Local Marketing

Google My Business not functioning as expected under the strain of coronavirus

Many updates are taking considerably longer than normal.

Source: searchengineland.com

During this time of crisis, it’s so important for local businesses and companies to make sure they are keeping all of their channels, including their Google My Business listing up to date with special hours, contact information and posts to keep their community informed to any changes or updates.

This was advice that Google had laid out not long ago, but now the listing service has been experiencing delays and functionality issues as local businesses and companies have been flooding the site and Google’s own staff is reduced. That’s not to say they haven’t been trying to avoid these problems – on Friday, Google temporarily disabled new local reviews as well as the ability of businesses to post responses to limit functionality during the crisis.

As such, it is critical to make sure your listing is updated and to be aware of any posting delays to your community. Remember to also update other channels such as your website, social media and local listings to ensure the information is accessible.

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Alexa and Yext and Oh, the Possibilities

Alexa and Yext sales listings

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Should You Stop Asking Your Customers for Reviews?

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Best of Growth Spurts – Our Favorite Posts from March

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Fake Online Locksmiths May Be Out to Pick Your Pocket, Too

They are call centers – often out of state, sometimes in a different country – that use a high-tech ruse to trick Google into presenting them as physical stores in your neighborhood. These operations, known as lead generators, or lead gens for short, keep a group of poorly trained subcontractors on call. After your details […]

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7 Ways to Localize Your Blog – And Never Run Out of Things to Write About Again

Any local business owner knows how important building connections in their community with prospects, customers and other local businesses. And it’s just as important online as it is in person. In our 5 Easy Ways to Make Local Marketing Matter, we show you how to your in-person activities have digital parallels. In this post, we […]

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