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    Question Bing Launches New "Places for Business" Dashboard. Can you say Copy Cat?

    Bing just launched a NEW listing management dashboard. (Can you say "keeping up with the Joneses"?)

    They named it "Places for Business" (Can you say "copy cat"? Can you say "Trademark confusion"?)

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    Kerry Fagan, one of our active members just broke the story over at Local SEO Update.

    Bing Places for Business Launches

    With all the hoopla over the new Google Places for Business dashboard, Bing has been getting even less attention than usual (which isn’t much to start with), but today marks the launch of the new business owner-facing dashboard of Bing Local — Bing Places for Business.

    Besides the fact of a seemingly copying of the name Google has used for years, the new layout is actually quite swanky, and because I’m assuming not many others will cover this, I’ll give a brief rundown of what’s new.
    Check out the screenshots over there. As Kerry says, it looks pretty clean and slick.

    Here is the official announcement from Bing:
    Bing Business Portal is Now Bing Places for Business


    What do you think?

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    Re: Bing Launches New "Places for Business" Dashboard. Can you say Copy Cat?

    Excellent news! I'm going to be setting-up a client on BING today. I'll come back here if I find anything to add to the discussion.

    Thanks again
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    Re: Bing Launches New "Places for Business" Dashboard. Can you say Copy Cat?

    Seems Microsoft is saying "Bing it on!" to Google Local!

    Cool Colan. Let us know what you find out!
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    Re: Bing Launches New "Places for Business" Dashboard. Can you say Copy Cat?

    They were do an overhaul! So I hope it makes it a lot more user friendly. I have had issues with Bing's dashboard in the past.

    Now, how did you get my cat to pose for your picture?

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    Re: Bing Launches New "Places for Business" Dashboard. Can you say Copy Cat?

    That's your kitty? Who knew?
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    Re: Bing Launches New "Places for Business" Dashboard. Can you say Copy Cat?

    Just encountered an error message when attempting to submit a listing:

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    No idea if it's something I did wrong or if it's part of the transition jitters. Anyone else having this problem?
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    Re: Bing Launches New "Places for Business" Dashboard. Can you say Copy Cat?

    An error? I'll be darned. They really are copying Google Places for Business!
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    Re: Bing Launches New "Places for Business" Dashboard. Can you say Copy Cat?

    They have a phone verification option, which is a great new feature.
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    Re: Bing Launches New "Places for Business" Dashboard. Can you say Copy Cat?

    Colan,

    They have always had the phone verification option,however, now instead of getting a PIN from the screen and entering it into the phone, it's a mirrored version of Googles phone verification. Send call, obtain PIN, enter PIN on screen.

    Best

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    Re: Bing Launches New "Places for Business" Dashboard. Can you say Copy Cat?

    Thanks for clarifying It definitely feels like a smoother process now. Except for the error message I mentioned earlier. In regards to that, we attempted again without any problems on the second try.
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