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Google Places – All New Ads on Google Maps

Well, we all knew it would be just a matter of time until Google figured out a way to monetize their Google Map. For many business owners this may be the best chance they have at getting listed on the map. All across the net, people are asking, “How can I get listed on Google maps“. Well, here is an answer…

Google LatLong: Tags: Now in 11 cities

Tags: Now in 11 cities
Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Last week we announced that our new ads offering, Tags, would be rolling out to additional cities. Now business owners in San Jose, Houston, Austin, Atlanta, Washington DC, San Diego, Seattle, Boulder, Chicago, San Francisco and Mountain View can sign up for Tags from their Google Places accounts.

You’ll notice that we’ve added Mountain View, CA to the list of cities participating in the trial. Because we are still tweaking the product a bit, we thought we’d make it available in our hometown so we can get quick feedback as we work on new features.

For those who are not yet familiar with Tags, for a $25/month flat fee businesses can opt to add a yellow tag to their Google Places listing that highlights a particular aspect of their business. The tag options today include coupons, photos, videos, menu, reservation, website, and driving directions. In a couple of weeks we will launch a new tag type: “post to your Place Page,” a freeform text field in which a business owner can highlight a custom message announcing a sale or an upcoming event.

One thing is for sure. when it comes to our city, we will give it a try. Love ’em or hate ’em, Google AdWords works for many business models. Paid advertising on Google Maps will certainly help increase traffic for many local business owners. Of course, we still think the simple and most affordable way to get on the map is by simply giving us a call at MapTraffic.net. Call 888-Map-Map1 for a guaranteed “front page” listing on the map.

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Throw Out the Phonebook and Switch to Google Maps?

Can we all agree that the time has come to automatically throw the phonebook into the recycling bin? From local business owners to ad agencies to consumers, everyone we ask says pretty much the same thing, “We don’t use the yellow pages any more, we just go to Google”. Most tell us that it’s just so much easier to find a map and directions on either their pc, laptop, or hand held device.

I’m sure glad I’m not a phone directory salesman selling ads to businesses, or a print shop with a contract to print phone books or other directories. My guess is business must be getting a lot tougher these days for all of them. While at a local home and garden show recently, I asked many of the vendors if I could find them in the yellow pages. Most of them said either no, or I have only a small text link. The few that did have yellow page ads said that they were only in the local directory and not the citywide directory.

Having been heavily involved in the web industry for years, working with web designers, internet marketers, small business owners and consumers, I feel I can say with certainty that the days of keeping the big yellow directory around are all but gone. Most of the seniors have a pc now days and use it as a form of communication and entertainment. As time goes on, fewer and fewer elderly will be without a pc and the yellow pages will become a thing of the past.

I bet in less than 50 years kids will get a good laugh at how their parents and grand parents used to look through a big printed directory to find a local business. If you’re ready to get your business listed on the top of the map, call 888-Map-Map1 and leave it to us.