To make holiday shopping easier for those who want to support local and small businesses, Google has introduced a new small business filter on its search and maps. This feature allows shoppers to find products offered online by local retailers that identify as small businesses. The filter includes e-commerce brands, local businesses, and sellers from marketplaces like Etsy and eBay. According to a press release, 84% of people surveyed in a Google/Ipsos survey indicated that supporting local and/or small businesses is important to them.
To use the small business filter on Google, shoppers can look for it when shopping on desktop or mobile, or select it on the “maps” feature when searching for local businesses. Small businesses can also add the “small business” attribute to their listings on Google. The filter will be available year-round through the filter panel, but the experience will be elevated during peak shopping times following Black Friday.
In addition to the small business filter, Google is also highlighting its “deals destination,” which features items for sale online. Shoppers can find deals by typing “shop deals” or searching for specific items like “shop sneaker deals.” Google is also expanding its generative AI capabilities to help consumers shop for gifts during the holiday season. This includes an updated Search Generative Experience (SGE) and a virtual try-on tool that will include men’s tops. With these new features, shoppers can easily find great deals and support local and small businesses this holiday season.