This morning (April 29th), Google rolled out ‘Google Now’ for iOS! Google Now is a notification card system integrated into the Google Search app for iOS, available for the iPad and iPhone. Read On
Category Archives: Local Maps
Isn’t it amazing how far we have come since the days of advertising in phonebooks and newspapers? Not to say there isn’t a place in this world for print marketing, but how cool are all the emerging internet tools that help us distribute information? Not only does internet marketing make it easy for consumers to find information, but it also gives businesses tools that help them connect with their clients on a personal level.
Ranking on Google Maps is one of the most cost effective ways for any business owner to find targeted customers. While you definitely want a high Google Maps ranking, not all of the same old SEO tricks work on Google Maps. Here are some quick tips to help you rank high while avoiding mistakes that may result in a penalty. Read On
As of December 13, 2012, Google Maps is officially live for iOS users. This means iPhone and iPad users now have easy mobile access to Google Local search maps, ratings, reviews, and step-by-step voice directions. This is great news for any business, as your local search marketing efforts will pay off ten fold.
Is your business on the map? Last year Google noted that nearly half of all searches from mobile devices have local intent. More people are searching for products and services close to their current location, and it’s no wonder Google is favoring local results in their search results. When your business is visible to this increasing online demand, customers can get directions to your store, customers are more willing to buy, and your reputation thrives.
Google is constantly changing its algorithms and platforms. What once was a new phenomenon is now old news. On May 30, 2012, Google officially announced the merge from Places to Google+ Local. Eighty million Places pages that were once part of Google Places Maps were converted to Google+ Local pages.
Let’s face it: a company that wants to be seen as credible needs to have some sort of online presence. A lot of companies have websites and can benefit from Google Places, but what about companies that don’t have any online presence?
The companies without websites can really benefit from this free product by accessing a phenomenal 97% of customers searching for local businesses like theirs online. This, in a lot of cases, can make it or break it for some startup companies who are working to get an online presence and don’t have a lot to spend. Read On
There has already been a lot of conversation in the SEO industry about how various keyword rankings have increased or lowered on Google for local results, so I won’t rehash that too much here.
However, I did want to share my experience with one of my locally based business websites and one of my “national” business website and their respective rankings for local keywords. Read On
Google Hotpot just launched yesterday and I got to tell you, it’s pretty cool. You can very quickly rate all your favorite restaurants and businesses. Even better, you can friend all your Google contacts and then compete to see who rates the most businsses. If you have an Android phone with location based services enabled it even suggests places you’ve already been.
This week, Google announced some new changes to improve local search and promote Maps listings. Well, that sits just perfectly with us. Here at OrangeSoda, we’ve been offering organic search optimization for four years and local optimization for nearly two years. Google Places marks an important change that will bring those two things together and—just in time—we’re announcing CitrusBlast, the best of both worlds. Read On