Google Places, the recently revamped version of the poplar Local Business Center service by the search engine giant, is being offered to local businesses along with the some new and improved features that are designed to ensure their growth.
Interestingly, in order to promote its re-named service, the company is offering local businesses located in US, Japan and Australia a chance to register themselves online so that the company sends them a photographer for clicking a photo of their business establishment that will be posted online.
John Hanke, Vice President for Google Maps, Earth and Local, commenting on the launch of the service, wrote on the official Google Lat-Long Blog that “The new name will simplify the connection with Place Pages. This reflects our ongoing commitment to providing business owners with powerful yet easy-to-use tools.”
Apart from the services that were being offered by Local Business Center, Google has introduced many other new features including, 'Service Areas', which will allow travelling business people to mark the areas in which they offer their services.
For a mere $25 per month online advertisement packages for local businesses they will get a free photoshoot and a specialised QR code which can give customers direct access to the business's Google Place page.