Monthly Archives: August 2010

It seems that Google Local Business Listing has fallen under the radar, at least in my sphere of influence. So I wanted to share some advice to anyone who runs a small business or provides a marketable service.

What is it? Google Local Business Listing is a way to get your business on Google Maps and subsequently Google search results…for free.

Why is this important? When someone searches for your product or service along with your city, your business will show up, top ‘o the list.

Localized. As I mentioned above, you get free local advertising on Google. When folks search a keyword plus your city, local businesses are displayed aboveĀ  the regular search results.

Build Street Cred Whether you sell cheeseburgers or wedding dresses, Google Local Business Listings is one big way to build your street cred. How? Customers can write reviews of your product or service for others to see. Don’t be shy about asking customers to write a review for you on Google. I’m not. This is also an incentive to provide top notch service and products to your customers, because you may receive bad reviews too!

How much does it cost? Nothing is free these days… but this sure is and…

It works! At least for me. I’ve gotten one client so far by using Google Local Business Listings. Google has begun sending out periodic stats on how many hits you receive from your listing as well! Now, you might be asking….

How do I sign up? Go here and login with your Google account and simply fill a few things out!

http://stephenemlund.com/redesign/sd

Recently I tweeted about Ruby Tuesday and expressed my dissatisfaction for the service I received. For a company this large not to have a presence on twitter is a missed opportunity. Companies large and small should be using search.twitter.com to crawl twitter for mentions about their business. When someone is dissatisfied about their product or service and tweets about it, they should respond via twitter reply or direct message.

Let’s see how easy it is find dissatisfaction with Ruby Tuesday on Twitter – I searched ‘Ruby Tuesday service’ at search.twitter.com and found a few tweets – here and here. Why can’t Ruby Tuesday be on twitter and reply to them about what they can do to make amends?

This isn’t too difficult to do.

Godaddy.com does it.

Vistaprint.com does it.

Starbucks does it.

Does anyone know what type of bug this is? It looks like a bee, but can’t tell since all that was left was a thin dry shell. Pretty gross and awesome all at the same time.

Does anyone know what type of bug this is? It looks like a bee, but can’t tell since all that was left was a thin dry shell. Pretty gross and awesome all at the same time.