Thursday, March 21, 2013

Facebook Brand Banner Image changes Mar 21 2013 - changes for the better

Mari Smith caught and posted this image today...... a great catch.

Whats it mean? The ban on logo's, offers, ads and such is lifted.

Stay within the 20% text rule.

And you can do what you want.

Check out the official rules HERE

Monday, March 18, 2013

Google+ Local Reviews Tab - March 11th 2013

Google+ has added a reviews tab to your google+ profile.

Making it easier to see your reviews - but also in my opinion to encourage you to make reviews.

More reviews = more data about a business. Of course this will eventually be used to increase or decrease a businesses ranking in the index.

So Google is encouraging reviews..... shouldn't your business be encouraging reviews?

Check the story out HERE

Thursday, March 14, 2013

NAP = Name Address Phone - People are stealing from You

When an online lead generation company approaches you, ask them 1 question:

"Do you change the phone number on my google+, google places, yelp, foursquare and other online directories?"

if they do not answer "No" then run very quickly away.

Those listings are your property. They belong to your business. When a lead company changes the numbers to their tracking numbers they do 2 things: 1 they mess up your NAP (1 consistent name, address and phone across the web) and they then claim leads and make you pay for leads you would have already gotten if the proper number was there.

Why would you pay for a lead that was yours to begin with? These companies are stealing from you. They take credit for what was rightfully yours and make you pay for it.

Let's be smart business owners and claim all our local profiles.



Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Vimeo Pro - VOD for the Masses - released March 12 2013

If you havent seen it - Vimeo has come out with their own video on demand service.

Check it out HERE

I think this is a great option for the small VOD vendor.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Youtube Channel Upgrade - Mar 2013

Youtube is upgrading its channel experience for its users and now all publishers are encouraged to update.

Here's a link to tell you how. HERE

Please take the time to read!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

SERP results for authors, musicians and directors

Have you seen these Search Engine Results in your google?

Very interesting that they include this cool scroll bar now!

What other results is Google doing this for?

Could this make its way into Local SERP - by using Google+ local Page data maybe?

We shall See.  What is your thoughts?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Google+ New Profile Picture Size updated March 6 2013 and other Google+ updates

Here's the info your need. Google+ now offers larger cover photos, which can be displayed at 16:9 when fully viewed, and the service supports up to a 2120 x 1192 resolution for cover photos.

Other updates?

Here's the Post that shares all the updates. Find it HERE.

- A new tab for your Local reviews. In addition to your photos, +1's and YouTube videos, there's now a place for all your Local reviews. Highlight your favorite restaurants, or hide the tab completely via settings -- it's completely up to you.

- An easier way to edit your info. The 'About' tab now consists of separate cards (like Story, Places, and Links) -- each with its own prominent edit link. As always: you can share specific fields with specific circles, or keep them just for you.

- Bigger cover photos, with a better aspect ratio. Cover photos are much larger than before (up to 2120px by 1192px), and they display in 16x9 when fully expanded.