Google Coupons Now has searchable interface

Google Coupons are one of the great underpromoted features of Google Maps. It came, we saw and it didn’t conquer. Not because it couldn’t but it just seems to be one of those Google technologies that is languishing in the backwaters of some engineer’s 20% project.A recent query at the Google Maps for Business Group … Continue reading Google Coupons Now has searchable interface

Google Intros Search Ads on Google Mobile Search

Just received this email from Google: Search Ads on Google Mobile Search Hello Michael Blumenthal, We are happy to announce a new feature that will allow you to easily reach additional qualified customers who are searching Google from their mobile phones. In the next few days, your search ads will be eligible to run on … Continue reading Google Intros Search Ads on Google Mobile Search

Google makes it easier to embed Maps AND generates new Maps traffic

Google’s new upgrade to easily allow Maps to be embedded on a web page has been widely reported. I figure the test of any new “easy to use” technology and whether it will propagate widely is the “Mike Test”. That is, if I can figure out how to use it in 5 minutes or less … Continue reading Google makes it easier to embed Maps AND generates new Maps traffic

TechPro’s CEO speaks about Google Maps Bulk Upload abuse

This morning I had a long and interesting conversation with the President & CEO Gabriel Howard of TechPros, one of the companies that was involved in the Bulk Upload issues reported last week. The interview is lengthy and is included at the end of this post in its entirety. The upshot (as reported by the … Continue reading TechPro’s CEO speaks about Google Maps Bulk Upload abuse

Google Map’s medical center phone data: Code Red!

Last month there were reports of errors in Google Maps listing for Duke Medical Center phone numbers. Not only were the numbers often times wrong but Google Maps was listing as many as 5 phone numbers for a single facility, few of which went to the central switchboard. To Google’s credit the Duke Medical Center … Continue reading Google Map’s medical center phone data: Code Red!

Google Maps traffic up significantly in 2006

Comscore released their data on biggest traffic gainers for 2006. One of their conclusions related to Local: “Google’s popularity has been driven by… the rapid uptake of some of Google’s applications beyond traditional Web search…examples include…62-percent growth in visitors to Google Maps” With Google’s recent upgrade of the Local OneBox this trend should continue in … Continue reading Google Maps traffic up significantly in 2006