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Google taking Pictures of Local Businesses

Announced earlier this year, Google is providing free photo shoots for local companies.

Unannounced by Google, this Google employee informed me today that Google is now being proactive in contacting businesses to set up a free photo shoot. This photo shoot will provide a complete business walk through. This was taken today right near Buffalo at the Olympia Family Restaurant.

See what this company is doing? Whether we have a bird’s eye view from space, or the intimacy of being inside, Google is digitally creating the planet. With this type of media, and a healthy dose of borrowed from the Milk industry, Google is preparing for an enormous shift in global commerce. In fact, they are leading this shift, consciously and willingly changing how consumers make up their mind about spending their money.

Uhm….hello America. Wake up! I’m sure it’s not a bad thing, but corporate programming is in place here. Just like the milk farmers in the 80’s, the demand must be created for a small business to invest in Internet Marketing. While there are dozens of options available to a small business, Google is attempting to educate the busienss population of certain IM options, but not all of them. While organic traffic provides about 4x the traffic as paid, you can’t pay Google for #1 listings…but you pay our students to get you there or hire a company like CCS Internet Marketing.

I don’t think this is another case of corporate control. I mean, I can make a great living running my own business, however I learned from a young age that if I focus on my customer first, the money follows. Chasing the money is always a chase with the customer. I genuinely believe that Google is really trying to make the world a better place. I believe they are trying to solve the problems of information. For Mr. Brin and Mr. Page, it was never about the money. It’s about the money for all of their shareholders. I guess that’s why these two still maintain control.

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Scott Gallagher is a founding faculty member of Local Marketing Source and owner of WON Marketing, Inc. For over 14 years Scott has provided consulting and online marketing services to hundreds of businesses.

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