I read an article by Andrew Shotland last night entitled Google Places Ranking Factors, and just wanted to share it with all the newcomers to WebProWorld.com who are wondering or searching for this kind of information.
The following is my favorite quote from the article (as an interesting nugget) cause I've sensed this all along and have done it every time.
If the following conclusion is true, I'd say this information is quite useful:The presence of a business description did not help ranking, although having the search category in the business description did help ranking.
How are your or your clients' Google Places listings doing? Have you had problems? How did you overcome them?Getting your 5th Google review significantly helped ranking, although incremental reviews between 1 and 4 and above 5 had a very small impact on ranking (you have to get 100+ of reviews for it to help ranking any more than just 5, so good news for much-loved businesses and review spammers).