Local searches carried out in Google would now bring back a more limited local pack.
The local pack of 7 listings of Google has been brought down to to three, whereas phone numbers and addresses have been completely eliminated.
If searchers want to get more details about a business they will not be required to click through to the Google Maps listing or website.
This step of Google may delight local shoppers. The search engine has introduced a new search feature to show local stores when they are busiest. For now, only people using Android mobile devices will be able to access the feature.
According to a Google communication, the search giant sources the data on a store’s foot traffic from people who have agreed to location sharing. Such information is kept completely anonymous and nothing is tracked from people who haven’t opted into it on their own.
Orphaned Google+ pages are set to be shuttered on July 28. Google will unverify inactive Google+ business pages as a part of a general clean-up of unclaimed or dormant pages. Google has been planning to separate local from Plus.
There have been some changes in the appearance of Google+ pages associated with Google My Business (GMB) accounts. These changes along with Google’s policies for treating unclaimed business pages are part of Google’s attempts to simplify people’s experience.
Google has a new user interface for Google Hotel Finder. Launched in 2011, the new Hotel Finder has gone through various upgrades for features and interfaces. The tools is specifically designed to find and juxtapose hotels for trips. Google tested a new interface for the feature in the past month and it is now being used by many.
Google posted today, that it had made it possible to share Google Maps across devices. Maps on the desktop can now be synced with their cellphones. A signed in user will be able to see the available devices under the tag that reads ‘Send to Device’. A push notification appears on the mobile once a place is sent to it. Both iPhone and Android users should be able to access this new feature, until and unless their Maps are not set to ‘lite mode’.
A new set of rules and regulations has been issued by Google with regard to how SEM/SEO companies should typify the clients associated with them inside Google My Business or Google Map Listings.
The new rules, are not something that can be forced upon clients, but it definitely does help bringing in line the companies that hold the Google Map Listings of their clients, using techniques unapproved by Google
Citysearch and Yext are now partners. This partnership is formed in order to power the listings displayed over at the Citysearch local search directory. So, now when users will try to claim a listing on Citysearch, it will take them to Yext with a pop up message that reads, “Welcome to Yext.”
The message further goes on to read:
Google Map Maker has been temporarily suspended by Google. Map Maker is a service to allow the community to make edits to Google Maps similar to how Wikipedia edits work. The service was suspended due to the recent public edits which showed how easy it is to make fraudulent edits to businesses.
Google is making it easier for its users by allowing to bookmark places users want to map now or visit later, by giving the ability to save places from the Google local box in search results.
To facilitate saving, Google has added a star icon adjacent to the place name in the local box. A Google spokesperson confirmed, “When you click on the star icon, your saved place will appear on your map, in your search and directions suggestions, and under the ‘your places’ tab of Google Maps.”
A new offering from Yelp will now allow its users to search and filter restaurant results by available reservations.
Yelp Now has date, time, party size, and type of cuisine as search filters. The restaurants available are those that use Yelp's SeatMe and Reservations. For takeout, the enhancement also searches eateries that deliver at specific times, using EatStreet, ChowNow, delivery.com, and Yelp-owned Eat24.