Local Search

Foursquare Opens Up Its Local Search Engine, Adds Business Scores

Filed in Local Search by Matt McGee on October 16, 2012 0 Comments
Foursquare Opens Up Its Local Search Engine, Adds Business Scores

You don’t have to be a Foursquare user to use Foursquare’s local search engine anymore. It’s open and live to anyone at foursquare.com/explore. And, by the way, Foursquare spruced up the look and feel not long ago and it looks terrific. I gave Foursquare Explore a pretty long writeup earlier this year when it moved […]

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Beginning of the end for Google/Zagat?

Filed in Google, Local Search by Matt McGee on October 11, 2012 2 Comments
Beginning of the end for Google/Zagat?

Google made a couple small changes yesterday to how it integrates the Zagat rating system into local business reviews and local search. In a nutshell, Zagat scores are no longer associated with individual reviews. Review writers don’t have to provide a 0-3 score when leaving a review, and Zagat scores don’t show up anymore when […]

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OpenTable Has More Restaurant Reviews Than Yelp (Who Knew?!?)

Filed in Local Search, Statistics by Matt McGee on September 5, 2012 4 Comments
OpenTable Has More Restaurant Reviews Than Yelp (Who Knew?!?)

This caught me by surprise when it crossed my desk this afternoon: OpenTable is saying that it has more than 15 million restaurant reviews. Really? OpenTable? That’s half of the 30 million reviews that Yelp reported in its last earnings call — but Yelp is counting reviews in all categories. If you’re just counting places […]

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Business.txt Looks Like a Great Idea for Local Visibility

Filed in Local Search by Matt McGee on August 31, 2012 7 Comments
Business.txt Looks Like a Great Idea for Local Visibility

Wouldn’t it be great for small business owners if, rather than having to seek out and manage their business listings on dozens of local directories, they could manage that information solely on their own websites? That’s what Business.txt would do, and it seems to me like a great idea. It was proposed a few days […]

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6 Things to Know About the Yelp-Bing Local Data Partnership

Filed in Bing, Local Search by Matt McGee on August 14, 2012 3 Comments
6 Things to Know About the Yelp-Bing Local Data Partnership

Two months ago, Bing and Yelp announced a local content partnership that looks like a win-win for both parties. For Yelp, the deal offers increased exposure and is part of what’s been a pretty great year when you factor in its growing visibility in Apple’s iOS, too. For Bing, which stopped accepting user reviews last […]

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Yelp’s Traffic & Review Count Have Doubled in the Past 18 Months

Filed in Local Search, Statistics by Matt McGee on August 1, 2012 7 Comments
Yelp’s Traffic & Review Count Have Doubled in the Past 18 Months

Yelp announced its latest quarterly earnings today, but rather than the financials, these are the numbers that caught my eye: Cumulative reviews grew 54% year over year to more than 30 million Average monthly unique visitors grew 52% year over year to more than 78 million Both of those numbers are about double what they […]

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