Google-Local

  • Google Launches City Experts Program To Encourage Higher Quality Google+ Local Reviews

    Google Launches City Experts Program To Encourage Higher Quality Google+ Local Reviews

    Google has quietly launched a new program called Google City Experts to encourage more high-quality local business ratings and reviews on Google+. The program is currently limited to select cities in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and Japan, and will reward users who have left at least 50 reviews to date, and who produce at least five new reviews each month. Read More

  • Google Kills Google+ Local For iOS, App Now Pulled From iTunes App Store

    Google Kills Google+ Local For iOS, App Now Pulled From iTunes App Store

    According to a report circulating the web, Google is officially retiring its Google+ Local application for iOS as of August 7th. However, as far as we can tell, that app has already been removed from Apple’s iTunes App Store, and links pointing to the app, when clicked, provide the message that “the item you’ve requested is not currently available in the U.S. store.” Read More

  • Google Now Highlights Its Indoor Street View Imagery On Search Results Pages

    Google Now Highlights Its Indoor Street View Imagery On Search Results Pages

    A while back, Google started bringing its Street View technology indoors under the name Google Business Photos. These images, however, were often hard to find and somewhat buried on Google’s local listings and Google Maps. Starting today, Google is bringing these images right to its search results pages by highlighting them on the business listings it now often displays in the right… Read More

  • Google Launches A New Zagat App For Android

    Google Launches A New Zagat App For Android

    Google just gave the old-school dining guide Zagat, which it acquired last September, a brand new (and free) Android app. The new app is available for free and, according to Google, was “re-built from the ground up.” The old paid Zagat app for Android has been discontinued and will stop functioning on October 15, 2012. To use the new app, users are required to have a Google+ account. Read More

  • Google Updates The Business Rating Scale On Google+ Local, Numbers Be Gone

    Google Updates The Business Rating Scale On Google+ Local, Numbers Be Gone

    Google rolled out its own integrated, social review system for businesses with Google+ Local in May of this year. Not only was this a nice addition for Google+, but it finally utilized Google’s acquisition of Zagat. Having said that, I haven’t used the service all that much, because there are some usability issues there. Read More

  • Not Only Is Google Places Going After Yelp, They're Doing So With Yelp's Content

    Not Only Is Google Places Going After Yelp, They're Doing So With Yelp's Content

    Earlier today, we noted that an update to Google Maps for Mobile was the clearest sign yet of Google going directly after Yelp. But it’s actually even more interesting than we thought. Key to the new Google Maps for Mobile is Places, the new establishment-centric area which Google has been building up for about the past year or so. Places is basically an evolution of Google Local, which… Read More

  • Lightpole Implements Fire Eagle, Helps You Get to Know the World Around You

    Mobile application service provider Lightpole has introduced a beta version of software that expands on its application’s geolocation capabilities using Yahoo’s Fire Eagle. Lightpole provides businesses with a way to distribute content to mobile phone users, mostly regarding information related to points of interest (POIs). Fire Eagle, which launched last month, is… Read More

  • Google Local Adds Click to Call

    The official Google Blog just announced the availability of a click-to-call feature in Google Local. This has been expected for some time, but it’s now official and it works well. Businesses you find in Google Local now have a call link included in search results. That link opens a javascript form to enter your phone number and calls both you and the business. I’ve been… Read More

  • Google Local adding coupons

    Google announced this morning that businesses will be able to add coupons to their listings on Google Local for free. The service is available for businesses in US, UK, Canada, China and Japan. Businesses can enter coupon offerings, expiration dates and participating locations through the Google Local site and Google will send them a confirmation and PIN number by snail mail. The system is… Read More