Google Local Video Listing Spotted in the Wild

Plamen Barzev alerted me to the existence of a local listing display that includes a video. The display showed for the search term plumbing charleston sc on the listing for Tamsberg Plumbing. Their site is a single page site done by Localedge.

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Whether this is a test or a new display type is unclear. When you look at the underlying code and compare the video listing (C) with the B listing you can see that Google is using a different display class. When you examine the underlying HTML most of the listings share a class of “g”, the video listing however shows a class of “g videobox”. Why it is missing the address and pin though is unclear.

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9 thoughts on “Google Local Video Listing Spotted in the Wild”

  1. This must be some kind of early test. Yes, yes, I know that with Google there’s no way to know for sure. But it seems to go completely against Google’s trend of pushing G+ as hard as it can. Essentially the only way to get onto the G+ page from the SERP is to hover over the result until the “preview” pane shows up on the right, and then to click “13 Google reviews” or one of the less-compelling buttons up top (e.g. “Directions”). But there’s no way for the lazy man to get to the G+ page without having to move his cursor all the way over to the preview.

    I also find it interesting that this is a service-based business. Not only have they not “hidden” their address, but obviously they don’t have an upgraded/social G+L page. Yet another reason why this seems oddly divorced from the Plus push.

  2. @Phil

    Odd it is. It has been in place for over 10 days which is weird if it is just a test. But the lack of address and phone number make it seem very out of place.

  3. It appears to be a blend of a regular video result (due to the video on the localedge page) and a +/Places listing. The Tamsberg domain on their local listing redirects to the localedge page, which is likely what is allowing the unique combo to occur.

  4. What really bothers me is the “Superpages” listing with a blatant violation of listing guidelines: “Plumbers in Charleston SC – SuperPages”

    My speculation after reading the post before this, we will see more directory listings appearing as Google will cash in with the big cash machines (Yellowpages, Superpages etc) and small businesses will be forced to pay the directory co’s in addition to the gods of Google…

    –Dennis

  5. @Dennis
    It is a shady listing but superpages wasn’t involved with its creation. The business name for the listing is “Charleston Plumbing Services”. This doesn’t appear to be an actual company but a tactic someone is using to get a phone number for Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in neabry Mt Pleasant into the Charleston local listings.

  6. Tom,

    The listing takes me to Superpages dot com so I don’t see how you can defend the listing?

    Google should not even have it listed as I mentioned before, it’s a blatant violation of the listing guidelines.

  7. I’m not defending the listing at all. It is in violation of the guidelines and should be removed.

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