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Google Maps and Street View Photos in the North Loop

Today’s #mspwalk is in the Minneapolis North Loop area to showcase the neighborhood, stills and indoor and outdoor Street View photos we offer at LocalMN. It was longer and split up into 2 walks for a little over 8 miles on gmap-pedometer as I needed to recharge my iPhone.

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Red Cow North Loop – The first Google review I saw happens to be from myself a year ago.

Spacious, modern, tasty, decently priced for the neighborhood. Their soft pretzel app has a sweetness that I haven’t tasted before.

Their North Loop page could use an updated title and meta description, but I digress.

Red Loop North Loop Title and Meta Description

 

Per their Facebook page, The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts is the Twin Cities’ newest venue for dance and the performing arts! As well, it’s a half block from the Light Rail. There’s even breakdance performance according to a Google reviewer.

Amazing theater. I saw some AMAZING breakdance there, and it was RAW; the hip-hop there wasn’t anything like competition dance, or jazz-choreographer-trys-hip-hop style of performance, it was straight off the old school beat-street.

In addition to the house that Prince built, plenty of local artists proudly have their own star on the First Avenue wall.

First Avenue Wall

 

 

 

 

Odonovans Pub

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Per above, on a triangular corner in the middle of pretty much everything sits O’Donovan’s Pub. A true Irish pub, Dropkick Murphys have even played there years ago.

The Target Field Station is what I would consider the transportation hub of North Loop/Warehouse District with the Light Rail, Northstar, Target Field and Center all pretty much there. As well, catch the skyway there to go almost anywhere downtown. From Cedar Lake Trail just north of the station:

Target Field StationTarget Field Station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Nice Ride station on Washington and 2nd Ave. N.

Mississippi River and area of interest at the North Loop Playground.

As well, here are quite a few additional photos of the walk. All are on 2 shared Google albums for you to view, add, share, etc.

Friday Morning

Friday Afternoon


Post, stills and 360 photos from LocalMN and feel free to see our Google Trusted Street View Photographer page as well as us on your social media channels of choice for our services. We look forward to hearing from you.

Gateway Park

Dex Acquires YP – Back to Yellow Pages Delivery 2.0 or a Welcome Merger?

On the record, they don’t call it a merger, or consolidation, or especially print spam. An acquisition? Definitely. From the new DexYP site:

By acquisition, do you mean merger?
No. Dex Media has completed the acquisition of YP and now controls the newly-formed DexYP.

Nonetheless, I live and work in the 3rd Ward of Minneapolis. It’s a dynamic and diverse community that proudly comes together at one.

  • We’re home to thriving local businesses, arts, cultural diversity, a national park and both the first and fastest growing Minneapolis neighborhood.
  • We are collectively smart, real and sexy and can easily sniff out the most thinly veiled attempt at deceptive and overly-aggressive sales practices.
  • Big-box associations like the Local Search Association (formerly the Yellow Pages Association) are welcome and should do just fine here with their phone-ringing sales force-driven industry.

Just don’t come back and litter our neighborhood with your print book spam again.

Why do I say this? From the Dex Moving Forward Site again…

Will the new company be moving away from print?
DexYP remains committed to print. Importantly, this acquisition provides us with an enhanced platform on which to manage our print directories profitably.

Why now?
We now have an enhanced platform on which we can manage our print directories business profitably.

And… well, there’s always this.

Dex Yellow Pages - 08/01/11This was actually 6 years ago. Luckily, so far we are in our 3rd consecutive year without being littered. But it wasn’t easy, they stood ground and we’re a little weary from the above and other quotes on how the new DexYP is being bullish on their print delivery like this winner of a pile.

The new CEO either understands this happened all the time or bullies his way into telling customers and his sales reps these situations never existed. I don’t know that answer to that one. This LinkedIn feed may help answer this for you though.

Nonethess, they’re also implying that SaaS companies will disrupt their sales reps in their local selling sales.

Some may call this “service that disrupts sales reps”, but I digress.

Local Search Association Tweet

 

 

 

The webinar is now over, but this can be another chicken or the egg argument. Did they originate local marketing to go along with SaaS offerings or are they just chasing the $10 Billion global revenue stream from different SaaS and local companies who’ve been offering this for years?

They’ll certainly enter our neighborhood with feet on the pavement. Just remember again, our neighborhood is smart, real and sexy and can easily sniff out the most thinly veiled attempt at deceptive and overly-aggressive sales practices.

Just don’t come back and litter our neighborhood with your print book spam again.

Flickr

New Showcase Section on Flickr

Remember Flickr? Don’t forget about them

They recently came out with new About Page to share your work. It still has the features at the bottom to sort by most likes, comments and views. It also adds an edtitable Showcase Section of up to 25 photos.

For users, the Showcase Section all slick-like as you can create and change themes separate from your standard Flickr Albums and Collections. These sections could be:

  • Outdoor photos to help engage summertime customers to give you a visit
  • You and your staff volunteering for a local cause to show how involved you are in the community
  • Staff photos while working to show off your employee dedication

For search reasons, you’re still able to link to your desired pages per photo. They’re no-followed and need to be hard coded. For a couple reasons, I usually don’t link to pages within my main site but will here for demonstration purposes.

OUI Bar & Ktchn

Just like other social portals, Google loves them. Add each, individual photo with a title, description, geo and add within a group and it will have a better chance of showing up for searches.

This is just one of almost limitless ways to get your relevant content out there for the right users, and to help encourage them to give you an in-person visit.

Traffic and Construction in Mpls/St Paul

Let Your Summer Work for Your Google My Business

There really isn’t anything better than a Minnesota Summer. You do need to get your Google My Business on, although you might as well let that work to your business advantage by sometimes doing as little as enjoying the summer.

Before anything, get started with Google Photos with a Google Account or Gmail address. Adding to it and organizing is actually the most time-consuming part, but’s easy to do and in the end you’re find it very, very useful.

Now, including these help you enhance your Google Maps to help encourage users. This keeps both you and the user up-to-date by including pretty, summer photos.

http://localmn.tumblr.com/post/162331461296/get-your-google-summer-on-smbsSummertime = construction season as well. You can keep your customers up-to-date with construction, different directions and transit and even approximate time to get there. Here’s a Tumblr Post to show a few visuals.

Common closures right now are 5th St S. and Washington Ave S. in Minneapolis and Jackson Street in St. Paul.

As well, a YouTube Video including a LRT time-lapse to S. Paul and a protest to help out Luciano Mejia Morales and his fight for facing deportation in Minneapolis. For more about him, search online or call ICE at 612-843-8600

Final tip, keep users updated Showing off your Local to Make Your Own Google Posts.

Keep on enhancin’ yer Google My Business so you can enjoy the summer!

Google Map of Fraser Event

How Do You Get to the WCCO “Pulling Together for Fraser” Benefit Event

Update 6/9/2017 – Looks like it’s all ready to go. Bring water, sunscream and #hashtug can be used on Facebook, Twitter and more on the event itself. It’s looking slick.

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Update 6/8/2017 – Minneapolis donations is still ahead by a couple thousand. I live in Minneapolis but have a soft spot for St. Paul. Personally, I may make a game-day decision but haven’t decided yet which city I’m pulling for.

They do stress that the best place to watch the event is indeed on the St. Paul side at Hidden Park. This is where the music, food trucks and kids events are taking place as well as how to get your free Metro Transit pass to it (the 46 route may work the best). All of the above info can be found on their events page. Just give it some time to load, folks. It takes a bit, but it will come up.

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Update 6/7/17 – WCCO continues to update the Fraser event site with information good for the user. Note: Minneapolis has surpassed St. Paul in donations. There’s still plenty of time to catch up, St. Paul. They showed the location on the morning news as well. Such a serene place on both sides of the river. Right in the middle of an urban area.

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The answer seems simple enough. You just go to WCCO’s subdomain CBS site and navigate it until you find directions, address or anything else that helps you navigate physically to the Fraser Benefit.

Only problem is good luck with that (sorry, still love ya’ WCCO). It’s not a WCCO issue as much as news sites in general that are so slow to load partially due to 3rd party ads that users simply give up. Well, here’s some information of how to physically get to the Fraser Event, as well as a few other tasty tidbits such as place to eat near there afterwards.

Here’s a customized map for you to view, use, add places and even share.

In my experience, the 46th St Transit Station is the easiest starting point as you can bike, walk, bus or light rail or park-n-ride it there. Then, take the 46 Bus east to the old Ford plant parking lot. Either way, then just count your steps with a Fitbit. It’s less than a half mile walk (or free shuttle) to the Hidden Park Fraser Event from there.

Tip: The good folks at Metro Transit are offering a free event ride. If you do this on mobile, you can take a screenshot of your ticket instead of printing one, therefore saving a bit of a tree to a place you’re going to that’s full of trees.

You can even bring your dog and watch from the Minneapolis side at the Minnehaha Off Leash Dog Park. From experience, parking should be even easier there as long as you don’t mind watching the main Fraser Events across a narrow part of the river.

You can donate to either the St. Paul or Minneapolis team the day of race and it may even be part of a decision due to a potential tie. This is a biggie for me. It makes everyone’s voice count.

While you’re in the neighborhood, consider taking in a meal (although there will be plenty of food trucks at the Fraser Event). The Highland Park area in itself has plenty of quality choices. One is the Highland Grill. Their side fruit cup is that incredibly-average dumpster-melon made delicious by adding homemade mint to it.

Burger and Fresh Mint from Highland Grill

Burger and Fresh Mint from Highland Grill

Protip: The Highland Grill is part of the Blue Plate Restaurant Company. David Burley is their CEO. On the back of every receipt, David proudly puts his cell phone number on it for feedback.

Think of this as Yelp before there was a Yelp, or at least before your current perception of What Yelp is today. They read your feedback and will often engage with you because of it. But, I digress.

That’s about it for now. Enjoy the tug-of-war, food, beverage, bands (Heiruspecs will perform at noon). Hope to see you there!

 


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48 Hours in Minneapolis/St Paul with a Custom Map

What should you do? Plenty I suppose! It’s really easy to get around, especially with public transit and bike-sharing. You can even add to the map for others to enjoy. First, a link to the map as well as the map itself.

A few notes:

I put just one place for accommodations for each city. I highly recommend setting up at the Radisson Red Minneapolis. Use your phone to book your room, open your door, order a pillow, order just about anything then head down to their OUI Bar & Ktchn and have Sari, #bridgey, Wil and Matt serve you food and beverages. They are four individuals that work perfectly together as one team.

Downtown St. Paul is really unique. It’s large enough to pretty much do anything, get around by foot, Green Line Light Rail, bus and Nice Ride bike-sharing. Even in the coldest winter days you can walk around via skyway.

The Ft. Snelling/Mendota Bridge area is a hidden gem for trail-walking. Remember to bring hydration for all of you as there aren’t really any convenience stores nearby. As close as it is to city limits, it’s pretty much you, scenery and the wilderness.

Familiar with the areas? Add to the map to share with others! We’d love to hear from you.