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Starting last Thursday, location results from the main Google SERPS started acting weird. They are still weird. Here is a G+ discussion about the issue raised by Terry Simmonds: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+TerrySimmonds/posts/1BZ6guvy9mE
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Are we seeing more Local Pack results as a result of the Doorway page update? +Andrew Shotland & +Phil Rozek see a correlation. 
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It looks like local search has gone tbh. I notice circle sharing and ripples have been removed in the past week. Hopefully all we be made clear at Google IO but that may not be the case.
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Google Says New Store Data Help Mobile Ads

[Target] said Google data show people who have clicked on mobile search ads spend more money in its stores than those who click on desktop search ads. One-third of Target’s mobile-search ads led to a user visiting one of its stores during the 2014 holiday season, she added.

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Google Inc. says it is doing a better job connecting purchases in stores with ads the shoppers saw on smartphones, prompting some advertisers to boost spending on mobile ads.
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Indoor mapping has been limping along for a few years, though beacons have received lots of coverage and attention. Apple could conceivably motivate a range of other companies in the ecosystem (specifically retailers and other venue owners) to move forward more aggressively.
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From yesterday: Since May 15th, MozCast has been showing an increase of 20% in the number of Local Packs showing in search. This corroborates observations by +Phil Rozek and the sightings of more real estate Local Packs. 
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Local Packs for real estate have had a tortured history in the Google search results, having most recently disappeared in the Pigeon update of July, 2014. 

They are back... 
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+Mike Blumenthal I can confirm that in the "for rent" multifamily space, local packs after having virtually disappeared with the Pigeon Update are back! alive and kicking.  
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Google noted that searches on the phrase "near me" have doubled over the past year and 80% of those types of searches are done on mobile.
Google Releases New Ad Format for Near Me Searches. Posted on May 22, 2015; by Mike Blumenthal; in Announcements. Google announced a new ad format (H/T Dave Oremland) predicated on location extensions that will now show "three or four different businesses for location-related searches like ...
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With G+ posts no longer showing on the Google Knowledge Panel for branded local searches, perhaps its now time to consider Twitter for that job. 
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+Andrij Harasewych If google wants SMBs to use the product they have to provide a reason. They have failed to do so. 
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if you saw ranking changes earlier this month, you are not alone
Earlier this month, many webmasters noticed significant Google ranking changes. Google has finally confirmed those ranking changes with us.
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A student of life, political economy, Google Places, Maps & local search. Loves cooking, x-country skiing and time with my family. I am an avid fan of things local (ie Local Search) which I write about in my blog- Understanding Google Places and Local Search. I am currently a partner in three companies; a small design, hosting and marketing firm: Blumenthals.com, a training series: LocalU.org and a review management product: GetFiveStars.com.
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  • GetFiveStars.com
    2013 - present
    Helping design, implement and market a feedback and review generation system for SMBs
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    CCH, 2013 - present
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    Local Search & Web Consultant, 2001 - present
  • Blumenthals Inc
    VP, 1980 - 2001
  • NOLS
    1973 - 1989
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Google Releases New Ad Format for Near Me Searches - Local University
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Google Releases New Ad Format for Near Me Searches. Posted on May 22, 2015; by Mike Blumenthal; in Announcements. Google announced a new ad

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Hangout with Google My Business Top Contributors. Posted on May 15, 2015; by Mike Blumenthal; in Announcements. Join Mary Bowling and myself

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A great place to call home.
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A Western NY jewel. They do an incredible job of providing the best ice creams and chocolates in the area. Everything is made on site and it is incredibly well done from the whipped cream on the sundaes to the chocolate candies. They have been open at this location for 100 years and for the sake of my grand children may they be open another 100.
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They offer up a busy, active pub with decent food. The set up is unusual; no waitresses and no table service to speak of. You need to go to the end of the bar to order. Food preparation is on the slow side as they are busy. But the BBQ was good and the sides were excellent.
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Reasonably priced, good service and tasty guacamole. What else can you ask for?
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New Olean restaurant in the North End. They did a really nice job with the decor and the food. Service was attentive and the food very good!
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A true American gem. Incredibly busy with lines most weekend nights waiting for their inexpensive and home cooked specials. Pot roast was scrumptious.
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