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DigitalMarketer 2020 Year in Review [Infographic]
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DigitalMarketer 2020 Year in Review [Infographic]

One of the best ways to continue growing is to reflect on all you’ve accomplished in the past.So, the DigitalMarketer team took a look back at 2020 and rounded up our best achievements of the year.This was DigitalMarketer’s best year yet, and it wouldn’t have been possible without our amazing community—that means YOU!So, take a gander at our annual DigitalMarketer Year in Review Infographic, and join us as we hit new milestones in 2021!
Local Quizness – Quiz of the Year 2020!
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Local Quizness – Quiz of the Year 2020!

In our first webinar of the year, we’ll be joined by local search experts Ben Fisher, Joy Hawkins, and Andrew Shotland (from Steady Demand, Sterling Sky, and Local SEO Guide, respectively) to discuss the key local SEO events and trends of last year and look ahead to what might be coming in 2021. The State of Local Search… Read More
What is Google My Business ‘Direct Edit’, and What Does It Mean for Agencies?
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What is Google My Business ‘Direct Edit’, and What Does It Mean for Agencies?

Ben Fisher is a Platinum Product Expert for Google My Business. He’s a master of the spam redressal form, is always on top of the latest news, and loves to share his knowledge with others. Here, he explains the new ‘Direct Edit’ feature in Google My Business, or, as he’s calling it, the Transparent Merchant Experience. In 2017, Google My Business (GMB) launched the ability to update your business information, make posts, upload photos, see how many views you have received, and more, within SERPs. The blog post they released was then titled ‘Manage your business listing without leaving Google Search.’Now fast forward to 2020, and they have upgraded the experience in a blog post titled ‘Update your Business Profile on Google Maps and Search‘. See the difference there? The main change ...
Expert Local SEO Predictions for 2021
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Expert Local SEO Predictions for 2021

Now that 2020 is well and truly behind us, we can begin looking forward to bigger, better things. That’s right folks, the time is once again upon us to bring out our BrightLocal crystal ball and enlist some of the local search community’s most well-loved experts to help us with some local SEO predictions for the coming year.  But, before we get started thinking about what’s to come for 2021, how did our experts fare with what they predicted in 2020? Reflecting on 2020’s Local SEO Predictions A lot happened in 2020, but how many of our experts’ local SEO predictions came true?  Unfortunately, a lot of our pros had hoped 2020 would see a reduction in spam, but with the introduction of new Covid-19 support, resources, and features, plus limited Google My Business support, it seems Google ...
How to Optimize Your Content Strategy for Lead Generation
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How to Optimize Your Content Strategy for Lead Generation

Digital marketing has evolved far beyond publishing regular blog posts and broadcasting them through brand-owned channels.It used to work pretty well about a decade ago but it will hardly produce just about any results these days.We live in the era of an always multitasking, ever-moving consumer who is hard to impress. These days most brands were forced to up their content creation game and start producing in-depth and interactive content, investing into video creation and designing original graphics.However it is not enough. While content quality is fundamental, your content strategy will fail to have any impact on your company’s bottom line unless it is optimized for capturing and nurturing leads.Step 1: Optimize for the Customers’ Journeys, not Just KeywordsEv...
How Digital Marketing Will Change: 14 Predictions for 2021
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How Digital Marketing Will Change: 14 Predictions for 2021

Digital marketing is no stranger to changes, especially after a year like 2020.We have to stay on our toes if we want to stay relevant with the never ending changes to algorithms and regulations—and part of that is positioning ourselves for success.What is digital marketing going to look like in 2021?We had had 14 digital marketers weigh in to let us know what they see on the horizon, so we can all plan accordingly and have a great year of engagement, clicks, and conversions.Here are predictions from 13 of digital marketing’s best minds for 2021.Dan Dillon, Vice President of Marketing at Reveal MobileAs the pandemic subsides, shoppers, diners, tourists and consumers of all kinds are going to go OUT. And when they go, they are going big. Marketers will nee...
Answer These 3 Questions to Figure Out What Content To Put In Your Newsletter
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Answer These 3 Questions to Figure Out What Content To Put In Your Newsletter

So you’ve read all the hype around newsletters, huh?It’s true, newsletters have made their comeback just like 90’s fashion (who knew bell bottoms would ever become a thing again…). Newsletters are sprouting up like weeds and it feels like the chance to get in on the hype is limited. ⏳But that doesn’t mean you should rush to put together a newsletter. Just like any marketing strategy, you don’t want to duct tape it together and hope it works out. You want to strategize how to curate a newsletter that shifts subscribers into customers.What’s the most useful content you can give subscribers that will ALSO bring them towards your offer?Let’s figure it out by answering 3 questions.#1: What challenges does your customer avatar have around the problem(s) your pro...
4 Steps To Writing an Engaging Instagram Caption
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4 Steps To Writing an Engaging Instagram Caption

Are you hitting publish on your Instagram posts, waiting patiently for the likes and comments to roll in, and they don’t come? You’re still waiting, waiting a little longer…Getting engagement on Instagram isn’t what it was back in 2010–we can’t expect to hit publish and reach thousands of people the way we used to. Instagram in 2020 requires a bit more strategy, but it’s nothing you can’t handle. 😉We’re marketers, so that means we’re not just going to whip up a creative caption for our audience–we’re going to make sure we’re backing it with some strategy. We’re going to use the worksheets that help us talk to our customers where they are in their experience with the pain point our product solves and write a clear call to action asking them to do something after r...
How to Get People on Your Podcast
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How to Get People on Your Podcast

Every time you turn around, someone is starting a podcast. Your friends are starting one, every celebrity has one, even your competitors have their own.It’s natural to find yourself wondering if all the hype is worth it.Turns out, it is.Although podcasting started in early 2000s, it didn’t hit its full stride until the last few years. And now, podcasting is now one of the fastest growing content types in the world. There are 850,000 active podcasts (shows, not episodes) that anyone can download. They also have an audience larger than you may think—roughly half of all U.S. citizens 12+ listen to podcasts.And, most importantly for marketers and businessowners, more than half of podcast listeners say that they’re at least somewhat more likely to buy something after hear...
12 Women in Marketing to Watch Out For
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12 Women in Marketing to Watch Out For

If your morning cup of coffee wasn’t the kick in the butt you needed to get your day started, these women are sure to inspire you to get to work. With millions of dollars in revenue and millions more generated for their clients through their marketing strategies, these women in marketing are inspiring to say the least. They’ve built massive businesses based on their entrepreneurial bug, and many have continued to create 7-figure and viral results for their clients while balancing being a mom. Here’s who you should watch out for because you need to be listening to and learning from all of them. 1. Lisa Nichols CEO of Motivating The MassesAs one of the world’s most requested motivational speakers, Lisa Nichols is known for transforming lives. It all started with changing her own life...
How To Train Your Content Creators To Create Viral Content
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How To Train Your Content Creators To Create Viral Content

Yes, it’s possible to train your content creators to create viral content.If you’re creating content right now, but it’s not getting the numbers you were looking for… we know exactly what’s going wrong.You don’t know your customer avatar well enoughYou’re not creating content for the right parts of the Customer Value JourneyYou don’t know the difference between a viral article and an average articleWith virality on her resume, DigitalMarketer’s General Manager Erin MacPherson knows what it takes to get traffic and conversions. Even though it might seem like you’d start with the content, we’re actually going to take it a step back first.First, we need to know who your content is for.After that, we’ll make sure you’re creating the right content based on where your ...
[UPDATED] 101 Best Email Subject Lines
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[UPDATED] 101 Best Email Subject Lines

Welcome to the 8th annual installment of DigitalMarketer’s 101 Best Email Subject Lines!Within this post, I’ve got 101 PROVEN, swipeable email subject lines that are yours for the taking. And if you’re one of our email subscribers, there’s at least a 20% chance that you played a role in determining what made the list. If that applies to you, please prepare for a little déjà vu. 🙂Though you’re currently reading one of the most aptly titled blog posts of all time, you’ll find more here than just subject lines. I’m going to break down the 8 components of every good subject line AND you’ll get an analysis of our top 10 performing subject lines of 2020.That way, when you’re finished with this post, you can:1. Start deconstructing and reproducing the elements of YOUR b...
DigitalMarketer Bloopers | 2020 in Review
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DigitalMarketer Bloopers | 2020 in Review

2020 was another year for massive content creation at DigitalMarketer. From our products to our Facebook and YouTube channels, we’re creating video content on different platforms, in different mediums, each and every day.But… we tend to goof… a lot.This year was a lot. This year, even more than years past, we’re grateful for laughter that every day brings. So, with the year coming to a close, we thought we’d take a look back at all our “finest” moments behind the camera.So sit back and join us for our best outtakes and hilarious screwups…Did you enjoy DigitalMarketer’s 2020 Blooper Reel? Want more content like this? Subscribe to...
The Metrics that Matter for Your Business (And Where to Find Them)
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The Metrics that Matter for Your Business (And Where to Find Them)

There’s one thing that every business owner has in common: they want their business to succeed.It doesn’t matter what industry they’re in, what product they sell, or what problem they solve. Every business owner wants to rise to the top……But how?Most people know what success feels like… but what does success look like?Contrary to popular belief, this doesn’t have to be super complicated to figure out. Because, although success could look slightly different depending on what you do, almost every business can track success with one thing: the right metrics.It’s a methodology for tracking growth that Monique Morrison, Co-Founder of Jeronamo Digital Solutions and a DigitalMarketer ELITE Coach, uses for her clients every day. She spoke at her recent DigitalMarketer wo...
Get 10% Off LocalU Advanced with BrightLocal
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Get 10% Off LocalU Advanced with BrightLocal

We’re excited to again be partnering with Local University to offer BrightLocal readers 10% off LocalU Advanced Virtual, the online conference filled with advanced local search insights and tactics from the brightest minds and biggest names in the business, this time taking place 9am-5.30pm ET on Tuesday, November 10th. The last virtual event, back in June of this year, was a huge success, and we really enjoyed being part of the experience. We’re confident the team at Local University will be able to follow up with another fantastic selection of speakers and invaluable, actionable topics and Q&As. What is LocalU Advanced Virtual?The world’s leading local search-focused conference, featuring talks from 13 renowned experts in the field, such as David Mihm, Joy Hawkins, and Darren S...
NEW: Direct-to-Review Makes It Easier for Happy Customers to Leave Reviews
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NEW: Direct-to-Review Makes It Easier for Happy Customers to Leave Reviews

You asked, we listened! Our users wanted a faster, friction-free way to get reviews from their happiest customers, and that’s why today we’re launching the highly anticipated ‘Direct-to-Review’ setting for Get Reviews. It’s a simple change, but one that could make a world of difference to your review generation. With Direct-to-Review switched on, positive reviewers will automatically skip the ‘internal feedback’ step when completing review requests, so they can jump right to leaving you reviews on your preferred sites in just two clicks. That means far fewer dropouts in the Get Reviews process, a shorter journey for your customers, and crucially, more reviews for your business. How does Direct-to-Review work? Here’s the current flow that Get Reviews takes your customers through:Rate ...
Cindy Krum on Building a Mobile-first, Future-proof SEO Strategy
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Cindy Krum on Building a Mobile-first, Future-proof SEO Strategy

I’ve got something to confess. I’m not the most technical SEO. I mean, I have a basic understanding of how crawling and indexing works, and I’ve overseen a few technical SEO projects – from a safe distance! But when it gets down to the nuts and bolts of technical SEO… Well, let’s just say, it’s not exactly lighting my fire. But that’s all changed, and it’s thanks to this month’s ‘Adventure in Local Marketing’ guest Cindy Krum, CEO and Founder of MobileMoxie. Cindy is not only super knowledgeable about the nitty gritty of technical SEO, she also has an amazing knack for making it really accessible and easy-to-understand. Cindy is one of the leading experts in mobile SEO, but her knowledge doesn’t end there. She’s always at the fore when it comes to understanding (and predicting!) what G...
How Do You Keep Your Clients Engaged?
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How Do You Keep Your Clients Engaged?

We Asked the Experts is a series designed to provide you with the most relevant insights from local search experts. Each month we’ll cover a different question and share insights from key figures in the local SEO community in an effort to help you further your knowledge and strategy. Have any of the following ever happened to you?You’ve got a handful of clients, but you never or rarely have calls with them You do have calls with your clients but you have to send a bunch of emails before you can get them on the phone You share links to reports with clients, but have no idea if they’re reading them Your client is resistant to your input or ideas Your clients still won’t follow your advice and respond to customer reviewsIf you’re sitting there nodding your head, then I’m afraid to say...
Local Quizness November 2020 – How Well Do You Know Last Month’s News?
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Local Quizness November 2020 – How Well Do You Know Last Month’s News?

October was a bumper month for news – and with so much going on in the ‘real’ world, we wouldn’t blame you if you’d missed some of the stories affecting local marketers. Test out your knowledge of the biggest changes, tests, and bugs hitting headlines in October in the latest edition of Local Quizness – our monthly quickfire quiz created to help you stay on top of the news that matters most. If you wanted to do a bit of revision before attempting the quiz (hey, it’s not cheating, it’s learning!), we’ve included links to all of the stories covered below. Get quizzing now, and for those of you that’d like to share your scores, head over to Twitter using #LocalQuizness.Take a look at the full reading list to brush up and learn more:See you in December for even more quizzing (erk, wher...
Carrie Hill on Creating Kick-ass Local Content
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Carrie Hill on Creating Kick-ass Local Content

There’s no doubt content is key to both ranking high in local search and generating more leads, but there’s a lot of mixed messages about the best ways to approach this. And often what ranks and what converts can be very different beasts. Luckily, we’ve enlisted Sterling Sky’s content creating champion Carrie Hill to get answers to questions such as should local businesses be blogging regularly? What kind of content coverts? And what do you do if great content isn’t ranking? On this episode, Carrie reveals her secrets to make the words (and leads!) flow. Listen to learn:How to do effective content research How to ensure content doesn’t just rank, but also converts The mistakes to avoid when creating content The methods Carrie uses to make writing much easierListen to the episodeS...
Local Quizness December 2020 – Put Your News Knowledge to the Test!
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Local Quizness December 2020 – Put Your News Knowledge to the Test!

It’s time for the last Local Quizness of the year! Every month, we pay close attention to all of the new features, bugs, and trends affecting local marketers – so you don’t have to. Answer 10 quick questions to find out if you spotted some of the biggest stories in local SEO from November, and catch up on any you might have missed in the complete reading list below. Only the most vigilant local news-readers can score more than 6/10 – try your luck, and share with your colleagues and peers to find out who’s the highest scorer!Refresh your memory with all the news below, and don’t forget to share your score on Twitter using #LocalQuizness.We hope you enjoyed this month’s Local Quizness. We’ll be back in the New Year with another challenge!
a free online school dedicated to local SEO
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a free online school dedicated to local SEO

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes and are thrilled to announce the arrival of BrightLocal Academy: a free online school dedicated to teaching you all about local SEO. Built with busy professionals in mind, it will help you to:Make the most of the time you have to learn with short interactive videos. Fill your knowledge gaps by letting you learn what you want, when you want to. Make what you learn really stick, through regular quizzes. Stand out from the crowd with certificates you can add to your CV or LinkedIn profile.  The first course we’re launching is Level Up Your Local SEO with BrightLocal which uses the power of interactive content to guide you through the theory of local SEO and shows you how to put its awesome powers into practice with confidence.  So if y...
New Features, Updates and Tests Roundup
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New Features, Updates and Tests Roundup

UPDATED December 18th, 2020: Added news of Preview Call History rolling out to Google My Business As we approach Christmas, there seems to be no let-up in the fast pace of updates and tests in Google My Business. At BrightLocal, we may have been busy releasing a detailed piece of research, a complete guide to local SEO and an entire learning Academy, but that won’t stop us catching you up on all the latest Google My Business news over the past month. Between official updates, rumored tests and new features, there’s a lot to cover, so strap in! Google launches Small Business Advisors program In Mid-November, Google served up a new program designed to assist small businesses in the United States with their online marketing (using Google tools throughout, naturally).  For $39.99 per sessi...
The Year in Local Search – 2020
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The Year in Local Search – 2020

2020 has nearly come to an end (cue sighs of relief!)  While this year presented many challenges, especially for local businesses, it also created the opportunity for triumph. Google My Business introduced more new features than ever, and we saw the good side of many organizations that strived to provide extra resources and relief to those in need. Although we may all be glad to see the back of what’s been a pretty hectic year, we’d be remiss not to look back on all the exciting things that have taken place. For us, it’s been a year filled with GMB news, updates, and changes, and we even had some laughs along the way too, (Four Season Total Landscaping anyone?) So, before we say “so long” to 2020 for good, we invite you to join us in reflecting upon the year in local search.What woul...