SMX Overtime: Here’s how multi-location brands can manage their local listings

During my “Local presence management for multi-location brands” session at SMX East, attendees asked questions about review rankings, duplicate listings and pages and local franchise challenges so I wanted to take the time after the event. 1. I see a lot of companies with a small number of reviews ranking higher than other local companies…

Microsoft: Search advertising revenue grew slower than expected last quarter

Microsoft reported revenues of $36.9 billion for the second quarter of the 2020 fiscal year, which ended December 31, an increase of 14% over the prior year. Revenue from search advertising ticked up just 6% year-over-year in the quarter that encompassed the holiday shopping season. Search advertising growth was lower than the company had expected,…

Apple’s big maps makeover now available across U.S., Europe coming soon

There’s an old advertising slogan that goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” The same might be said of Apple Maps, which had a botched launch in 2012 and has spent “billions” trying to play catch up with Google Maps, which celebrates its 15 year anniversary next week. Feature and…

Who’s winning on Amazon right now?

While we wait for Amazon’s Q4 results to come out to see how high they climbed in 2019, I want to share eight expert views on who is winning on Amazon right now. As a merchant on Amazon, you can have two different roles. One is as a vendor working with Amazon in a retail…

DuckDuckGo has other ideas for Google’s EU search choice screen

Even though it’s one of the options, DuckDuckGo is not happy with Google’s proposed search choice screen for Android users in the EU and has released a proposal of its own. It boils down to giving users more search engine choices and more details about the selection process. DuckDuckGo’s proposed search engine selection screen also…