Search Engine Land: Google’s new #SmallThanks Hub automatically creates digital & printed marketing assets for SMBs

Search Engine Land: Google’s new #SmallThanks Hub automatically creates digital & printed marketing assets for SMBs. “In a move to help SMBs — as well as drive up its verified business listings — Google has launched #SmallThanks Hub, an online resource that creates customized digital marketing content and printed materials based on Google reviews.”

Small Business Trends: Twitter Promote Mode Automatically Boosts Small Business Tweets for $99 a Month

Small Business Trends: Twitter Promote Mode Automatically Boosts Small Business Tweets for $99 a Month. “If you’re struggling with setting up a social media ad campaign, Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) has just introduced a solution right up your alley. The new Twitter Promote Mode is an ‘always-on, amplification engine’ which automatically boosts tweets and profiles. By repeatedly promoting tweets, Promote Mode consistently attracts more followers and creates additional reach. The Promote Mode feature costs a flat fee of $99 a month.”

TechCrunch: Facebook relaunches Events app as Facebook Local, adds bars and food

TechCrunch: Facebook relaunches Events app as Facebook Local, adds bars and food. “Bad news for Yelp and good news for nightlife lovers. When you want to go out, it doesn’t necessarily have to be to an event. So to help you discover bars, restaurants, and nearby attractions too, Facebook is rebranding its standalone Events app as ‘Facebook Local’. Launching in the U.S. today on iOS and Android, Facebook Local combines events and permanent places to a single search engine powered by Facebook 70 million business Pages plus reviews and friends’ checkins.”

Google Blog: Reach more customers with Local Services by Google

Google Blog: Reach more customers with Local Services by Google. “When people need a plumber or a locksmith, they search online for a business nearby. With Local Services by Google, businesses like yours can show up at the top of Search, so that you can reach local clients right when they’re interested, and book more jobs. Today we’re announcing that Local Services, previously in a pilot as Home Services, is running in 17 cities across the U.S., and will be available in 30 major metro areas by the end of 2017.”

Social Media Examiner: How to Create and Analyze Instagram Stories for Business Accounts

Social Media Examiner: How to Create and Analyze Instagram Stories for Business Accounts. “Looking for ways to market your business with your Instagram business account? Are you aware of the unique advantages businesses have with Instagram Stories? In this article, you’ll discover how to create, use, and analyze Instagram stories using a business account.”

SEJ: Google My Business Pages Can Now Take Direct Bookings

Search Engine Journal: Google My Business Pages Can Now Take Direct Bookings . “Google’s booking button is said to allow customers to make bookings in under a minute. Creating an easier booking experience could result in acquiring more customers. In the Google My Business interface, admins can track how many bookings were made directly through the GMB dashboard.”

The Next Web: Shop owner’s takedown of Google leads to new consumer protection law in Colombia

The Next Web: Shop owner’s takedown of Google leads to new consumer protection law in Colombia. “A Colombian shop owner fought for his rights against Google. The small-scale furniture seller recently won a court battle with Google after failing to silence an anonymous blogger who spread false accusations, shattering his online reputation.”