Ever since Google rolled out its Pigeon algorithm
for local search last year, local businesses have scrambled to keep up with ever-evolving search criteria to claim those coveted top spots on mobile.
Pigeon was a game changer for local search, as the update altered local results and changed the way that the search engine interpreted location tools. Pigeon also changed search results within Google Maps, which can be either a bust or boon to local businesses, since maps results show up first in Google mobile searches. With so many changes, and so little space on a mobile screen, local businesses must be more focused than ever on optimizing for local search. Here are some top tips to optimize mobile for best results with Pigeon.
Personalization is more than the latest advertising buzzword – it's a movement, driven by consumers' expressed desire for a more relevant, seamless online experience.
Ad technology has made it possible to get ever more granular with our targeting, to the point you can hone in on a single user and personalize to the point of creepiness, if you're so inclined. (But you're not… right?)
Whereas retargeting and any other sort of informed ad seemed to cross the line with consumers even five years ago, today they not only expect a tailored, relevant experience – they demand it. For local brands, personalization is an important tactic to include in an overall local search marketing strategy.
In a recent Yahoo study
, 78 percent of consumers expressed a desire for some kind of content personalization, yet just 37 percent have found online desktop ads relevant to their interests. Mobile advertisers fared worse, with 30 percent of consumers responding they felt ads on their smartphone were relevant, and just 27 percent of mobile app ads resonated with users.
There is possibly no trend less relevant to my day-to-day than #DeflateGate, yet I am fascinated by the trend – from the sheer volume of information available to me to the experts weighing in.
Local SEO has evolved at rapid-fire pace over the last three years, a trend that will continue into 2015. Smart marketers have their eyes on upcoming trends in local and are getting in position to reap maximum benefit.
During the last few weeks, my unfiltered social media (Twitter, Instagram) has been flooded with national current events, largely the non-indictment of Darren Wilson, and then the equally contentious trial of Daniel Pantaleo. In both cases the outcome of non-indictment brought a severe public backlash that flooded my inbox, phone, television and social feeds. In both cases, there was a lack of brands’ understanding that though their content was good, they failed to respond to the context of current events. Audience relevance and timeliness are important to understanding how your message is received, not just what the message itself should contain. continue reading
In our last blog post
for Local Search Insider, we shared creative ways to win the holiday shopping season with top rankings in paid, organic and maps listings. The accuracy and rankings of map listings are critical to connect and convert consumers with immediate needs, as they search for information from within the proximity of a business.
I have a confession to make; I skipped school as a kid to go to Mariners games (sorry Mom and Dad). In my defense, the Mariners were pretty good in those years, which created a lot of fun baseball memories growing up.
Hot on the heels of the latest Penguin update, marketers are scrambling to measure its effects. Penguin 3.0, the first update since October 4th, 2013, completed its rollout early Monday, October 20th. That's right, those who were hit by the last Penguin update waited over a year without an update or refresh to see if their clean-up efforts had done the trick.
Now that retailers are on the tail end of the back-to-school rush – the second busiest shopping period behind the upcoming winter holidays – the question is: How well is your business prepared to dominate local search results for your products and services this year? continue reading
Covario, one of the very large search marketing agencies in the US with over 220* employees, has announced they will be acquired by Dentsu Aegis Network.