Local Search SEO and Siri

While most in the tech industry have been watching the battle go on between Google and Facebook, Google launching Plus and Facebook talking about beginning

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The Importance of Local Search:

While most in the tech industry have been watching the battle go on between Google and Facebook, Google launching Plus and Facebook Photo Credit  planetc1talking about beginning a search engine of their own, under the radar comes Siri with possibly a huge advantage with local search.  Can Siri and Yelp change the scope of local search SEO?  Yes, if you’re a small locally owned business it’s worth taking the time and effort to work on getting some yelp reviews.

Working with small locally owned businesses I’ve blogged before about the importance of reviews and local SEO search, but this is a game changer for local media search.  This isn’t going to happen overnight, but for the local business owner who will benefit from local searches you had might as well start now, this is why.

In the first quarter of 2012 over 1.5 million iPhones were sold.  This generation of the iPhone comes with your own personal assistant Siri.  The amount of iPhone sales is only going to grow and everyday more and more people are going to have Siri as a personal assistant.  So just how does Siri work with a local search?

How Siri Will Change Local Search

Siri/Apple have partnered with yelp to generate her response to local search requests.  If you were to ask Siri for Mexican Restaurants in Portland Oregon, Siri is going to draw from Yelp reviews with her answer.  So if you want Siri to recommend your business when an iPhone user asks her for relevant suggestions, you’re going to need to focus your priorities on directories and especially reviews on yelp. This is because Siri is going to make recommendations based on a user’s location, and Apple believes that Yelp gives them the most qualified information that is not owned by Google or Facebook.

For a local business and local search what does this mean?  Simply put, businesses will have to strengthen their local presence in Yelp. They will also have to make their websites more mobile-friendly. Additionally, businesses will have to incorporate keywords into their websites that reflect spoken as well as written queries.

As always if you have any questions about how to plan and strategize for this change in local search please contact us we’d be happy to answer any questions about this.


Mike Frey

Prior to co-founding Paradux Media Group Mike spent more than 15 years in the world of marketing and advertising. During that time working with hundreds of locally owned businesses he developed an appreciation for minimizing client’s dollars while maximizing tangible results for those clients.

His unique approach to buying media does not follow convention, but it does yield results that exceed those experienced by the more traditional methods. His goal is to provide only the assistance a client needs – and no more, thus minimizing unnecessary cost to the client

Mike is a talented and prolific script writer, ensuring that the client’s brand position is portrayed in a unique and attention grabbing manner. He specializes in story-arcs which evolve both the understanding of the clients’ brand as well as the capture and engage customers’ attention over time.

Mike learned marketing and advertising the hard way — selling it for a living. He was mentored by some of the brightest media, marketing, and advertising minds in the business and was extraordinarily successful in his endeavors. His clients universally agree that he brings a practicality to the business, appreciating their needs while offering options that will allow them to leverage their marketing investment into the future.

Reader Interactions


  1. Sugeet says

    It seems to me that the world does not yet realize that between the iPad and Siri, Steve Jobs has changed computing forever. These two items are the future of our interface with the technology and the effect will be profound. I really appreciate this column!

  2. Born27 says

    I love your post. Very knowledgeable and useful. I hope many could read about this. With this post, businessmen/women would be aware and they’ll know some useful tips to make their business to gain in progress.

  3. Heidi19 says

    Great post! providing us this useful information is really a big help. I will surely check this to see what SIRI can offer us. Thanks and i’m looking forward to read more from you.

  4. Scottsdale says

    Really good article, I learned so much from this about SEO, thank you! This area of SEO is getting complicated every day, and these artivles can help me to get this knowledge every time I need it.

  5. Bethany says

    this new marketing tool is indeed great for a lot of local businesses. Relying on putting up an ad in the yellow pages or in classified section of a newspaper is no longer that effective like before.

    • Rainbowseo.com says

      I agree with Bethany that relying on websites like the Yellow Pages isn’t effective anymore. The younger generation relies on the internet and as the population ages that number will only increase.

  6. Eman Chavez says

    Siri will change the whole point of local search engines. Pacing google and facebook out. And SEO will definitely part of siri. Steve Jobs has started the new way of easy searching.

  7. Social media management says

    When it comes in Local search the most common search engine tools that use are Google, Bing and Yahoo. And on that case, websites want to get top ranking in search engines. To easily find by customers and visitors.

  8. Peter says

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  9. Scott Sholtes says

    Great article! I recently read that Yelp has partnered with Bing on local search? Is this true, and how will it affect Siri, if at all? This is a very interesting article about how Siri may be overlooked, and how the power of review sites like Yelp continues to grow.

  10. Jeremy Cissell says

    Local Search is what 90% of my customers need. Specifically targeting in most cases just a hand full of city names with the niche keywords, and long tails.
    Google+, Authorrank, and the new Local is making it alot easier for business owners to beat out there national competitors. Most of my clints can outrank their non local competitors within 60 days ….most of the time by the very next crawl.

  11. Jean-Philippe Maltais says

    The most important thing to gain in order to make your products and services dominate in your local area. Being on top of it will make your company prosper.

  12. Simon says

    Good local post. Google’s development of local search over the last decade, and particularly since the venice update this year has sparked a whole new brand of SEO which gives small businesses a fighting chance. You go, Google.

  13. Bram de Haas says

    Thanks for the insightful analysis on Siri’s influence on local search in the future Mike. Appreciate it a lot. Not a huge fan of YELP so far but we’ll see how that all pans out. You are probably right though.

  14. off page services says

    SEO is always changing. Last year Google made 500 changes to their algorithm. What worked to increase a site”s ranking is different today than even six months ago! I was interested to see that there are now professional certificates for digital and social media.

  15. Trish says

    I’ve recently created first website and to make local search presence very strong I needed to work SEO nicely. Therefore I’m practicing SEO works from my friend. This post is very excellent for Siri and Yelp SEO learning. I’ll definitely pay attention on Yelp reviews for better local search response. Thanks.

  16. WebsiteMBA says

    Awesome and very helpful post! Siri is surely taking over the local SEO. Also S-Voice is still coming hot. You should start working with increasing your presence on Yelp guys!

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  24. Ryan says

    Great article. Amazing what’s happening in SEO now with mobile on the rise. So many tricks I’m finding to help rankings – even just searching for a business with Siri or google maps and using it to go there seems to have an effect on local seo as well.

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    I came to know about SIRI today through this blog post. Great to know about it. So, I think it became more important to gather some good reviews at yelp to do well at SIRI to boost my local search ranking. 🙂

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