Google has rebranded its Local Business Center and launched it as Google Places. There are million and ever rising searches on local business and business owners are looking for ways to stay on focus and on top of Google search results for local business. Google Places will help businesses connect with users from the real world.
John Hanke, VP Google Maps, Earth and Local says at The official Google,
We launched Place Pages last September for more than 50 million places around the world to help people make more informed decisions about where to go, from restaurants and hotels to dry cleaners and bike shops, as well as non-business places like museums, schools and parks. Place Pages connect people to information from the best sources across the web, displaying photos, reviews and essential facts, as well as real-time updates and offers from business owners.
Places promises to help business owners manage their online presence and claim their place in the niche. There are millions of businesses already on the Place Page through the Local Business Center. According to the blog post, you can get your business on Google Places too by “verifying and supplementing your business information to include hours of operation, photos, videos, coupons, product offerings and more”.
Some new features available in Google Places are Service Ares depicting geographic areas you provide services in, advertisements on Google search and Google Maps and business photo-shoots where businesses can get their work features as a photo-shoot for free. A new feature of real-time updates is also available for the last few months. Thus, you can easily promote a sale or discount day.
The final verdict is, if you have a business; do not forget to get it listed on google.com/places.