For over a year now there were rumors of Google Store Views, a feature where Google will let people walk through your store as they come from Google Street Views. Nice idea but what it turned into was the official launch of Google Business Photos.
Google Business Photos is where Google sends photographers to your business - for free - and takes pictures to be places in your photos and videos section of your Google Place page. You can see examples on this business. See the "from Google" pictures?
Marissa Mayer of Google formally announced the program yesterday, as Greg Sterling reported:
Today at the Social-Loco conference in San Francisco Google's Doyenne of Local Marissa Mayer formally announced Google Business Photos. This is not a new product but the formalization of an offering that has been available in a more limited way since last year.
Here is a video demo from Google on this service:
You can apply for Google to take photos of your business over here.
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