Google’s "Place Search" Feature Changes the Online Marketing Game – WSI Hosts a Special Webinar to Answer Questions

World’s Leading Digital Marketing Firm Educates Businesses and Marketing Professionals on the Recent Changes to Google’s Local Search

Toronto, Canada, November 21, 2010 --( A localized search in Google, such as one that includes a geographic term like a city, now returns a different layout for displaying its results. This is thanks to Google’s new Place Search feature, a concept that changes the online marketing game for local businesses. WSI, the world’s #1 digital marketing consulting firm, is hosting a special webinar to educate business owners and marketing professionals on the new Place Search feature and answer any questions attendees may have about how these changes affect their online marketing efforts.

This new kind of local search organizes information around specific locations making it easier for users to compare places and decide where to go. With the Place Search feature, a local Google search now returns a display that positions a localized map along the right-hand side above the pay-per-click ads (which scrolls down as the user scrolls down) and up to 7 local business listings taking up a fair portion of the “above fold” real estate, thus pushing organic listings down the page.

Ron McArthur, president of WSI, says, “It appears that Google Place Search displays results in such a way that localized information is much more prominent on the page, pushing general content down. In addition, online reviews and ratings now have more prominence, appearing alongside the business listings, making online brand credibility and brand reputation management critical for businesses that appear in a local search result”.

Experts believe that Google’s launch of their Place Search feature is another step toward becoming an online version of the Yellow Pages. This places strong emphasis on businesses to re-examine their existing digital marketing strategy and make enhancements in light of Google’s changes.

“A lot of discussion is circulating among the marketing community about what these Google search changes mean for businesses engaging in search marketing strategies,” says Ron McArthur. “At WSI, we take pride on standing at the forefront of the digital marketing space by keeping an eye on the industry and educating business owners on new innovations that could impact their online marketing strategy. Experts are saying that unless businesses have engaged in long-term search optimization best practices across all fronts, including organic, local and social, they will likely be impacted by this change. Our digital marketing experts are available to educate and provide sound advice during this time of change.”

WSI’s “Special Webinar: How Google's New ‘Place Search’ Feature Impacts Your Business - Learn to Stay Competitive” is scheduled for Tuesday November 23 at 11 AM EST. Register at:

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