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Don't Stop Believin' (That Google Places Has Potential)

 Dear Google Places, This isn’t working out. You’re unpredictable, inflexible, and sneaky, but lately, I find myself spending more time with you than ever. I can’t stand that you’re such an important fixture in my life, but to be honest, I’d be lost without you. I wish that you would stop going behind my back […]

TripAdvisor Astroturfing Hand Slapping

 One of my favorite topics when it comes to review sites is astroturfing.* What is Astroturfing? If you’re not familiar, astroturfing is when you write fake reviews for a company – either positive reviews for your own, or negative ones for a competitor.  The term came about because you’re faking a grass roots effort.  It […]

Google Places Best Ever Ratings: Do They Matter?

 Have you heard of the “Best Ever” medal for businesses on Google Places? Surely you must have, since it was introduced almost 8 months ago. It’s a great concept, really. In case you didn’t know, you have 10 “Best Ever” medals to award to your most beloved places, from your favorite coffee shop to your […]

Interview with Cars.com on Dealer Ratings: Part 2

 On Wednesday, we posted the first half of an interview with Nick Hummer of Cars.com about how their new dealer ratings & review system is coming along.  Here for your reading pleasure is the second half of our discussion. JS: One of the things I thought was interesting is that you have a partnership with […]

Interview with Cars.com on New Dealer Review System: Part 1

 As we mentioned before, Cars.com switched over to a new dealers review and rating system this past March, which is currently in an opt-in stage.  We wanted to get an update on how things were going so far, so we reached out to Nick Hummer, their product manager who’s leading their Dealer Reviews efforts. Nick […]

What's Next for Google Places? Reputation Management And…

 …putting local SEOs out of business.  But that really only concerns us and companies like mine, so I assume that’s boring to read for you, so we’ll skip it.  Besides, that’s not really news.  We’ve seen this coming for awhile and they even made their AdWords login page more enticing for end-users just a few […]

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