Fixing a Merged Listing in Google Places

On April 5th, 2012, wrote:

Google Places offers people the chance to merge duplicate business listings in an effort for business owners to concentrate on just one business listing and let them comply with Google rules of having only one listing per business location. Google also uses data from other parties to make sure that duplicate listings are identified and merged it into one. But this can be a problem for some businesses. For example, a competitor hijacks your Google Maps listing by merging it with an account that they control, changes your contact information like your phone number, and adds their own business name to the listing. You can remedy this by manually changing your contact details and everything that has been changed by the competitor. But just when it is changed back (which could take some time), your competitor hijacks your listing again. For most, however, it is a matter of inconvenience and lost business rather than unfair competitive practices. Some merged business listings show – Read the full article

Social Media for Travel Companies: Where We’re Headed (Plus Power Tips)

On December 29th, 2011, wrote:

For the travel industry, at least, social media is seen as more valuable than pay-per-click advertising. The World Travel Market 2011 report says that travel professionals see social media as one of the key revenue-generating channels over the next five years. As proof of this, the study found that eight out of ten travel-related businesses use some form of social media. Not only that: the World Travel Market 2011 also expects that in five years, half of all travel-related companies would be generating income and bookings on social media, rising from the current 22%. Out of those using social media marketing, around 50% do not even invest in PPC advertising, while 1 out of 5 of those who do use PPC aim to stop or reduce their spending in the next few years. It is very apparent that the travel industry loves social media. So if you are in the travel business, it is time to amp up your social media activities. Blogs – Read the full article