From The Wall Street Journal back in June:

Google Inc. has repeatedly tried, and largely failed, to crack the market for local business advertising. As early as next month, the Internet company will try anew, as it trains its largest-ever assault on the roughly $20 billion market.

Google plans to have its newest small-business service—which at one point it was calling Business Builder—up and running as early as July, said a person familiar with the matter.

Well, that Olympics coverage has been distracting…

See Google Business Builder Approaches the SMB Wall for more outdated coverage.

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5 Response Comments

  • Miguel Salcido  August 9, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Its like waiting for the end of the world…… I guess some people are excited about it, while others dread it!

  • Jeffrey Magner  August 9, 2012 at 9:45 am

    We’re all so excited about Google’s next stupid new idea-product-launch-that-they-will-abandon-within-60-days.


  • Jo Shaer  August 9, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Oh, to be able to have a holiday rather than trying to sort out all the new misprints in my clients’ Places/Plus Local listings…

  • Mike Bayes  August 10, 2012 at 5:45 am

    Let’s NOT encourage them to hurry!

  • John MacMenamin Inbound Marketing  August 14, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    ehhh I’m kinda scared about this as a small business consultant. But I checked out the list of services.

    Google+ Local page, AdWords Express, Google Offers, Google Wallet, an in-store loyalty product and a text based feedback mechanism for customers.

    I don’t think this will be enough to compete with small business ad agencys…