What’s Up With AdWords Markers on Google Maps?

I just noticed today a new little addition to Google Maps: markers for the paid search results!  Now, I’m not sure if I was simply late to this news; but no where in any of the major search news blogs or even the Offical Maps Blog is there any mention of this.

portland maine hotelsearchI’ve noticed the addition for nearly every industry – every one that would have AdWords ads.  This search was for “hotel portland maine”.  The top three results seem normal enough. One paid search result and the next two organic.

What floored me was on the map, the Holiday Inn now has a marker!  What’s more, is this result shows up above other result closer to Portland.  As a matter of fact, this particular Holiday Inn isn’t even in Portland, but South Portland; and as we’ve seen, results are based upon proximity to the city or (possibly) reviews.  Is it possible that now bids can help you get on the first page of local listings?

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Nicki Hicks
Small Business SEO