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Are You Posting Through GMB?

There can be little doubt that Google My Business (GMB) offers one of the most powerful tools in the local SEO arsenal and is a great way to improve online visibility.

If you are a business which places great importance on its local area, ensuring you have a verified GMB profile should be the very first step that you take to maximise your online presence. So long as you comply with Google’s guidelines, your GMB profile will provide free (for the moment!) exposure on Google’s search engine so why wouldn’t you do it???

Not only will potential customers receive an easy access to key snippets of information like your name, address and phone number, they will also be able to see any images you post, any reviews that are left and a whole host of other snippets of relevant information, all without even needing to visit your website.

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Does GMB help with local rankings?

Not only is your GMB Profile easily visible to potential customers when they search on Google, but Google My Business is also a key Google local ranking factor. In fact, according to local ranking factor industry research, Google My Business “signals” is the most important ranking factor for local pack rankings. Google My Business signals had a significant increase in ranking importance between 2017 and 2018 — rising from 19% to 25%.

For more on this study, please click here.

Please Note – It’s crucial to ensure that someone regularly logs into your GMB dashboard. Google will often very helpfully (not always!!) try to make subtle updates to your listing in an effort to increase its accuracy. However, these auto-generated updates are not always as accurate as you would like and it’s important that you are aware of these to allow you to opt-out of adding information which is incorrect to your profile.

Is claiming my listing enough?

Claiming your Google My Business profile is, without doubt, the first and most important step. Don’t stop there though! The option to publish posts through the dashboard can play a crucial role in helping to communicate with your potential customers and keep your profile fresh and up to date.

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If you would like to put your social media requirements in the hands of a company who will take it forward, please contact Footprint Web Design on Tel. No. 01883 372488 today.

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By | September 15th, 2019|Google Maps|Comments Off on Are You Posting Through GMB?

Publish a 360 virtual tour of your business

Street View, by Google Maps, offers a virtual representation of surroundings on Google Maps. Made from millions of panoramic images Street View’s content comes from two sources – Google and contributors. Through collective efforts, Google has now put the pieces in place to allow people from across the globe to virtually explore the world.

An image of a 3d picture on a phone

Did you know?

With the addition of 360-degree photography to their platform, businesses can now offer an insight into their premises and surroundings which previously would only have been available by actually visiting them in person.

Still not sure?

Businesses with search listings are:

  • 94% more likely to be viewed as reputable
  • More likely to be used than businesses without a listing.
  • 29% more likely to motivate consumers to consider purchasing goods or services from them

Power of media-rich listings

  • When searching for businesses, consumers use mapping products 44% of the time
  • Listings with photos and a virtual tour are twice as likely to generate interest
  • On average, 41% of these place searches result in an on-site visit

Publish a 360 virtual tour of your business

To deliver immersive, virtual experiences that inspire trust amongst your prospective customers before they even arrive, we offer a service designed to provide exceptional results.

As an experienced Street View contributor, we are ideally positioned to help you gain visibility quickly and easily.

Gaining visibility through Google Maps

Show up on Google when customers search, get your business on Maps and more.

  • Improve your search visibility with your free Google My Business listing
  • Connect with your customers with Google Posts and messaging
  • Share photos, updates and offers to help engage with your audience
  • See what is working with Google Insights and work on bringing repeat customers

Contact Us

If you would like to put your social media requirements in the hands of a company who will take it forward, please contact Footprint Web Design on Tel. No. 01883 372488 today.

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By | September 2nd, 2019|Google, Google Maps|Comments Off on Publish a 360 virtual tour of your business

Are You Using Instagram For Your Business? If Not, Why Not????

Few people predicted the speed at which Instagram would grow when it was launched back in 2010. With users flocking to the platform almost instantly, it came as no surprise to see a bigger fish (Facebook) swoop in a purchase this rapidly expanding platform just 2 years later.

An app which is continually evolving, Instagram isn’t suited to all businesses but the question you must ask yourself is ‘would Instagram benefit my business?’

To help you make this decision, we have identified 4 of the key facts and reasons that you must consider.

4 Reasons Why Your Business Should Be Using Instagram?

No. 1 – Smartphones Have Never Been More Popular

More people now view the internet through their smartphone/tablet than any other method. With the most recent figures showing that at least 66% of all UK adults now own and use a smartphone, tapping into this huge number of people can be crucial for any business with a visual aspect that they would like to publicise.

The way in which we access the internet has changed drastically in the space of 4 years. Today it’s estimated that 7 in 10 people in the UK have smartphones. With the continued growth of the smartphone market (and Instagram) businesses need to be engaging with these audiences.

No. 2 – You Can’t Argue With These Numbers

Instagram’s user base has doubled to over 700 million users* over the past 2 years alone!! With a core demographic of users aged 30 or under, if your target customer base falls within this age range, Instagram could be perfect for you.

Top Tip – Are you a driving school? Your target demographic could be at the very centre of Instagram’s user base.

No. 3 – Wide-Ranging Benefits (including SEO!)

Although it may not be possible to include links back to your website in your posts, you can include links in your bio and this can play an important role in extending your reach across the internet.

Please Note – Because Instagram is visual with a core audience of under the age of 30, it is much better suited to b2c rather than the b2b market.

No. 4 – Instagram Is Still Growing

Whilst the growth of some of the Social Media behemoths is beginning to slow, Instagram is still growing from strength to strength.

As mentioned above, with a user base that has doubled in size over the past 2 years, ignoring this platform could be a huge mistake.

So is Instagram Right for Your Business?

The key factor for your decision-making process is whether your target audience fits Instagram’s demographic.

If you have a visually friendly business, Instagram could be just the marketing tool that you have been looking for.

Contact Us

If you would like to put your social media requirements in the hands of a company who will take it forward, please contact Footprint Web Design on Tel. No. 01883 372488 today.

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By | September 9th, 2019|Social Media|Comments Off on Are You Using Instagram For Your Business? If Not, Why Not????
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