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Why Google+ Local is vital for offline businesses

A friend of mine recently set up a business as a sports massage therapist and asked if I could give him some tips on digital marketing.

Aside from setting up social profiles and optimising his website, I suggested that one of the most important things he could do was to setup a Google+ business page.

His is obviously a small business and one that only operates in his local area, so would benefit hugely from having a decent presence in local search results.

Having imparted these brilliant words of wisdom it then struck me that my knowledge of Google+ Local is a bit shaky.

So, in honour of my good friend this blog post explains the reasons why every business should be on Google+ Local, and gives some advice on how to setup a page...

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Yelp inks deal for Bing Local Search

When Google announced that it was acquiring Zagat, it looked problematic. After all, Zagat was a publisher struggling to stay relevant in the digital age and Google was the world's biggest search engine. The potential conflicts the deal could create were huge.

One of the companies likely to have been most concerned with the acquisition was Yelp. Along with other popular user-generated reviews sites, it has arguably played a key role in Zagat's woes. With Google behind it, would the Mountain View-based company push Zagat content at the expense of a company like Yelp, which it once reportedly looked to buy?

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Google launches Google+ Local with Zagat content, makes Zagat.com free

Last September, Google acquired Zagat, a company that built a world-famous brand around printed restaurant guides.

Thanks to the internet and the rise of user-generated reviews sites like Yelp, Zagat like so many other print publishers had seen a stunning reversal of fortunes before Google swooped in to buy it.
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