Sep 09, 2013

What’s the difference between Google+ Local Business Page and Google Places for Business?

From what I can see, if you establish either, it will cause pretty much the same information to be available as a Google search result. Is there an advantage to one over the other, or does a company need both? We are a small business, so everything we do means that we are devoting some of our limited resources in time and effort towards it.

I think Chris has it right on this one, good answer.

One thing that is useful with Google Places for Business is that your listing will show up on Google Maps, 

The folks over at Search Engine Watch define them this way: Google Places for Business -- "Google Places is the information that a search engine receives and uses when listing your business. A search engine will probably already have your business listed in results, but your Google Places page allows you to control what information Google has and presents to searchers about your business." Google+ Local Business Pages -- "Google+ Local for Businesses is all about the social aspect of search. This is where you connect with customers and/or others in the industry by putting them in your circles (similar to "friends" on Facebook or "followers" on Twitter). "Those who have your company in their circles will be able to see updates from your company, whether it be blog posts or just a general comment on the feed, as well as see Zagat reviews for your company." SEW goes into more detail in the link above, if you're interested.   


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