Mike Blumenthal covers a range of changes being introduced to Google’s Local Business Center. These moves come as Google seeks to make it a more effective and efficient way to directly obtain content from businesses as well as to combat “mapspam.” (See my interview with Google’s Carter Maslan on the subject.)
Google’s got some potentially very interesting things up its proverbial sleeve for SMBs/local. I’m not sure they will all come to pass and I don’t want anyone to hunt me down and kill me of course. So we’ll wait and see.
Mike has also said we’ll see a revamp of coupons in Google’s LBC. Coupons are now (once again) a hot category for several reasons; the bad economy is one of them.