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Welcome to August Odd Dog Blog readers!
What’s the summer like for your business? For many, it’s a slower time and a great opportunity to complete some of those low-hanging tasks that never seem to get done when things are busy.
For others, summer IS when business is booming and they are doing all they can to keep up with demand and make sure that their systems are continuing to be set up for success.
What’s your biggest challenge in the summer months?

GOOGLE LOCAL

• Google My Business showing competitors Google Posts
In an effort to encourage GMB owners to use the Post feature, Google is now showing some businesses what their competitors are posting.
We are not seeing this yet on our managed accounts, so this could be something Google is slowly rolling out or is only showing to accounts with no recent Posts at all. Are you seeing this new feature?
DID YOU KNOW?
Currently, only about 5% of businesses are utilizing the Post feature. This is a great opportunity to get more eyes on your business, promote events, increase exposure to your services.
Google My Business: Don’t set it and forget it
This is a great post from LocalU breaking down the importance of keeping up with your Google My Business page. Once you have your page established and optimize, make sure to keep it updated. Add posts. Be on the lookout for new features. Respond to reviews. Read more here. 
If you’re still new to Google My Business, check out our Ultimate Guide to Google My Business Pages in 2018.
How to covert local searchers into customers with reviews
Darren Shaw from Whitespark wrote this great post that includes some tips for best practices to grow your review profile.
One of the most important things for any local business to focus on is reviews.


GOOGLE

• Google confirms broad search algorithm update is rolling out. 
Who’s ready for another Google update?!  If you noticed a change in your rankings this last week, it may have been due to another recent Google algorithm update.
That about does it for this week! Did we miss anything? Tell us below!