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Here are the interesting Google Places and local search articles from the past week. In case you’ve missed some of these, every week I will be posting a list of the ones that I consider the most valuable and informative. This week the biggest event was definitely the SMX in London, where specialists from all over Europe gathered with colleagues from the United States. That is why I will start with a few items related to that topic.

SMX London (Local Search):

What’s new in Local and Mobile Search – London SMX – Day 2
What’s new in Local Search and Mobile – SMX London
State of Search radioshow – episode 55: local Search with David Mihm, Lisa Myers and Martijn Beijk

The other hot topic of the week is definitely the check-in features and how they could be used by businesses for marketing purposes. Google Places rolled an update which allows Hotpot Google Places users to import data via Foursquare feeds for Places they have checked-in for.

Google Places and Local SEO:

Google Maps & Places Tidbits
A Brief History of Features in Google Local, Maps and Places
Closer Look at Local Revenue Numbers
Confessions Of A Yellow Pages User
Google Places Rich Snippets Finally Working?
Quick Tips: Optimizing a Site for Local Search
Announcing New Bing Maps & Local Features
Local marketing alert: Facebook Pages with Places function boosts social referrals
Nokia India to release a Google Places competitor?
Using Semantic Markup To Strengthen Your Local SEO Efforts
The “Right Way” to Delete a Google Places Listing

Social-Local for SMBs:

MerchantCircle’s New Lead-Gen Service
Social Media Use by SMBs Exploding
Core Foursquare Users Like Badges
6 Ways to Use Social Media to Boost Local Search Results
Facebook, LinkedIn More Popular Among SMBs Than Twitter, Survey Says
Better access to your content is, well, better
18% of Smartphone Subscribers Use Mobile Check-in
1 in 3 Smartphone Shoppers Often Accesses In-store Coupons
Location Based Services (LBS): Who’s Checking In Now? [Chart]
Infographic: A Look At The Size And Shape Of The Geosocial Universe In 2011

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