Vanessa Fox, formerly of Google and now of Zillow, made an interesting comment on the SMX Local SEO panel today. While encouraging businesses to upload as much data as possible, including photos, to Google Local Business Center, she said “If your data matches 3rd party data that is important – you’re seen as more accurate.”
I take that to mean that if the data you add yourself matches the data that Google gets from suppliers like Localeze and InfoUSA, that you get better positioned in Google local searches. Sounds like a good incentive to make sure that all of the data suppliers have your most up to date information.
I’ll try to catch up with Vanessa to see if I can get more details.