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Report: SMB Local Media Spending To Surpass $50B Next Year

Report: SMB Local Media Spending To Surpass $50B Next Year

By Chris Crum September 3, 2014

BIA/Kelsey is estimating that spending on local media by SMBs will reach $50.4 billion in 2015 at 35.8% of total local media spending. SMBs, it says, will allocate $37.7 billion of their local media spend to traditional media and $12.4 …

Yelp Reviews Are About To Appear In More Places Yelp Reviews Are About To Appear In More Places

Yelp announced some big news late on Tuesday. They’ve increased the call limit on their API to 25,000 per day, and made it easier for developers to use, in addition to opening it up to all developers for free. In …

Google Maps For iOS Gets An Update Google Maps For iOS Gets An Update

Yelp has been complaining about trying to compete with Google for years now, but recently, it became an official complainant against the company in its ongoing antitrust case in the EU. With that, Yelp must love Google’s new Google Maps …

Amazon Readies Local Services Marketplace [Report] Amazon Readies Local Services Marketplace [Report]

Amazon is reportedly going to launch a new local services marketplace later in the year, which would simultaneously compete with review sites like Yelp and home improvement chains like Lowe’s and Home Depot. This is according to Reuters, which cites …

Groupon Launches Square Register Competitor Gnome Groupon Launches Square Register Competitor Gnome

Groupon announced the launch of a point-of-sale hardware solution for local businesses called Gnome. It would compete with Square Stand/Register. According to the company, the tablet stand will enable merchants to instantly recognize Groupon customers as they enter the store, …

Google Gives Businesses Location Management Features Google Gives Businesses Location Management Features

Google is rolling out new features for the bulk management tool for Google Places. These include status of your locations on Maps, an updated data conflicts interface, an improved edit timeframe, automatically-enabled social features, and new functionality for manager addition/removal …

Yelp Wants Businesses To Give It Ideas Yelp Wants Businesses To Give It Ideas

Yelp has put a call out for new members of the Yelp Small Business Advisory Council. Any local business owner is encouraged to apply. Members participate in an annual summit at Yelp’s headquarter, provide input on products under development, brainstorm …

People Expect Search Ads To Be Locally Relevant People Expect Search Ads To Be Locally Relevant

Google is sharing some new research on local search from Ipsos MediaCT and Purchased, which the search giant commissioned in order to get a better grasp on consumers’ local search behavior. The research looks at over 5,000 people, who completed …

Google Change Could Alter Business Ratings Google Change Could Alter Business Ratings

Some businesses may soon find that their ratings on Google have changed for better or for worse. They’re doing away with old anonymous Zagat reviews – the ones where the person’s name is “A Zagat User.” Google’s Jade Wang wrote …

Businesses Frustrated With Yelp Reviews On Yahoo Businesses Frustrated With Yelp Reviews On Yahoo

Yelp has been in the headlines as business owners have been complaining. You’re shocked, right? This seems to be a narrative that the company just can’t shake. One of the big topics this week has been about a deal Yelp …

Mobile Local Ad Revenue Expected To Triple Mobile Local Ad Revenue Expected To Triple

Mobile local ad revenues in the U.S. are expected to hit $4.5 billion this year, according to a new report from BIA/Kelsey. That would be a massive increase over last year, which saw $2.9 billion. And that’s really just the …

Google Aims To Get Better At Indexing Business Info Google Aims To Get Better At Indexing Business Info

Google has released some recommendations for webmastesr to help them get the search engine to identify and surface business info like phone numbers, business locations, and opening hours. They also launched support for schema.org to help specify preferred phone numbers …

Yahoo Launches Yelp Integration For Local Search Yahoo Launches Yelp Integration For Local Search

We heard last month that Yahoo and Yelp were teaming up to add local business reviews to Yahoo’s local search results. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer reportedly revealed the partnership in an employee meeting. These things never stay inside the company. …

Yelp Gets Blasted By Business Owners And Celebrity Yelp Gets Blasted By Business Owners And Celebrity

Yelp is taking some harsh criticism in the media once again. Its handling of fake reviews is coming under fire, as is its worth to consumers. Business owners are speaking out (as usual), and celebrity chef/TV personality/food writer Andrew Zimmern, …

Google Duplicates Business LIstings Google Duplicates Business LIstings

Google has run into some “complications” upgrading local businesses to the new Places dashboard. In some cases, businesses’ accounts and another accounts that they don’t control were both verified for the same business using the old Places dashboard. In other …

Google Makes Deal With Local Publishers In U.S. Google Makes Deal With Local Publishers In U.S.

Google and The Local Media Consortium, which is made up of 800 newspapers and 200 local broadcast outlets from 41 member companies throughout the U.S., announced a strategic partnership, which will see Google providing the consortium’s members with ad products. …

Google Updates Quality Guidelines For Businesses Google Updates Quality Guidelines For Businesses

Google announced that it has made some tweaks to the Google Places Quality Guidelines, specifically for business names. The changes illustrate how you can add descriptors. Jade Wang announced the update ion a post on the Google Product Forums. Under …