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Local Product Listings on Google Place Pages Local Product Listings on Google Place Pages

Google is now letting businesses list local product availability on Google Place Pages. This way, when customers search for local businesses and look at the pages, they can make better decisions before traveling to the business or even calling, to …

eBay Local Features Contribute to Dramatic Expansion of E-Commerce Giant eBay Local Features Contribute to Dramatic Expansion of E-Commerce Giant
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We appear to have entered a whole new era for eBay. One that will go more head-to-head with Amazon, and one that will place a new added focus on local. First, the real news – the local part. You may …

Public Broadband Networks On The Rise

The ILSR (Institute for Local Self-Reliance) states that their goal is to “provide innovative strategies, working models and timely information to support environmentally sound and equitable community development.”  One of their focal points is local internet access, and they have …

Foursquare 3.0 for Android and iPhone Coming Tonight

Foursquare announced that Foursquare 3.0 – the latest version of its app (for Android and iPhone) will be available tonight. One very significant new feature of this is a discovery tool called “Explore”. “The idea is pretty simple: tell us …

10 Local Search and Social Location Resources to Have Your Business Listed In
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You have a new business… perhaps a bar, a coffee shop, or maybe a GIS consulting firm! Regardless of the business type, if you have a brick and mortar presence then you need to get your business listed. This is …

GaoPeng (The Chinese Groupon) Makes Its Debut
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Groupon announced today that the Chinese group-buying portal GaoPeng.com is officially live today. The portal is funded by Groupon,  Tencent Collaboration Fund and Yunfeng Capital, and is now accepting email registrations. Deals will premier on the service in March. 

Report: Facebook Marketing Adopted by 70% of Local Businesses
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MerchantCircle, an online network of US local business owners, revealed in its quarterly reports that more local businesses are turning to Facebook and other social networking sites like Twitter, as a low-cost option for their marketing efforts.

Search Google For Just Businesses That Are Currently Open

Google has launched a feature for its iPhone and Android mobile search that lets you see results for only local businesses that are actually open at the time of the search. While this may not seem incredibly helpful during normal business hours, it marks a tremendous boost in relevancy for late night searches. 

Can Groupon Own The Deals Space?
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Can Groupon own the deals space the way Google owns search? It’s hard to imagine the space being dominated by any one company. Forget for a second that it has Google and Facebook to contend with, and even LivingSocial (previously cited as its closest competitor). 

What deals sites have you tried? How successful were your campaigns? Tell us about it

Foursquare Announcements Coming at SXSW

This week, we posted an article about some comments Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley made about competing with Facebook. He responded to this, and we exchanged a few tweets. Bottom line: expect multiple announcements from the company at SXSW. 

Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley Talks Facebook Competition

Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley appeared on CNBC, discussing how Foursquare can compete with Facebook.

Rumor: Google Has Eye On Local Platform SinglePlatform

Google has reportedly been in talks with SinglePlatform, a local business content publisher network that provides hotels, restaurants, bars and PR firms with a place to manage their digital presence and gain customers.

According to Business Insider, Google has been "sniffing around" the company, with possible (AKA: speculative) acquisition considerations. However, BI reports:

Local Deals Company DealOn Acquired by ReachLocal

Local marketing firm ReachLocal announced that it has acquired New York-based Deals company DealOn, as company’s everywhere try to get in on the hot local deals goldrush. ReachLocal is paying $10 million for the acquisition. 

"This will allow ReachLocal to enable other deal sites and publishers to supply and/or resell deals, as well as greatly improve Deals sourcing, syndication and personalization for the industry as a whole," a representative for ReachLocal tells WebProNews.

CitySearch Launches Daily Deals Aggregator
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Taking advantage of all the buzz about daily deals, CitySearch has taken it upon itself to provide a convenient way for user to check out available deals from one spot (an iPhone or Android app). 

Why Local Online Marketing is a Mystery to So Many
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No wonder local Internet marketing is a mystery to many SMB’s and even much larger businesses and organizations. Setting aside the fact that there are so many different channels, sites, directories etc that need to be considered, there is a new (and somewhat unfortunate) aspect that is creeping into the picture: complexity.

Local Discounts Provided by LivingSocial on Examiner.com
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Examiner.com announced it’s offering discounts provided by LivingSocial in 130 markets – that’s all the markets LivingSocial is currently active in. 

Deals are accessible through a mix of feeds and local media placements. LivingSocial will also be the headlining daily deal company in Examiner.com’s upcoming "Insider Deal" marketplace, an online discount center.

The State of the Yellow Pages Print Industry
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I have been pretty harsh on the Yellow Pages in the past. Most of my trouble comes from the fact that the medium just isn’t as effective across all verticals as it once was. That’s not to say that it’s not effective at all, because that is untrue. In some areas, it can work well–like plumbing, HVAC and other emergency situations. Of course, by the time you locate the book you probably could have done the search on your computer or smart phone just as quickly, but who’s counting?

5 Tips for Making Your Site More Local-Friendly
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Search engines have become one of the primary ways that people find products and services right in their hometown. This growing reality significantly increases the need for small local business owners to master this thing called local search.

There are many ways to make your website pages much more localized. This is one of the underlying elements that tell the search engines that yours is indeed a local business.

Google Offers on the Way, Should Groupon Have Sold?
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Google has a new project in the works that appears to be a direct competitor to Groupon. It’s called Google Offers. According to an official fact sheet about the product, obtained by Mashable, Google Offers is "a new product to help potential customers and clientele find great deals in their area through a daily email."

Location-Based Marketing With More Power Than Facebook
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There is a lot of hype around location-based services and the marketing opportunities that come with them, but check-in apps aren’t the only way to reach consumers on a location basis. Familiar with digital out-of-home advertising? It’s not exactly new and trendy, but there is a growing number of opportunities in this space as well.

Google Adds Hotpot Recommendations to Regular Search Results
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Google announced that it is now adding results from Hotpot right in regular Google.com search results (with the local Google Places results it’s already putting there). 

If you’re not familiar with Hotpot, launched late last year, this video pretty much sums it up: