The Dalton Agency - Orlando Office has been selected to join Google's national list as a "Google Favorite Place" based on site traffic and brand recognition. Only 100,000 business were selected of the 1 Million plus local businesses listed on Google Maps. As part of Google's commitment to local business listings, the search giant has created a storefront program that ties into Google Maps. Dalton Agency's Orlando office was added to to the search database on July 1, 2009.
Earlier this week, storefront window stickers bearing the Google Maps logo and QR code were distributed national to the most popular businesses in Google's Local Business Center Database. Now anyone can take a photo of the QR barcode which looks similar to an augmented reality barcode with their enabled smartphones such as iPhone, Android and most BlackBerry handsets. Using the code-scanning application, consumers will be able to scan the code and gain instant access to business information such as maps, reviews, photos, videos, and more. This will also link the business lising to other similar applications such as Yelp! which offers similar branded services.
According to CNET's Relevant Results blog by Tom Krazit, "The company analyzed which local listings were generating the most activity, and declared those to be "Favorite Places on Google," and therefore eligible for the sticker promotion. Shoppers who happen by the store can scan the sticker to bring up the business' Place Page with listing information as well as reviews, photos, and links to sites with more information about the business."
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