Entries Tagged as 'Online Reviews'

Google Places Rich Snippets Finally Working?

May 20th, 2011 · 10 Comments

I have been hearing reports from a variety of sources that over the past few days more rich snippets have started to show up in Google Places. Using rich snippets on your site to get your content into Place Pages has been a hit-or-miss affair – mostly miss.  At SMXWest, Google’s Carter Maslan told me [...]

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Tags: Google Place Pages · Online Reviews

Google Places MisPlaces New Review Feeds

May 19th, 2011 · 9 Comments

Mike Blumenthal has some concerns re Google Places’ new user review feeds: When was the last time you heard a reviewer ask for an RSS feed of their reviews? Well maybe some reviewer some place did… but then I suggest you follow Google’s instructions and go find it. Instead of attaching it to the obvious place in [...]

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Tags: Google Maps · Google Place Pages · Google Place Search · Online Maps · Online Reviews

Google HotPot Was Always Sort of a Crock

April 8th, 2011 · 7 Comments

Lior Ron announced today that Google is dumping the HotPot brand for its local reviews system and rolling it into Google Places. It’s a good move and I am guessing an indicator of more product coherence from GOOG as a result of Larry Page becoming CEO. I was always confused by the HotPot brand. Most, [...]

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Tags: Google · Google Maps · Google Place Pages · Google Place Search · Google Social Search · Online Reviews

The Butchers on Yonge Street: Group-Buying Blowback

March 23rd, 2011 · 14 Comments

During Yipit’s presentation on Group Buying Data at ILMEast this morning James Moran mentioned that a deal from DealFind for The Butchers on Yonge Street in Toronto could have been one of the most successful daily deal offers yet.  The Canadian company offered 69% off meat orders and sold over 11,000 orders which generated over [...]

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Tags: Daily Deals · Online Reviews · Reputation Management

Groupon Reviews As Google Places Citations = More IYP SEO Woe

March 17th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Reviews of businesses on Groupon have been spotted on Google Place Pages since January: Last year I speculated that social local applications like Twitter & Foursquare could start to cause a lot of SEO problems for IYPs because they could easily replicate the IYP structure while providing a lot more unique content. Groupon reviews are [...]

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Tags: Daily Deals · Google Place Pages · Google Place Search · Groupon · Online Coupons · Online Reviews · Yellow Pages

Fake Reviews Cost Real $: Legacy Learning Systems

March 17th, 2011 · 11 Comments

UPDATE 11/14/12: According to commenter bob, this issue has been settled and was the result of some wayward affiliates of Legacy, not Legacy itself. Another company gets busted by the feds to the tune of $250,000 for using fake reviews to generate business: The Learn and Master Guitar program promoted by Legacy Learning and Smith [...]

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Tags: Online Reviews · Reputation Management

Google Places Needs Some Pest Control

February 21st, 2011 · 20 Comments

We’ve got rats. There I said it. I opened up the door to my furnace and found a scattering of crusty little rat droppings. And to make matters worse I think the rats have mites as I woke up this morning with a big bite taken out of my posterior (TMI?). So who you gonna [...]

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Tags: Google Maps · Google Place Pages · Google Place Search · Online Reviews · Yellow Pages

Do Yelp Stickers On Your Window Bring In Customers?

January 26th, 2011 · 2 Comments

BreakThrough Radio, an enterprising music site in New York, sent over this woman-on-the-street video interviewing consumers and businesses about how social media impacts their decisions on where to eat, shop, etc.

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Tags: Online Reviews · Small Business Marketing · Social Media Optimization · Yelp

My Top Local SEO Posts of 2010

December 30th, 2010 · 5 Comments

I thought it would be nice to end the year highlighting the blog’s top 10 most popular posts for the year. Thanks to all my readers, commenters, linkers, lurkers, clients and of course Google for making it a great year. Lifestyle Lift – Fake Reviews Will Cost You Real $ A 2009 post, but in [...]

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Tags: Google · Google Place Pages · Google Place Search · Local Search · Online Reviews · Yellow Pages · Yext.com

The 4 Hour Best Seller?

December 15th, 2010 · 9 Comments

A friend just recommended The 4 Hour Body by Timothy Ferris, author of The Four Hour Work Week, as a great holiday gift, so I went over to Amazon to check it out.  I must confess that while I was intrigued by the whole Four Hour Work Week concept and ensuing media blitz, I also [...]

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Tags: Online Reviews · Reputation Management