“Space City” Houston ranks number one on the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s list of mobile shopping cities, followed by New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Dallas-Fort Worth. The industry group looked at mobile phone ownership, the influence of mobile coupons and ownership of mobile retail and social media applications when putting together its rankings. Surprisingly, uber-tech-savvy San Francisco didn’t make the top 10, coming in at 11 in the rankings. The results suggest that marketers trying to reach consumers in the top-ranked metro areas should prioritize efforts to make their online presences more mobile friendly. Bricks-and-mortar retailers in those areas could also make it easier to do price comparisons or perform other mobile tasks in their stores, perhaps using QR codes or something similar. National retailers should prioritize initiatives in the mobile-shopping-heavy metro areas. The IAB’s rankings were corroborated somewhat by eBay’s … [Read more...] about IAB: Houston Tops List Of Mobile Shopping Cities; San Francisco Fails To Make Top 10
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As summer travel rolls into full swing, I’m reminded that much of local search is performed by non-locals. Depending on vertical, a significant amount of business may be from visitors outside the local area, either long-distance travelers or those visiting from nearby towns for the day. I’ll use my town, Frisco, Texas, which is a far northern suburb of Dallas, as an example for some perspective. Frisco is not like San Francisco, Washington, DC, or other destinations that have much stronger reputations for tourism and travel. According to a study by Frisco’s Convention and Visitors Bureau in 2013, the top three reasons for visiting Frisco were business travel, a weekend getaway and youth sporting events. Yet that same study revealed more than 31,000 out-of-town visitors come to the city and spend $3.9 million every single day. At the time, the city’s population was approximately 130,000 residents. Thus, every day, there are 24 percent as many visitors as there … [Read more...] about 33% of local search business is from non-locals (and 7 tips for capturing that traffic)
Many businesses seek to target local searchers for their products and services, and careful review of a site’s analytics is one of the key weapons in a local business’s competitive arsenal. Here are a few tips on what metrics to look at and how to use some of them in optimizing your site to rank better in local search results. I recently had the pleasure of speaking at the SMX Search Analytics conference, and one of the topics I spoke upon was how to use Google Analytics in optimizing local sites. Some of the examples in this article come from that presentation, and I’m adding a few other details to the mix. First, to set the stage, many businesses have a moderately good idea as to the sort of keyword phrases for which they would like to rank. A “family law” attorney in Miami, might believe they should appear high in the results for all “family law” queries, but if they ranked at the top of all searches for that phrase tons of people elsewhere … [Read more...] about Using Analytics for Local Search Optimization
When it comes to Google's algorithms, there's quite a difference between how they treat local and organic. Get the scoop on which factors drive the local algorithm and how it works from local SEO extraordinaire, Joy Hawkins, as she offers a taste of her full talk from MozCon 2019. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hello, Moz fans. I'm Joy Hawkins. I run a local SEO agency from Toronto, Canada, and a search forum known as the Local Search Forum, which basically is devoted to anything related to local SEO or local search. Today I'm going to be talking to you about Google's local algorithm and the three main factors that drive it. If you're wondering what I'm talking about when I say the local algorithm, this is the algorithm that fuels what we call the three-pack here. When you do a local search or a search that Google thinks has local intents, like plumbers let's say, you traditionally will get three results … [Read more...] about How Does the Local Algorithm Work?
Digital marketing conferences are held all over the world, from Los Angeles to Beijing and everywhere in between. Thousands of SEOs, SEMs, content marketers, social media strategists and business owners attend marketing events for the whirlwind of information, education and networking. Where else but a digital marketing conference can you learn from the likes of Gary Illyes, Purna Virji, Rand Fishkin, Larry Kim and Bruce Clay all in a single day? We’ve updated our Digital Marketing Conference Calendar for 2018 with more than 250 events worldwide so you can start planning your year ahead. (Click here to skip straight ahead to the full calendar.) We’ve organized this massive list — 250+ digital marketing conferences! — in three ways. You can view events by regional location, by topic focus, or by month on a calendar that can also be downloaded. Whether you’re looking for an in-person networking opportunity that’s close to home or willing to travel … [Read more...] about Digital Marketing Conference Calendar 2018: 250+ Events Across the Globe, Updated