It was announced on their SMB blog about 2 weeks ago. How do I delete the gray pin with the small red dot from Google maps? Go to the Legal Help page to request content changes for legal reasons. On the other hand, if Google changes over to gray pins, the blue Adwords Express & classic Adwords ads would become giraffes among zebras–which might make those ads more enticing to business owners. Discard post? Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps. I guess Google never answered. Your notifications are currently off and you won't receive subscription updates. If the map is wider, then the organic SERPs become narrower. Post is disrespectful, about third party products or contains unrelated content or personal information. Have not seen any grey yet or pink. Discard post? BTW, it appears on all my maps, whether on my phone, tablet, or computer. We'll get back to you only if we require additional details or have more information to share. Click to view a screenshot slide show of the range of grey pin results that have been spotted: The potential change to grey is interesting. They will probably roll out a change in AdWords where people have to pay to get the red pin. For some reason, a few of them now show up permanently on Google Maps. You'll receive email notifications for new posts at. Are you sure you want to continue? Anyway, that’s a long way of saying that (as you said) the paid ads would float up a little higher, but that I’m not seeing how the same could be said of the organic results.

I've chased Google about this - hopefully will get some news soon. I traveled to the location one time using Google Maps.

You will lose what you have written so far. I don't want to delete my timeline history. Google allows users to search the Web for images, news, products, video, and other content. deleted all google map history, and changed the customers address slightly in contacts. Hi, and thank you for trying to help out here. They are marketing that red location marker like crazy, so changing it to the grey isn’t about reducing it’s importance, but more likely increasing the importance of the red mark. Not to mention the fact that the new 7-pack seems larger in area than the old one (I’ve been too lazy to measure it, so someone please correct me if in fact the new 7-pack in fact is *not* bigger than the old one. Post contains harassment, hate speech, impersonation, nudity; malicious, illegal, sexually explicit or commercial content. I already tried clearing the cache and all app data. And secondly, the advertiser will appear as a purple marker in the map view. Failed to attach file, click here to try again. In moving the images to the right, Google is reducing the space given to a brand at the top of the page.

I really didn't want to delete all my location history, but I took a similar route: I opened my Maps timeline, found the day that I drove to the location (interestingly, the address didn't even show up in the timeline, but I could see my driving path going there), and I deleted the data for that date. If it seems to be helpful, we may eventually mark it as a Recommended Answer. @Phil I looked the address up once, in relation to a news story. Like you said, the red pin is compelling (and familiar) to the searcher and attracts focus.. could pull much more weight than the purple Adwords pin. When I saw Wissam’s video that became more obvious. Even after clearing all maps history it remains. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I've asked Google for advice on this. Huh, yeah, I think I agree with what Jey is saying. Pin is NYC only so you are unlikely to see…and the grey are few and far between… I have not yet seen them either. If you make all the pins grey then what stands out are the yellow star ratings. So it looks to finally be fixed (mine had been there for a year and a half.). I mean they are gradually transforming into a large advertising agency offering both advertising options and the main platform to display them. That’s how this machine rolls. As to whether it is sad, I am not sure. Very annoying and frustrating. Fine, potentially they’ll change the pins in the 7-pack and blended results to gray, but may keep the “iconic” red pins on the map itself. Community content may not be verified or up-to-date. It would change the dynamics of CTR for local search results. They will probably roll out a change in AdWords where people have to pay to get the red pin. You'll receive email notifications for new posts at. Go to the Legal Help page to request content changes for legal reasons. While I’ve seen just a handful of screenshots I can definitely say that this way the Google Places results would get much less attention.

We should not delude ourselves that Google is its own master…. Just when the average joe understood what the red pins meant! It looks red, but it’s not. Most significant to me was the change of the Branded One Box.

@Phil This wikiHow teaches you how to pin locations to a map using Google Maps on your computer. I think Google is messing with the red and grey for conversion and profit purposes. We still need to see this result with SiteLinks to ascertain the full impact. Your notifications are currently off and you won't receive subscription updates. Obviously speculating about rationales from within the world’s blackest box, it is just that, speculation. A little sad, is it not?

Is the change coming? I can't find a way to delete these gray pins with red dots in them. … @Jeffrey Our automated system analyzes the replies to choose the one that's most likely to answer the question. To turn them on, go to. I once used Android Auto to navigate to a customers address. The “customer focused” argument would be “We are doing to not distract the reader”. I think it is more about highlighting the star reviews. I was wondering how you’d weigh in on this latest salvo of changes. I personally find that the dual colors for the local pins creates a disjointed visual between the local results and the Maps… some of that might just be familiarity but some is design aesthetic.