February 13th, 2009 | Published in Google Earth
As an avid Google Maps user, I find myself turning to the map to search for increasingly varied types of local information. From simply locating an address to looking for a very specific type of business, I always check the map first.
In fact, Google Maps was the only way I was able to find Ski Guides Hawaii, a small ski and snowboard rental operation that rents equipment to those looking for the ultimate adventure--skiing on the summit of Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano in Hawaii. When I arrived to pick up my skis, the owner was amazed to hear that I'd found him on Google Maps. Like many business owners, he didn't know about Local Business Center or realize that he could edit his listing on Google Maps.
Local Business Center allows business owners to edit the content of their existing listing, or to add a brand new listing to Google's local database. By ensuring that basic information is up-to-date and providing additional details, like photos, hours, and coupons, business owners can stand out on the map to attract more customers. To make the process even easier, we've put together a getting started video that walks through the sign up process and benefits of Local Business Center. Enjoy, and share with your entrepreneurial friends!