#4 What would be the first thing you would do if you ran Google?

Start charging for Google Plus Business Center and hire Mike Blumenthal to be the Matt Cutts of Local with (at least some of the) the annual revenues. Google’s Local product might be the most complex of any of their offerings both from a technology and a customer service perspective, so I can understand the difficulty of this task.

While not perfect, they made amazing strides with Vanessa Schneider in the public and private forums over the course of the last 12-18 months, but her departure has left a huge void for both search marketers and business owners. Google has needed a public-facing presence with authority to speak to what’s going on in Local since Day One and it’s mind-boggling that haven’t hired Mike to be that person yet.

Linda says: I second #4 re: Blumenthal

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