Google Street View in California’s National Parks

Google does a road-trip through some iconic parks

I’m not even sure my neighborhood is mapped using Street View but I’m sure this is a better use of the technology. You’re now able to follow Google Maps through five of Californa’s historic national parks in a 360 degree panaorramic view. They’ve also updated their Street View maps of the entire state allowing you road-trip through the entire state from north to south.

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Now everyone is able to enjoy the magestic imagery these places have to offer. Of course it’s not quite like driving through but it allows you to control the experience and take the time to really look around. Its inspiring enough to make you want to visit and plan a road-trip right now. You can read more about the details of each location on the Google announcement.

Of course Google doesn’t pass up the opportunity to advertise right on the page. Notice the Ads on the sidebar? What if you wanted a hotel for the night? Type “Hotel” directly in the search box and Google will find one relative to your location using Google Local Places. Also, you will see the Zagat ratings for those hotels giving you even more information to make a decision. That means properly optimized local places is key for attracting business and integrating that with the proper social media channels is becoming equally important. Our NJ SEO Company provides Local Listing Optimization with Social Media to give our clients visibility whenever possible.

Google +1 Recommendations Go Live

Google Announces New Google+ Features

Google has been busy working on extending their Google+ features. This latest initiative is intended to provide users a richer experience by showing additional content on a particular site that friends have recommended. These changes are being rolled out today so expect to see them anywhere you see a +1 badge. You can read the announcement on the Google Developers Blog.

Google+ Recommendations Go Live

If you have a Google badge on your site, that’s all you need to do. All recommendations will refer to the same domain or subdomain so the results will always be relevant. These recommendations will work across all +1 buttons for all users, whether or not they’re signed into Google+.

Google+ is huge for NJ SEO. Being able to draw visitors to your site via recommendations can be a monumental boost to traffic. And, this feature works even if you’re not logged in.

Twitter Improves Search

Twitter.com Adds Some Powerful Features

Friday Twitter added some powerful search options to their social media site. Introducing Search Autocomplete and “People You Follow” search results making it even easier to find out what’s going on in your online realm.

Search Autocomplete shows the most likely phrases for your search phrase as you type. This makes finding existing hashtag topics or events a breeze. Just start typing and choose your result from a possible list of choices.

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After you get your results there are also a bunch of other improvements.

Spelling corrections: If you misspell a word or phrase the results will be shown for the suggested/corrected term.

Related suggestions: If you search for a topic for which people use multiple terms, we will provide relevant suggestions for terms where the majority of that conversation is happening on Twitter.

Results with real names and usernames: When you search for a name like ‘Alec Baldwin,’ you’ll see results mentioning that person’s real name and their Twitter account username.

Results from people you follow: In addition to seeing ‘All’ or ‘Top’ Tweets for your search, you can also now see Tweets about a given topic from only the people you follow when you select the ‘People you follow’ view. Viewing Tweets about a topic from just the people you follow is a great way to find useful information and join the conversation.

Check out the twitter announcement to see the Twitter.com blog post on the topic.

Our NJ SEO Company creates multiple social media accounts for it’s clients and keep them updated with interesting content from their web blog of relevant events.

 

 

The New Bing With Social Media

Bing has released it’s updated search design today unveiling an integrated Social Media engine

New Bing with Social Media Integration

Bing’s look has been completely redesigned with a three column layout for search results. The left column contains your search results. The middle column, or “Snapshot” offers relevant results to the users search term. The column on the right, or “Sidebar” is intended to offer Social Media interaction and will show a Facebook activity feed and provide social interaction. Bing has a full release available here on their blog.

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Google has just announced it’s new Search Results Page which also increases the value of social media on searches with added value for Google+ and Zagat. Obviously both companies see the increasing value of social media channels. I tried it myself and found it somewhat lacking in content from a social media perspective. However, they are likely to build on this functionality and offer increasing functionality.

NJ Social Media Marketing is becoming essential for businesses who want to build a brand and gain exposure on the internet. Traditional methods of SEO are no longer effective. The internet marketing landscaping is constantly evolving and social media is here to stay.

Facebook Announces Its Social App Center

Get ready for the Facebook App Center

Social Media Marketing with FacebookFacebook officially announced the launching of it’s new App Center, a place for people to find social apps. It gives developers an additional method to create new apps and additional opportunities for existing ones.  They’re going to be rolling out this release in the coming weeks and informed developers to being preparing today if they want their app included at launch time.

With over 900 million users, Facebook hopes to be a central place for mobile apps like Draw Something and Pinterest.

Facebook continues to be focus of NJ Social Media Marketing campaigns. With it’s dominance in the social media realm its no wonder why. More and more brands are creating conversations with their customers on Facebook and other social media locations.

Foursquare ups their local search engine services with a Virtual Time Machine

Foursquare Adds Another Search Feature: Check-In History

Aimed at providing a richer user experience, Foursquare is once gain gaining momentum in the social media marketing landscape. Want to remember all the places you went last month? Or last year? With a fully-searchable history page, you can easily jump to all your past check-ins from any month or year, filter them by who you were with, what type of place you were at, or which neighborhood, city, or country you were in. They show you your check-in photos, comments, and even which friends were there.

They will also continue to add new features such as filtering by venue, and adding tips or creating lists right from this history page. Check it Out!

The team at the Firm understands how Social Media Marketing in New Jersey with tools like Foursquare can be huge for a local business. If you visit the Foursquare site, look at the competition in your area. If they’re using these tools and you’re not, you’re loosing valuable business.

Measure the value of social media with Google Analytics

social-media-marketingGoogle announced today that PostRank is officially deprecated. We know social media is the rising star of SEO and Google is providing a new set of Social reports help you measure the impact of your social marketing campaigns and evaluate the effect those social media activities have on your overall goals. These four new reports aggregate specific data points to ensure you see the entire scheme of how social media marketing affects your business. You can find these new tools, Social Value Overview, Social Sources, Social Plugins, and Conversion Reports in the Traffic Sources section on your analytic account. Learn More.

As a leader in Social Media Marketing in NJ we know social media plays a huge part in a long-term marketing campaign. Contact us today to learn how we can put your business on the first page of Google.