Google adds live view to Popular Times feature of Google Maps

Planning out a day of holiday shopping can be hard, especially if you want to avoid the crowds. Recent updates to Google Maps should ease some of that stress. Google recently added a live view to its Popular Times feature that lets you see how busy a business is at any given moment.

The Popular Times feature also provides you with information on how long people typically stay at a business. This makes it easy for you to plan out a whole day of shopping, ensuring you are making the most of your day out on the town.

Another recent update to Google Maps enables businesses with multiple departments to list individual hours of operation. This can be helpful for those of us who like to multitask when we’re out shopping. For example, say you head out to your local big box retailer, and you want to put snow tires on your car while you get some groceries. Trouble is, the tire shop often closes before the rest of the store does. With this new feature, you’ll know before you go if you can do both.

During this holiday season, it’s important to keep your hours of operation up-to-date. But that’s just one piece of the puzzle. To ensure your business listing is optimized correctly, follow the steps outlined in this post.

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