Google Maps and why you need to be on there
Google Maps is a web mapping service developed by Google. It offers satellite imagery, street maps, 360° panoramic views of streets (Street View), real-time traffic conditions (Google Traffic), and route planning for traveling by foot, car, bicycle (in beta), or public transportation.
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Why Should You Bother With Google Maps?
If simply getting more exposure on an emerging Google tool isn’t enough here’s what Google provides freely with this map listing:
- Google allows you to offer coupons to visitors of your map listing. These coupons are touted as a way to “reward loyal customers and attract new ones”. (At the moment, coupons are only available to businesses located in the US.)
- Once your address is fully verified you have full control over your listing. You can add or delete non-address information at will.
- You can add all of your business locations from a single account.
- All that your client or prospective client has to do to find your office is click on a link on your website and they are taken to an accurate road map with directions. They can even click a button and see the satellite view of your location.
Google Maps can tell you the best time of day to travel to your destination
Google is adding a new feature to Google Maps that not only tells you how to get somewhere or how long the trip should take, but when the best time to leave is (via Android Police).
The new feature is only available for Maps users on Android, and it pops up when you input directions. Along with showing you the usual estimated time and distance, a new bar graph will appear, showing the relative time it will take your trip now (highlighted in either green, yellow, or red to indicate current traffic conditions) and an estimate of both how long it would have taken a half hour earlier and how long it will take in the next few hours.