Last Updated on September 11, 2017
Last week in local 9/11/2017
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Last week in local 9/11
Consumers are increasingly favoring retailers’ own products over outside brands, and the Amazon-Whole Foods deal only exemplifies that, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett told CNBC Wednesday.
Still, Costco doesn’t aim to become a store that only sells Kirkland products, said Costco finance chief Richard Galanti. Shoppers expect to find brands they know at Costco, and Kirkland looks like a better value next to a higher priced branded version, he said
Strange that a bricks and mortar retailer would invite the fox into the hen house?
What this means is that even more than it is in the advertising business, Facebook is in the surveillance business. Facebook, in fact, is the biggest surveillance-based enterprise in the history of mankind. It knows far, far more about you than the most intrusive government has ever known about its citizens. It’s amazing that people haven’t really understood this about the company.
A good summary of the coding structures of Rich schema mark up for local.
As loyalty programs proliferated they became less successful at truly creating loyalty. Is membership the alternative?
Google Question and Answers is a PITA because it is currently only rolled out on mobile browsers and Android Maps. Here is a technique to be able to read and respond to Google Q & A via the desktop.
A new, api driven list of Google local categories plus the ability to compare two different countries.
In many cases for profit entities has surpassed
While this in and of itself is not new, Google is growing an ever increasing use of Local Guides to build out more features and capabilities in local.
Will Google be able to extract human understandable facts from the images they get from StreetView? That is the goal and we need to be thinking about Streetview as the bot to the real world.
Has Experience replaced Location as the new mantra for local retailers?
Social is important but not so much for ranking in local (except G+).
Realize that a single word answer can be turned against you.
This has been an annoying “feature” of the local algo when its your listing that has been hidden. While it can still happen, it will happen less when it just two businesses on the same street.
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