If you haven’t checked the Google Place page for your business in a while, you might be in for a big surprise. It now looks completely different and is no longer officially a Google Place page! Instead, all Google local listings have been automatically switched over to Google+ Local pages. We have put together a helpful ebook with the basics of what you need to know, and what you can do with your page now that this change has taken place. Download it now, or check out some highlights of what you need to know about the change.
Your Local Page is Part of Google+
You can still find your local listing via regular Google search and search on Google Maps, but it is now officially integrated into Google+ as well. That means any Google+ user can discover your local listing while logged in to Google+. It also means that your page now has the look and feel of a Google+ page.
Your Reviews Are Intact But Now in Zagat Rating Format
Reviews and ratings are still an important part of your Google+ Local listing, but with this change, you may notice they are in a different format. They are now integrated into the Zagat scoring system. Plus, any reviews you had on your page prior to the switch are now listed under the author name “A Google User.” And now, anyone who wishes to leave a review on your page must have a Google+ account that will be affiliated with the review, helping provide more transparency in the reviews process.