Google Launches New Local Search Features

Google Launches New Local Search Features

Google is rolling out new features for local search, as well as new tools to assist journalists with producing locally-relevant stories.

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The State of Local Search 2023 | BrightLocal

Join The State of Local Search 2023, with top local SEO experts Joy Hawkins, Ben Fisher, and Amanda Jordan. The panel will share their insights on the state of local search, followed by a live Q &A.

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00:00:45 Intro
00:04:27 Hot takes/Wild predictions for 2023
00:07:58 What are the 3 biggest changes you’ve seen to local SEO and the local SEO industry last year and why?
00:14:28 Is there one tactic or strategic change that had the most impact on your clients in 2022?
00:18:50 What surprised you the most over the past year – i.e. something that you thought would work but didn’t, or thought wouldn’t work but did?
00:23:52 Can you offer any tips and tricks to be aware of with the NMX, and any new features that can’t be overlooked?
00:29:22 How much can we seriously see AI changing the way local SEOs conduct work?
00:45:37 Apple has now launched Apple Business Connect. What could this mean for the local search landscape?
00:54:16 What’s the single biggest learning you’ll take from 2022 and apply across your client base in 2023?
00:59:32 A discussion on the Local Marketing Confidence Survey 2023
01:05:28 Q &A with the panel

New Google Local & Google Maps Features That Boost Marketing [Podcast]

The key to local business success: Be the first to use Google’s newest marketing features in your area.

Get more traffic in the door, get your business noticed faster, and outrank your competition.

Amanda Jordan, Director of Digital Strategy for RicketyRoo Inc., joined me to discuss the easiest ways to incorporate the new Google Local and Google Maps features into your local SEO strategy.

The pandemic, changing search habits, and more people shopping locally have driven the need for local businesses to have a strong presence in the search results.

Google Business Profile and other local features are vital to adapting to these changes.

In this podcast, you’ll learn how to grow your local business with a few tweaks on Google Local, Google Maps, and Google Business Profile.

Local search ads are becoming a bigger part of the local SEO landscape and search results. You can see them pop up at the top of the page. They show up in the google maps app and mobile now. –Amanda Jordan, 25:33

Every time I’ve seen someone go from no Google business profile to a cool business profile, or even just adding anything like that, there’s a huge amount of growth because essentially you’ve just made yourself visible to lots of people that didn’t even know you existed before. –Amanda Jordan, 58:54

The more thorough and valuable your reviews are, the more of an impact it does have on your ability to rank. –Amanda Jordan, 19:55

[00:00] – A little about Amanda’s background.
[02:00] – The most impactful changes on Google Maps.
[07:45] – How often should you update your Google Business Profile?
[10:44] – Does posting updates on Google Business Profile give you an advantage?
[12:58] – Should you build a website within Google Business Profile?
[14:48] – How to motivate customers to leave positive reviews on Google.
[20:58] – The missed opportunity with social media and SEO.
[25:28] – Ad opportunities in Google Local.
[29:32] – Where Google Local is going in 2022.
[36:50] – How to educate clients about local SEO changes and get buy-in.
[44:00] – Should a local business use professional photos, and is video important?
[48:42] – A recommended platform for UTM tracking for local.
[50:17] – Where should local businesses build links?
[51:30] – How to handle clients who insist on keyword stuffing their business profiles.
[56:45] – Do you need a Google Business Profile if you don’t have a brick-and-mortar location?

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It’s good just to have something up there that’s recent and current just because It’ll help you stand out. –Amanda Jordan, 11:35

A lot of times, we see social media and SEO as two completely separate things, but they can inform each other. They both give you data about who your customers are, how they found you, why they like you, and what they’re interested in. –Amanda Jordan, 22:01

A lot of times, especially with local SEO and the focus on reviews and things like that, we can forget about the technical elements or not be as confident in our ability to handle them. I think it’s perfectly normal but I think that’s a place where a lot of technical and local SEOs can grow. –Amanda Jordan, 40:40

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She began her SEO career in 2011 and has enjoyed tackling complex problems for clients. Her specialty is local SEO for legal and enterprise companies. In her free time, Amanda enjoys playing with her dogs and beating her son at Mario Kart.

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