Google Places and Hotpot now adding fifth city: Charlotte, North Carolina.
"Starting today, we will offer dedicated support for the more than 40,000 local businesses in the Charlotte area, helping them get noticed on Google and get more customers at their door," stated Google.
"More than 20% of all searches on Google each day have a local intent, and we want to make it as easy as possible for Charlotte businesses to get discovered whether folks are looking for BBQ, furniture stores or electricians. We have already begun sending the Places starter kits directly to local businesses. In addition to instructions on how to make the most of Google's free online tools, it also features some ideas on how to get your customers to share their great experiences by rating and reviewing your business on Google. If you don't receive a kit within the next few days, any Charlotte area business can also request one for free through the Google Places Catalog."
And, for businesses that are already "Recommended on Google," "we are also including NFC-enabled window decals that allow anyone with an NFC-enabled device, such as the Nexus S, to tap their phone against the decal and see all the relevant information about that business."