said 11 months, 3 weeks ago:
The web is dynamic, that means it’s ever changing.
Most of the time it can be referred to as progress,
although not always in the case of Google.
Roughly 80 million Google Place pages globally were
automatically converted into Google+ Local pages.
At least that’s what Google’s Marissa Mayer is saying.
It’s a dramatic change to be sure, but I think for the better
though. Yes, Google is self-serving but look at it from another
prospective. For a local marketing consultant it provides:
1. More client offerings: pain in the tush as it is, clients
being forced to set-up Google+ accounts didn’t necessarily have
the time or know how to set-up Places. Now combine the two and
you have more ways to service your client.
2. Tighter control of online reputation: Google exclusive use of
Zagat reviews will filter out notoriously bad and spammy reviews
from sources like Yelp, Dex, etc.
3. The sheer marketing power of the Google platform.
Side Note: not drinking Google kool-aid, just making lemonade
from the lemons of change.