Some 58% of US adults have used voice search to find information on a local business at some point in the past 12 months. Most commonly, people are using their smartphones (56%) for voice search to find local business information, while about 1 in 5 (18%) have done so using a Smart Speaker.
Most US consumers would lost trust in a business that had incorrect or inconsistent contact details online, reports BrightLocal. And the problem appears to be quite extensive: 71% of the survey’s respondents reported having felt the effect of inaccuracies found online, such as having called a wrong phone number or arrived at a location when it was closed.
Google shows an average of only 8.5 organic results on the first page of its US mobile searches, and just 8.7 on desktop searches.
Social media tops other priorities when it comes to SEO services in 2018. One-fifth of respondents named social media marketing their top SEO service-related priority, ahead of on-site optimization (16%) and creating content to earn links (15%).
More than one-quarter of Alexa owners have asked their device about deals, recent research has revealed. Now, new data from Google and Peerless Insights indicates that Smart Speaker owners are most interested in receiving information about deals, sales and promotions from brands.
After a surge this past holiday season – when 4% of U.S. adults reported they acquired their first smart speaker device — ownership is up 128% since January 2017, to now one in six Americans (16%) having a smart speaker.
Local ad spending in the country will continue to grow in 2018, according to new figures released by BIA/Kelsey. The firm expects US local ad spending to hit $151.2 billion in 2018, a 5.2% increase over $140.9 billion this year.
Reviews continue to be extremely important, as 94% of respondents use the internet multiple times a year to find local businesses, and the majority are more likely to use a business based on positive reviews.
Nearly half of US C-level execs surveyed said that ensuring data quality and accuracy was a challenge they faced when collecting location data.
Among US smartphone users, Millennials were more amenable to the idea that their smartphones were tracking everything from physical activity to news preferences.