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Google Local Panel Business Owner Promotions Box

Mike Blumenthal posted on Twitter that Google is showing a new feature for at least one business in their local knowledge panel box. This feature …

Small Business

Google Drops Review Star Threshold to 1 or 2 Reviews AND Stops Using Bayesian Average

Last week we reported the fact that Google had lowered the threshold for showing review stars in the search results from 5 to 3 total reviews. Over …

Google Maps App Adds One Tap For Real Time Traffic & Destinations

Google updated the Android version of the Google Maps app to add one tap to your favorite destinations within the app. The cool part, you can access …

Google Maps

Google Launches Hotel Rich Cards

A few months ago, Google launched AMP based hotel listings via carousel in the mobile search results. Now, Brad Brewer who follows these hotel …


Yelp launches new feature for asking and answering questions about any business

Yelp is releasing a new feature with the simple, self-explanatory name Questions and Answers.<p>Well, <i>mostly</i> self-explanatory. This is distinct from Talk, a feature where Yelp users can ask an incredibly broad range of questions (as I write this, the New York page currently includes conversations about …

Small Business

Google Adds Search Filters Via Carousels For Some Queries

Google has added a new feature that lets searchers filter down the search results by category using a carousel slider. Chris Haines informed me about …


Google Makes Low Quality Content Algo Change in Japan

Google has made a change to their search algo in Japan to lower the rankings of low quality sites in the search results.<p>The Japanese Google Webmaster …


Google Search Console Alerts For Recommended Wordpress & Joomla Updates Available

Yesterday, Google Search Console sent batches of alerts and notifications to webmasters operating popular CMS (content management systems) such as …


Google AMP Makes It Easier To Discover & Share The Canonical URL

The big Google news yesterday was around the AMP team announcing that you can now easily discover, copy, and share the canonical URL of an AMP page, …


Google Doesn’t Expect Full Navigation in Mobile First Pages

When it comes to creating great mobile websites for users, a lot of times things need to be paired down from what might be served on desktop, and one …

Google Search Algorithm Update February 7th

We just had some Google algorithm update a week ago potentially targeting spammy links I believe. And now a week later, around February 7th, …


Google: We're Still Using PageRank After 18 Years

Several months ago, Gary Illyes from Google said Google still uses PageRank and this morning, for some reason, Gary felt the need to state that …


Emojis Return To The Google Search Results Snippets

Back in 2015, Google promised to drop emojis from the search results and they did for the most part but something recently changed. Emojis are now …


Google’s New Top Entity Carousels Not Ranked by Search Algo

Many searches have been triggering new brand / entity carousels in the search results recently. They are similar to the types of carousels you see …

YouTube creators with 10K subscribers get live streaming & monetized "Super Chat" feature

The new "Super Chat" tool lets viewers pay to have their messages highlighted and pinned to the top of the chat window.

Twitter's safety updates address user bans, abuse and safe search

Twitter's latest updates address the harassment concerns that have plagued users on the network over the past several years.

Facebook's ad policies revised to encourage inclusion and diversity

en_US<p>article<p>Facebook's ad policies have been updated to increase opportunity and prohibit …

Pinterest’s Lens app turns your phone’s camera into a search bar

Pinterest's version of Google's Goggles will roll out to iPhone and Android users in the U.S. sometime soon.


What marketers should know about Twitter’s Q4 2016 earnings

Twitter's daily audience is growing, but its ad revenue has shrunk, and its direct-response advertising struggles have deepened.

Facebook opens itself to measurement audit, gives brands more control

Facebook will sell video ads based on the industry’s viewability standard and introduce a new sound-on option.


Report: Facebook activity dwindles in 2016, influencer marketing is up

Mavrck has shown that Facebook activity has declined from 2015 to 2016, with fewer posts and engagement across the board.

Influencer Marketing

Facebook turns sound on by default in videos, debuts TV apps

By playing videos with the sound on and on people's TVs, Facebook is upping its push to become a destination for video viewers and video ad dollars.

Facebook takes on LinkedIn with new job ads

Today, Facebook is beginning the roll out of a new feature that allows job seekers to link up to hiring managers without ever leaving the platform. LinkedIn executives, somewhere, are crying into a bucket of Ben & Jerry’s.<p>The update allows business Pages to post job listings the same way they’d …


Hootsuite acquires AdEspresso to beef up social ad play

Hootsuite is enhancing its social media management platform, giving customers the ability to now manage their Facebook and Instagram ad campaigns thanks to its acquisition of AdEspresso. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but AdEspresso will remain operational. Its purchase comes three …

Social Media Marketing

Data: Google monthly search volume dwarfs rivals because of mobile advantage

en_US<p>article<p>Google likely has 30+ billion queries per month across …


Google Data Studio Integrates With Google Search Console

Google announced on the Google Analytics blog that Google Data Studio, Google's free toolset to build custom reports, now has a connector with Google …


Report: more than 13 million proximity sensors now deployed globally

en_US<p>article<p>Kontakt.io the leading beacon hardware maker, Swirl the leading software platform says …

Google has cut two anti-Semitic websites from its ads platform

Google wouldn’t comment on any action against individual sites, but said it takes hate speech seriously.<p>Google has removed American Free Press, a website known for posting anti-Semitic content, from one of its ad-selling platforms.<p>Another anti-Semitic site, Counter Currents, has also been cut off …


Google AdWords Displaying More Product Shopping Ads?

I don't follow the user interface for Google AdWords shopping, product listing ads, too closely but Kurt Leitinger said Google is now showing more …


Creative Commons Launches New Search Engine for Finding Free, Legal Images

Creative Commons has long been known as a resource for free and legal images to use on the web. The non-profit organization has now launched the beta …