Discover new local gems with our new city pages

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 | 12:05 PM

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(Cross-posted on the Small Business Blog.)

Over the past six months, Google Places has ventured into Portland, Oregon; Austin, Texas; San Diego, California; and Madison, Wisconsin. Our goal for each of these campaigns was to celebrate the strong local business communities thriving in each of these cities. To do that, we’ve carried out a range of activities: hosted a bus tour to find the best barbecue in Austin, held a concert series showcasing some of Portland's favorite music venues, and met with thousands of small business owners to show them how Places can help them connect with customers.

Our team has loved becoming a part of your local communities, connecting with small businesses and bringing Places users together. In the spirit of continuing that mission, we’re excited to introduce our new community city pages. Now you can get up to date info about all things Google happening in Portland, Austin, San Diego and Madison.

On these sites, you'll be able to browse a list of some of the top businesses recommended by Portland locals by rating, by category ("Restaurant"), and by filter ("Family-Friendly"). Check back often as we'll be continuing to build out this list of places.

You'll find a page featuring the latest news about the Google Places community, as well as a list of upcoming Google events in that city:

And if you’re a business owner, we've got a special page just for you. Use it as your one-stop-shop to find out how to manage your presence on Google. Bonus: These pages have a fun set of video testimonials from small business owners using Places.

We’ve got big plans for these pages, so stay tuned in the coming months to see what’s new.

Posted by Cecelia Stewart, Local Marketing Team


Nyagoslav Zhekov said...

Hey guys, when do you plan to launch pages for other cities in the US and which would they be (New York???)

Vanessa Schneider said...

We're experimenting with these pages right now, so no firm plans on a roll out to other cities. Stay tuned to the blog for updates!

- Vanessa, Google Places community manager

tyler said...

Sounds like Google needs some boots on the ground in other cities. I volunteer for Sydney, NSW.

ross.crawford said...

Hi Vanessa,

Do you have plans to roll this out in the UK?

I work for a pub company based in London and this would definitely be of interest to us.

Vanessa Schneider said...

Hey ross.crawford -

As I said above, we're in experiment-mode with these pages, and don't have firm rollout plans to share yet. We'll keep you all posted though!

- Vanessa, Google Places community manager

Rav said...

Looks interesting, how about San Francisco?

Cassandra McCann said...

This is so cool! Being from Portland I can't wait to use this tool the next time I go out! said...

This is a great idea for Google, the cities along with the small businesses. Vanessa I have been marketing online and offline with small businesses for many years so if you need a community leader for Nashville please give me a shout.