Getting More From Your Google Place Page

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I write a fair amount about local search because it’s an important topic that’s only going to become more important as millions upon millions of folks move over to smart phones to do their browsing and shopping. The undisputed leader in all things search is Google and so it’s important to pay close attention to the shifting landscape of local …

Google Lets You Search with Local Recommendations From Specific Friends

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Google announced a new Google Maps feature today, related to the company’s recently launched Hotpot social recommendation product. Now, users can search Google Maps, and request results based on the recommendations of specific friends.  "Most of us know lots of friends, each with very different areas of expertise when it comes to places to recommend. With the recent launch of …

One Thing Small Businesses Can Do Just as Well as Walmart

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Take a look at what Walmart’s doing on Facebook. The retail giant has put together a Groupon-like model for driving sales via its Facebook page, with a Facebook called CrowdSaver. Hat tip to The Next Web for pointing this out.  Walmart’s fans can look at the possible deals Walmart has come up with, and if any one deal gets a …

Yelp Makes Big Changes in Effort to End Extortion Claims

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Local review powerhouse Yelp is rolling out a number of product changes on Tuesday in an effort to put to rest allegations that it hides negative reviews in exchange for money. Such allegations aren’t a new problem for Yelp, but came to a head in February when a class action lawsuit was filed against the company and included the headline-grabbing …