Google: Marking a Business ‘Temporarily Closed’ Doesn’t Impact Rankings via @MattGSouthern

Google’s Danny Sullivan confirms that marking a Google My Business listing as temporarily closed will not harm rankings or visibility. As businesses shut their doors to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, Google introduced a “temporarily closed” indicator in Google My Business. Initially there was concern about this indicator negatively impacting search rankings. A concerned business … Continue reading Google: Marking a Business ‘Temporarily Closed’ Doesn’t Impact Rankings via @MattGSouthern

Operating During COVID-19: Helpful Tips for Local Businesses

Local businesses know better than any other model what it means to fully participate in community life. You are the good neighbors who are there to serve, inspire, and sustain the people and traditions that make your town a unique and enjoyable place to call home. As we explore this topic of what local businesses … Continue reading Operating During COVID-19: Helpful Tips for Local Businesses

15 Ideas for Relieving Stress During Coronavirus Quarantine via @searchmastergen

We’re certainly living in strange times. While a global pandemic sweeps through our nation – and across the world – there is plenty to feel stressed about. People are losing their jobs. Parents are forced to find a way to have their child taken care of in response to mandatory school closing. Most terrifyingly, the … Continue reading 15 Ideas for Relieving Stress During Coronavirus Quarantine via @searchmastergen

Coronavirus And The Impact On Businesses So Far – Who’s Up & Who’s Down? via @MattGSouthern

A brand new report reveals the business impact of Coronavirus so far in the US, including which categories are up and which are down. The report was published by Yelp this week and reflects data gathered from March 1 through March 22. Yelp’s report looks at which types of businesses have risen or fallen in … Continue reading Coronavirus And The Impact On Businesses So Far – Who’s Up & Who’s Down? via @MattGSouthern

COVID-Consumers: Pessimistic, but spending more online

By Greg Sterling Consumer sentiment has turned sharply negative as the virus has disrupted every aspect of daily American life. According to a consumer survey from Engine, 88% of consumers in the U.S. are now concerned about the pandemic. And according to another survey of roughly 2,600 U.S. adults from L.E.K. Consulting and Civis (.pdf), … Continue reading COVID-Consumers: Pessimistic, but spending more online

Twitter to Prioritize COVID-19 Tweets From Verified Accounts via @MattGSouthern

Twitter published a PSA notifying users that tweets from verified accounts will be prioritized over regular accounts for COVID-19 updates. That doesn’t apply to just any account with a blue checkmark, however. Twitter is doing what’s necessary to find the right experts to highlight. “PSA about what we’re doing to Verify Twitter accounts that are … Continue reading Twitter to Prioritize COVID-19 Tweets From Verified Accounts via @MattGSouthern

Google Launches COVID-19 Info Site & New Search Experience for Coronavirus Queries via @MattGSouthern

Google has launched its anticipated COVID-19 information website as well as a new search experience for coronavirus queries. Announced a week ago, Google has officially launched a dedicated website for coronavirus information and resources which is available at google.com/covid19. The website is primarily dedicated to education, prevention, and local resources. With this site, people will … Continue reading Google Launches COVID-19 Info Site & New Search Experience for Coronavirus Queries via @MattGSouthern

Google My Business Temporarily Removes Features Due to COVID-19 via @MattGSouthern

Google is temporarily removing some features from Google My Business as a result of limitations caused by the COVID-19 situation. “During the unprecedented COVID-19 situation, we are taking steps to protect the health of our team members and reduce the need for people to come into our offices. As a result, there may be some … Continue reading Google My Business Temporarily Removes Features Due to COVID-19 via @MattGSouthern

Yelp Launches Efforts to Help Local Businesses Impacted By COVID-19 via @MattGSouthern

Yelp launched a number of efforts aimed at helping local businesses that have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. According to Yelp’s data, US consumer interest for restaurants has dropped by 54% over the past week. Nightlife businesses have been hit even harder with drop in consumer interest of 69%. This is, of course, … Continue reading Yelp Launches Efforts to Help Local Businesses Impacted By COVID-19 via @MattGSouthern

Google temporarily disables local reviews

By Greg Sterling Google has apparently disabled local reviews functionality — both for consumers and business owners. SterlingSky’s Jason Brown first flagged this issue on Friday. Joy Hawkins, also of SterlingSky, added, “Any review responses posted right now aren’t publishing live. Same thing with leaving new reviews. None of the reviews I left 5 min … Continue reading Google temporarily disables local reviews

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