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Google Business Photos: sending photographers to shoot inside businesses

May 6, 2011 | 12:36 pm

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Google is sending out photographers to snap shots of retail stores, restaurants, salons and other businesses in its Google Business Photos project.

The Mountain View, Calif., company began taking applications Thursday from business owners for free photo shoots conducted by Google-paid photographers.

Google is assigning photographers to shoot businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area, Phoenix, San Antonio and St. Petersburg, Fla., as well as London, Paris, Seoul and select cities in Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

The effort is a move to beef up the content on Google Places pages for businesses and an expansion of a Business Photos pilot program launched in October. Businesses can also upload their own photos to their Google Places pages, which come up when locations are searched for in Google Maps.

"Millions of potential customers visit Google every day to learn about places and businesses," Google says on its Business Photos page. "Through scheduled photo shoots, Google is introducing a new way for you to showcase your business to the world."

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

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