If you're a small local business, having a Google+ Local profile is a key part of putting your brand on the map. Google+ Local listings now show up in Search and Maps results on mobile devices and traditional browsers, and allows for a dynamic, social experience.
Over the last couple of months we've seen Google really start to make a run at local search. It began in April when Google announced they would re-brand Google Local Business Center to the shorter Google Places. Since then they have added Google Tags, QR codes, the ability to link Paid Search adds to your Google Places page, and integrated Google Places into the actual search results. That's a lot in a matter of months. But for those who just want to know how to get started with Google Places you've come to the right place.