Google Rolling Out New Places Design & Features

Apr 3, 2013 • 8:22 am | comments (6) by | Filed Under Google Maps

Google Places LogoGoogle announced they are gradually rolling out a new and improved Google Business Places page dashboard. The new dashboard is easier to use, enables you to make edits that go live sooner, and it is also more tightly integrated with other Google products.

But if you do not see the upgraded dashboard, don't worry. It seems to be U.S. only right now and even then, it is rolling out to U.S. businesses very very slowly.

Joel from the Google Business Help team posted in the Google Business Help forums with more details. He said you should only see it if you are a new sign up. That does not mean you should sign up again if you are already signed up. He said wait it out and you will be upgraded in time.

Here is a picture of the new design:

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Here is what is new:

  • An updated interface that makes editing your information easier.
  • Updates that show the status of your business information on Google Maps.
  • Improved insights to help you track your business’s performance on Google.
  • Edits will go live faster.

This can be confusing because now there are at least three, maybe four, different places to manage your business listing in Google now. They include the classic Google Places area, Google+ Local business listings, Google Bulk Listing manager and now this new place.

Hopefully over time these will begin to consolidate.

Forum discussion, which is mandatory reading, at Google Business Help.

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