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Google Shakes up Local Search in Canada 0

Google Shakes up Local Search in Canada

You might have noticed some changes to the search listings on Google just lately, especially with terms that contain a geographical location such as Calgary or Toronto.

– a local marketing agency in Calgary. They have reported seeing many changes in 2017 for the maps algorithm. You can see the website here:

In the past we have seen a top section of the search results present themselves with a map of the location, and a selection of 5 or 6 companies / web sites accompanying them.  Now things have become very different.

On the screen shot to the right you will see how the local listings take over the majority of the real estate of the search results.  Not only that, but they also come complete with contact details, and where applicable, reviews and ratings.  So what does this mean for search?

Well, there are a few things to consider.

Firstly, Google appears to focusing on becoming a directory for local business, and not a Search Engine for web sites.  If you know that you are looking for a London Courier (for example) and you get these search results appearing then you are instantly presented with the contact details – so you dont actually need to visit their web site at all.

The second most annoying thing about the new Google Local search features is the map that appears over the sponsored listings.  Now on first glance, although it does push the sponsored links down the page it doesn’t look ‘too’ bad, however when you start to scroll the map moves with you – covering up the sponsored links adverts!

Of course, as with any new rollout there are a few ‘bugs’ which means that you wont necessarily get the search results you desire.

The introduction of these localised Search results (OK, not introduction, but enhancement) means that the smaller businesses can now get their voices heard a little more in the SERPs.  Even Pay per Click is becoming difficult for small businesses to utilise as the larger businesses are bidding silly amounts for keywords putting them out of reach of the smaller guys.

So for now, from me, Google Local is a bit of a mixed bag but it will be interesting to see a) if it lasts and b) how it will be improved over the coming months.

Smart Content Marketing Strategy Tips 0

Imagine that search engines didn’t exist. Would “optimizing” your content still matter for online marketing purposes?

The job of any smart marketer is to enter a conversation that’s already taking place in the mind of the prospect and channel the existing desire for solutions and benefits to a specific product or service.

The key to intimately understanding that conversation is to first understand how the people you want to reach think, feel, and view the world.

This is not an “Internet” concept; however, search engines and social media have given us the ability to glean this vital insight in ways that were impossible before.

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The Return Of Audience Optimization

The idea is to constantly increase the level of trust the audience has in you, a process I call audience optimization. This, in turn, results in conversion optimization.

Social network fans and followers on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn are definitely part of your audience, but your relationship with them is the relative weakest in the concentric circles of trust. They perform a vital function, however, even if they never become customers and clients — they share your content.

The goal is to continually move your audience from the circle at which they entered into the deeper, stronger relationship circles. (For example, the focused email channel before conversion to customer/client is where an email auto-responder or other marketing automation will become your best friend.)

And don’t forget — your existing customers and clients are not only part of the audience, they’re vital members of it. Not only when it comes to repeat purchases and recurring lines of business, but also as sharers and evangelists.

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Search Happens: But You’ve Got To Keep Them

I have learned from a Maui SEO company, that the process of audience optimization naturally lends itself to SEO. Search rankings become a benefit of the content marketing process instead of an isolated tactic.

You’ll notice that search isn’t included in the ring of circles, because it’s only a source. Targeted search engine traffic is the most likely to enter your audience at a deeper level, perhaps even directly into the customer/client rings. But unless you optimize your site to actually make the conversion, that search traffic is lost, likely never to return.

Great content that generates social media and search traffic are vital aspects of any viable content or article marketing strategy. But all of this “optimization” you’re doing is really about building an audience that shares, evangelizes, converts, and most of all trusts.