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Groupon Reserve Launched For Premium Deals Groupon Reserve Launched For Premium Deals

Groupon announced the launch of a new service for “premium” deals called Groupon Reserve. According to the company, it’s a destination for “the finest things to eat, see, do and buy.” So all those other Groupons are like coach, and …

Google Gives Businesses New Dashboard Google Gives Businesses New Dashboard

Google announced the launch of a new Google+ Dashboard, which is designed to help businesses manage their presence across Google properties, including Google+, AdWords, Google Maps, YouTube, etc. Google’s Pavni Diwanjhi made the announcement in a Google+ post in which …

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

Google Now Makes Anonymous Negative Reviews More Visible Google Now Makes Anonymous Negative Reviews More Visible
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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. …

Twitter May Help You Surface Tweets in Your Vicinity [REPORT] Twitter May Help You Surface Tweets in Your Vicinity [REPORT]
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Twitter is reportedly testing a new feature that would make it infinitely more useful for people who use the service to find out about things going on around them. I mean right around them. Like, you know, near them. Geographically. …

Google Launches New Zagat App For Android (And It’s Free) Google Launches New Zagat App For Android (And It’s Free)
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Google has launched a new Zagat app for Android devices in one of a handful of recent Google+ Local-related announcements from the company. And in case you were wondering, it does come with a Google flavor. “While our ratings and …

Google Lets You Check Out Users’ Reviews In Google+ Profiles Google Lets You Check Out Users’ Reviews In Google+ Profiles
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Google has added a new feature to Google+ where users can see the local businesses that others have reviewed. Under the “About” tab on a user’s profile page, there is now a section called “local,” which will show you how …

Google Adjusts Ratings System For Google+ Local Google Adjusts Ratings System For Google+ Local
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Google has been rolling out an update to its local ratings system. As you may recall, Google recently made some changes to the system on Google Maps for Android, so users can choose between Poor/Fair, Good, Very Good, and Excellent. …

Google Results Are Getting More Local Google Results Are Getting More Local
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Google released a big list of 65 changes it has made to its algorithms over the course of August and September, and some of those changes are specifically geared towards making Google better for finding local information. Google has been …

Regardless Of iOS, Google Maps Is Having Some Issues Of Its Own Regardless Of iOS, Google Maps Is Having Some Issues Of Its Own
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iPhone users may be missing Google Maps (and having their own issues with Apple Maps), but some businesses are having some issues of their own with Google Maps. Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Roundtable points to a Google Places Help …

Google Tweaks Mobile Ratings, Adds Favorite Stars On Google+ Local Google Tweaks Mobile Ratings, Adds Favorite Stars On Google+ Local

Google announced a couple of updates to Google+ Local today. First, on Google Maps for Android, the ratings system has been adjusted so you can choose between Poor/Fair, Good, Very Good, and Excellent. On the desktop, Google has brought back …

Yelp App For iPhone Is Supposed To Be “Awesome” Yelp App For iPhone Is Supposed To Be “Awesome”
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Yelp has redesigned its mobile experience, and it’s getting a great deal of praise (particularly the updated iPhone app). “The old design of our business pages has served us well, but it was time for a remodel,” said Yelp’s Director …

Google’s New Local Ratings Costing Businesses Clicks? Google’s New Local Ratings Costing Businesses Clicks?
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It seems that Google’s decision to replace its star rating system with Zagat scores for local search results isn’t a huge hit with some businesses. Do you like Google’s new approach to local business ratings? Let us know in the …

Google Already Falls Behind Apple In Local Business Listings Google Already Falls Behind Apple In Local Business Listings

Apple, as I’m sure you’ve heard, made a number of major announcements this week at its Worldwide Developers Conference. Some of them were search-related. Apple’s browser, Safari, for example, is getting search functionality similar to Google’s Chrome, as well as …

Local SEO Factors: Survey Attempts To Rank 90 Of Them Local SEO Factors: Survey Attempts To Rank 90 Of Them
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Portland-based David Mihm Web Design put out the results of a big local search survey, attempting to rank the top 90 local search factors that influence a business’ local Google rankings. It’s an interesting list, but it’s hard to say …

Google+ Hangouts On Air Rolled Out To Everyone Google+ Hangouts On Air Rolled Out To Everyone
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Last month, Google announced that the Google+ Hangouts on Air feature was rolling out to all users. Today, Google says the roll out is now complete. Hangouts on Air lets Google+ users broadcast hangouts to anyone who wants to watch …

Google Tells You Everything You Need To Know About Google+ Local Google Tells You Everything You Need To Know About Google+ Local

Last week, Google revealed Google+ Local, which appears to be about merging Google+ business pages with Google Places. Google says it wants to show you “everything you need to know” about it, and it will do so in a Workshop …

Google Is Now Getting Serious About Local Businesses Google Is Now Getting Serious About Local Businesses
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Google has big plans for local businesses, and making billions for itself in the process. Google announced a major Google+ push into local search last week, when it revealed Google+ Local, which effectively turns Google+ business pages into the new …

Google+ Local Reveals Google’s Plan For Zagat Google+ Local Reveals Google’s Plan For Zagat
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Google has announced that it’s rolling out Google+ Local, which it bills as “a simple way to discover and share local information”. Google is finally revealing just what it’s going to do with it’s Zagat acquisition, as Google+ Local features …

Google Talks More About Google Places & Google+ Local Google Talks More About Google Places & Google+ Local
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Earlier today, Google announced the launch of Google+ Local, a new social local search experience that will spread across Google+, Google Search and Google’s mobile search. It uses Zagat ratings and Google+ connections, and gives businesses a chance to make …

Google Makes Changes To Local Listings On Android, iOS Google Makes Changes To Local Listings On Android, iOS

Google has made some adjustments to local search results on Android and iOS devices. Users can now see an experience that more closely resembles that of the desktop experience. “I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a picky eater,” writes …