Have you checked your Google Places pages today?
Kevin Fry just posted a thread in the DealerRefresh Forums “Google Places Removes Third Party Reviews” informing all that Google has quickly and currently YANKED ALL third party reviews such as DealerRater from your dealership Google Places page.
This is sorta SUCKS!
temporary removal of 3rd party reviews from the Google Places page, Google has made some visual changes on their end to try and drive their own reviews.
Has Google recognized that small businesses (on average) are focusing on one, maybe two review sites alone?
Most dealerships focus on DealerRater. I bet Google knows this and I also bet they know that in order to get exclusive reviews on Google Places page, they will need to cut the other reviews sites off at the knees.
What do you think…is this a smart move or a dumb move for Google?