Unannounced desktop feature enables users to find highest rated businesses in their area on Facebook. Early in November, Facebook prompted me with a carousel to review locations I had visited around this time last year. This early move by Facebook to create more relevant community feedback content for businesses seems especially relevant now that we’ve seen
Smartphones have become ubiquitous in the shopping process, from discovery to comparison-shopping to actually completing transactions. The trend to mobile has dramatically and permanently changed the way shoppers look for local business information. People are increasingly searching for local business data while they’re on the go and even while in-store considering a purchase. In fact,
By Tyler Ludwig / Interactive Marketing Manager, Rio SEO Spring is finally here…and so are the countless ways you can bring local SEO into your marketing campaigns for 2014! The days where a business owner could simply have a website and submit his or her information to Google Places are long gone. If you’re a multi-location brand, doing this for hundreds or thousands of local businesses is simply not scalable. Fortunately getting a jump-start for spring can be achieved with five essential updates to your existing marketing campaigns:
Real-time Local Business Updates Garner Multi-location Businesses Local Search Engine Visibility SAN DIEGO, Feb. 19, 2014 – Rio SEO, the leader in local SEO automation and local listing management software, today announced direct API (Application Programming Interface) integration with Factual to automate syndication of relevant and enhanced local business listings through its search platform. Factual is a data company that enables developers, publishers, and advertisers to build relevant mobile experiences using the context of location.
By Bill Connard / VP of Local Search Solutions Retailers with multiple physical locations face unique challenges in local search. Chief among them is the fact that managing local SEO for stores requires an ever-increasing knowledge base and skill set. As map listings, reviews and ratings, discussions and user-generated content have converged with your own SEO efforts in impacting your local search rankings, it’s become crystal clear that manual, time and labor intensive SEO management methods have outlived their utility. Marketers have a responsibility to their brand or client to ensure the greatest performance at the lowest possible cost – to generate the best ROI. While SEO practitioners have historically struggled to prove this value, the volume and depth of the data now at our fingertips makes the value of local SEO both measurable and defensible.
Local Business Listing Management to the Three Major Data Aggregators is the Last Mile for Local Search
By Bill Connard / VP of Local Search Solutions Last month, I discussed the significance of Google’s new Local Carousel and analyzed the sliders impact on the local search space. With the recent excitement around this new dynamic local element and the remarkable increase of mobile searches, the need to distribute accurate local business listing information is the last defining factor in local SEO. A major part of distributing local business listings is submitting optimized local business information to the three top data aggregators.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, sales in 2012 from eCommerce were $186 billion, and sales at physical stores in the U.S. totaled $4.3 trillion.* As a growing number of local networks and directories appear in the local search ecosystem, multilocation businesses and big brands are challenged to accurately optimize and distribute their business listing information. It is vital to local businesses and national brands alike to have placement not just in the search engines, but to understand how each data aggregator can enhance distribution efforts and to embrace social marketing opportunities. To assist with automating these challenges, there are a number of best practices, analytics and automation tools available to marketers that will be described in this report.