Last April, in Google changes name, adds features to Local Business Center,we told you about Google changing the name of their Local Business Center to Googled Places, a geo-location service tied to their Local Business Listings.
The Google Places folks made this short video to give you a brief overview of Places and the Service Area feature.
Essentially, you use Places to define your service area – the area in which you service your customers. You can select your service area by city name, county or zip code.
And once you have defined your service area, you ca hide your business address. This comes in handy if you operate your business out of your home or primarily through a post office box or mail drop.
Retailers might find this useful to define the areas they wish to do business in. Installers and transporters can show the areas they serve. And Google can display your business on Google Maps in search engine results pages (SERPs) for your area(s) and your keywords.
Adding Places service area information to your Local Business Listing is really a “no-brainer” if your business services customers in areas other than just your home city.