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Darren Shaw
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Get more conversions from your local listings by using better visuals. +Aaron Weiche tells you how. 
Get tips on how to use video testimonials, Google trusted street photographers, 360 degree tours, GIFs and more for local search marketing of your business.
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Good read! I just got into Google Trusted Photographer program and waiting on the iris360 camera I ordered.
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Are you obsessed with local search (like I am) and want to make sure you know about all the posts getting published from all the best local search blogs? Well, I'm pleased to announce that we just launched our Whitespark Local Pulse daily newsletter that aggregates all the local search blogs into one nice daily digest. Enjoy!
http://www.whitespark.ca/local-pulse
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Pretty much every local listing you create for your business lets you include a link to your website, so that it's easy for visitors to learn more about you. But most of those are nofollow links – meaning Google's not supposed to “count” them for or against your rankings.
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Join +David Mihm +Mary Bowling and myself as we discuss RankBrain and Local search and the impact of the algo on local. 
Video Deep Dive: Google's New RankBrain Algo & Local Search. Posted on November 24, 2015; by Mike Blumenthal; in Local Search. This is the tenth installment of our Deep Dive into Local series. For the week ending 10/30/15, David Mihm, Mary Bowling and Mike Blumenthal shared their thoughts about ...
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Sounds really good +Darren Shaw. Thanks so much for sharing with us here. Always great to see you here, there and everywhere! :-)
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Woah. Have you seen this killer list that +Phil Rozek put together? All the review sites. Just all of them.
http://www.localvisibilitysystem.com/2016/01/04/announcing-the-definitive-list-of-local-review-sites/
How complete is your collection of reviews? To know that, you'll need to know of all the sites where customers can (and should) review your business. I've found 166 local review sites so far. Some you already know about – and may even have reviews on – but others are overlooked opportunities.
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Clients and others often ask me how they can redesign their site or migrate to a new CMS and not end up committing seppuku in the local search results. I tell them that although there are probably a hundred checklist items they might concern themselves with, only a few really matter.
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One Google review link forever!
It’s never easy running a business. This is particularly true if you are running your own online review management program and are sending your customers to a Google URL to leave you a review. Google, in their infinite wisdom, seems to change their link to leave a review more frequently…
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Google tells their raters to rate any page that is not mobile-friendly (a page that becomes unusable on a mobile device) at the lowest rating.
Last week, Google made the unprecedented move of releasing the entire Search Quality Rater’s Guidelines. Explore key insights from this 160-page document that details just what they're looking for in a webpage.
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Google's really done it this time. The “write us a Google review” steps that worked so well for so long soon will work no more. In the new layout of Google+, if you send customers to your local page they will see no way to write you a review, because there is none. (Sure, there's a little button ...
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We've been working with Hybrid Media Design for the past couple of months on a website redesign project for a cabin rental agency. I've been blown away by the quality of the work, how quickly they get things done, and how friendly, professional, and responsive they are with communication. Brendan is extremely talented and a real pleasure to work with. I look forward to working with them on many future web design and web development projects.
Public - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 months ago
Our contractor hooked us up with Monarch when we were renovating our kitchen. They did an amazing job designing, installing, and finishing our butcher block countertops. A few months later, there was one area that wasn't getting enough air flow, and a tiny separation formed where two pieces were joined. Rick came back right away and fixed it up. They were friendly, professional, and we felt that they really care about their customers. We would definitely hire them again for any countertop or cabinet work.
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reviewed 8 months ago
The dealership quoted me over $1,000 to fix a problem with the flex coupling on our Audi A4. The said they had to order in a whole new exhaust pipe that ran from the engine to the tailpipe. I called Atlas and they quoted me $275. They have a method to cut out the old flex coupling and patch in a new one. I called on Friday and they were able to fit me in on Monday. The service I received was friendly, fast, and the price came in exactly as they quoted me (even though they told me on the phone that they'd have to look at the vehicle to be sure). Now our vehicle sounds like a car again, instead of a go-kart. I had a great experience at Atlas and will definitely use them again.
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reviewed 11 months ago
This is my favourite liquor store in Edmonton. Very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful staff. Amazing selection of fine wines and fine scotch whiskey.
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
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We moved across Edmonton with Eager Beaver Moving, and had an excellent experience. John and his staff did an excellent job carefully packing all of our stuff - and I mean ALL of it. It was such a load off to not have to worry about packing. All of the movers were friendly, professional, and careful with our belongings. They came on time when they said they would, got the work done efficiently, and took great care with everything. Also, the final price was less than other quotes we had received. Eager Beaver has a customer for life with us.
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reviewed 11 months ago
Our kitchen sink was completely backed up. Standing water. Tried drano but that didn't help at all. We called a number of different plumbers looking for someone that could come during the lunch hour and only A Johnny's was available. They were friendly and courteous, but most importantly, they did an awesome job on the sink drain! They cleared it and offered a $40 hot steam service to wash away the grease in the pipes. It's been a week since the service and the drain is working better than it ever has in the 14 years we've owned the house.
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reviewed 3 years ago
We've been going to Acajutla at least once a month for years. The mixed pupusas are super delicious an so are the Mexican enchiladas. We've tried pretty much everything on the menu, and now just stick with those two items. It's a great place to take our 2 year old daughter. It's lively and family friendly. The service will be fine, but don't expect some kind of super attentive great service. The food is more than good enough to keep us coming back regularly. Acajutla is one of my top 5 favourite restaurants in Edmonton!
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Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Very Good
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