Apple could preview the new software, which will be part of its next mobile-operating system, as soon as next week at its annual developer conference in San Francisco . . . Apple plans to encourage app developers to embed its maps inside their applications like social-networking and search services . . . Apple has been hatching the plan to evict Google Maps from the iPhone for years The WSJ reports that Apple believes a proprietary mapping service with advanced features will help the company sell more iPhones and better compete with Android. In addition the article says that Apple’s new mapping capability will be more widely and deeply integrated into the core OS and other phone features such as iCal. The article traces the deterioration of the Google-Apple relationship and attributes Apple’s drive to acquire mapping assets at least as much to Steve Job’s resentment of Google as any other consideration. There are also new details about past negotiations and bickering … [Read more...] about Apple Has Been Planning Google Maps’ Ouster “For Years”
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Windows Phone User? No Google Maps For You! To recap briefly, some Windows Phone users started reporting (as covered by The Verge) that they were unable to reach Google Maps using the Internet Explorer web browser on their phones. They got redirected instead to the Google home page. Google initially suggested (as covered by Gizmodo) that this was because Internet Explorer on Windows Phone wasn’t a WebKit-based browser and so Google Maps wouldn’t work for it. Google later added (as covered by The Next Web) that it was redirecting people on Windows Phone devices because of this incompatibility, but Google said this would soon change, since the latest version of Internet Explorer for Windows Phone was now apparently Google Maps-capable: Google sent us the same statement that The Next Web received, which says: We periodically test Google Maps compatibility with mobile browsers to make sure we deliver the best experience for those users. In our last test, IE mobile still did … [Read more...] about The Strange Explanation Of Why Windows Phone Users Lost Access To Google Maps
When it comes to digital marketing and SEO for your business, it’s important to look beyond just your website. For local businesses, a strong online marketing effort requires an investment in local directories, maps and review sites, too. If all of your optimization efforts are spent on your site, you’re likely missing out on opportunities. Google’s Pigeon algorithm update, released in July 2014, gave more prominence to local map and directory sites such as Yelp. In many instances, Yelp listings now rank above the business’ website. For example, when you search on the query [bakery phoenix], you have to scroll past three map listings and three organic listings before you finally see a local business website listing. That first local business website is in position 7, essentially. How many potential customers are going to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page to find your actual website? Nowhere near as many as are likely going to click on the map or … [Read more...] about Google Maps, Yelp & Local SEO In 2015
I used to think that locksmithing was the industry with the highest percentage of fake local listings on Google. I’m starting to think I was wrong. It all started a few weeks ago, when I was talking to Dev Basu at Powered By Search. He was asking me why businesses in Mississauga were showing up in the 3-pack when you did a search for “Toronto SEO.” After all, there are tons of great, well-known SEO companies in Toronto (including his and the one I work for), and shouldn’t these have priority over ones that aren’t even in the same city that was searched? Why were the results all businesses outside Toronto? When I started to investigate, I found that Google was pulling listings from Mississauga because of all the fake listings that SEO companies had created. These fake listings had their business name set up with a bunch of keywords as the title. Yes, unfortunately, this strategy works. Here is a screen shot that shows how the local results looked before I … [Read more...] about Please stop spamming Google Maps!
Does the name Bryan Seely ring a bell? He’s the guy last year who managed to create fake listings for the US Secret Service and the FBI in Google Maps that some people fell for. Seely did it to demonstrate a weakness with Google Maps, one that still exists and allowed him to recently make another fake listing — this time putting Edward Snowden in the White House. Google Maps Shows Edward Snowden In The White House is our Marketing Land story from yesterday that explains how the listing for “Edward’s Snow Den” was shown by Google Maps to exist within the White House, complete with Google verification. Tonight, Seely got in touch to explain how he did it. Seely claims to have done it, and he’s going to forward proof my way. But after our phone conversation, I have little doubt it was his work. It was a demonstration, he explained, that he put together for a Tedx Kirkland talk he gave last week. The FBI & Secret Service Fake Listings The video of … [Read more...] about How A Long-Standing Google Maps Loophole Let This Man Put Edward Snowden In The White House