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    Re: Suite vs STE vs # In Your Citation Addresses

    Thanks Linda. I understood that, so maybe I wasn't clear in my question. What we have noticed is that since the introduction of Google+ Local, even if your dashboard says Suite 200 it now displays as #200 in the actual live listing. Just curious is this is the direction Google is going in terms of "preference".

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    Re: Suite vs STE vs # In Your Citation Addresses

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Wilton View Post
    Thanks to everyone for the feedback, you mention spelling out "Suite", but now Google seems to be displaying everything as # on the live listings. Do you foresee this being an issue?
    I've been noticing the same thing, Mike.
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    Re: Suite vs STE vs # In Your Citation Addresses

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Wilton View Post
    Thanks Linda. I understood that, so maybe I wasn't clear in my question. What we have noticed is that since the introduction of Google+ Local, even if your dashboard says Suite 200 it now displays as #200 in the actual live listing. Just curious is this is the direction Google is going in terms of "preference".
    You shouldn't infer the output is what Google wants for input. Likely Google is standardizing output to just show "#200" to differentiate from the street number. # would not be an appropriate symbol for the address line given the Address Line help center article in GMM.

    Also, Google outputs "N Rd." Instead of "North Road," inputting "N Rd." Just because Google outputs it would be unwise as Google wouldn't be able to differentiate between "North" and a street named "N."

    Not exactly the same situation, but inputting based off what Google puts out is a mistake. I'd wait to see if the policy actually changes on using "#" in the Address Line.
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    Re: Suite vs STE vs # In Your Citation Addresses

    Mike the reason I re-quoted what both Andrew and Greg said is following but I was sick and didn't have the brain power to explain further a theory I have - and it's only a theory.

    They both said she likes things spelled out (or in MM actually forces it) but then may display something diff.

    So I'm thinking of it like cats and hidden addresses for SABs. She's READING what's actually in dash (Suite, all 5 cats or home address) even if the info is not fully showing live. Then like some other things she truncates or changes on the fly for display purpose, sometimes maybe even to fit better and shorten a long address - but it's really what's inside dash that counts.

    At lease that's a THEORY of mine. Not saying it's true for sure, just a fairly new theory.
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    Re: Suite vs STE vs # In Your Citation Addresses

    It does not always happen, but I have had many a Google employee remove the "Suite" and say that since the blank is the place to put the suite number, that only the number should be entered.

    It makes sense from a standardization point of view. After all, the choices are not:

    Suite 200
    Ste 200
    #200
    200



    but rather:


    Suite 200
    Ste 200
    #200
    200
    Unit 200
    No. 200
    Apt. 200
    Apartment 200
    Store 200
    Office 200
    Room 200
    etc.


    Also, I think the inclusion of "Suite" or "#" is to set the unit number off from the street name in the US system of putting it at the end of the line. Countries where it is put at the beginning of the line normally have nothing but the number in their standardized addresses. (That is, since it is in a weird place when you think logically; I think that was added as a hint as to what it represents).
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    Re: Suite vs STE vs # In Your Citation Addresses

    Fine Details: Optimize Your Suite Number In Google Maps

    A Google Maps Help thread has one business owner asking how he should set up his suite number in his Google Business Local listing. He asked which format for his suite number should he use so Google recognizes it best. Formats include:

    • Suite #100
    • Ste. 100
    • #100
    • Suite #100


    So which should he use?

    The consensus in the thread is to use Suite 100 and not use a # (pound/number) sign.

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    Re: Suite vs STE vs # In Your Citation Addresses

    Thanks for posting this here. I coincidentally saw this article pop-up in my custom "Google Maps" section of Google News.

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    Re: Suite vs STE vs # In Your Citation Addresses

    I have noticed that Google+ pages, meaning the pages built off of the Google+ personal profiles, are very particular. They prefer everything to be written out, such as Suite 200 or Street or South. I have noticed that the best results come from clicking on their suggested address format as opposed to leaving it typed by hand.

    This of course matters most when it is a verified Google+ page that is merged to the Google Places/ Google+ Local page.

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    Re: Suite vs STE vs # In Your Citation Addresses

    Quote Originally Posted by Cleaner44 View Post
    I have noticed that Google+ pages, meaning the pages built off of the Google+ personal profiles, are very particular. They prefer everything to be written out, such as Suite 200 or Street or South. I have noticed that the best results come from clicking on their suggested address format as opposed to leaving it typed by hand.

    This of course matters most when it is a verified Google+ page that is merged to the Google Places/ Google+ Local page.
    Have you actually noticed G+L suggesting non-abbreviated names? I'd love to see this in the wild because this has not been the case in the recent past. I have always seen suggestions that abbreviate words when I've spelled them out when using Community Edits. If you see this could you take some screen shots and indicate the location in the world you saw it. (If it's only in Canada it is likely a test of a new UI tweak).

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    Re: Suite vs STE vs # In Your Citation Addresses

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Sawyer View Post
    I'd use "Suite 200" or "200" as a backup. I'd never use #200 or Ste 200 as the latter is abbreviated and # is not a permitted symbol in the Address Line for Map Maker.
    My advice (quoted above) has changed as the MapMaker Help Center article Address was modified on January 11, 2013, The help center article now reads (emphasis added):

    Quote Originally Posted by Address line
    Use this attribute to enter the parts of the address that are not captured in the fields provided, such as the suite number, block name, building name, phase, shop number, or stage number.

    Suite number can be added to the address line field using this format: #suite number, street number (example: #16, 10)
    It now reads that the proper format is to use just the "#" symbol directly in front of the suite number.
    Last edited by Andrew Sawyer; 01-15-2013 at 06:55 PM. Reason: fixing word choice
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