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13 Time-saving Google My Business Support Shortcuts -  Here is a great list of URL's to get e-mail support help for specific GMB issues from +Colan Nielsen, my right hand man and one of our Top Contributors at the Local Search Forum. Linking to the forum so you can ask questions or thank Colan there!

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Seizing a Piece of the $9B Local Video Opportunity - Free Webinar Today from the +LocalSearchAssn - It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of video for local businesses. Video is under-utilized by the average SMB, so you can really make your clients stand out. PLUS there are so many other upsides to local video marketing!

Well if you want to capitalize on local video and want the high level data about how to make that happen, register for the Local Search Association webinar - it's today!

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Google gives us some time back!  - I didn't have a chance to cover this last week, but it's so cool that now you can see the busiest times of day and avoid the crowd at a restaurant or other local business. +John Dietrich gives a good overview.
 
Traffic data for local businesses!

This is one of my favorite pieces of news from last week, and I think it's going to be very popular once people find out about it and more Google My Business pages get the feature.

Where does the data come from?

So where does Google get all this traffic data from? Apparently local businesses don't have to do anything different. I was concerned that they would have to install Bluetooth beacons or something.

Apparently, Google is using the same anonymous location data their using for traffic information in the Maps app. Basically, people who opt in to sharing their location for a better Maps experience, are also sharing data (anonymously) which is usable for traffic information both on roads and now in stores.

Check out this article for more: http://venturebeat.com/2015/07/28/google-search-now-lets-you-avoid-lines-by-showing-the-busiest-times-at-millions-of-places-and-businesses/

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Very interesting and cool. I use maps to avoid traffic or accidents all the time. Avoid busy lines...brilliant.
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More Breaking Google News: Google Features New Amenities Display in Search - Google let us know last night that they just started showing a cool new amenities card in search. Pretty handy feature for travelers don't you think???
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Google Confirmed: UNverified Google Local Page Removals DID Happen - But there has been lots of confusion. I clear it up with statements from Google. See post #21 for clarification here: http://www.localsearchforum.com/showthread.php?t=34957

And once again in case you missed it.... apologies to my circles. Due to multiple RSI injuries in both arms, I've been forced to cut back hours and have mainly been posting on Twitter because it's easier. I'm try to catch up here on G+ today, on a bunch of posts you may have missed this week.

But TONS has happened this week and I won't be able to post it all here, so be sure to check "Recent Posts" at the forum: Recent Posts - http://www.localsearchforum.com/search.php?do=getdaily&days=7

Or just subscribe to RSS feed OR get daily email summaries so you don't miss anything here: http://feeds.feedburner.com/LocalSearchForum

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Haha thanks +Kate Veinot but I hope you had a nice vaca. LOTs more changes, so play catch up at the forum. The new pay-to-play local packs for home service businesses is pretty interesting. 2 or 3 posts about it at the forum.
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Is this All too Common Google My Business Problem Literally "Driving" you NUTS???  Are driving directions wrong after a move, causing upset customers to go to the wrong location and miss appointments???

Whenever anyone asks me how to handle a business move on Google Local, my advice is always: DON'T MOVE! Just don't do it! You'll find yourself between a rock and a hard place!

I say that somewhat tough in cheek, because of course sometimes businesses have to move. It's a fact of life! BUT as we know all too well, Google does not handle moves very well.

One of the many common "move-related" problems that comes up all the time is:

"I moved and my new listings is fine. The address is correct. But when customers ask Google for directions to my office, the directions send them to the OLD location."

Here is the solution via +Joy Hawkins and +Gregg Gordon with great additional advice in our Local Search Pros Google+ Community from +Andrew Sawyer

FYI apologies to my circles. Due to multiple RSI injuries in both arms, I've been forced to cut back hours and have mainly been posting on Twitter because it's easier. I'll try to catch up here on G+ today, on a bunch of posts you may have missed this week.

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Fun Tuesday Time Eater - Play Google Feud (Based on Google Suggest) - Maybe this has been around for awhile, but this is the 1st time I've seen it.  The 1st one I tried, I bombed on.

The question: "What happens when you drink...???" My answer? PEE!
I thought for sure that would be #1. Nope, it was #10.

We should keep score and get a tournament going! ;-)
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Grab YOUR Piece of the $9B Local Video Opportunity - +LocalSearchAssn Webinar tomorrow August 4th. Via +Greg Sterling 
 
Join us tomorrow at 2pm Eastern/11 Pacific for a thought-provoking and wide-ranging webinar look at the new local-video opportunity. You’ll hear about the latest forecast, market data and local case studies from:

Corey Elliott, Director of Research, Borrell Associates
Michael Taylor, Director Business Development, Thrive Analytics
Mike Osborne, President and COO, bieMEDIA
Greg Sterling, VP Strategy & Insights, LSA
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Motivation Monday - Success is an Iceberg - Great graphic from +SEMrush h/t +John Dietrich 
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Breaking: Map Maker Now Shows Verified Check Marks - Easier Dupe Hunting & Ranking Troubleshooting!  Hot news for all the ranking troubleshooting, dupe hunting local search consultants out there!

When Google started removing unverified listings on 7/28 it caused new problems for those of us that do ranking troubleshooting. Well now it's a little easier.

h/t fellow Google Top Contributor "treebles"

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Local SEO: Which Performs Better - High Pack or High Organic Rankings? Ask 10 Local Search consultants and you'll get 10 answers.  But +BrightLocal did a survey that sheds some light on what many local search consultants think. 

Plus some of our Local Search Pros are weighing in with answers that may surprise you! See comments from +Dan Leibson and Dave.

What do YOU think???

Apologies again to my circles. Due to multiple RSI injuries in both arms, I've been forced to cut back hours and have mainly been posting on Twitter because it's easier. I'll try to catch up here on G+ today, on a bunch of posts you may have missed this week.

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