to think about: crowd sourced video showing up on their business listings

Google: Things Looking Good For Mobile First Index

It’s coming and should be out by the first of the year. If you are not using a responsive site you need to be sure that your current strategy for the mobile web provides Google the content they need

Google showing review snippets in the mobile pack results (a test)- Tom Waddington on Twitter

Google has added new API attribute endpoint for Languages spoken- Joel Headley on Twitter

The 2017 Rules of Local Search

David Mihm podcast

Ranking your local business part 5: Citations for local search • Yoast

Part 5 of David Mihms excellent series

Google Maps shows the journeys with BlablaCar | The Stopru

Ola and Google join hands for its outstation category

Even if consumers throw away their cars and their need for navigation assistance because they are using self driving cars or ride sharing, Google wants to be the mapping system of choice

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