Google PlacesHave you heard of Google Places yet? It’s a program Google rolled out in 2009 to better connect people with the world around them. At the time more than 50 million places around the world were listed to help people make more informed decisions about where to go (i.e. restaurants and hotels, dry cleaners, bike shops, museums, schools and parks.

Adding your company to Google Places is free, and just takes a few minutes of your time. In a world where connecting with millions of people in an instant are already happening, why not allow people to instantly find you via search or on the map?

Furthermore Google Places allows you to converse with customers (maybe they are lost?) and let them provide ratings, reviews, and up a 5 star feedback about their experience.

Are you always on the move servicing customers? You can show which geographic areas you service to better help customers.   In need of professional looking photos? Businesses in select cities can request a free photo shoot of the interior of their business which will be used to supplement existing photos of businesses on Place Pages.

So you see, Google Places isn’t just a map with a red dot representing your company. In just a few minutes millions of people within just a few miles will be able to find you more easily than ever before (which is good for you).