Google Sept. 3 is letting businesses attach several addresses to the AdWords location extensions for Android-based smartphones. The idea is to boost business visibility and ad coverage.
Google Sept. 3 said it has added the ability for advertisers to attach
several business addresses to its AdWords location extensions for Android-based
Launched in July
, AdWords location extensions let members of
Google's Places program put their businesses' location and phone number on an
expandable map ad for mobile Websites and applications in Google's content
At the time, advertisers could attach ads for a business on a Google Map.
This extension lets users searching for locations on a Google Map from Apple's
iPhone or Google Android-based smartphones see banner text ads with a business
The store icon expands to show the business location on a Google map along
with the ad, click-to-call phone number and directions.
Google added AdWords location extensions with multiple addresses for
desktops in July. Now establishments with multiple retail addresses can attach
addresses for each of their stores on the Google Maps for Mobile
Users of Google Maps for Mobile
4.4 and later searching for businesses on their Android smartphones will see
ads for several locations. Google is working to bring this multiple address
capability to the iPhone, BlackBerry and other mobile platforms.
This practice should boost the profile of franchises with more than one
location, according to Google Mobile Ads Product Manager Surojit Chatterjee,
who noted in a blog post
"If a potential customer is looking for a wireless communications store
like Sprint, an ad within [Google Maps for Mobile]
can display all Sprint locations near them. This not only delivers a relevant
search experience, but also enables customers to visit the closest and most
convenient Sprint store location."
What Chatterjee doesn't acknowledge is that surfacing more locations on
Google Maps for Mobile means showing more ads, thereby
boosting the company's coffers.
Chatterjee explained that AdWords gauges user search and location signals to
display a clickable banner with the option to show all locations for a business
in Google Maps for Mobile.
When users click the "show all" button in Google Maps, the map
will show only locations of the business, denoting them with a business
When users click on a specific business location, they will see more details
about the business, including the search ad, business address, directions, and
the option to click to call or access the Website.
The business icon and location are automatically saved as a layer in Google
Maps for Mobile for return visits
by the user.
Businesses must enable location extensions within their Google Places
account. Search Engine
Land has more details here