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Google Launches 'Google Places' for Pakistan

By  | 26, Oct 2010 | 18 Comments



Yes! It does look like a dream comes true for those who had been waiting for ages. Google Places, renamed from Local Business Centre this April, is a free of charge web based service by Google where business owners can claim their businesses alongside publishing all important and useful information for their customers and have it all layered out at top of world widely famous Google maps.

How it works:

Google Places 01 thumb Google Launches Google Places for Pakistan Google Places provides a comprehensive but most convenient dashboard to handle the business ownerships.

Business owner can provide all important and useful information ranging from company name to contact numbers to their physical location on map. Not only this, you can add business timings, photos, videos and much more.

Part of useful service is to create customized vouchers/coupons for those who reach you through Google Places, which can attract more and more customers to your business.

Benefits & availability:

Google is one of the most accessed services around the world. Business information once submitted to Google Places is then available from all of Google publically accessible services e.g. Google Earth, search, maps etc.

With hundreds of visitors looking at these search results can simply boosts your business. Since your submitted information is verified by Google itself through their verification process so customers can trust the submitted information with no doubts.

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One of the most useful benefits is that if once business is claimed and geo-tagged on Google maps, it will leave no chance for your customer to not to locate your physical location.

Following is a local business information as seen on an iPhone Google Maps. However, this data was recorded from Google Map Maker.

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Number of other benefits includes analytics reports on how your business is being accessed through Google services so you can make strategies and changes to enhance the business.

These analytics are available through dashboard any time but to make it more helpful to business owners, auto-generated reports are also sent in emails each month.

Being one of the largest business information holder, your business information with your consent is also passed through to other largest business information holders such as Yellow Pages, Thomas Local and so on.

Businesses can attract more customers with tools such as daily post updates and free coupons for customers offering special discounts.

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Google Places is available from computers to mobile devices or even physically visible on Google street. Google goodies include the labels to put your business front which states your existence in Google Places as shown in following image.

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Following are the Google Places apps screenshot from HTC Desire running Androids & Apple iPhone respectively.

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For a detailed and interactive idea on how Places work and help your business grow, please watch the following video.

Having all these benefits, Google Places in Pakistan kicks off with a controversy. Dr Awab Alvi was the first one to notice when he tried to claim his business on Places.

The address contained Muslim word returned an error saying that “Term Muslim is not allowed.” Here is the screenshot taken by Dr Alvi.

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  • Adnan

    Hmmm,Great!!

  • http://teeth.com.pk/blog Teeth Maestro

    Google (courtesy of Badar Khushnood) requested the Google Places team to have this bug fixed – now the listing does show “Muslim” in the address field

    http://maps.google.com/maps/place?georestrict=input_srcid:8d4535c348de99a4&hl=en

    • http://www.local.com.pk Jabran

      It is great. Their filters seems very extensive on special words. :)

    • http://searchtruth.com Sacha Kaka

      Damnt google :)

    • http://searchtruth.com Sacha Kaka

      Damn google :)

  • waqas Tahir

    really why these services are free why i host my personal data of googles servers
    Kindly use this services carefully

    • http://www.local.com.pk Jabran

      How business information is personal?

      • ahsan

        lol :S

  • http:/www.pakmelody.com khan

    I think its good move by the Google.

  • khan

    yeah its a miracle for us pakistanies to get a service like this thank God and thank Google!

  • salman

    appreciating step by Google for Pakistan!! Well done Google ~!!

  • google places for free

    man some awesome tech..and its free advertisement (well sort of)/// atleast some one thought of its services in pakistan!!!

    DESPERATE FOR 3.5G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.tohfay.com/ Gifts Pakistan

    Great new feature. Google is always number one in the IT Industry to bring the innovation.

  • http://www.plexuspk.com mesum

    em SEO in private firm today i submitted my website on google places, Google accepted my site but when i review my site in google places google say,
    “we currently not providing this service in this area”

  • http://xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx naveen

    i love pakistani artist

  • yasir

    Looks fantastic

  • kbi

    my pin code never arrived please guys tell me what to do as I have email to google but no reply from them… kindly help