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Google Enables ‘Join Waitlist’ For Restaurants

A "join waitlist" button has been added by Google to selected local restaurant profiles pages. Canadian SEO Sergey Alakov spotted the new functionality, which is provided by DineTime.  In order for the restaurant to participate, they must have a DineTime account. You'll find the button in the same location as "reserve a table."  It isn't clear if there [...]

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Business Owners Can Now Reply To Reviews On Google Maps Desktop

Kara Jancourtz, a community manager from the Google My Business team, made an announcement in the Google support forums saying that, if you're a business owner with a verified Google My Business listing, you can now reply to reviews left about your business directly in Google Maps on desktop.  No longer do business owners have to use [...]

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Google My Business Supports Hotel Check-In And Check-Out Times

Google announced in its help forums that hotel operators are now able to enter their check-in and check-out times directly into Google My Business.  Once this information has been entered, Google My Business will display that information to searchers looking for more information about these times. According to Kara from the Google My Business team, she said, “We’re [...]

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Bing Now Offers Three New Local Search APIs

Lately, Microsoft has made a turn towards cloud-based solutions since Satya Nadella became CEO of the company.  Bing Maps has decided to go down the same route and has been quite highly focused on the enterprise.  Microsoft has decided to focus more and more on developers and enterprises, rather than matching features with Google Maps. Microsoft has [...]

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WordPress, Google Team On New CMS And Monetization For Local News Publishers

On the morning of January 14, WordPress parent Automattic and Google announced Newspack.  The new content management system (CMS) is “an advanced open-source publishing and revenue-generating platform for news organizations.”  Smaller, local news publishers that struggle with traffic and revenue are the main target of this new content management system. According to Google, the primary objective of Newspack is [...]

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Google Emphasizes ‘Message This Business’ In New Local Search Test

In a test, Google is making a big push for the messaging option found within the local panel.  Google launched messaging within Google My Business back in July 2017.  Now, Google is testing a way to promote messaging more to searchers in the local panel by using a larger message button. Local SEO and Search Engine Land columnist Joy Hawkins posted a screen shot [...]

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Google Testing Restaurant Booking With Both ‘Reserve A Table’ And ‘Tables Tomorrow’ Buttons

Google is currently testing the display of two call-to-action buttons in restaurant listings, which enables the search to reserve a table or see available tables tomorrow.  These two buttons, which read “Reserve a Table” and “Tables Tomorrow,” are a little redundant, but there seems to be a good reason to have both.  In either case, depending [...]

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Google Shutting Down Allo, Where Google Assistant Made Its Debut

For years now, Google seems to have been struggling with its messaging strategy.  Ever since it launched back in 2005, Google had done several experiments and false starts since Google Talk first came out.  Add that to the list of two more of the newer initiatives, Hangouts and Allo, which are both being shuttered. Hangouts will [...]

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Google Local Services Expands Beyond US Into Canada

This week, Google's lead generation program for small local service provider has finally made it's way past the U.S. Google Local Services are launching in Vancouver and Toronto, Canada. The program is starting with three verticals: locksmiths plumbers HVAC service providers. According to Kim Spalding, global director of SMB Ads at Google, the markets appealed [...]

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