We all know a business doesn’t blossom overnight. Once the signs are up and the staff is hired you can’t just sit around waiting for customers to walk in the door. Your first thought is probably to start advertising but there are a few steps before that. These steps will help you no matter whether you own a small business or franchise, or whether or not you have a marketing team working with you. Read More
In this digital economy, ecommerce websites really need to be creative and unique to generate traffic (and stand out from the competition) in the most cost-effective way. Long-standing brick and mortar retailers have added their products to the growing list of ecommerce websites. Online shopping is so hugely popular that places like Amazon, that sells anything you could need and deliver it to your door quickly and sometimes for free, eclipse the little guys that are struggling for their footing on the rocky climb to search engine relevance. Read More
Welcome to our three-part series on Google Search for Businesses! We’ll share the whole series over the next week. Stay tuned for more!
If you’re a business owner, you’ve likely set up a Google business listing at some point. Your current business info on Google is not only the #1 source for your customers in finding your business and affecting your bottom line, but did you know that your listing also serves as a bullhorn to other business sites? Read More
Local search allows customers to find businesses in their area quickly and easily. That’s why local SEO remains an important business tool.
An estimated 7 billion local searches are done from computers and mobile devices, with many of these being completed by people looking for info on businesses and services near them, in the moment. If you’ve ignored local search options in favor for other marketing methods, you’re missing out.7 billion local searches are made from computers & mobile devices - is your local search… Click To Tweet
You can also avoid making some of the same mistakes others make when it comes to local SEO. Here are a few things you’ll want to pay close attention to when launching a strong local search campaign. Even if your business is small, it’s worth the effort to establish local SEO.
If there’s one thing we preach loudly and consistently about when it comes to local search, it’s the importance of a correct, consistent Name, Address, Phone Number, and URL — also known as NAPU — across the web.
Both searchers and search engines need to be able to quickly locate this core information about your business. When information isn’t present or is incorrect or inconsistent, it creates confusion and frustration and potentially costs you business. That’s why it’s crucial for you to set up or claim and correct core business listings, including Google My Business.
Does this mean there’s an apocalypse in store for you if you decide to relocate? Not if you follow the proper steps. There’s a way for you to move locations without permanently damaging your local search presence. Here’s how.
Some online review sites make joining and claiming your business a thorough and time-consuming event. Yahoo Local understands that your time is precious, so they make their process extremely simple. Just add in some basic information, upload some photos, and you’re good to go.
It was official as of March 20, but with the weather finally cooperating and bringing warm temperatures, it now feels real: it is spring, which means it is time for spring cleaning.
Sure, this should include tidying up your home and even brightening up your office, but when it comes to small businesses, spring cleaning must also entail examining and adjusting your online marketing strategy.
If you haven’t heard, we’ve recently said goodbye to Google Places and hello to Google Plus Local.
At Turn the Page, we’ve anticipated this merge for months assuming that Google+ would become more relevant for local search. The time has come and we are busy making the most of these changes for our clients.
Local Search- Now More Social
Google’s goal of creating a single web experience for users has taken its next step. Google has now integrated Google Plus Local into its networking site to allow users to share information about local shops and restaurants.
With social networking being a huge part of our lives and our businesses, people look to online resources when making a decision. We often seek the opinions of our friends and family as well as the reviews of others before making a purchase. The new “Local” tab on a Google+ page allows users to search for local restaurants, hotels and more with a full integration of reviews, ratings, and comments.
Converting Your Listing
In order for your business to take advantage of Google+ Local, it will need a verified G+ page. A Google places listing will not merge without it. If your business has this in place, the conversion should have been painless.
So is this beneficial? We think so. A consumer now has several ways to find you- Google Search, Google Maps, Google+ Search or in Mobile Apps- and now will have a very consistent experience.
Users then receive a much more engaging experience with reviews and several sources of information. Not only is it more visually interesting than Places was, but it is inviting to social interactions as well.
For a user, by choosing the Local tab, they are given a few options. They can simply browse the home page content for local businesses or they can conduct a search similar to a Google.com search. Two search boxes are visible allowing a category search as well as a location. Of course, Google knows your location, but in case you wanted to conduct a not so local search.
Zagat > Yelp ?
Integrated into this new local tab is Google’s Zagat which includes reviews, rating and comments from friends. Rather than a business being rated on a 1-5 star scale, Zagat allows users to fill out a more comprehensive review.
This helps to separate components such as food, service and atmosphere instead of being forced to factor them all into one. Zagat’s more complex scoring system prevents scores from converging and allows for a much more accurate review.
Changes to Mobile
Android devices have already seen these changes in Google Maps for Mobile. Still pending is app updates to iOS. However, Apple users may never see this based on predictions of its own Maps replacing Google Maps for the iPhone this summer.
Overall, these changes in Google+ Local and the integration of Zagat reviews provide a more useful local search experience for consumers. We are also excited about the large degree of social and recommended content that Google+ Local and Zagat have to offer.
For more information about getting your business active on Google+ Local, contact Turn the Page Online Marketing.
Bing is playing catch up with Google and received a boost from its close relationship with Facebook. The Bing Business Portal has a new look and feel with great additional benefits for local business. You simply have to claim and verify your business location.