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Apple Watch Opens New Doors in Local Search

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The latest Apple device will likely put added pressure on hyper-local searches, making it even more important for businesses to ensure they can be found. The latest Apple device will likely put added pressure on hyper-local searches, making it even more important for businesses to ensure they can be found. 0 Comments

Google My Business: New Tools for Small Business Owners

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Google has created Google My Business, a one-stop shop for small business owners looking to increase their visibility within Google search, Google Maps, and Google+. Users will also be able to access their applications in one place. Google has created Google My Business, a one-stop shop for small business owners looking to increase their visibility within Google search, Google Maps, and Google+. Users will also be able to access their applications in one place. 0 Comments

Google, Where’s My Car? Google Now Adds New Parking Location Card

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Have you ever spent what seems like hours roaming around a large parking lot searching for your car? With the click of a button, a new Google Now update (for Android users only) can save the location of your car as a handy card. Have you ever spent what seems like hours roaming around a large parking lot searching for your car? With the click of a button, a new Google Now update (for Android users only) can save the location of your car as a handy card. 0 Comments

Google+ Pages Dashboards Now Link to Google Analytics

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If your company's Google+ page links back to your website and your site also uses Google Analytics, a Google+ card will appear in your dashboard, showing the number of new visits, unique visitors, and pageviews for your the site linked to that page. If your company's Google+ page links back to your website and your site also uses Google Analytics, a Google+ card will appear in your dashboard, showing the number of new visits, unique visitors, and pageviews for your the site linked to that page. 0 Comments

New Google Bar, Logo Begins Rolling Out

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The Google bar, which appears above the search results and across many of their properties and apps, has a new look. Google has also added a new app grid and updated the color palette and letter shapes of the Google logo as part of the new design. The Google bar, which appears above the search results and across many of their properties and apps, has a new look. Google has also added a new app grid and updated the color palette and letter shapes of the Google logo as part of the new design. 0 Comments

Google Officially Launches Local Results Carousel

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When a user searches for a local results on Google, such as a restaurant or hotel, there is now a horizontal carousel which features thumbnails, ratings, as well as the number of Google+ reviews. Users can then scroll sideways to see more results. When a user searches for a local results on Google, such as a restaurant or hotel, there is now a horizontal carousel which features thumbnails, ratings, as well as the number of Google+ reviews. Users can then scroll sideways to see more results. 0 Comments

New Google Local Listings Carousel Showcases 7 Results Above the Fold

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Google seems to be testing a new style of displaying local search results, such as restaurants, in a unique carousel style that allows a user to scroll sideways through the results. This format is clearly targeting mobile and tablet users. Google seems to be testing a new style of displaying local search results, such as restaurants, in a unique carousel style that allows a user to scroll sideways through the results. This format is clearly targeting mobile and tablet users. 0 Comments

Sen. Schumer Opposes Google Using 'Military-Grade Spy Planes' for Mapping

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Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has voiced his concern with Google's new 3D maps, warning that they could infringe upon the public's privacy. In a letter, Schumer asks Google CEO Larry Page to rethink their implementation of new 3D mapping technology. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has voiced his concern with Google's new 3D maps, warning that they could infringe upon the public's privacy. In a letter, Schumer asks Google CEO Larry Page to rethink their implementation of new 3D mapping technology. 0 Comments

Most People Rely on Search Engines to Find Local Businesses [Study]

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PEWInternet recently conducted a survey in which 1087 adults (age 18 and older) were interviewed in both English and Spanish about their habits when searching for local businesses and restaurants. They were asked about both their online and offline searches and which they were more likely to do. PEWInternet recently conducted a survey in which 1087 adults (age 18 and older) were interviewed in both English and Spanish about their habits when searching for local businesses and restaurants. They were asked about both their online and offline searches and which they were more likely to do. 0 Comments

Google Brings Japan's Tsunami Damage to Street View

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Google has released a compilation of Street View images that cover 44,000 kilometers of the region devastated by Japan's March 11th tsunami and earthquake. Users can view before and after footage as if they were right there, standing on the streets. Google has released a compilation of Street View images that cover 44,000 kilometers of the region devastated by Japan's March 11th tsunami and earthquake. Users can view before and after footage as if they were right there, standing on the streets. 0 Comments

New Google Redesign Ditches Black Navigation Bar

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The Google+ Bar – that black navigation bar containing links to Google's properties – is going away soon. Google is trading in the black nav bar and Google+ sharing tools introduced five months agoin favor of a less cluttered looking "Google Bar." The Google+ Bar – that black navigation bar containing links to Google's properties – is going away soon. Google is trading in the black nav bar and Google+ sharing tools introduced five months agoin favor of a less cluttered looking "Google Bar." 0 Comments

Google Maps Highlights Google Local Recommendations

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Google has added highlighting for businesses in their maps that are tied to recommendations users make through their Google account and others the company thinks match their reviewed locations, further distancing users from review sites like Yelp. Google has added highlighting for businesses in their maps that are tied to recommendations users make through their Google account and others the company thinks match their reviewed locations, further distancing users from review sites like Yelp. 0 Comments

Google Places Now Get Automatic Updates from Users, Crawls

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Google is giving more trust to user reports on the address, hours & operating name of businesses. Submitted updates will show up regardless of business verification, though business owners will receive a notice and have the option to halt the change. Google is giving more trust to user reports on the address, hours & operating name of businesses. Submitted updates will show up regardless of business verification, though business owners will receive a notice and have the option to halt the change. 0 Comments

Google Revamps Places Design, Removes Off-Site Reviews

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Google has revisited the design of its Places pages. The new look is cleaner, involves more calls to action, and – most importantly – removes all the reviews that were being imported from competing sites. Google has revisited the design of its Places pages. The new look is cleaner, involves more calls to action, and – most importantly – removes all the reviews that were being imported from competing sites. 0 Comments

Google Maps API Allows Street View in Grand Theft Auto's Liberty City

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Google's various APIs are designed to allow coders to run amok (in a good way) with Google resources. That's certainly been demonstrated with the Google Maps API, where the GTA community has implemented full Street View on their map of Liberty City. Google's various APIs are designed to allow coders to run amok (in a good way) with Google resources. That's certainly been demonstrated with the Google Maps API, where the GTA community has implemented full Street View on their map of Liberty City. 0 Comments

New Google Ads Expand Offers Arsenal

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Google is trying their damndest to build an effective daily deal and offers service, but it's an uphill struggle. Google's recently added resources for this effort, including early testing of Offer Ads. Google is trying their damndest to build an effective daily deal and offers service, but it's an uphill struggle. Google's recently added resources for this effort, including early testing of Offer Ads. 0 Comments

Canadian Watchdog Wants Privacy Audit Of Google

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Seems auditing Google's privacy policies and actions is becoming a popular demand these days, only months after the FTC required Google to submit to bi annual audits a privacy watchdog is demanding the same be done with Canada. Seems auditing Google's privacy policies and actions is becoming a popular demand these days, only months after the FTC required Google to submit to bi annual audits a privacy watchdog is demanding the same be done with Canada. 0 Comments

6 Ways to Use Social Media to Boost Local Search Results

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Local marketers have embraced social media, and in so doing have discovered half-a-dozen different platforms which divide their attention, effort and time. What is the one most important tactic per platform to impact local search results? Local marketers have embraced social media, and in so doing have discovered half-a-dozen different platforms which divide their attention, effort and time. What is the one most important tactic per platform to impact local search results? 0 Comments