[Cross-posted on Google Mobile Blog]
Is your business on the map? Millions of people look for businesses on Google Maps every day, and an increasing number of users are turning to their mobile devices to make real time location-based decisions. Last week, the Maps team launched a server-side change that makes it easier to get directions to businesses. A user can now get directions to restaurants, stores, and other points of interest by entering their names in the start or end point. Consider this example:
Until today, if a mobile user tried to get directions and entered a business name, "Starbucks" for example, as the end or start point, Google Maps for mobile did not understand that it meant Starbucks the business. Rather, Google Maps for mobile would search for an address with "Starbucks" in it. Google Maps for mobile now recognizes when a end or start point is a business and not an address.
What does this mean for you?
As we continue to improve the user experience on mobile devices, there is an ever increasing need for local businesses to be where their customers are...on the go! If you own or manage a business, please visit our website to learn how to create or edit a Google Maps business listing. You can add your hours of operation, photos and more. See you on the map!
Posted by Constantinos Michael, Software Engineer