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Google Places replaced by Google+ Local


 
Google has replaced Google Places with a new feature for Google+ which it has called Google+ Local. It has previously been called Google Maps, Google Local, Google Places and now Google+ Local. It will let users of Google+ read and write reviews of businesses online, and is incorporating reviews from Zagat, which it took over last year. It will also incorporate Google Maps and business liostings. The main aim of course is to incorporate it into Google’s social network site Google+ which it hopes will rival Facebook.
 
The announcement from Google said: “Today we’re rolling out Google+ Local, a simple way to discover and share local information featuring ZAGAT scores and recommendations from people you trust in Google+. From the new “Local” icon on the left-hand side of Google+, you can search for specific places or browse for ones that fit your mood. Clicking on any place will take you to a local Google+ page that includes photos, Zagat’s high-quality scores and summaries, reviews from people in your circles and other information like address and opening hours. Google+ Local is also integrated across the other products you already use every day, including Search, Maps and mobile, so you can get the same great local information wherever you go.”

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How does your website look on a smartphone?

Most businesses now know that they need to have a smart, professional, easy to use and easy to find website if they want to do well, and so will invest in a web design and internet marketing company.

However, they often only consider how the website looks when accessed from a computer. They tend to overlook how the website works from a mobile device. This means that often websites don’t display properly. A few years ago this would not have been a big problem. However, there has been a massive explosion in the popularity of accessing the internet "on the go" in recent years, and it is predicted that that surfing the internet on a mobile device such as an iphone or smartphone will overtake surfing on a desktop PC within 2 years. Your clients and prospects now expect to find out about your services on their smartphone, iphone, tablet or ipad.

DBS can make your website "intelligent" enough to fit any size screen perfectly, whether it's a smartphone screen or 22" desktop monitor. In other words your site will appear "tailor made" for whatever size screen your customers and prospects view it on. Click here for more information.

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Get a QR code to drive traffic to your website

 
DBS Internet Marketing is now offering to create QR codes that can be used for your printed advertising and which will drive traffic to your website.

QR codes are a kind of bar code which are used in printed adverts. The main reason for using QR codes on your literature is that they are scanned with a smartphone. This then takes the user to whichever webpage the QR code is set up to take them to.

QR stands for Quick Response, and can be read by any modern smartphone such as an iPhone or a phone that uses Google Android. A QR code can be used to promote almost anything and can be printed onto almost anything.

QR codes can reach a huge audience quickly, as they don’t need a computer, just a smartphone. They are particularly good for small businesses for promoting events, products or services. Wherever your potential customers are, they can access what you want them to access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A large number of businesses are now using them, and soon customers will expect all businesses to use them. To find out more about our QR code service, click here. Stay ahead of the game!

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