Google Maps is one of the two services provided by Google that enables us to view maps or detailed imagery captured directly from the satellites. As you probably know, Google is currently offering another similar product, Google Earth that provides almost the same functions as the Maps service. Google Earth is a downloadable application that enables you to view satellite maps and 3D imagery directly from your computer. Both services were updated several times, Google Earth being the latest program that was improved with multiple features. At that time, the search giant announced that the downloadable application will soon include 3D models of countries, cities or buildings created by the users using another Google product, Google SketchUp.
This time, the company announced that Google Maps was improved with a new feature that allows business companies to place special offers and coupons for their location on the Maps service. This way, you can advertise your business directly from the Google Maps product, having the possibility to place special bonuses that will be displayed to all the viewers of map.
The new feature is available for free and “let Google users print your coupons and bring them to your business: coupons will appear alongside your business listing on Google Maps; a new way to attract customers: adding coupons to your listing in Google Maps will bring new customers to your business; the better savings you offer, the more customers you’ll gain; it’s free and it only takes a few minutes: Just enter a few lines of text for your coupon, set an expiration date, and tell us which of your locations accept the coupon; users will start seeing your coupons within a few hours,” the company said in the description of the new feature.
Daniel Zweifach, Google coupons team, also posted a message on the official blog to announce the function and present more details about how it works: “Potential customers search Google Maps for your business. They might use your business name or your business category (like “plumbers in Dallas”). They’ll see your business listing on Google Maps. If you’ve added a coupon to your listing, they’ll also see a special coupons link. They can view the coupon, print it and bring it into your store. Bottom line: adding coupons can help you get noticed on Google Maps and bring more customers to your business. And did we mention it’s free?”
Google Maps, Google Earth, Google SketchUp