Know Before You Go; Google Now Shows How Busy Locations Are
Just in time for Small Business Saturday, Google is introducing several new features worthy of note - particularly for brick-and-mortar businesses.
Expanding on its Popular Times feature, which shows consumers how busy a location is at different times of the week, Google is now showing how crowded a place is in real time. The data will begin appearing today.
The data is reportedly based on location data and search terms, so the information may not be completely accurate but will offer up a general sense of whether or not it will be possible to get in and out quickly.
Google is also introducing two other rather innovative features. Consumers will now be able to see how long people typically stay at a particular location and will have access to department and service hours for businesses as well.