All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Local’

Google Rolls Local Update Out To More Countries

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 “Pigeon” update, and that’s what people in the industry have, for the most part, adopted for it. That update has …

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eBay Labels Now Available On Mobile

eBay announced that it is now offering sellers labels from its mobile apps. While you could access and print labels from the desktop before, the functionality has been expanded to make it more convenient. The company announced in a short blog post: You already know that eBay labels are a great way to save both time and money. But did …

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Etsy Launches New Local Feature In Pilot

Etsy announced that it’s launching a pilot program that will alert shoppers on their mobile device that an Etsy seller they like is selling at a local event. “Etsy Local push notifications are a new way for Etsy sellers and buyers to connect locally and in-person,” a spokesperson for Etsy said in an email. “It connects sellers participating in fairs …

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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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Amazon Launches Restaurant Delivery Service

Back in June, while I was on vacation, there were reports about Amazon readying the launch of a food takeout service. This followed earlier reports that the company was working on a new local services offering, and was said to be a smaller part of that larger endeavor. Today, TechCrunch is reporting that the takeout service has gone live within …

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Yelp Names Top 20 Cities For Local Holiday Shopping

Yelp has put together its top 20 list for cities to shop local for the holidays. The company recently commissioned a survey from Nielsen to find out about people’s plans for local holiday shopping. It found that eight in ten Americans intend to shop local for the holidays this year. To come up with the top 20 list, Yelp says …

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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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Apple Gives Business Local Listing Tool For Maps

Apple launched a new way for businesses to verify listings on Apple Maps – Apple Maps Connect. Between the popularity of Apple devices and the company’s increasingly independence from Google services, it’s probably a good idea to make sure you appear there. First, you have to have an AppleID to log in. Then, you’re prompted to add your business. It …

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Groupon Wants To Get Your Business Found In The Search Engines

Groupon announced what it’s referring to as a “bold initiative to build a page that lives on Groupon and search engines for almost every local business in the United States.” The initiative is called Groupon Pages, and is essentially business listings on Groupon, but those that should turn up in a search on Google or Bing, not entirely unlike Yelp …

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Facebook Announces Local Awareness Ads

Facebook announced a new ad product for local businesses called Local Awareness ads. These let businesses find new customers by showing ads to groups of people who are near that business’s neighborhood. “Local awareness ads are built to be more cost-effective than traditional advertising channels like newspaper while offering more precise targeting and greater reach,” the company explains. “We think …

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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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