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Local Search & Mobile Optimization at PubCon 2010

Smart Local Search & Mobile Users

In PubCon session “Local Search & Mobile Optimization, panelists discussed how search queries are changing and user search behavior differs from a PC to mobile user. The “get it now” attitude is growing and with that, mobile is booming.

Eric Bramlett stated that the public is now conducting “smarter” searches, local searches. It’s becoming increasingly important to secure hyperlocal listings such as Foursquare, Gowalla, and Facebook Places to help verify your business location. Google Place search is closely tied to this as well.

Below are a few important factors for local ranking:

  • Place Page
  • Reviews
  • Maps
  • Website on page factors
  • Directories

Website on Page Factors:

  • Include City, State in title tag
  • Include physical address in pages
  • Customize local keywords by page for multiple locations

Off Page Factors:

  • Local citations
  • Universal Business Listings
  • Reviews

Now, there are differences in search between a PC and mobile user. Desktops are typically used for topics that need to be researched deeply. Mobile is used more for quick “get it now” type of information. In 2010, less “research” occurred and mobile search increased. How can you “win” on mobile? You must have at least 2 of the following: Location, Branding, and/or Trust. This translates to being the closest business, having recognition, and online reviews. If you’re set up with all three elements, you are sure to win in the mobile space.

Speakers:
Michael Dorausch, President & Founder, Planet Chiropractic
Eric Bramlett, Owner, One Source Realty
William Leake, CEO, Apogee Search

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Contributed by: Zulema Romero, Milestone Internet Marketing

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