Get Ready for the Voice Search Revolution

Voice search is on the rise. In fact, 40% of adult Americans use a voice assistant at least once a month, and 55% of teenagers use it daily. And that number of voice queries will likely continue to rise as Americans embrace another voice-enabled technology—smart speakers. According to a 2018 Nielsen poll, about a quarter of American households own a …

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‘Tis the Season to Update Your Holiday Hours in Google My Business

Red and orange leaves crunch underfoot. The air is getting crisper. Thanksgiving and Christmas are both just around the corner. It’s that time of the year again! It’s time to update your holiday hours in Google My Business. Store hours tend to change around the holidays. Maybe you’re closing your store for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Maybe you’re running on extended …

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Why Mobile Matters to Local Search

All of the world’s information in the palm of your hand—that’s the promise that was made to us when smartphones came on the market. Now, as cellphones become more and more like a “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” version of our desktop computers, over half of all Google searches come from cellphones. Of those mobile searches, about 56% have local …

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Are You Ready for Your Close-Up?: Adding Photos and Videos to Your Google My Business Listing

Adding quality, story-telling visual elements, including photos and videos, to your Google My Business listings can go a long way in selling your business, but having no visuals at all also says a lot about your business (and, trust us, it doesn’t say anything positive).    Google My Business allows you to upload both photos and videos with a maximum of …

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Should I Enable Messaging Through Google My Business?

Sometimes, you just don’t feel like picking up the phone. We’ve all been there (well, maybe not all, but certainly most of us). After all, sometimes it’s just easier to shoot off a quick message, especially if you don’t feel like waiting on hold. That’s why having the option to message your business through your Google My Business listing can …

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No Storefront? No Problem! How to Create a Google My Business Listing for Your “Service Area Business”

Let’s clear up a common misconception: No, you don’t need a physical storefront to create a Google My Business (GMB) listing. And that’s great news for anyone who operates a service area business. Think about it—where’s the first place you look when you need to find a plumber, caterer, or painter? Chances are, it’s Google. Google has taken over for …

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