Google has announced the auto up gradation of some Google Places listings to new Google+ pages with social features in its Google Business Help forum.
In an updated thread dated 20th August, Google said, "some pages managed in the new Google Places for Business dashboard will be automatically upgraded to have social features".
Google also said that they have and will send out emails to users whose pages have been automatically upgraded. If you have not received the email and want to double check, appearance of "Visit your Google+ page" in the dashboard implies that you were upgraded.
Google has also shared some additional details about the upgrade:
"A personal Google+ account is not necessary in order to utilize social features on local Google+ pages that are automatically upgraded.
If the listing for your business is not automatically upgraded and you are interested in social features, you may be able to use the Google+ widget to upgrade the page manually. (You can read more about the Google+ widget in the update from April 11 on this post — scroll up.)
Please first make sure you follow these criteria:
- You must have verified your business in your Places account.
- Your Places for Business email address should also have a Google+ profile.
- Your page must be in a category that is eligible for Google+.
If these apply to you, you will see a Google+ widget in your dashboard inviting you to upgrade. Simply click Get your Google+ page to upgrade. This will create a local Google+ page in Google+ that is tied to your Google+ account. You will be able to update this page from both Google Places for Business and Google+.
If you do not see the Google+ widget yet, or don’t have the upgrade link in your widget, sit tight while we work on getting a smooth upgrade process in place for you".Google Auto-Upgrades Google Places Listings to Google+ Pages!,