Topics: Local Marketing
Google and many other big platforms are at a time when they are faced with deceiving information inundating the online world. It presents a question, that if everyone believes something, should that be accepted as the rule? Google’s algorithm with its 200+ ranking factors, are designed to provide the most accurate and logical information. Google has been trying to provide the “one true, single answer” when it comes to what is shown in the SERP, or search engine results page.
Today, most businesses receive an average of 24 calls per month from marketers trying to sell them something. With such a massive number of solicitations, it can be difficult to trust anyone who approaches your brand. So, how can your business tell the difference between valuable services and spam?
As local SEOs continue to make predictions for changes to local search in 2017, a prevailing theme has been the idea of a single answer to search results as opposed to the traditional list of options. Recently, David Mihm predicted that the critical nature of appearing the first page of Google search results will shift to the need to on position one. Specifically, “if you’re not the first result on Google, you’re invisible.”
Machine learning is becoming more and more pervasive in digital technology, and its effect on the local search industry is already apparent. Snapchat’s Lenses are a great example of how machine learning has been employed for the purpose of facial recognition, allowing users to utilize Snapchat Lenses and have them fit so seamlessly onto their facial features.
In the most recent Brand Battle published by Street Fight, Brandify pitted two national brands against each other to measure the effectiveness of their online presence. In this Brand Battle analysis, Brandify’s Director of Product, Damien Rollison, breaks down the components of Starbucks vs. Dunkin’ Donuts for a clearer view of just what Brand Battles are measuring and how they relate to data-driven local marketing strategies as a whole.
The release of version 3.1 of the Google My Business API is another example of Google’s focus on local and its attempt to give brands the ability to manage and optimize their listings. The GMB V3.1 update adds real-time notifications for listings updates and new reviews for store locations, as well as an increased sophistication of the attributes feature.
Topics: Google My Business
While it is important for marketers to stay focused on a consistent and coherent strategy, one based on principles and tools that won’t be shaken with each new fleeting technology, some fads can take us by surprise and force us to change and update existing marketing strategies.
We're in the midst of a time when it's hard to tell the difference between hype and technological breakthrough.