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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.

    If You’re Not Thinking Local, You May Be Losing Clicks

    Google caters much more to location-based search and local business search than ever before, and that trend is likely to continue. Don’t let your local business get left behind. Stake your local claim on google before your competition does and get a head start on building your local search advantage.

    Here is a great article from WebProNews that covers the question of “Is Ranking Number One in Google Losing Its Significance?”

    By admin on November 19, 2011 | Local Search | A comment?