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. shiftedseo.com Google considers a number of factors alongside citation directories when deciding whether to display your business listing to someone who has searched for the products or services you offer. One of the things they take into account is the proximity of your business to the location of the search.