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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Google Business Photo




One day I took my son to a toy train store so he could pick out his favorite trains. We had discovered the store from a web search and was surprised to learn that it was only couple of blocks away from Grandma's.  I had passed by it a hundred times, but had never noticed it before because it was nestled among warehouses and other industrial shops -- not a place I would expect to find a train store. We walked in and were astonished and the rows of toy trains of all sizes and all the train accessories that lined the shelves.

This scenario perfectly illustrates what Google Business Photo hoping to accomplish. You may never know what hidden gems are behind the endless store fronts that you see.   Google is sending out photographers out to  restaurants, hotels, retail shops and other highly searched business to take photographs of their interiors.  These photos will be featured on the business's place page, offering customers a virtual tour of the business.  Owners can also upload their own photos.

Google Business Photo is currently targeting Orange County, Phoenix, the Bay Area, San Antonio, and St. Petersburg, as well as other locations worldwide.  Check their website for a complete list.
Interested business can apply to Google Business Photo.

Check out their video demonstration.

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