Apple Maps Is More Important To Your Business Than Ever

If you run a small business and aren’t taking Apple Maps seriously as a place where people will find your business, you may want to rethink that. Do you pay attention to your business listing in Apple Maps? Have you…

Google Pilots Local Business Markup for Knowledge Panels

Last week, Google launched the Google My Business API to let big businesses and third parties integrate with the Google My Business platform and publish updates to customers on Google Search and Google Maps. Businesses can use the API to…

Facebook Professional Services Is Pretty Similar To Facebook Places…but for Services

Earlier this year, Facebook put out a new local search and discovery tool at Facebook.com/places, giving users a look at places with Facebook Pages, including those your friends have been to (with their comments) and others with reviews from strangers.…

Google My Business Now Lets You Close, Reopen Business Locations

Google announced on its Advertiser Community site that Google My Business will now let you mark a location closed in the list view to keep users up to date. You can also now reopen a location if need be. Google’s…

Google Lists Google My Business Listing Visibility Factors

Update: Google has changed language to remove “clicks”. Very interesting. Your business listings on Google aren’t going to do much for you if people don’t see them. Just having one isn’t enough. You need to make sure it’s optimized. Google…

Pinterest Updates Billions Of Place Pins With Location Data And Info

Two years ago, Pinterest launched Place Pins adding a travel magazine-like experience to the popular social/search site. These enabled users to see information like the address of a place, phone numbers, etc. in a format designed to look natural to…

Google My Business Gets A Refresh

Google announced the launch of a new redesign for Google May Business. This includes updated navigation, which the company says is aimed at making it easier to access the product’s primary features and providing better access to multiple locations for…

Study: Local Search Gets Local Businesses More Clicks, Calls Than Any Other Channel

Facebook may be doing more with is ads to help local businesses, but local search is still much more effective. BrightLocal recently released results from a survey (via Search Engine Land) finding that local search drives more clicks and calls…

Where Your Business Needs To Be Listed For Apple Maps

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been three years since Apple dropped Google Maps from iOS in favor of its own maps offering. It got off to a rocky start, and Google would later offer iPhone users a new Maps…

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…