Archive for April, 2013

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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7 Lessons from 7 Years of Blogging

Filed in Blogging, MY BEST POSTS by Matt McGee on April 20, 2013 17 Comments
7 Lessons from 7 Years of Blogging

This blog turned seven years old on Thursday. It began on April 18, 2006 with a poorly-optimized and completely forgettable blog post that I titled not after a U2 song, but after a Rolling Stones song: Start Me Up. That same day, I posted a second article — about the blogroll I used to maintain. […]

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Most Internet Time is Spent on Social Media, Experian Says

Filed in Social Media by Matt McGee on April 17, 2013 3 Comments
Most Internet Time is Spent on Social Media, Experian Says

Social networking is (again) the activity that internet users spend the most time doing. It’s been this way for a few years now, and Experian’s latest report confirms it’s still the case. Experian says that, in the U.S., 27 percent of every hour spent online is spent on social networks and forums — that’s about […]

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Facebook, Like Google, Does Feet-on-the-Street Outreach to Local Businesses

Filed in Social Media, Statistics by Matt McGee on April 15, 2013 1 Comment
Facebook, Like Google, Does Feet-on-the-Street Outreach to Local Businesses

Maybe I’m the last to know this, but Facebook is doing feet-on-the-street outreach to small business owners in the U.S., and has apparently been doing them for the past year or so. The latest one happened on Saturday in the small town of Dixon, Illinois, as part of the community’s monthly Second Saturdays event. There’s […]

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If I Were Launching a New Small Business Website Today (2013 Version)

Filed in MY BEST POSTS, Small Biz Marketing by Matt McGee on April 12, 2013 27 Comments
If I Were Launching a New Small Business Website Today (2013 Version)

You just launched your new small business. Congrats! But now what? You’ve got a great website and you’re ready to start selling widgets or generating new leads. You’re ready to start making money. You know the internet is gonna be a huge part of that. You know you need to be visible online where potential […]

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