+Todd Lohenry hard to say. I'm thinking there are more changes to come. Been noticing some weird ups and downs in my page analytics over the past week. I'm thinking this is related the changes mentioned In this post. I don't know if Google+ will be strongly promoted to businesses especially local businesses going forward, but I do believe there will still be good reasons for some businesses to use Google+.
+Todd Lohenry I think it further shows Google has absolutely no foresight into what they really are going to do. I'm convinced more and more that one hand doesn't know what the other hand is doing. Whether it's Hangouts and YouTube or Maps and GMB and Google+ Brand Pages. As a Maps Local Guide I can edit most details about a business and write a review that may be more influential than 100 Yelp reviews combined. The most confident thing I can say: Google is confusing the f*ck out of small businesses and it's going to create an even greater demand for people like us. IF they keep going the way they're going they may make that reliance so great that someone else will come along and build a more effective system. This may be Google's reaching the Peter Principle... confusing ALL parties so greatly that they lose relevance and have no comprehension of how to regain trust they know what they're doing.
It is an interesting move for sure. GMB has always been more friendly to local pages, yet brand pages are still needed for businesses that do not qualify for a local business listing.
I do like the idea of separating out local to GMB and brand pages to G+, this actually may make it easier (down the road) for a business to know where to look (if they can tell what type of page they have)