All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Local Search’

Bing Adds Quick Answers For Local Info

Microsoft announced that Bing will now display quick answers to queries related to local information. These come in the form of “facts” at the top of the search page, which provide things like phone numbers for restaurants, hours of local stores, and directions to people’s houses. “Need help figuring out whether that unbelievable sale item is still around and you …

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Yelp Reviews Say More Than You Realized

Yelp reviews can have a tremendous impact – for better or for worse – on a business. They can dictate whether or not a customer decides to visit. This is one of the reasons the site/app is so controversial with businesses. There may actually be more to reviews than meets the eye, however. Do believe Yelp reviews have any significant …

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Facebook Has A New Directory For Local Places

Facebook has an interesting new local search and discovery tool available at Facebook.com/places. It gives users a look at places with Facebook pages, including those your friends have been to (with their comments) and others who have left reviews. The directory lets you browse through restaurants, hotels, bars, cafes, public attractions, arts & entertainment, gyms, movie theaters, schools, theaters, grocery …

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Tool Claims To Show Google Search Bias

As recently reported, Yelp has formed a coalition (not entirely unlike the FairSearch Coalition) with other Google critics/competitors Consumer Watchdog, Jameda, HolidayCheck, TripAdvisor, and Fight for the Future. The group launched the site Focus on the User, which comes with a downloadable Chrome extension to show you how Google “manipulates” search results to inject its own content and reviews from …

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Yahoo Buys Zofari For Local Search

Yahoo has acquired Zofari, which offers a local search and discovery app of the same name. It first launched in 2012. Zofari announced the acquisition on its website (via TechCrunch), where it says: Since our very first alpha in 2012, our goal has been to deliver brilliant local recommendations in the fastest way possible, and essentially, make the world an …

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Yelp Launches Mobile Review Translation On iPhone

Yelp announced the launch of automated review translation in its iPhone app. They offer reviews in fifteen languages in 27 countries. As the company continues to expand internationally, this will only become more important. The app makes use of Bing Translator (you didn’t think they were going to go with Google, did you?), and lets you tap to translate a …

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Foursquare Tells Businesses Its New App Is Better For Them Too

As you may know, Foursquare launched its new check-in-less app today. If you want a rundown on what to expect as a user, read this. Given that the focus of Foursquare has shifted from check-ins to local search, you can imagine that it might have some implications for small businesses. Naturally, the company is telling businesses that the new app …

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Foursquare’s New, Still Check In-Less App Is Here

Foursquare went and pissed a bunch of people off when they decided to “unbundle” and separate the core functions of their main app into two apps. They relegated check-ins to a new app, called Swarm, and promised that Foursquare would relaunch in the summer as an app entirely devoted to local search and recommendations. Some with an if it ain’t …

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Google Update Hits Local Search Results

Google has reportedly launched a significant algorithm update that’s shaken up local search results in the United States quite a bit. Following a tip from Brian May on Twitter, local search watcher Mike Blumenthal reported on the “turmoil” in local search results. Anybody else seeing map pack missing for real estate searches? @mblumenthal @davidmihm @localseoguide — Brian Mayo (@brianmayo) July …

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Google Maps Apps Get New ‘Explore’ Feature

Google announced that it has added a new Explore button to the Google Maps app on Android and iOS, giving users a better way to discover places of interest that are nearby. There was already a “Nearby” feature, but now there’s a button, which makes it easier to find places to go, and it takes more than just your location …

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Check-in Out: Foursquare Officially Kills Check-ins

Just a few hours after touting Swarm’s success in becoming users’ go-to place for check-ins, Foursquare has announced that starting tomorrow, all check-ins will be moving to that app. For the first time since its launch in 2009, you won’t be able to check in using Foursquare. Back in May, Foursquare decided that to survive and flourish, they were going …

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Google Launches Upgraded AdWords Location Extensions

Google announced the launch of upgraded location extensions, which it says is a better way to display your business location in all ads. They’re linked to your Google My Business and AdWords accounts. The idea is that your ads will make it easier for consumers to actually find info about your business. “Consumers increasingly look online for information such as …

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