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With Google now rendering content, are the JavaScript hacks by call tracking companies no use anymore?

Will a lot of businesses be starting to send mixed signals?
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Tim Capper's profile photoTony “Tiggerito” McCreath's profile photo
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+Tim Capper A thorough article. I never thought of the idea of completely switching to a tracking number, as long as you can own it.

Another option I am considering is the use of tracking numbers in images, but then, where do I put the real number?
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Here is a great slide deck put together by +Phil Rozek, including suggestions for local rankings, getting good links, PPC, and review strategy, with additional resources and further reading at the end of the slide deck. Check it out! http://www.localvisibilitysystem.com/2015/03/26/hauling-in-more-local-customers-even-when-your-wheels-are-spinning/
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Mike Imken's profile photoAustin Lund's profile photo
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Awesome! Thanks for video presentation, Phil.
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Mark Taylor

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Question on web design. Do you make the Tel No more prominent as the screen size gets smaller, ie as it moves towards a mobile device screen size?

I'm assuming from a UX perspective, users are more likely to call if they are viewing a website on a mobile device.

Does anyone have any stats on this?
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Mark Taylor's profile photoMike Imken's profile photo
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Usually by nature of the responsive design the number becomes more prominent, aligning front and center beneath the site header on phones. We often use quickly recognizable phone icons as well.
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Tony “Tiggerito” McCreath

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I've got a client who moved, and now may be moving back to the original address. And I had just completed updating all citations with the new address and phone number.

Is there anything special I should do, or is it just a case of going back through them all?
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+Ben Wynkoop I like the glitter.
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william Stevens

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New Kickstarter Film Project Billion Dollar Bully Seeks to Expose Yelp’s Dark Secrets   https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1299637435/billion-dollar-bully
Prost Productions, Inc. is raising funds for Billion Dollar Bully on Kickstarter! An offer they can’t refuse: A documentary on marketing giant Yelp and their $3.6 billion racket against small business owners.
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Bill Bean's profile photoGene Maryushenko's profile photo
 
Definitely some bad experiences with people. Couldn't Google be considered an even bigger bully (re: billions) ?
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Marek Groński

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Dear groupmembers:)
I have quite an issue here (propably nothing hard for the pros like many members here:)) I can't find solution for.
Business I'm looking after has many different g+ pages verified under different Google accounts - credentials to those are lost or not retrievable. I want to group all of the listings under one account. For local listings it's clear - claim it and wait 2 weeks. But what about "brand" pages? Is there a way to claim/re-verify them?
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John M Lynch's profile photoMarek Groński's profile photo
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+Mark Goho thanks for advice. Occam's razor way:) hope it'll be better then +John M Lynch experienced.
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Austin Lund

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What's the first thing you do when you get a new "LOCAL" SEO client? A local SEO audit? If so, how many hours does it typically take to perform a local SEO audit for a single location client? And how many hours does it typically take for clients with 2-5 locations? (Any insights on cost would be helpful too if you care to share.) Also, for potential clients not willing to pay very much, what parts of a local SEO audit do you leave out, or not take as seriously?
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Austin Lund's profile photoTrojan SEO's profile photo
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+Mary Bowling gave me the same piece of advice +Austin Lund, once you do a handful of them, you get your flow down.  Your internal notes change, your process changes, and then what once took 3-4 hours takes me about 30 minutes to an hour now.  Personally, I place a lot of responsibility back on the client and then just double check to make sure nothing was overlooked or missed.  Also, I started with someone else's template and its developed over time to be what it is now.  Like anything, it just takes some reps.
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Scott Hendison

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Apparently Factual has AGAIN  come full circle?  Now you can claim or edit your own listing again...  When did this change?  (I know this has been up like this since at least Tuesday morning...  http://www.factual.com/contact#update_add_business
 
Factual has come full-circle on your ability to fix your own listing. It looks like you can't even submit a correction without having API access or working with a company that does.

Until recently they were pretty democratic.  I guess maybe too many people peed in the pool, but still.  A shame.
Contributing/Correcting Factual Data. Introduction. Factual builds Business Listing and POI data for mobile applications and online services that requiring a data layer of local commerce and landmarks. Unlike other data providers, one cannont “claim” or “own” a record within Factual's data.
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James Dreesen's profile photoSteve Morgan's profile photoDarren Shaw's profile photo
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I've also just edited a listing this way, while also reporting two duplicate listings (it gives you the option to make edits to a listing and notify them of duplicate listings all in one go, which is cool). I'll report back, too.

+James Dreesen - Has your listing updated yet? I noticed that Factual says: "It typically takes up to two weeks for business data to be processed," and I wouldn't be surprised if it takes longer if they've suddenly been inundated with requests because of them opening the floodgates.
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Oleg Kostyukevich

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polling places in the card with the description of the conditions and facilities
 
Новое в мобильных картах. Вопросы про удобства и качество обслуживания в заведениях. Появляются внизу. Около десятка. +Local Guides#localguides #localsearch
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Mark Goho's profile photoNicolai Helling's profile photo
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Noticed it yesterday in Germany, see my post with a screenshot over at https://plus.google.com/+NicolaiHelling/posts/7vpwAbKiCCE (The question at the bottom translates to "Is it usually quiet there?")
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Jordan J. Caron

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Is there a disavow equivalent for citations? What can one do about inconsistent listings on websites that are seemingly no longer maintained or managed? Have had a to clean up NAP for two clients and have contacted some sites 3 times in 2 months but heard nothing.
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Austin Lund's profile photoJordan J. Caron's profile photo
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Goodsense Plumbing & Drain Cleaning. 
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Donnie Strompf

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Anyone ever use anything like this before? I feel like some of this data is not accurate to begin with. There has to be a good amount of interaction to even pull all the local data from GMB. 
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If it's real then it would be the first solution solving the problem of getting these stats into mass reporting. Pretty important to our clients. It's about time we find a solution. 
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Hassan Piracha

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First of all hello to everyone here. I see here are a lot of experts and feel this is the right place to interact with everyone.

I have a question for the gurus here..I have been finding it difficult getting more clients in recent weeks and there are a lot of clients that I have in my pipeline that have confirmed to go with us but keep on delaying...is there a way I can  getting them to respond quickly? and what should a marketing manager do to get more leads and clients?
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+Ryan Knoll We offer web design development, seo, social media marketing, software and app development. Our business is all online but we have a physical business location as we always invite our clients to our office to meet our team.
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Nyagoslav Zhekov

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We have had a few cases, in which clients would come to us and would ask us why their Yext score "hasn't changed" / "is lower than before we started our work" / "isn't with 0% error rate". It could be difficult to explain to them (and even more difficult for them to comprehend) that Yext's scanner is just a marketing tool and it doesn't display results in an accurate manner, or at least it displays them in a rather self-serving manner.

Interestingly, in many cases the tool even links to non-Yext-PowerListings listings for clients that do have Yext PowerListings. Additionally, frequently the tool doesn't find listings that feature perfectly accurate information on some of the sites it checks.

These, coupled with the fact that in Yext's network there are a number of sites and mobile apps, listings on which could only be updated via Yext, makes it a very misleading resource for clients to get a snapshot of progress. That is why I am glad +Mike Blumenthal shared his observations on how the tool might misrepresent a situation.
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Tony Wang's profile photoBill Bean's profile photoEdgar Estrada's profile photo
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I wonder if there's a correlation with their Klout score. #sarcasm
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Tim Colling

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Search for Rite Aid Pharmacy, Payless ShoeSource Wins the Local Pack
 AND, the result includes on Payless near the zip code searched for, and one on the other side of the country, in Florida

What?

Sometimes you've got to wonder what Google is thinking of.  The SERP below is the result of an incognito search in Chrome for "rite aid pharmacy near 92056"
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+Brad Brewer Thanks, that is a very good catch.  Wow.
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Scott B

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I do not have screen shot to show this.  I just noticed this tonight.  When I do a key word search (city + florist)  on Google our competitor has fallen significantly in rankings and is no longer on the map panel.   I would like to know why so it does not happen to us.  Here are the differences I know about: 1. We have an active G+ page - they do not.  2. We have Google map code embedded in our footer - they do not.  3.  The competitor uses a syndicated site from tele floral.  4.  We have a robust independent site.

My only other thought is that Google is using my IP with more geographical accuracy and is only showing our business on the map panel (I performed the search from our business location).  We are about 7 miles from our key competitor.

I am open to comments and suggestions.
Thanks
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+Trojan SEO
Thanks for the comment.  I have used the Kproxy and things still appear very different.  Searching from my location may also have an effect.  72 hours after i first noticed the change it is still the same.  Also, our phone has been ringing off the hook and several customers commented we were the only florist to come up on their search.   While I am happy about the increase in rankings and business, I would like to know why so the same thing does not happen to us in the future.
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Eduard de Boer

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Again a change noticed in the local results here in the Netherlands. Only 3 local business are being shown and all layouts have been changed.
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Eduard de Boer's profile photoNick Rink's profile photo
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Started seeing the same layouts here in the UK a couple of days ago +Eduard de Boer​ For categories like pubs & restaurants we're seeing a photo image rather than the call icon. 
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Quentin Weber

✆ Listings & Maps  - 
 
Does anyone know how to remove malicious reviews not associated with business?
A Google user has written a number of malicious reviews (the same review) across a number of different Google My Business pages. 
Can the user be reported? How can we remove this review? 
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Quentin Weber's profile photoRyan Scollon's profile photo
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That's great news +Quentin Weber , glad I could help!
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Steve Morgan

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Following on from GMB's upgraded photos section being launched a couple of weeks back, does anyone know how to make GMB show your profile, logo or cover selection in the actual SERPs?

When you search for for "[client name] [city]" in Google for one of my clients, the GMB box appears on the right-hand side, but the 'default' photo is one of the 'Photos at work' photos we recently added, which doesn't line up with the logo, profile or cover photos we've chosen.

Any reason why it's opting for that over one of the top three? Is there any way to 'force' GMB to show the photo you want? Or is the entire system still majorly flawed at Google's end...?
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Linda Buquet's profile photoSteve Morgan's profile photo
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The plot thickens... When changed to Cover, it shows the cover photo (a photo of the company's branded van). When changed to Profile (the company's logo), it shows one of the 'photos at work' photos instead (a photo of an employee cleaning windows).

So there's definitely something to suggest that Google can detect real photos vs. logos and would rather show the former over the latter - even if you actually tell them that you'd prefer them to show the latter. CC: +Darren Shaw +Linda Buquet
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This morning I spotted an experiment by Google with the display of local businesses in the mobile search results.

I could reproduce the new display for 3-5 minutes only. After that, I got the wellknown layout again. Captured the attached screenshot at 09:21 CEST.

#googlelocal   #googlemybusiness  
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Mike Blumenthal's profile photoBorislav Arapchev's profile photoMichael Pletziger's profile photoRaf Celis's profile photo
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+Eduard de Boer, thanks for reporting! Yes, that was a typical display for me here in US (Android phone) for a while as well. 

But we'll leave this here as this is reporting around the world. However, please remove the link to your site from the description. Even though that's innocent reporting - that's still considered self-promo in this community.
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