Archive for January, 2012

January ’12: Best Search/Marketing Posts

Filed in Link Roundups by Matt McGee on January 31, 2012 0 Comments
January ’12: Best Search/Marketing Posts

Here’s my roundup of the best search/marketing posts I found and read during January. If you’re new to this blog, this is a monthly feature that began way back in 2007. You can find earlier “Best Of”s for each month in the Link Roundups category archive. I never include my own posts in these end-of-month […]

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As Promised, Google Unmerged and Re-Merged My Wife’s Google Places Listing

Filed in Google, Local Search by Matt McGee on January 30, 2012 10 Comments
As Promised, Google Unmerged and Re-Merged My Wife’s Google Places Listing

The fun continues with my wife’s business listing in Google Places! As expected, Google has unmerged her listing with the Windermere Real Estate office in Richland. But it’s since re-merged the listing and created an even bigger mess. Ready to follow along? Google emailed to let me know the merged-with-Richland issue was being fixed. Sure […]

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The Inc. 500 Is Blogging Less? It May Not Be What It Seems

Filed in Blogging, Statistics by Matt McGee on January 30, 2012 0 Comments
The Inc. 500 Is Blogging Less? It May Not Be What It Seems

I woke up this morning and found a lot of buzz on Twitter about this ReadWriteWeb story that reports how companies in the Inc. 500 list are blogging less. But that headline may not really explain what’s going on. According to a study from the University of Massachusetts, only 37 percent of companies in the […]

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Hey Dentists: You’re On Avvo

Filed in Directories, Local Search by Matt McGee on January 25, 2012 1 Comment
Hey Dentists: You’re On Avvo

From lawyers to doctors and now … dentists. Avvo has announced that it’s building out a dentists’ directory in the U.S. to complement its existing lawyer and doctor directories. But it sounds like this is still a work in progress. Avvo says dentists from all over the country are available to take part in the […]

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Small Businesses Measure Social Success The Right Way: New Customers

Filed in Social Media, Statistics by Matt McGee on January 24, 2012 5 Comments
Small Businesses Measure Social Success The Right Way: New Customers

This was a pleasure and relief to see: In a new report about small businesses and social media, SMBs listed “new customers” as their most important metric for measuring the success of social media marketing. Whew! Here’s a look at the chart from Borrell Associates, which is based on a survey of almost 4,300 small […]

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Touché Google & Yelp! Foursquare Now Has Restaurant Menus

Filed in Local Search by Matt McGee on January 19, 2012 5 Comments
Touché Google & Yelp! Foursquare Now Has Restaurant Menus

Still not sure if Foursquare is serious about local search? Consider this: The site just added menus thanks to a partnership with SinglePlatform. I’ll explain below why I think this matters. First, how many menus are we talking about? How many restaurants? Foursquare says it’s getting more than 13 million menu items from nearly 250,000 […]

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