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All your memories, in one place. Starting today, you can see photos grouped with your reviews in +Google Maps for +Android. #LocalGuides
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How the Big 4 (Google, Facebook, Apple, & Amazon) Performed in Local in 2015 [Video] via +Mike Blumenthal #local #seo 
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Some practical tips from +Corey Barnett if you're considering Amazon Home Services:
I've wanted to write about “Amazon Local SEO” for a while now. I had it planned out. But then last year Amazon retired their daily-deals program, at which point 50% of my content became about as timely and relevant as MTV. Oh well. But the other part I wanted to write about was Amazon Home ...
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You'll now be able to yell at the speaker to place an order and have it delivered to your door. This is probably one of the Echo's biggest innovations, although the process sounds like it could be a lot smoother.
The true test of any technology's value lies in how efficiently it can bring you pizza. And this week, Amazon's Echo speaker is trying to prove its worth with the addition of pizza-ordering support...
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Interesting article on Jack Dangermond of ESRI, one of the pioneers of digital mapping 
Nearly 50 years ago, Jack Dangermond started digital mapping pioneer Esri, and its work made Google Maps and Google Earth possible.
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The concept is not unethical but the actual implementation ends up being as reviewers THINK they are entering the sweepstakes by checking the opt in box but actually arn't 
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Good news!
Google now supports JSON-LD for the generation of review and product rich snippets, types previously requiring microdata or RDFa markup.
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With regards to web search, as far as I know, no. Reviews is not a ranking factor.

It might be different with local but with web search, that’s not a ranking factor.

On the other hand, if these reviews are on your pages than that might be content that we can pick up, that we can show in search, and use as a ranking factor.
 
Reviews not a ranking factor

Have seen a fair bit of discussion about this here in the UK today. Much of it is pointless ... whether reviews are a ranking factor or not, they're always going to be important for other reasons.

For the average SMB / SME owner though the title of this article surely creates confusion as I'm not sure they'd distinguish between web search, i.e. organic, and local.

Any thoughts from the Community here?
In the hangout from last week on Google+ at the 17:27 minute mark Google's John Mueller said he doesn't think reviews left on your local business has a direct impact on your web search organic ranking
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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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Video Deep Dive: Local Search is Haaaaard - Local University
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Video Deep Dive: Local Search is Haaaaard. Posted on December 8, 2015; by Mike Blumenthal; in Local Search, SEO. This is the twelfth install

Video Deep Dive: Review Incentives - Local University
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Video Deep Dive: Review Incentives. Posted on November 30, 2015; by Mike Blumenthal; in Local Search, Social Media. This is the eleventh ins

Video Deep Dive: Google's New RankBrain Algo & Local Search - Lo...
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Video Deep Dive: Google's New RankBrain Algo & Local Search. Posted on November 24, 2015; by Mike Blumenthal; in Local Search. This is the t

LocalU Interview Series: Andrew Shotland - Local University
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LocalU Interview Series: Andrew Shotland. Posted on November 18, 2015; by Mike Ramsey; in Announcements, Local Search, Local U Workshops. It

Less than honest, less than helpful. I paid in advance and they didn't bother to wait 13 minutes for my arrival and then refused a refund. Criminal would best describe them.
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Very good breakfast and lunch diner. Offer homemade breads with all sandwiches and French toast. Excellent wait service and reasonable prices ($6.95 for a cup of soup and half of a sandwich).
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A practical, pleasant and fairly priced hotel. All the essentials and no bs with a friendly staff (Omar). The rooms, while smallish, are very well laid out and functional.
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TSA was fast and pleasant
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A friendly, comfortable European style bistro with hearty comfort food from Serbia. Roast port shoulder with mash potatoes, fresh beet salads, prunes wrapped in bacon and lots of cabbage. A treat.
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A step above the normal Olean establishment. A brew pub with some very good beers, very good pub food and the occasional night of music.
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A unique curriculum and learning environment. A lot to be gained by the student that engages the literature and the process fully.
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