Google introduces a new complementary initiative dubbed "Trusted Photographers" to the Business Photos pilot program, that give business owners an easy way to get customers in the door online using interactive, high-quality, 360-degree images of places on Google Maps and on Google Search results.
Trusted Photographers currently available in 14 U.S. cities, as well as in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and France.
How it works? Just "visit this website, search for a Google Trusted Photographer in your area. Either email or call a photographer in your area to schedule a time and agree on a price that you'll pay the photographer for a photoshoot of your business," informed Gadi Royz, Product Manager, Google Maps.
Adding further, Royz said, "This self-serve model makes for easier scheduling and quicker turnaround, while also supporting the local photographers in your community. During the hour it should take for the shoot, you can collaborate with the photographer about how best to display and capture your business. When finished, the photographer will upload the images to Google, and shortly thereafter, you'll see 360-degree panoramic views of your business on Google.com, Google Maps and on your Google Places listing."
In other Googloe Maps new, Google today introduced a new legend feature to "biking directions" to help you understand the different colors on the bike maps symbolize.
"You can view this legend by clicking on the widget in upper right corner of Google Maps and selecting the Bicycling layer. You can also access biking directions on your Android device or by going to maps.google.com on your mobile browser," Dave Kim, Product Marketing Manager, Google Maps, stated.
- Dark green is for dedicated trails and paths
- Light green is for roads with dedicated lanes
- Dotted green is for roads that are friendly for cyclists
To see how it works on your Android phone take a tour here.