• http://www.coinso.com Yam Regev

    It is a great move by Google. A city-portal like to concentrate all / most of their local efforts. With the right marketing & on line exposer, they can be much more than a pain in the nack for both Yelp & IYPs .
    Couple of Qs: Will it generate citations to the Places listings? Will the verity of industries get wider?
    I guess that Google need to feel quite secure with the prevention of reviews & ratings spam as we can see that one of the filters of how to sort the bizs listings are by those factors.

    Maybe those city pages will be ranked above the holly 7 packs in the future?

  • http://www.fwdmarketinginc.com F.M.

    Well I see this really hurting “Hyper-Local” sites, Like Patch and American Towns. It is a great move for Google.

  • http://www.visionefx.net Rick Vidallon

    Who, what or how is the decision made for the featured video on the landing page?

  • David Rothwell

    Fascinating — this looks to me very much like “Product Search for Local Services”, driven by Google Places rather than Merchant Center for shopping results.

  • http://www.plymouthbuzz.com David

    Absolutely brilliant. I have one sole ambition left and that is to be the Local Community Manager for Plymouth in England.

    I have a T Shirt too

    David

  • http://www.nigelkay.ca Nigel Kay

    Very Exciting. Will it count towards Citations? Can Customers leave reviews there? When will it come to Canada, and affect Local Maps rankings in Cities like Toronto.

    I would also like to know its compatibility with Mobile as most mobile searches have local intent.

    Cheers!

  • http://www.planetc1.com/ Michael Dorausch

    I like this most because it puts pressure on the big directories and motivates (hopefully) us to stayed focused. As I see it, it’s just more opportunity for businesses to rank in local, and that’s a good thing (especially if you’re a local SEO). Keep it coming Google. Shake the jar!