This is a great article, the just came out today from Jayson DeMers over at Forbes. Number 4 talks about something so important that most local businesses overlook. Read number 4 below and then click through and get the entire article. Great advice to follow if you want to attract more clients to your business. Happy marketing! Leave a comment if number four is something you missed to. There's no shame in it!
4. Sandra didn’t correct her NAP information.In local SEO, NAP stands for your company’s name, address, and phone number—three basic pieces of information that are unique to your company’s identity. Google checks this information, indexes it, and compares it against sources all around the web to help canonize your business’s identity. Unfortunately, Sandra forgot to update her company’s address after moving to a new city, and as a result, there were two distinct versions of her company listed in third-party directories all over the web, leading to a disappearance from the local 3-pack of each city. Fortunately, this setback was reversible, through a local citation clean-up.
What a remarkable announcement! With online reviews for local businesses being important to more than 90% of consumers today, this was very exciting news. If you have a local business it's important that you read this article. the excerpt below is followed by a link to the original article found on smallbiztrends.com.
Angie’s List (NASDAQ:ANGI) has finally torn down its paywall.The online reviews site, which has traditionally charged its visitors a $40 annual fee now has its reviews and ratings available for free. This change, which hasn’t attracted a lot of attention online, does actually have a strong implication for many businesses that use the site in terms of managing online reputation.The recent move simply means that any consumer will now be able to surf the website at no cost and more easily choose a service provider, whether it’s an electrician, a painter or a plumber. And just like Yelp, you will also be able to submit your review at no cost.Angie’s List has always had an edge in the home services market. However, unlike Yelp where it’s hard for businesses to cover up bad reviews, in the case of Angie’s List, bad reviews could only be seen by those who pay to access the site.So, get a bad review on Yelp and the whole world knows. But get a bad review on Angie’s List and subscribers might know, but at least it wasn’t all over the web.All that’s changed now, and it means listed businesses also need to get their acts together.
Read the Entire Article Here: Newly Free Angie’s List Will Increase Appeal of Small Biz Listings
This Is Big News:
Yelp (NYSE:YELP), the online review platform, is looking to make the availability of data and analytics even more accessible with the launch of Yelp Knowledge.
The new partnership program the company announced recently provides access to more than 102 million reviews as well as close to 12 years of historical data with highly structured location attributes, to deliver insights that will let you make informed critical decisions to move your business forward.
Last year, Yelp licensed data and reviews to Sprinklr, a company that helps marketers track what consumers say about them on digital platforms. Terms of the deal or any other specifics were not disclosed at the time, but the official launch of Yelp Knowledge with three new partners Medallia, Reputology, and Revinate indicates things probably went well with Sprinklr.
Read the Entire Article Here: Need Local Business Analytics? Partner Program Opens Yelp Data