Google has started to put ads on Google Maps in Australia. When you zoom in on the map, you see logos for local businesses and their locations. Google is making sure that despite being “branding” ads, the messages are contextual and relevant.

Marrying location with marketing messages has always been viewed as the holy grail of local advertising. Google has started taking steps towards this future, starting today in Australia.Google is using Australia and New Zealand as test markets for this new technology that was actually developed in Google’s Australian offices.

Google is now showing ads on Google Maps in Australia. You can see logos for local banks, ATM machines, pharmacists and music stores on the map. These logos show up over the locations of these establishments on the map.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Google shows ads when you zoom in on the map. In addition, Google is making sure that despite being “branding” ads, the messages are contextual and provide relevance based on the search keywords.

This is a clever idea, as it makes ads more relevant and thus increases the chances that people will actually click through. It’s more than likely that folks will see these ads on smaller smartphone screens. Put up too many ads and the whole user experience becomes messy. That’s why ‘am glad to see Google’s not overrunning the maps with logos.

I actually wouldn’t mind seeing these ads, for they’re useful and might fulfill my on-the-go needs. What about you? Would you be OK seeing these kind of ads?

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  1. What took them so long.

    1. Not sure about that but this seems to be the right step.

      1. Just in case, we have launched a location-based advertising platform POIdo.ru on March 16th in Russia. Sounds much like the Google’s move, but with a few important twists.

  2. I agree, I’m sure Google won’t make them much of a hinderance. I’ve never minded google ads before.

    1. Nick Mikhailovsky gisblog Thursday, March 18, 2010

      Haven’t seen much ads like that. Did they abandon them for a while?

      1. I hope the new ones aren’t this hideous. They need to be much better experience than this one :-).

  3. Nick Mikhailovsky Thursday, March 18, 2010

    Spent some time trying to find ads in Sydney and Canberra and didn’t find any. Either there are not much advertisers, or the ads are indiscernible from free listings (the latter too bad). Besides, it’s pay-per view.. Phhhew :)

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  5. Put me down squarely in the NO column. Google doesn’t need anymore money – they are too powerful as it is. The tools they are building to get into our lives are starting to get out of hand too. Found this video the other day on YouTube and I think it sums it up:


    Might be a little paranoid but it sure is scary.

    1. Nick Mikhailovsky Keith Saturday, March 20, 2010

      Yes, there is more for paranoids: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrontojPWEE

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