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    New Google Maps Layout Update Rolled Out Everywhere

    Heads up! Looks like Google has officially rolled out a new layout for Google Maps today. Our automated systems first detected the change around 2:45PM PST today (10/08/15):



    I know they have been testing this off and on for the past few weeks but i think its officially rolled out everywhere, including international servers as i have tested from many different IP addresses and am not seeing the old layout anymore.

    I personally like this new layout much better than the old, seems easier to navigate and see the results without having to scroll down through that stupid dropdown results menu in the old layout. Its about time Google improved the Maps UI!!

    Is anyone else still seeing the old layout?

    Please share your thoughts and feedback on this new layout!

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    Re: New Google Maps Layout Update Rolled Out Everywhere

    Hi Mark,

    Thanks for sharing! I like it too!

    I spotted a different maps update today and was asking TCs if it was new or if it's been out awhile and I missed it. But I'm pretty sure it just rolled out.

    Here's the update I spotted - new layout for individual map listings.
    I love it! Very nice and clean.

    NOTE: This is one more place your image could be cut off or display badly.
    All the ones I checked were cut off like this. Some looked worse, depending on image.

    Desktop with Firefox

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    For comparison, here is the old layout (Screenshot by Joy 9/3/2015)

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    Re: New Google Maps Layout Update Rolled Out Everywhere

    Just noticed in map search, at top of the search results, you can filter by # of stars.


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    Re: New Google Maps Layout Update Rolled Out Everywhere

    And another reason to pay attention to B2B Reviews, a totally underutilized part of most businesses review strategies.

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    Re: New Google Maps Layout Update Rolled Out Everywhere

    Sorting by stars is really interesting! I mean, who is going to want less than a 4 star business if they look at it that way? Fascinating.

    Colan - how are you getting to that view for Imprezzio? I haven't been able to replicate it on that or other businesses.
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    Re: New Google Maps Layout Update Rolled Out Everywhere

    It use to be 1st page was winning, good enough. The NEW STANDARD: 1st page + 4 stars. Otherwise you might as well not exist. No doubt.

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    Re: New Google Maps Layout Update Rolled Out Everywhere

    Quote Originally Posted by MiriamEllis View Post
    Colan - how are you getting to that view for Imprezzio? I haven't been able to replicate it on that or other businesses.
    Hi Miriam, I'll jump in. You never see it because like Colan said it's totally underutilized.
    Most businesses have no idea they can review other businesses.

    If you want to use the feature you just have to turn it on in the G+ page settings.
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    Re: New Google Maps Layout Update Rolled Out Everywhere

    Quote Originally Posted by MiriamEllis View Post
    Colan - how are you getting to that view for Imprezzio? I haven't been able to replicate it on that or other businesses.
    Hi Miriam, Linda is right, it's just a matter of utilizing GMB's B2B review feature.

    Now, to actually get to the display that I screen grabbed, you need to take a few steps that don't seem to make any sense at all.

    First you need to click on the photo.

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    Then click on either of the links that list the business name.

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    That's the only way I can find to get to that particular view Seems like it's in some kind if transitional state and Google hasn't figured out where they want to go with it yet.
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    Re: New Google Maps Layout Update Rolled Out Everywhere

    Thanks, Colan and Linda! Appreciate the step-by-step.
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    Re: New Google Maps Layout Update Rolled Out Everywhere

    I've been playing around with this more and more, and I like it. I see it's still difficult to get to the actual Google My Business page (which is an important point to explain to clients/your boss), but the way they're displaying all that information is a lot nicer. One less click to get a great view of the business.
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