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Welcome to December!
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Ok, moving on to this week’s updates!

GOOGLE LOCAL

• Reserve with Google: Which categories and services are eligible? 
We’ve wondered the same thing. Mike Blumenthal did some digging and give some great answers to some FAQ’s about the Reserve with Google feature.
For example;
At the highest level, it requires a merchant to have a physical address and a booking service compatible with Google’s API. Thus no service area businesses allowed.
This makes sense. Mike also lists out the industries that are specifically not allowed – mostly medical – which we assume is due to privacy policies and being HIPPA compliant.
Although, we’re still waiting for this feature to be rolled out fully. We’re still seeing businesses that fall under the approved categories, with a physical address, using an API approved booking system, which still doesn’t have the option to add booking to their GMB listing.
Does your business offer booking through your GMB listing?
• Local Search Ranking Factors 2018: Local Today, Key Takeaways, and the future. 
We love the reports that Mom provides each year looking back at the data of ranking factors.
This post is a great breakdown of the trends we’ve been seeing in 2018, plus where 2019 may be taking us.
(hint: GOOGLE MY BUSINESS)
Also, in case you missed it, download our FREE guide to dominate the local pack in 2019 HERE.

SOCIAL MEDIA

• 14 Tips to Help Businesses Get More From Social Media 
We often get asked how businesses should make the best use of social media.
Our very own Hailey Vasquez gives some great tips in this roundup post from Muse Marketing.

INDUSTRY

• PSA: Not all sites were moved yet to Google Mobile First Indexing  
We’ve been watching mobile indexing and making sure our clients are well prepared for mobile-first indexing. While this is a great practice, many sites haven’t been moved over to mobile first yet.
And that’s OK. We’ll be ready.
Google states that rollouts such as these can take some time. Maybe even years.
Patience, grasshopper.
• Google officially rolling out new search bar with sticky header, rounded search bar
Google has begun to roll out a new rounded search bar. 
Why does it matter? Well, for one, we love a good rebranding story and this is another element that Google is cleaning up to match its new font and simpler logo. 
But functionally, this is awesome because the new search bar will be “ ticky” and scroll as you do, so your search will always be in view and you won’t have to scroll back up to change your search terms. 
Current, this is only being rolled out on desktop. 
See ya next week!