My first spotting of a Google Place Page – actually a link to a Place Page – in Google Plus.  According to Greg and Mike, Jeff Huber, GOOG’s head of Local, said SMBs will eventually have G+ profile pages.

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  • Fabio Ricotta  July 1, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Hi Andrew,

    Really interesting how they integrated Places w/ Google+. Do you know if they connect it through lat/long in the image file or through a check-in?

  • Andrew Baker  July 1, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Yes you can check in to a Google Place Page in the Google+ stream… unless like me you get the message “Location is not available”… for someone involved with Local Search it’s truly frustrating!

  • Jean-Marie Moes  July 2, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Hi Andrew,

    I’m into the early stages of studying how I might offer local SEO services to my customers, learning from websites such as yours the various techniques that are recommended to become real proficient at this.

    Although I don’t have a G+ account, my feeling is, the introduction of these new Google tools (once they become mainstream) will require the same mindset change as the business-oriented Twitter and Facebook pages, i.e.: they will have to produce content, talk about their skills, their expertise, share their thoughts, utter comments. This is something they often dread and have a hard time adding to already busy workdays.

    Would you then mind sharing some thoughts on how I might ease their pain 😉

    – Jean-Marie

  • Andrew Shotland  July 2, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Been thinking about that a bit Jean-Marie. Coming soon….

  • Mark Mayhew  July 3, 2011 at 3:51 am

    good point, the need for good social media help is going to explode (imo)

  • Dennis Yu  July 3, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Andrew– good find!
    By the way, your link to Greg’s post is malformed.

  • Andrew Shotland  July 3, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Just trying to deny him linkjuice. Fixed. Thanks Dennis.

  • Robert Ramirez  July 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Looks like Google is going to have a test group for G+ business pages:

    Over the next few months we are going to be running a small experiment with a few marketing partners to see the effect of including brands in the Google+ experience. We’ll begin this pilot with a small number of named partners. If you represent a “non-user entity” (e.g. business, organization, place, team, etc.) and would like to apply for consideration in our limited program (and be amongst the first to be alerted when the business product launches) you can sign up here:

  • Matthew Egan  August 1, 2011 at 9:39 am

    SEO is constantly evolving and there are so many new factors that add to your listing being # 1 on google. Content is king of course, but you should also consider social media and bounce rate as factors to give your website cloud. Reviews are huge and google takes those into consideration, that is part of your social media campaign. You really want to develop the best way for your business to utilize a social media friendly campaign that helps your transition.

  • basilio  November 7, 2011 at 12:12 am

    I need a way to reward my guerilla marketers for individual effort, and maybe check in could do that for me.


    sales person walikng down the street says:

    did you know the ” red dog saloon” has a special today? $1 you call its?
    you need to check in on “Google -Plus” and say “BOB” sent you

    this info get sent to me in an excel file and i can pay the street marketers $1 each for bringing in a paying customer

    this way i only need to pay for actual results

    can it be done?

  • Kinetico  March 28, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Integrating social media into marketing campaigns not only delivers high quality traffic to websites it also acts as a customer service platform as well. There is a definite correlation between customer service (reviews), web traffic, SMO and SEO rankings.