New Features in Google My Business

New Google My Business Features

Google has recently rolled out several new features in Google My Business (GMB) to help businesses improve their presence in online search, and better interact with current and potential customers. Since launching five years ago, Google My Business has helped 150 million local businesses connect with local people. The platform has continually evolved to provide a better experience for both businesses and users.   Let’s find out what these new features do!  Welcome Offers  Who doesn’t like a deal or two? Welcome Offers

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Microsoft and Verizon Media Announce Their Search Partnership

Microsoft and Verizon Media first announced their enhanced search partnership in January 2019 for search marketers to have a global platform to run search advertising campaigns. On the 25 June 2019, both Microsoft and Verizon Media officially confirmed the search partnership expansion across Australia and New Zealand. Now both Yahoo and AOL campaigns are exclusively serviced by Microsoft Advertising.  As a Microsoft Advertising Elite Channel Partner, ReachLocal is excited to hear about this partnership. It will enhance and add more reach to search advertising campaigns which ReachLocal are running for our clients. They are likely

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video marketing is growing in 2019

Video Marketing is Growing!

In December 2018, we predicted that video marketing would be the most prominent trend of 2019, and we were right. As of this year, 87% of businesses have used video as a marketing tool. Video today has a significant impact on consumers’ choices and buying decisions, so it’s essential for marketers to understand the most valuable ways to apply it.   Let’s find out where is video going this year.   Going Live  Live videos resonate well with audiences because they provide a ‘real experience’ which helps shape brand image and loyalty. 78% of

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How to Combat Web Form Spam

If you have a web form on your website, then it’s likely you have come across spam and junk responses – unfortunately it is inevitable. Not only is it frustrating, but web form spam can also affect your ranking in SERPs.  Before we dive into the main cause of web form spam, let’s first understand that this spam is not caused by your site’s functionality, or your online marketing campaigns.  What is a web form spam?  It’s a method of spamming a website’s submission form with unwanted information, such as links to an offer, advertisements

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Building an Enduring Marketing Strategy

A solid marketing strategy is imperative for any business wanting to make an impact in the marketplace. With a strategic approach, your business can both win new customers and keep existing ones coming back. With such a variety of marketing tactics available, it’s understandable to feel overwhelmed with where to start. Here are four pillars for building a solid foundation for your marketing strategy, which you can build upon with additional tactics in time.  Online Presence  Having a strong online presence is crucial for all businesses. Consumers are most likely to go

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Impact of Online Reviews on Local SEO Ranking

In this digital era, consumers are heavily dependent on what others are saying about your business to help them make wise and informed decisions when making purchases. Online reviews provide consumers with an easy way to publish their personal experiences, good or bad. This helps to share their unbiased experience with others looking to buy or engage in similar service.  Online search has radically changed the way people shop and look up information. 90% of consumers will read a review before making a purchase decision, while 91% of

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ReachLocal ANZ Retains Elite Bing Partner Status for 2019

Recently, Microsoft named ReachLocal ANZ as one of a select group of top performing partners to act as trusted advisors to their growing customer base for search advertising opportunities with the Bing Network. We take immense pride in retaining this title for three consecutive years. We also won the Bing Rising Star Partner of the Year award in 2017 and the Bing APAC Channel Partner of the Year award in 2018. In addition, we were excited to learn just this week that we are a finalist

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Why are online reviews important?

Why Are Online Reviews Important?

By ReachLocal ANZ Digital Marketing Consultant, Garry Mautner.    How many times have I heard this?  “No, it’s okay. All of our business comes through word-of-mouth and referrals. We don’t need any help with online marketing, thanks.”  Let’s take a step back and think about this a bit more. Is there anything we do these days, where we don’t read online reviews?    You’re planning a birthday surprise for your significant other. You know you’re under pressure to do better than last year, because that sad excuse of a hotel (in the middle of the sticks, with a

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What Does a Digital Marketing Consultant Do?

You have heard of digital marketing consultants (DMC), but not too sure of what they really do. You are not alone. Before working in digital marketing, I was also clueless.  They have many different roles and responsibilities and considered as a jack of all trades. Ideally, they are responsible to get the business visible online and help attract new customers.   With more and more businesses looking for effective digital marketing, the need for skilled and experienced DMCs are always in demand.  To

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Four Ways to Have an Effective Display Advertising Campaign

There are great benefits available to SMBs in running a display advertising campaign. Not only do display ads attract traffic, but they also turn website visitors into paid customers. How can you achieve this? Effective display advertising consists of a few elements that help an advertising campaign perform better.   An Eye-Catching Landing Page  A display ad is an invitation for a potential customer to visit your website, which creates the first impression about what you offer as a business. If your landing page doesn’t provide a valuable experience, then

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