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Google Rolls Local Update Out To More Countries

Google Rolls Local Update Out To More Countries

By Chris Crum December 22, 2014

Back in July, Google launched an algorithm update that shook up local search results in the U.S. While Google never gave it an official name like Panda or Penguin that we’re aware of, Search Engine Land started calling it the …

SMB Local Media Spending To Surpass $50B SMB Local Media Spending To Surpass $50B

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 …

Groupon Launches New Appointment Option Groupon Launches New Appointment Option

Groupon announced that it is giving local businesses a new time-based deals option that enables them to accept reservations or take appointments so they have more control over when customers actually show up. The complaint about a lack of control …

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 …

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, …

Yelp Equates Asking For Reviews To Spam Yelp Equates Asking For Reviews To Spam

Yelp announced on Wednesday that it has issued a new round of Consumer Alerts, the warnings that appear on businesses’ Yelp pages informing users that they’re not to be trusted. The company didn’t say how many it issued this time …

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 …

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 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 …

Google Adds Regional Dialects To Business Categories Google Adds Regional Dialects To Business Categories

Late last month, Google announced that it was adding 1,000 new categories in the new Places dashboard for businesses. This is an effort to significantly expand the breadth of available categories internationally. The announcement was made in the Google product …

Yelp Launches New Interface, Business Pages Yelp Launches New Interface, Business Pages

Yelp announced that it is rolling out a new site design along with a new look for business pages. Rather than making a few teaks, the’ve elected to take the “from the ground up” approach. The new design plays up …

Yahoo And Yelp Partner On Local Listings Yahoo And Yelp Partner On Local Listings

Well this is interesting. We were just talking about how Yelp is growing like a weed, and seems to be unstoppable. We were also talking about how Yahoo is looking for a way out of its partnership with Microsoft, and …

Yelp Pushes Through Controversy With 5-Star Quarter Yelp Pushes Through Controversy With 5-Star Quarter
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Whether you think it’s a great business tool or you think it’s killing your business, Yelp appears to be unstoppable, and continues to grow substantially. This week, the company released its earnings report for the fourth quarter and full year …

Google Makes Changes To Business Page Creation Google Makes Changes To Business Page Creation

Google announced that it is making some changes to how business pages are created. Businesses creating listings in the new Places for Business dashboard will no longer have to wait to complete PIN verification before they can see the +page. …

Google Places Adds A Slew Of Business Categories Google Places Adds A Slew Of Business Categories

Google is working on improving and expanding the business categories for Google Places For Business for countries around the world. In fact, they’re adding over 1,000 new categories in the Places dashboard. Google Business community manager Jade Wang posted an …