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    Google Adds New LOCAL Carousel View On iPad

    Cool! Imagine if Jade set up a Hangout with Justin or Nate or Rosy from tech support and 6 or 7 local merchants like me in the service area business, a small and a larger retailer, etc. Send some personal invites to a Hangout, share some screens, watch each other work, ask questions, see what...
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    Google Adds New LOCAL Carousel View On iPad

    Ha! Laughing so hard I nearly fell off my chair! Why on earth would I spend money on a platform that has no predictability, reliability or consistency? I have about a dozen offers for $100 credits for AdWords, etc. All to drive consumers to my G+Local page? I don't think so. For all I know...
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    HOT Google Review Trick & Great Example of Why we Have a Review Spam Filter

    Hi Michael - merging the pages WILL NOT solve the problem. It may make this problem worse while adding new problems. As Linda said MERGING pages is STRONGLY DISCOURAGED right now. Check to make sure that when you start the search that you are on your G+ stream, not in the Local tab-view. Only...
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    HOT Google Review Trick & Great Example of Why we Have a Review Spam Filter

    This arbitrary, random appearance of reviews, whether legit or spam, really indicates to me that reviews on Google+ Local are pretty much useless. I don't trust them, I don't care anymore if they show up for us because I know that there is no way to know whether a list of reviews is truly...
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    HOT Google Review Trick & Great Example of Why we Have a Review Spam Filter

    I had actually tripped across this trick a while ago. I guess I didn't realize how valuable it was. Not to toot my own horn, though, what happened when I tried to use the info I gathered is what's important. This trick showed the trail that had formed as local-help did their machinations of...
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    Does Google Hate Small Businesses? Asks Hubspot

    Well, here's the SMB manager whose part time job is handling online marketing for my company. You are right, Linda, I don't have time for this! As a sales and customer service guy my expertise is in handling customers in person/on the phone. It's fallen on me to manage our online presence...
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    New Feature? Add Your Own Private Contact Details

    I guess that makes it a Freudian typo!!!
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    New Feature? Add Your Own Private Contact Details

    I haven't actually claimed my +Local page ever since God Google shut down the one I had claimed, then put all my reviews on an unclaimed page attributed to us even though we didn't actually have an address in the city where they put us (purely based on the phone exchange). So I have been...
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    Yahoo LOCAL is on Back Burner for Now Says Marissa Mayer

    Yahoo could collapse, it's true. And it would be a shame leaving so little competition in the search space. Are we destined for a world of colossus monopolies? Will Google or MS-Bing buy all those Excite/Yahoo email accounts? Even as much as Yahoo has become an irrelevant also-ran with a murky...
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    Yahoo LOCAL is on Back Burner for Now Says Marissa Mayer

    I can't say I blame Yahoo for the decision. Google has proven that even with massive resources to bring it's awful hard to do Local well. Offering free information to consumers on businesses that is accurate is hard enough. Adding in dynamic content like reviews and other consumer-generated...
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    WOW Bing LIVE Chat Support - Why Can't Google Local Offer This?

    Yep! I used it last week to claim the 1st of our 3 listings on Bing. The tech sat there idle while I stepped thru the process. Then he signed off and sent me a follow up email with the transcript with a link to re-initiate the session anytime I want. 3 things about this: 1) yes the chat support...
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    New Google+ Local Photo Guidelines - No More Logos and No Ugly Mugs!

    Either Google is run by "Some engineer geek" or the 20-somethings that have never had a job outside of Google. Every Google HOA I see doesn't have a soul over 25 years old. Where did all the gray hair go???
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