In competitive local retail markets, brands must do everything in their power to be seen and located. Consumers are constantly searching for goods and services near them—often even while they’re already in retail stores, looking at products. Multi-location retailers need smart, scalable local SEO strategies to increase online visibility, convert more potential customers and ultimately boost revenue. These five local SEO strategies are critical to get right across the brand.
In mid-December, Google launched its new Google My Business API, allowing brands and developers alike to automate the management of their business listings without the need for bulk files and tedious spreadsheets. Now, local marketers can create and edit locations via the API. But they can also manage special hours, control access at the local
Over the past couple of years, local search marketing has become a necessity for every business, big or small. To compete in local markets, you must make sure your business is present on Google, Bing and Yelp. However, big brands have struggled to make their marketing dollars produce the maximum benefit. Traditionally, brands have looked
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,
Search and digital marketing has evolved. With the evolution, it increasingly aids consumers in finding real-world products and locations. Clearly, a more sophisticated approach to identifying search-to-in-store-sales is needed now. Consumers are more mobile-focused than ever. For example, smartphones dominate, accounting for 60% of our digital media time. Likewise, earlier this year we also learned
Earlier this month, Google modified the map results. It renders three local business results rather than the seven that have graced desktop local search for the past several years. The ‘map pack’ terminology used by the search community has been degraded to ‘stack pack,’ ‘snack pack’ for restaurants or for those more upset at the
Rankings in local results are a critical consideration for businesses. This is especially true given the great commercial intent and physical proximity of local searchers. Yet how accurately can your brand measure rankings for locations within neighborhoods? We recently played host to Local Search Summit: Spring Into Local event in San Diego. There, I was
Last week in sunny San Diego, Community Manager for Google My Business Jade Wang opened Rio SEO’s Local Search Summit conference with an information-packed keynote for local and multi-location marketers. Wang launched her Going Local with Google presentation at Local Search Summit by identifying Google’s goals in local search: to help searchers discover new places and
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.
This month, thousands of franchise business leaders and entrepreneurs came together in Las Vegas for the International Franchise Association 2015 convention. Rio SEO was there in the expo hall and had a steady stream of franchise executives and owners dropping by. Many expressed that they still don't understand local search when it comes to franchise