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Banjo: New Mobile App That Hopes to Take Social & Local Mainstream Banjo: New Mobile App That Hopes to Take Social & Local Mainstream
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Because social media is currently one of the hottest topics, everyone wants a piece of it. For this reason, new social sites are rising up continuously. Even though many of these new sites pride themselves with being unique or geared toward a particular niche, the majority of users are already on social giants like Facebook and Twitter. That said, it’s a real challenge to pull these users onto a new site, unless you’re Google.

Google City Pages – Company Continues Cranking Out Local Features Google City Pages – Company Continues Cranking Out Local Features

Google has launched new city pages for Portland, Austin, San Diego, and Madison, but will continue to add to the list. City Pages are essentially a place users can go and see information about the best places to go in …

Google Launches My Places Tab on Google Maps Google Launches My Places Tab on Google Maps
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Google announced the launch of a new tab on Google Maps, called “My Places,” which gives users a place where they can see the places they’ve starred on Google Maps, rated on Google Places or added to a customized map …

Google Adds Descriptive Phrases to Local Search Results Google Adds Descriptive Phrases to Local Search Results
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Google has launched a new feature for Google Maps in the US and Great Britain. The feature displays a few words or phrases that attempt to describe what a place is known for. The phrases that appear are those most …

Google Looks at Purchasing Habits of Smartphone Users Google Looks at Purchasing Habits of Smartphone Users
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Google released some interesting stats this week about the purchasing habits of smartphone users, or more specifically, smartphone searchers. This is in the US only, but the study looks at how smartphones are used on a daily basis, how people …

Facebook Ads Gaining Popularity Among Local Businesses Facebook Ads Gaining Popularity Among Local Businesses
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22% of local merchants have used Facebook Ads, and two-thirds of them would use them again, according to a survey from MerchantCircle. The firm’s quarterly Merchant Confidence Index, a survey of about 5,000 local business owners across the US, finds …

Amazon Local Launches for Daily Deals Amazon Local Launches for Daily Deals
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Clearly the daily deals space is on fire. That was true even before Groupon filed for its IPO today. Now the web’s largest retailer has something called Amazon Local, which is featuring deals from LivingSocial, the Groupon competitor that Amazon …

Facebook Places and Check-In Deals Come to Pages Facebook Places and Check-In Deals Come to Pages
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Facebook is making changes that make it easier for businesses to manage their Facebook presence and get customers to engage. InsideFacebook reports that Facebook has confirmed with them that it has started bringing Facebook Places functionality (including Check-In Deals) to …

Nokia to Replace Bing Maps Infrastructure? Nokia to Replace Bing Maps Infrastructure?
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As you may know, Microsoft and Nokia signed a deal last month, aimed at creating a “third horse” in the smartphone race (alongside Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms [kind of insulting to RIM, no?]). As part of the deal, …

Microsoft adCenter Getting Some New Local Features Microsoft adCenter Getting Some New Local Features
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Microsoft adCenter plans to launch new local features for Bing in the U.S. aimed at helping businesses reach local audiences. These include radius targeting for search ads, new local search ad attributes, and “Bing VIsion”. “These new mobile local ad …

Blekko Already Powers Search on Topix After Just Six Months of Existence Blekko Already Powers Search on Topix After Just Six Months of Existence
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Blekko announced that it will begin powering the search functionality on local news aggregation site Topix, calling it “an unprecedented partnership for a search engine not yet six months old.” That Topix is turning to such a young search engine …

Daily Deals Space Gets More Crowded as AT&T Enters the Ring Daily Deals Space Gets More Crowded as AT&T Enters the Ring
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Add another provider to the growing list of daily deal options for customers and businesses. Believe it or not, this one comes from another established, well-known brand (actually two well-known brands). A representative for AT&T tells WebProNews, “AT&T plans to …

Google Talks Mobile, Local and CPA At Goldman Sachs Con Google Talks Mobile, Local and CPA At Goldman Sachs Con

Here are my notes on the interesting points in Google’s presentation to Goldman Sachs’ Tech and Internet Conference. It’s noteworthy not just for seeing the trends in where they’re going, but for the principles that govern their thinking and the …

TalkBin Acquired by Google for Local Business Customer Engagement TalkBin Acquired by Google for Local Business Customer Engagement

Google has acquired a company called TalkBin (spawned from Y Combinator) for an undisclosed sum. TalkBin describes itself as a way for your business to deliver better customer experience by letting customers use their mobile phones to communicate to your …

Google Panda Update Helps Local Search Results Google Panda Update Helps Local Search Results
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As we continue to look at the fallout of the Google Panda update (more so since its international roll-out), we have yet more data to sink our teeth into. Have you noticed an increase in local results since the Panda …

Google Offers – Is Groupon in Trouble? Google Offers – Is Groupon in Trouble?
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I’m sure you recall when Groupon turned down a reported $6 billion offer from Google a few months back. Many (not all) thought Groupon was crazy to turn it down, considering how many daily deal/offers sites have been coming out …

eBay Buys WHERE to Expand in Local and Mobile eBay Buys WHERE to Expand in Local and Mobile

eBay announced today that it has agreed to acquire location media company WHERE in an effort to better position eBay in the local and mobile commerce spaces. “Local commerce companies like WHERE are blurring the lines between in-store and online …

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 …