Author Archives: Zoran Dobrijevic

June 2020 Local Search Roundup

COVID-19 has demanded a number of updates to the local listings ecosystem, primarily to better communicate health and safety protocols with customers. Many of these changes, however, appear to be general improvements that have been precipitated by the pandemic but offer value that reaches far beyond crisis response. Expect these features to become mainstays even […]

May 2020 Local Search Roundup

Google’s updates are not slowing down. As we grow accustomed to life with COVID-19 and how to do business amid social distancing practices, updates to the local search ecosystem have stopped becoming stopgaps and are now full-fledged long-term changes. To ensure marketers are making the most out of these trying times, it is crucial to […]

April 2020 Local Search Roundup

Full shelter-in-place orders were in place all over the world for much of April 2020. Unsurprisingly, most local listing developments were in direct response to the pandemic. But that doesn’t mean these updates will cease to be relevant after COVID-19. Many of Google’s product releases are general “quality of life” improvements that could potentially have […]

13 ways to prepare for the post-pandemic consumer

Many businesses would love to dedicate more time to embrace every possible online optimization. But the business of running a business usually takes precedent, and you know what that means: understanding how to improve your search experience doesn’t mean you magically have the time to make it happen. Now with many businesses temporarily closing during […]

March 2020 Local Search Roundup

While COVID-19 dominated almost every news headline, the local search world kept on keeping on last month. There was plenty of coverage for the ways in which the pandemic is impacting online listings, but the non-COVID updates and changes continued. For all of our recommendations on how to best handle your Google listings during COVID-19, […]

Local search and COVID-19: What we know so far

A lot has happened in local search since we first described how to handle your Google listings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although none of these developments change the advice we gave just a couple of weeks ago, it’s time to stand back and take stock. Here are the most significant developments so far—the ones that […]

February 2020 LPM Roundup

February was a tumultuous month for Google. Multiple updates, minor tweaks, and even a couple of glaring errors saw much change in the local search ecosystem this month—especially in Europe. Here’s everything you need to know. Google links to third-party rivals on European SERPs In a move that can only be detrimental to Google, branded […]

January 2020 LPM roundup

The holidays are behind us and it’s time to go over the search engine updates that snuck by while we were gorging on sweet treats. There were a few noticeable changes from both the tail end of 2019 and the first month of 2020, including Google kicking off the year with a core algorithm update […]

Digital Marketing 2020: 5 ways Google will upgrade business listings

Google’s “don’t be evil” motto is well known, but so is its tendency towards monopolistic practices. As the primary and ubiquitous source of business information, the search giant is fast becoming more authoritative than even a company’s own website, allowing it to gradually transform organic tactics into lucrative pay-to-win exercises. That’s why we regularly pivot […]

November 2019 LPM roundup

As 2019 draws to a close, Google is looking ahead to 2020 with its updates. While some have taken effect immediately, the majority of November’s updates are tests and pilots on what will be fully rolled out in 2020. For online marketers, staying on top of the coming trends is key—you don’t want to be […]