Just came through updates in the Google Places Quality guidelines (http://support.google.com/places/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=107528) with regards to practitioners and departments within businesses and it is always interesting to see what they are up to. Managing every business in the world using automated scraping is always going to be messy to get right.
- Do not create more than one listing for each business location, either in a single account or multiple accounts.
- Individual practitioners may be listed individually as long as those practitioners are public-facing within their parent organization. Common examples of such practitioners are doctors, dentists, lawyers, and real estate agents. The practitioner should be directly contactable at the verified location during stated hours. A practitioner should not have multiple listings to cover all of his or her specializations.
- Departments within businesses, universities, hospitals, and government buildings may be listed separately. These departments must be publicly distinct as entities or groups within their parent organization, and ideally will have separate phone numbers and/or customer entrances.
Be careful with your local business listings and if you need help get in touch.