Citations help rank your Google Local Pack listing (this was formerly called Google+ Local map) by providing Google with credible sources of information about your business. Citations tell Google that your business exists, is legitimate and that what you say about it is accurate because it can be corroborated from multiple sources. Providing a consistent name, address and phone on various sites is therefore vital to providing trust signals to Google. Cleared A general SEO rule it is worth noting that these three pieces of information must be presented on your website as selectable HTML text and not a graphic. If a local newspaper is covering a story regarding your business they are unlikely to display your company address or telephone number. In such instances, it is enough to simply have your company clearly referenced by name in order for your listing to receive the value.