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Google My Business Insights’ On Branded Searches

“Branded Searches” metric in Google My Business Insights refer searches for a brand term that is different from a business name and triggers a listing as part of a local result.

Google My Business ‘Products Beta’ Refresh UI, Opens to More Retail Merchants

Google My Business Product Editor gets a refreshed user interface and now opened to more retail merchants.

Google My Business & Maps Reviews Now Support Hashtags and More

Google now allows users to add hashtags in their reviews in Google Maps and Google My Business local listings.

Google Maps New ‘Follow’ Button Lets Users Follow Businesses and Receive Updates

Google Maps ‘Follow’ button gives businesses a new way to connect with their customers and send them the latest updates.

Google My Business Adds New ‘Family-led’ Attribute, Tests Future Opening Date in Local Panel

Google My Business local listing now shows searchers when a new store will be opening, and adds a new attribute ‘family-led’.

Add Multiple Owners and Manager to Google My Business Listing

Owners of listings can invite additional multiple users to own or manage a Google My Business listing.

Rated Business with Google Places Now Highlighted on Google Maps with Corresponding Rating

Google MapsGoogle MapsMy Places tab in Google Maps that made you able to view all the places you’ve rated in one manageable list is now being used to personalize your view of Google Maps, enabling you to visualize all the various places you’ve visited, loved, loathed, and might want to check out right on the …

Google Updates Places Reporting Abuse Vulnerability

Remember the community reporting system for Google Places, which recently came under fire due to potential vulnerabilities that allowed users to inaccurately label businesses as being “permanently closed,” Google promised to bring the changes.

Google on September 14, quitely introduced its solution. Now, Google will label businesses as closed only if …

Google Places “Report a Problem” Label Expolited By Spammers

New York Times’ in a blog post highlighted how easy it is for local business owners to become victims cyberspammers reporting a business as closed. “On Google Places, Coffee Rules Lounge was listed for a few days as “permanently closed” on Google Maps. During that time, anyone searching for a latte on a smartphone, for …

Google Maps 5.8 for Android: Adds ‘Photo Uploads, My Places, Descriptive Terms’ and More!

Google Maps 5.8 for Android released today on July 27, improves Places and Latitude. To start using Google Maps 5.8 for Android, download the update from Android Market. This update requires an Android OS 2.1+ device and can be used anywhere Google Maps is currently available. with:

Photo upload for …

AdWords Express Launches to Help Local Businesses Create Effective Campaigns in Just 5 Minutes

AdWords Express, intoduced on July 25, is a faster and simpler way to start advertising online in just under five minutes.

AdWords Express, introduced at Google Boost last October, is “designed to help local businesses that aren’t already AdWords advertisers create effective campaigns. It helps potential customers find your website or Place page, …

Google Offers Beta in New York City and the Bay Area Launches

On June 15, Google Offers beta was launhced in Portland, starting todya, Google begin offering the deals in the Big Apple and the Bay Area. Subscribers who sign up here, or via the new “Today’s Offer” tab in Google Shopper 2.0 for Android will start receiving emails with local …

MapQuest Local Business Center Launched in the U.S.

MapQuest today launched the beat of the “MapQuest Local Business Center” tool to help businesses create or edit their free business listing on MapQuest, and also gives them the opportunity to enhance their listing on eight sites across a partner network.

It also provides additional marketing opportunities to help bring in more customers …

Google Places Test New Branded Onebox Display

Another day another change Google tweaks the presentation of local search results on Google.com. Mike Blumenthal reports that Google has changed the branded Onebox display to now include the image from the Places page and placing the map to the far right.

He specifically caught two different presentations of the Places “Onebox,” which …

Give Your Favorite Business on Google Places the ‘Best Ever Medal’ [Video]

Google Places, give you the opportunity to rate the places most beloved to you as “Best Evers.” Today, Professor Emoji in the video below will share with you all the simple ways to use one of his favorite Google Places features, the Best Ever medal:

[Source: Google Places] …