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Blekko Launches Izik For Smartphones, Adds Local Search Feature

Blekko has just launched a new smartphone version of its mobile search product izik, which until now was only for iPad and Android tablets. The app, now available in Apple’s App Store and in Google Play, tries to emulate the tablet experience, while adding a local search element lacking from that version. Blekko’s director of product management and design, Daniel …

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Yelp Now Uses More Data For ‘Nearby’ Suggestions

Yelp has made some changes to its Nearby feature to make it more useful and show suggestions for places that are near you. Suggestions are based not only on location, but also on previous Yelp check-ins, reviews, Yelp friends, time of day, weather, etc. Interestingly, this comes just after Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman indicated that check-in data isn’t incredibly helpful. …

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Google Adds New Business Owner Link On Local Results

Google has added a new link to manage local business listings to search results pages on the right-hand side. Google’s Jade Wang made the announcement in a Google Groups thread, saying: Managing your business’s presence on Google is now easier and more accessible. Now, when you search for your business on Google, under right-hand-side panel, there’s a link that says …

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Yelp: Consumers, On Average, Can Rely On Our Content

At the LeWeb conference in London this week, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman took to the stage to discuss his business with host Loic Le Meur. Inevitably, the topic of fake reviews and the Review Filter came up. This has been a bit of a controversial feature for businesses with some accusing Yelp of hiding positive reviews with the filter as …

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Foursquare Adds More Menus, Continues to Become a Better Tool for Local Search & Discovery

Over the past year or so, Foursquare has been going through a major transformation – well, at least a major improvement. What they’ve been doing is making both small and large tweaks to turn the focus of the service toward local search and discovery. A company that started as a simple check-in app is now competing with the likes of …

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Google Talks Online Reviews For Ten Minutes

As part of the “Friday 15” series for small business owners, Google has shared a video discussing the importance of online reviews. It features Whitney Lemon from Google’s’ “Get Your Business Online” team and Cody Julian, the associate marketing manager at Google Fiber. According to a study Julian cites, seventy percent of Americans say they look at product reviews before …

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Google Now Makes Anonymous Negative Reviews More Visible

Google made local business pages (and the reviews contained within) a lot more visible this week, with the launch of Google Now for the iPhone and iPad. That includes negative reviews from anonymous, non-accountable “Google Users,” just so you know. Are anonymous reviews on Google business pages a problem? Let us know what you think in the comments. Google Now …

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Foursquare Redesigns Location Pages in Its Bid to Become a Leader in Local Search

Foursquare knows that more and more people are visiting their location pages on the web. Back in October of last year, Foursquare launched a huge redesign of foursquare.com, and a big change to the way the site works: Non-members were allowed to use Foursquare’s “explore” feature. By opening up Foursquare’s data trove to everyone, they made a pretty big statement: …

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Foursquare 6.0 Launches As a True Local Search and Recommendation App

Foursquare has been improving their service in the hopes of “moving beyond the check-in” for some time now. Today, they’ve released the all new Foursquare version 6.0 for both iOS and Android. With this update, search and recommendations (what Foursquare calls “Explore”) is now a bigger part of the experience than ever. Here’s how Foursquare describes all the changes they’ve …

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Google Updates Spam Detection For Reviews, Warns SEOs

Google announced that it has made some improvements to its spam detection algorithms that increased the number of reviews that appear on some Google+ Local pages. Do you think things have gotten better? Let us know in the comments. Google’s Dasha made the announcement in a Google Groups forum thread (via Search Engine Roundtable). “Online reviews have been in the …

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Google Adds Review Info To Places API

Google announced the addition of Place Summaries to its Google Places API. This means developers will be able to use review information in their apps. “For example, car manufacturers can use the API to provide drivers with detailed reviews of local establishments directly in their in-car system,” explains Google Places API product manager Justin Chu. “Place Summaries are curated expert …

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Google Business Photos Used By 100,000 Businesses

While many of us were pre-occupied with Facebook’s big unveiling of Graph Search on Tuesday, Google let out a little tidbit of information about its own local search offering: over 100,000 businesses have used the Google Business Photos feature since it officially launched a year ago. This is essentially Street View taken inside of stores. “With the use of high-quality …

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