June 5, 2011
Sample Google Maps, Places for businesses
Business Photos from Google are now available to businesses with listings in Google Places.
Google Places listings are seen by any Google Maps user. This feature should help small businesses who want to reach more local customers. Google photographers will take interior shots of businesses, which is distinctly different from the exterior imagery ordinarily seen on Google Maps.
…sign up for a photo shoot by Google trusted photographers. The images will appear on your business’ Place page, and as 360-degree imagery using Street View technology.
The Business Photos feature is being rolled out gradually based on geographic area. The comprehensive FAQ page includes locations and timelines.
If interested in participation, a short application must be completed.
January 24, 2011
What’s that bar code?
This unique bar code on the lower right of the sticker, known as a QR code, lets customers – and potential customers – instantly learn more about a business, by visiting a mobile version of the business’ Place Page on any supported phone.
via QR Codes for Google Favorite Places.
Google Maps Favorite Places logo with expanded QR code example
Learn more about Google Favorite Places.
Favorite Places are a feature of Google Maps, but not the same as a Google Places Page.
January 1, 2011
Recent public service by WNYC demonstrated a nice practical application of Google Maps. WNYC used Google Maps to provide real-time updating of street plowing status to residents of New York City.
WNYC readers and listeners (WNYC is also a radio station) are invited to send updates by cell phone or SMS. Just text PLOW to 30644, according to a December 30, 2010 post on the WNYC website.