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Old 5th February 2011, 01:36 PM   #1
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Default Blue Google Places Listing??

So I have noticed that for my keyword "driving schools in bristol" there seems to be a BLUE Google Place Listing (keiths Driving School)

I just wondered if anyone knew why this listing is Blue? And how you can get it to happen to your own listing...?

For your information, Keiths driving school also has a normal coloured Google places listing at the same time as this NEW Blue one!!!

Any help would be appreciated.



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Old 8th February 2011, 04:23 AM   #2

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i believe that's just ebcause it's a local listing, because of your 'bristol' keyword it doesn't mean anything important what colour it is.
unless the listing is in a coloured box, in that case it's a sponsored listing.

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Old 18th April 2011, 01:02 PM   #3

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Default Blue Google Places Listing


The blue Google Places listing (the blue "map pin") is an option that is available with Google Adwords ads ("sponsored listings") - in other words, you have to pay for it whereas the red Google Places listings are free.

For more about optimizing your free Google Places listing, check out the video on the DIY Small Business Marketing Facebook fan page (on the "Fans Only" tab).

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Old 19th April 2011, 07:54 AM   #4
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Hey) dont bother about the blue color) sometimes it happens)
if you want to know about it more the try to write to Google)

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Old 19th April 2011, 12:40 PM   #5

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If you are in a targeted industry, you'll start seeing little yellow coupon signs next to the listing. This is also a paid feature that Google is implementing. Pretty soon everything above the fold is going to be paid media only... : (

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Old 21st April 2011, 09:02 PM   #6
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Yes, as mentioned before the blue balloon is because of a paid google places.

A way to make your google places listing appear a top is to get online ratings. Google is also taking the ratings into account. for example, if a customer goes to the listing and adds a review of your business, or if you have a citysearch listing and someone rates you, or if you have a yelp listing and somebody rates you there too. Observe how those with ratings for the google places with ratings are coming on top.

Don;t be shy to ask your client for a review

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Old 23rd April 2011, 11:52 AM   #7

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it is only need of local listing and working.

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Old 24th April 2011, 12:47 PM   #8

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There are 2 ways the blue flag is triggered -- one is from creating an Adwords listing as mentioned above, the other is creating a "Boost" ad, which seems to be just a watered down version of Adwords, with fewer targeting options, but perhaps easier to set up.

More about Adwords, Boost ads and Google Tags (which are being discontinued next week) here:

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