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    Local Reporting Software

    Is anyone using and loving a reporting software or bits and pieces of a few ?
    I need to automate this area a bit more. Any advice would be appreciated.
    Last edited by Linda Buquet; 12-10-2012 at 07:03 PM. Reason: (Oops, just realized this was posted in Consultants corner. Could fit in either but I'm moving to tools section.)

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    re: Local Reporting Software

    I'm using Bright Local for client reporting. I really like the simplicity and clarity of their Ranking report.

    Cindy

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    Question re: Local Reporting Software

    I haven't been using anything specifically for local search as a lot of my clients are nationwide. I have been using Raven but now am disappointed that they will not be offering the SERP ranking any longer. Does anyone know of a comparably priced tool that will continue to offer the SERP rankings?

    On another note . . . do the local search reporting tools provide for nationwide reporting also?

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    re: Local Reporting Software

    I recommend and use Bright Local and Places Scout.

    Here is an older review I did about Places Scout and all it's features. (Although a ton has been added since that post and now it even does Reputation Management and citation finding and other stuff too.)

    They both have tons of features and each has it's own strengths.

    But Janet, it's tough to find anything that does great local AND great national. It's usually one or the other. The regular organic or national tracking programs are not usually as fully featured for local. (For instance Scout shows you if each keyword is ranking in the old pack algo OR the new blended algo and even can shows how the client is ranking in nearby towns visually on a map.) But come to think of it, I think both could track national too???

    Ya I read about Raven and Google. Really too bad they were forced to make that decision.
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    re: Local Reporting Software

    I also like Places Scout and I learned all about it in Linda's Blog. I have had issues trying to use it to track National but now that you mention it Linda I wonder if I had something set wrong. I am going to break it back out and see what it can do for National as well as Local. Locally I love it! But as Linda mentioned I have not found one that I love for both, YET! I am still looking!

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    re: Local Reporting Software

    Marie, Mark is awesome for support and programmed the software to be so flexible it can do almost anything. BUT that flexibility makes it a little complicated to configure just the way you want. Contact him if you need help through the support link and he'll help you get set up right.
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    re: Local Reporting Software

    I agree with Linda, Places Scout is a favorite of mine. The functions are easy to use and keep me ahead of the game when it comes to local search optimization. It gets my vote.

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    re: Local Reporting Software

    I use both. Bright Local has nicer looking reports and does a good job of handling both organic and local rankings. The Interface is quite polished and easy to use. You can also setup automated reporting. I believe there is still a free trial period to get a feel for the tool.

    Places Scout excels as a research tool. It has a feature that helps you find potential clients based on keywords, search ranking, location and other criteria. Mark's support is really top-notch. He puts out fixes and updates continuously. The price point of the program is also quite low compared to other tools (it's an annual subscription). Although I haven't used it much, a lot of work has gone into the new Reputation Management module that works similar to Darren Shaw's Local Citation Finder.

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    re: Local Reporting Software

    Janet,
    It might be worth taking a look at AnalyticsSEO if you want to continue checking national ranking reports. It also offers some handy site audit checks, competitor analysis and other stuff as well. Here's a link to a blog post on their site from yesterday addressing the changes Raven Tools have made.
    If you're just looking to track local rankings then BrightLocal would be the one to go with.
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    re: Local Reporting Software

    Bright Local is still offering the 30 days free trial offer. I will check it out! I like Places Scout a lot for the research it provides. thanks for all of the information.

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