Stay on Target: The TMO Blog

Google Lets Business Update Local Listings Without The Google My Business Dashboard

Posted on 01.21.16 by Taylor Ball

Google recently made it even easier for businesses to maintain and edit their online listings by allowing businesses to directly edit their listing information shown in the knowledge graph without having to visit the Google My Business Dashboard. Google has confirmed a new Knowledge Panel interface allows users to directly edit local listings. The new feature allows logged in users associated with a business to directly update business information without having to go through to Google My Business Dashboard, however the GMB Dashboard is still needed for updating menus or booking links. The change was first rumored by Barry Schwartz… Read more »

Google Testing Feature That Lets Users Download Apps Straight From Search Results

Posted on 01.19.16 by Taylor Ball

Android users will soon be able to install apps to their smartphones directly from Google search results. According to Android Police, Google has begun testing the new feature which will let users bypass the Play Store and directly install an app by performing a Google search. To try out the feature, open the Google app on any Android phone and search for any app you want to install. Within the Google card, which previously directed users to the Play Store, you will now see an Install button. If you press the Install button, your phone will ask for the normal… Read more »

Twitter Lets Users Customize How Long Polls Run

Posted on 01.18.16 by Taylor Ball

Since the launch of polls on Twitter in October, the feature has been a hit. The company recently announced users have cast over 1.7 billion votes to date, and now Twitter is improving the feature by allowing users to set how long they want their polls to last. Now you can adjust how long your Twitter Polls run! Do you need to adjust your New Year's resolutions too? — Twitter (@twitter) January 15, 2016 When polls were launched, they came with a default lifespan of 24 hours. While this may work for some, a full day can be a long… Read more »

Periscope Videos Are Now Viewable In Twitter Timelines

Posted on 01.13.16 by Taylor Ball

Periscope has been gaining popularity as a social live video streaming service, but it has been limited by requiring its own app to join in the fun. Now, the Twitter-owned streaming platform is getting some help by finding a place on one of the largest social platforms available. Twitter users can now share and promote their Periscope videos directly on their time-line, opening up a huge new audience to the service. Users can embed and view Periscope videos directly in the timeline of Twitter’s iOS app. Just as with the Periscope app, broadcasts can be rewatched for up to 24… Read more »

Report Shows Almost Half Of All Traffic Comes From Bots

Posted on 01.11.16 by Taylor Ball

The bad news is half or more of your website traffic likely comes from bots. The good news is that is actually a huge improvement from in the past. A new report from Imperva Incapsula shows that approximately 48.5% of all traffic to websites comes from bots, not actual online users. That number comes from a review of over 19 billion visits to 35,000 Incapsula client websites around the world with a minimum daily traffic count of at least 10 human visitors gathered over a 90 day period in 2015. According to the data, 51.5% of all Web traffic comes… Read more »