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    Now you can add video on Google Maps

    Google Maps

    As a Local Guide, you know that photos have the power to help people see the world and make decisions about where to go. But there’s a lot you can learn about a place by seeing it in motion. That’s why we’re introducing video on Google Maps.

    Today, Local Guides on Android have the chance to add the first-ever videos to millions of places. The possibilities are really exciting: Take viewers on a mini tour of a store you love, or show the bustling scene at your favorite neighborhood restaurant. You can even do a quick review where you showcase a place’s best item or offer tips for visitors.

    For now the video can only be uploaded by Local Guides using Android Maps but the videos will be visible from search everywhere. A 10 second video can be captured with the Android Google Maps app or a 30 second video can be uploaded.

    Quoted from the Friday, August 25th announcement:

    The feature is rolling out over time so you may not see it currently and you will need to be a Local Guide on Android to use this new feature.

    How to add your video when you’re at the location:

    • Search and select a place on Google Maps
    • Scroll down and tap “Add a photo”
    • Tap “Camera” and hold the shutter button for up to 10 seconds

    How to upload an existing video:

    • Search and select a place on Google Maps
    • Scroll down and tap “Add a photo”
    • Tap “Folder” and select a video. Just the first 30 seconds of a video will be added.

    2014 Bright Local Consumer Review Survey Key Findings

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    Local Consumer Review Survey 2014 – BrightLocal

    http://www.brightlocal.com15 Dec 2014

    Understand how online reviews influence the opinions & purchasing behaviour of consumers when selecting which local businesses to use.

    Key Findings:

    57% have searched online for a local business more than 6 times / year
    39% have searched online for local businesses at least 1 time per month
    15% have searched online for a local business almost every day

    Analysis:

    The majority of consumers (57%) have searched online for a local business more than 6 times in the last year – that’s at least every other month. This is slightly up on 2013 – 56%.

    Most significantly there is a 8% jump in the number of respondents who go online to find a business multiple times each week (7% to 15%) which points to more habitual use of the internet to find a local business.

    Consumers are becoming more comfortable using the internet to find businesses on both PC & mobile. There are more & better services for locating businesses which make it faster, easier & better for consumers. It’s habit forming and they start to use it with increasing regularity.

    Part of this growth can be attributed to more local businesses building & improving their online presence. Local data is more abundant & increasingly accurate which delivers better experience for consumers – i.e. they have a great selection of businesses to consider with lots of information to make in informed decision.

    By admin on December 15, 2014 | Local Search | A comment?

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