Google Places Announced
Google have announced the release of Google Places (previously Local Business Center) This is a new push from Google into local search and gives advertisers a number of new options including a new dashboard (similar to what you get with Google AdWords.) See below for a quote from the Google Blog and a video:
“We launched Place Pages last September for more than 50 million places around the world to help people make more informed decisions about where to go, from restaurants and hotels to dry cleaners and bike shops, as well as non-business places like museums, schools and parks. Place Pages connect people to information from the best sources across the web, displaying photos, reviews and essential facts, as well as real-time updates and offers from business owners.
Four million businesses have already claimed their Place Page on Google through the Local Business Center, which enables them to verify and supplement their business information to include hours of operation, photos, videos, coupons, product offerings and more. It also lets them communicate with customers and get insights that help them make smart business decisions…”