Video: Last Week in Local Feb 19, 2018
Mike Blumenthal

Last week in Local 2/19/18

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 February 5th. This week features Mary Bowling &  Mike Blumenthal.

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Mike’s Links:

McDonald’s And Uber Eats Need Each Other Now More Than Ever

They team up for delivery for 5000 McConald’s  locations in the US. McDonalds sees “Delivery is the new drive through”

Case Study: Crayola Overcomes Facebook Algorithm with Co-Created Content

Facebook’s algorithm changes have left many brands scratching their heads as they search for organic ways to connect with consumers on the social media platform, but Crayola found a way to overcome the challenges and land directly in consumers’ news feeds with a user-generated video campaign.

Crayola launched a holiday-focused campaign in the fourth-quarter of 2017. Consumers were encouraged to record videos of themselves, using a Crayola-branded filter, and then share those videos across social media as personalized holiday cards.

I think that organic local social campaigns need a take on this idea to be successful

Robotaxi permit gets Arizona’s OK; Waymo will start service in 2018 – Ars Technica

Waymo, the self-driving Google spinoff, has been granted a permit to operate as a Transportation Network Company in the state of Arizona. This means that it can launch an official ride-hailing service and start charging customers for their journeys. Waymo cars in Phoenix have been totally driverless since November.

Think about the data trail – a google user, enters their credit card, goes shopping or drinking from home to business.

Vimeo launches tools for simultaneous uploading or livestreaming to Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and others

Interesting if you are thinking about using video; a single platform that works with all major sites (although not necessarily simultaneously).

Study: Replying to Customer Reviews Results in Better Ratings

Harvard Business Review esearch showing that responding to negative reviews tends to increase overall rating.

What Is Advanced Verification for AdWords?

Google is requiring all advertisers promoting locksmith and garage door services in the United States to pass Advanced Verification. If they don’t pass, they will no longer be eligible to use AdWords or AdWords Express to advertise their services on Google. And if they’re in one of the current Local Services ads markets, they will be ineligible to participate in that too.

A Quick Guide to Local Pack Ads with Special Guest Joy Hawkins – Whitespark Weekly – Whitespark

Local pack ads are a great way to get the most of your Ad Words budget, expand your local reach, and ultimately drive more business. In this installment of the Whitespark Weekly, guest Joy Hawkins schools Darren on the nuances of these ads and gives you the info you need on how to get started.

Mary’s Links:

New Research: 35% of Competitive Local Keywords Have Local Pack Ads

Study by Dr Pete where he determined that about 35% of local keywords in 11 competitive categories display local pack ads. This seems like a huge opportunity!

110 keywords, 11 categories, 100 cities…
Across industry categories, the prevalence of pack ads ranged wildly, from 10% to 64%:

Penetration of the 3 Pack ads across some of the more competitive searches:
•”car insurance” (90%)
•”auto glass shop” (91%)
•”bankruptcy lawyer” (91%)
•”storage” (92%)
•”oil change” (95%)
•”mattress sale” (95%)
•”personal injury attorney” (96%)

The 2018 Local SEO Forecast: 9 Predictions According to Mozzers

Mozzers with predictions about Local Search, including a tip that SMBs should concentrate on doing quality work and superior customer service

How-to Handle Practitioner Listings in GMB and Citations

A pretty comprehensive guide on how to handle practitioner listings from Darren Shaw at Whitespark. Goes through what to do in different circumstances in great detail. He generally recommends using GMB listings for both the business and the practitioners,

25 Hard Truths of Google Reviews |

Phil Rosek lays out the reality of trying to deal with Google reviews when Google doesn’t seem to make removing fake reviews a priority.

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