In November, Google responded to user feedback with a newly designed Google+. It’s streamlined and has an emphasis on communities and collections. The company rebuilt it across all mediums. So the site is consistent and easy to use on any format. However, your local business should continue to direct customers to Google Maps. […]
Bing now powering over 1/3 of the search market-the company officially powers AOL Search and increases their share of the local search market
Microsoft and AOL’s 10-year contract is official. Bing now powers AOL’s web, mobile and tablet search. As of January 1st, AOL is displaying paid search ads and algorithmic organic search results from Bing. According to Microsoft, Bing is now the source of approximately a third of U.S. PC Internet searches. The AOL deal […]
Google is Shifting Away from Google+ Pages. Your Local Listings and Online Customer Reviews Will Be Affected.
For months, Google has been making an effort to phase out the association between Google+ and Google Maps. Google+ pages don’t even appear in most search results anymore and listings are automatically pointed to Google Maps. Google+ first launched in June of 2011. It was actually Google’s fourth attempt to compete against sites […]
Facebook Testing a Real Local Search Site; Get Ready to Step Up Your Local SEO and Review Monitoring Activities
With Facebook adding starred reviews at the end of 2013 and partnerting with Factual recently to include millions of more store pages, we knew a local search portal was not far away. Although it has been live for close to a month, Facebook has yet to promote their new local search engine (https://www.facebook.com/services/) to the mass public. […]
What are the Most Important Local Search KPI’s According to Local Business Owners? They Ranked them by Importance. Website Traffic and Online Review Monitoring Tied for Third. Which Metrics Took the Top Two Spots?
This past August, a survey was conducted online among 583 local business owners throughout the world, most of them being from the United States. They were asked to rank the importance of a number of local search KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) including: phone calls, search ranking, website traffic, online reviews and ratings, website enquires, citation […]
Pinterest has Updated Their Place Pins Giving Them the Potential to Rival Yelp and Giving You One More Reason to Monitor Your Online Reviews and Local SEO
Pinterest just added location data to its current Place Pin service feature, with listings and reviews powered by Foursquare. With their extensive reach, this just became another key site for your business to monitor. As they continue to enhance their Place Pins with valuable and accurate business information, Pinterest gains momentum as a social media […]
American Blue Ribbon Holdings Leverages Customers Engagement Through Utilization of Chatmeter’s Services
American Blue Ribbon Holdings, the eighth largest full service restaurant holding company in the United States, has always placed an emphasis on guest feedback. ABRH has created a process to monitor and respond to customer feedback by utilizing Chatmeter’s Services to monitor their restaurants’ reputation and online listings. Online reviews are now considered one of […]
Zomato is Stealing the Restaurant Local Search Market with One Purchase. Who is Zomato and How Does it Affect Your Restaurant’s Local SEO and Offline Traffic?
As of January 2015, Zomato acquired Urbanspoon for a reported $50-60 million. You may ask, who is Zomato? How can they easily buy out an online monster in the world of Restaurant Local Search? Zomato is actually the largest Restaurant Review Site in the world, even more popular than Yelp in every country except the US […]
In recent years Facebook has transformed from a widely popular social media site to a platform integral for many businesses’ and brands’ success. According to a study done by Kendall College, 58% of consumers who plan to buy products in store visit businesses’ Facebook pages before purchasing. Clearly, people no longer only use Facebook as […]
Partnering with Chatmeter has led to an Astronomical 3600% Better Visibility [Search Rankings] Online for Medical Facilities of America, Inc.
Medical Facilities of America, Inc. (“MFA”), partnered with Chatmeter over 12 months ago in an effort to improve their facilities’ online presence, manage their listings and monitor their reputation online. The skilled nursing and rehabilitation company has been using Chatmeter’s reputation and listing accuracy solution to alert them of resident feedback and identify any inaccurate […]