Watch out for ads disguised as pins on Google Maps searches

Watch out for ads disguised as pins on Google Maps searches

Get ready for even more ads on the next time you use Google. The company today announced that it will launch local search ads so you can see pinpoints on both Google.com and Google Maps for nearby businesses.

For example, you might be on a road trip and decide to take a lunch break. A search for “drugstore” might feature a purple, promoted business listing followed by other relevant hits in red pins. The feature will work on both desktop and mobile versions of Maps.

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Google says customers can also check the promoted listing for offers or browse through the business’s current inventory before making a stop in. So the next time you search for lunch and Google hits you with McDonald’s, you can thank the advertising lords for enticing you into those deliciously unhealthy Big Macs.

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