Discussing the Impact of Pigeon Update

Discussing the Impact of Pigeon Update

On November 12th, 2014 we were joined by 3 of the brightest brains in Local Search to review & debate the impact of the Pigeon update.

Launched in July 2014, the Pigeon update aimed to provide more accurate local search results that are tied closer to traditional organic search ranking signals and more tightly geo-targeted around the searcher’s location. The impact has been widespread and varied – with some businesses and whole industries negatively affected.

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Our Expert Panelists

Mike Blumenthal

Mike is one of the best known figures in the industry and an avid fan of local search; a subject which he writes about on his blog Understanding Google Places & Local Search. Mike’s blog was ranked as the no. 1 local search blog in our poll at the end of last year. Follow Mike on Twitter & G+.

Andrew Shotland

A former head of business development for InsiderPages, Andrew is the owner of Local SEO Guide  where he expertly provides clients with SEO and SEM consulting services. Andrew was part of the recent ‘Deconstructing Pigeon Panel’ at SMX & has written numerous articles on the update, including most recently this. Follow Andrew on Twitter & G+.

Joy Hawkins

Joy is Marketing Director at Imprezzio; an online marketing company that currently works with over 1,300 small businesses in the United States and Canada. On top of this, Joy has been a Google Top Contributor since February 2013 and has been working with small businesses in the Online Marketing industry since 2006. Follow Joy on Twitter & G+.

Ross Marchant
About the author
Ross is the former Marketing Manager for BrightLocal. With 9+ years SEO and content experience, Ross spearheaded the marketing and CRM initiatives which focus heavily on creating useful and informative content. Ross coordinated the research program at BrightLocal which delivers unique insights into both the SEO industry and local consumer behaviours.