The list of local results that you see within Google search queries when looking for a local service is called the local pack. Over the years there have been many changes to how these results look, from between 7 to 10 results, to the addition of a map feature, to even a listing that looks like a carousel. This data, driven by Google My Business pages, is meant to provide quick information like an address and phone number to users, especially mobile users.
Thursday August 7th brought a radical change to the local pack: only 3 results showing in a typical search. That means between 4 and 7 listing have just dropped from high visibility. Our best guess is active, verified, and engaging Google My Business pages have guaranteed their spot in the new 3 pack, so if you're not posting and filling out your page, or you haven't even claimed it yet, you might see a big drop in impressions from that prime spot.
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