New Google design layout for local entertainment searches | local seo

Google has changed the layout for some new categories in the local search field such as bars hotels and restaurants.
So as a small business what should you do? Well if you look at the screenshot first obvious thing is that you now have a tiny square pic shown prominently up top MAKE SURE YOU GET A NICE ONE UP!
In the older days of SEO, it was all word / link / position focused. This is yet another example of how things are shifting away from that. An attractive inviting picture “assuming you are already showing up top” will be the main differentiator now instead of what position you were in the old layout.
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Carousel Results:

Amusement parks Convenience stores Nature preserves Arcades Deli Night clubs Art galleries Diners Pizza Attractions Dog parks Polish Bakeries Ethiopian Record stores Bars Fast food Restaurants BBQ German Sandwich Beer Grocery stores Sandwiches Breakfast Hamburgers Seafood Breweries Hotels Soup Brewpubs Indian Stadiums Cafes Italian Stadiums Catering Japanese Steakhouses Chinese Mediterranean Sushi Clubs Mexican Tacos Coffee shops Motel Thai Colleges Movie theaters Theaters Comedy clubs Museums Vietnamese

 

Traditional Local Results:

Accountants Eye doctor Pet store Animal Shelters Financial Advisors Physician Antique shop Fire stations Plumber Apartments Florist Police stations Attorney Furniture store Post office Auto dealer Gas station Real estate agent Auto shops Golf course Recycling Banks Health club Schools Bike shop Hospitals Self storage Bookstores Hostel Shoe store Bowling alley Insurance Agents Shopping center Car rental Insurance agents Shops Casino Jewelry store Spa Church Laundry Swimming pool Clothing store Libraries Synagogue Credit unions Locksmiths Taiwanese Daycare Moving companies Tattoo Dentist Office space Temple Department store Painter Toy store Electrician Parks Travel agency Employment agencies Pawn shop Vet