After promoting core local product and offering Google Places in five cities: Portland, Austin, Las Vegas, Madison and Charlotte. The Places team is now heading to San Diego, California.
"With more than 77,000 local businesses, San Diego is the perfect next city in our campaign to help local businesses get noticed on Google. Plus, with nearly three million residents and more than 30 million tourists visiting the city annually, we see a great opportunity to help locals and tourists alike share and discover great San Diego businesses online."
"We'll be working with business owners in a bunch of ways":
- "A team of Google reps will be visiting businesses with information about how to claim their Place page and keep their info up to date. They'll also highlight how business owners can encourage their customers to rate and review their business on Google and share those recommendations with their friends.
- Business owners who've verified their free Place page can request a Google Places starter kit. Visit googleplacescatalog.com for more information. Part of this kit is "Recommended on Google" sticker, which utilizes NFC technology to enable users with smartphones, such as the Nexus S, to see more info about that business and easily rate and review it right then and there.
- Businesses eligible to participate in a beta for Google Boost "our online advertising program" will receive $100 coupon offers to get started," stated Google.
[Source: Google Places blog]