Meet the Panel:


Joy Hawkins, Owner of Sterling Sky, Inc.

Joy is the owner of the Local Search Forum, LocalU, and Sterling Sky, a Local SEO agency in Canada & the USA. She has been working in the industry since 2006, writes for publications such as Search Engine Land, and enjoys speaking regularly at marketing conferences such as MozCon, LocalU, Pubcon, SearchLove, and State of Search. You can find her on Twitter or volunteering as a Product Expert on the Google My Business Forum.

Mike Blumenthal, Founding Partner at GatherUp! and CoFounder of LocalU

Mike is a co-founder of GatherUp and helps oversee our research, industry insight and agency offering. Mike has long been regarded as the foremost expert on local search and Google Maps, earning the nickname “Professor Maps". Mike also co-founded Local University, which provides small business and agency training in sustainable local search marketing. His motto: All Local All the Time. He writes at his blog and does a twice a week LocalU podcast about Local marketing.

Brian Smith, Director of Data Partnerships

Brian Smith is Director of Data Partnerships & Local Strategy at Rio SEO, a leading local search marketing software company for enterprise brands. Over more than a decade, clients have relied on Brian’s local marketing expertise for solutions to their most vexing local visibility challenges.