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You hear TripAdvisor, you think hotels. You hear Healthgrades, you think doctors. You hear Yelp, and chances are good that you think restaurants. That’s exactly why it comes as a surprise to many local business owners and marketers to read Yelp’s own statistic which states that, of the 115 million consumer reviews Yelpers have left since launch, 22% relate to shopping vs.
Major changes are underway in local search, including Google’s placement of 3 ads up top pushing down their local packs and the announcement that local packs may soon include a paid entry. Additionally, narrowed mobile displays, the proliferation of apps, and voice search are all contributing to increased competition for visibility, pointing to a local search future in which a ...