This will interest webmasters and local businesses. If someone searches for your business and we have good confidence that we know your business address, we’ll include an expandable “Plus Box” in your search result listing. If a user clicks to expand the Plus Box, they’ll see something like this:
I really like this feature because it’s useful but you don’t have to remember to go to a completely different place to look up local info. Instead, this feature integrates with our main web search to help the majority of our users without them doing anything extra.
What’s that? You have a local business and would like to get a Plus Box too? You can tell us your business address at Google’s Local Business Center .
Q: How much does it cost?
A: It’s free.
Q: How do you know my address/info is right?
A: I believe we can verify your info by phone or by postcard.
Q: What if I’ve got multiple store locations?
A: No problem. You can upload multiple listings, thanks to Google Base.
Q: What sort of info can I tell you about my business?
A: I’m so glad you asked! It looks like this:
Q: What Google help documentation exists for the Plus Box?
A: I know of http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=52181
and http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=52171 .
I like this feature. You can tell us store hours, what sort of payment you accept, phone number, etc. I think every local business would benefit from using this service. It’s free, and it makes it easier for searchers to find your business. If you’ve got a local business, feel free to sign up now.
P.S. Here’s a completely unrelated tip for small businesses. If your small business doesn’t have a website, you can still advertise on AdWords and Google will host a business page for you.