In a move meant to compete directly with Google Maps, Apple is expected to come out with its own mobile maps application this fall. This means big changes are in store for how customers will find and learn about your business.
The expectation is that these tools will become extensions of local search options that smaller firms rely on to be found. Here's our road map for what to expect from the new mobile maps revolution:
1. Expect new ways to market using your location.
Apple is already planning a Quick Route function as part of its local
search function that can lead customers to stores. Not to be outdone,
Google is offering packages for automated business listings, and
promotional services as part of its Places for Business product as well
as turn-by-turn navigation for bicycle commuters.
And where Google and Apple go, so goes Microsoft. The company announced its most aggressive upgrade to its map imagery in July. This will be offered as part of its MapPoint
2013 software product that ties in not only geographic data to maps,
but population information and research content aimed at showing
businesses location-based opportunities and marketing trends.
2. Maps need to become part of your search strategy.
Smart businesses will be proactive on how mobile users find and interact
with them on maps. Among the new features that businesses can expect to
exploit are the expanded role for social content and the ability to
offer location-based deals.
Apple's Maps application is stressing local reviews and search content from Yelp, which announced in June that it will be directly built into Apple maps. Google recently upgraded its Google+ integration for maps with Google Map Maker, which builds local content added by users into its maps. And earlier this summer, Microsoft announced new integrations with Nokia as part of its interactive features on Windows phones.
The time is now to claim your business page on sites such as Google
Places and Yelp, and make sure it has the most up-to-date information.
Update Google's Map Maker with detailed information about your business.
Label your business on the map, test and confirm the directions given.
3. Explore third party apps.
The fast moving map space is also attractive areas for new app developers. Two of the most interesting right now are ForeverMap by Berlin-based Skobbler and OffMaps2 by Cologne, Germany-based iosphere both offer options for offline search using OpenStreetMap, an open, international wiki for maps similar to Wikipedia.
Those third parties offer features that Google and Apple do not, such
as off-line functionality. And both can be easier to partner with to
develop targeted programs for specific business challenges.
September 10, 2012
Diposkan oleh : Tjuk Emet September 10, 2012