Local Search

Yelp: 1.1 Million Claimed Local Business Profiles

Filed in Local Search by Matt McGee on May 1, 2013 5 Comments
Yelp: 1.1 Million Claimed Local Business Profiles

Yelp had a strong earnings report today, which you can read about there on Search Engine Land if interested. In short: revenues are up, losses down, and record-setting traffic. The number that caught my eye was this: Yelp has 1.1 million claimed local business profiles. That came out during the earnings call. It’s the total [...]

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Foursquare’s Getting Aggressive in Asking For User Tips, Reviews, Etc.

Filed in Local Search by Matt McGee on April 30, 2013 0 Comments
Foursquare’s Getting Aggressive in Asking For User Tips, Reviews, Etc.

I just got back from a trip to Cleveland and, less than 24 hours after I landed, Foursquare sent me this email: It’s pretty much a walk-through of every check-in I made over four days. More importantly, it’s begging for me to give Foursquare more data than just the basic check-in. Foursquare likes to mention [...]

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Bing Places For Business replaces Bing Business Portal

Filed in Bing, Local Search by Matt McGee on April 25, 2013 7 Comments
Bing Places For Business replaces Bing Business Portal

This is interesting: Bing has just announced a significant change to its local business listing management platform. The name is changing from Bing Business Portal to Bing Places for Business (just like Google’s name for its similar platform), and a lot of what I’d call the expanded functionality from the old Business Portal is being [...]

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Google Starts Upgrading Local Business Dashboard

Filed in Google, Local Search by Matt McGee on April 3, 2013 2 Comments
Google Starts Upgrading Local Business Dashboard

Just a quick note for anyone who may have missed it: Google has started upgrading the Google Places dashboard with some stronger ties to the new Google+ Local experience. I did a fairly brief overview of what’s new on Search Engine Land. And there are some other articles I recommend: Google’s Joel Headley gives a [...]

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Foursquare Gives Business Owners a Management App

Filed in Local Search by Matt McGee on January 29, 2013 1 Comment
Foursquare Gives Business Owners a Management App

This is a nice touch from Foursquare, I think. They’ve created a mobile app that business owners can use to help manage their Foursquare listing. The app is available for both iPhone and Android devices, and is obviously meant to appeal to business owners that don’t have time to sit at a computer and keep [...]

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What Local Search Looks Like in Facebook’s New Graph Search

Filed in Local Search, Social Media by Matt McGee on January 16, 2013 6 Comments
What Local Search Looks Like in Facebook’s New Graph Search

Facebook announced a substantial upgrade to its search function on Tuesday called Facebook Graph Search. (An awful name, by the way. Wow.) It’s not search in the way that we search Google or Bing for info that’s somewhere out there on the web; this is Facebook-centric search for information that’s inside Facebook’s walls. It’s search [...]

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