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What Is Google Places?

google-placesIf you've been anywhere on the internet for any length of time, you know about Google. This internet behemoth began its life as a toned down search engine, but is now one of the leading technology companies in the world. Google now operates their original search engine as well as Google Maps, the Android Phone operating system, and many other tech based devices and services.

One of the more recent developments for Google has been the add-on to their Maps software called Google Places. Quite simply stated, this service allows users to pinpoint their business on Google Maps.

Before now, it has been difficult to get yourself noticed amidst the vast crowd of people and companies who have a presence online. Luckily, Google Places now allows you to stand out from the crowd.

When paired with a smartphone, Google Maps can bring the information to whoever may be in the area, looking for a business such as yours. They no longer have to know what they're looking for; they simply have to know where they are. And often their phone's GPS service will do that for them as well. Simply searching for "Restaurants" in Google Places will seek out the nearest restaurants, and then the customers will be presented with a list of options from which they can choose.

But wait, there's more. If you rate the places you visit, Google Places will then be able to recommend new places for you to discover. Should you like a certain sushi bar in your hometown, when you're travelling, Google Places will then be able to look for the highest rated sushi bar in the area.

What does this mean for your business? Registering your business on Google Places is free. You can add photos, contact information, and various links to drive traffic to you. Generating traffic and getting your name out there has never been easier.