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The Basics of Google My Business

If increasing the visibility of your business in the local area is crucial to ongoing success, creating a Google My Business listing is absolutely essential.

Google My Business (GMB) – is a rarity in today’s world because it is a FREE tool to use. Absolutely perfect for any business owner looking to manage their online profile and showcase their products and services, GMB offers a very effective method of increasing your local exposure.

If you have any questions about the importance of Google Maps listings for small businesses and how they can be used to help you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on Tel. No. 01883 372488.

Features like ‘Google’s Local Search’ results (highlighted in the screenshot below) have been created to help provide a list of nearby business offering the products/services relating to your search. This in turn helps to highlight further information relating to each specific business in the listing including addresses, business hours, categories, contact details, reviews, images + more.

Once a new listing has been created and verified (a process of confirming that your business details are correct), a Google Maps location will be generated which filters seamlessly into the traditional Google Search results for easy access and increased searchability.

Introducing The Basics of Google My Business

A few tips include:

  1. Choosing The Correct Categories: Google provides an extensive list of categories from which you can choose. Simply choose the most relevant option from the available choices as your primary category and then choose as many as you can that relate to your products/services.
  2. Use GMB As A Social Media Channel: You can make your listing more attractive by adding posts, videos, images etc which can be posted through the GMB dashboard. Turning GMB into a Social Media channel, the most recent posts will be added to the bottom of your GMB listing during search results and images may also appear in Google Image search results.
  3. Encourage As Many Reviews As Possible: It is not possible to overemphasise the importance of reviews. Simply ask your customers to review and rate on your listing. Online reviews play a crucial role in helping to separate competing businesses and the chances are, the more positive reviews on your account, the higher your listing may rank and the greater confidence new customers will have that your services are reputable.

Further Information

If you’d like to speak to us regarding any of our services, including our online marketing services, please give us a call on 01883 372488 or contact us via Facebook and we’ll be happy to talk you through your options.

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By | February 18th, 2019|Google Maps|Comments Off on The Basics of Google My Business

Saying Goodbye to Google Plus

With the news of another data leak, the borrowed time that beleaguered platform Google+ faced has been reduced even further and will now close for consumers in April, rather than 4 months later in August as originally planned.

The New Vulnerability

According to Google, the new vulnerability impacted 52.5 million users, who could have had profile information like their name, email address, occupation, and age exposed to developers, even if their account was set to private. Apps could also access profile data that had been shared with a specific user but was not shared publicly.

“We’ve recently determined that some users were impacted by a software update introduced in November that contained a bug affecting a Google+ API. We discovered this bug as part of our standard and ongoing testing procedures and fixed it within a week of it being introduced. No third party compromised our systems, and we have no evidence that the app developers that inadvertently had this access for six days were aware of it or misused it in any way.

With the discovery of this new bug, we have decided to expedite the shut-down of all Google+ APIs; this will occur within the next 90 days. In addition, we have also decided to accelerate the sunsetting of consumer Google+ from August 2019 to April 2019. While we recognize there are implications for developers, we want to ensure the protection of our users.”

Next Steps for Consumer Google+

All Google+ APIs will be wound down over the coming days as Google decided to give users ample opportunity to transition off of consumer Google+. Over the next few months, they will issue regular statements with additional information, including ways that data can be safely and securely downloaded to be migrated to other platforms.

A Note for Enterprise Customers

G Suite administrators are always in control of their users’ apps. This ensures that G Suite users can give access only to apps that have been vetted and are trusted by their organization. In addition, we want to reiterate that we will continue to invest in Google+ for enterprise. More details were announced in October.”

What Comes Next?

With the recent updates to the GMB (Google My Business) dashboard, the ability to make posts, share images and provide general information has already ensured that many of the options which were available with G+ are now available elsewhere.

To see how GMB can be used to benefit businesses, especially those with a focus on local custom, please click here.

Further Information

If you’d like to speak to us regarding any of our services, including our online marketing services, please give us a call on 01883 372488 or contact us via Facebook and we’ll be happy to talk you through your options.

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By | February 11th, 2019|Google, Google Maps|Comments Off on Saying Goodbye to Google Plus

Never Underestimate The Power of Google Maps

With Google trying to provide search results based upon the location of the person making the search, Google Maps listing have never been more important.

Does your business have a Google Maps listing yet? Even if not, did you know that Google may have created one for you already and it could be waiting to be claimed?

Google Maps (aka Google Local) is a free service offered by Google with the goal of allowing businesses to engage with customers based within their local area. It also provides the perfect platform for local residents to discover businesses located in the near vicinity.

For example, should you search for ‘Driving lessons Surrey’, you are very likely to be directed to the screen highlighted in the screen shot below. As you can see, the Google Maps/Local listings take a very prominent position in the listings and follow a set format with the reviews being clearly visible. Should you choose to click on one of these driving schools, you would then be able to access additional information about that particular driving school.

Google search results

Please Note – Surrey Driving Force is a Footprint Web Design client.

What Are The Benefits of Obtaining a Google Maps Listing?

The benefits of having your business listed on Google Local include:

  • Google Maps listings typically appear at the top of the search results pages. Therefore they are very likely to be the first thing that people see.
  • Accessing Google Maps listings on a mobile phone or smart device will offer customers an easy way to either call your business or get directions to your location.
  • The easy access to the impartial ratings left by current and previous customers can go a long way towards giving new customers confidence in your products and services.
  • Potential customers visiting your listing are very likely to be local to your business, therefore giving you a definite advantage over businesses based further afield.

How Can We Help?

Setting up or claiming an existing listing is just the start of the process. We will make sure that you squeeze every last drop of potential from your listing.

We will do this by completing the following steps:

  • Making sure that all of the information listed on your account is accurate, relevant and verified.
  • Add images to your listing
  • Make sure there are no duplicate listings which could prove harmful in the future.
  • Submit a number of citations which will help to confirm your listing’s details in Google’s eyes.
  • We would actively seek to encourage customer reviews. For example if you have an e-mail database for current and past customers, we will contact them on your behalf with links to your listing and a guide for the best and quickest way to leave a review.
  • Keep your listing up to date.

The above information is designed to offer a guide towards maximising the exposure and potential of your Google Maps listing. There are also additional factors which must be taken into consideration. If you would like Footprint Web Design to help optimise your Google Maps listing, simply give us a call today on Tel. No. +44(0)1883 372488.

For more information regarding Google Maps/Local listings, please visit https://www.google.com/business/

Contact Us Today

If you would like to speak to our dedicated team regarding the creation of a dedicated Google Maps listing for your building, please contact us today on Tel. No 01883 372488.

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By | October 25th, 2018|Google Maps|Comments Off on Never Underestimate The Power of Google Maps

How To Become a Google Local Guide

The creation of a the ‘Google Local Guides’ programme offers a great way of being able to review local businesses on a regular basis whilst also developing a level of trust with Google. In order to become a ‘Local Guide’, you will need to sign up at maps.google.com and then take a take a proactive approach in regards to uploading images, reviewing local businesses, updating business details which you know to be incorrect and many more.

Earning Perks As a Local Guide

Google Local Guides unlock Google perks like access to new features as they earn points.

As a Local Guide, you earn points for sharing reviews, photos and knowledge on Google Maps. Those points lead to higher levels of the programme as well as benefits such as early access to Google features and special perks from partners. At Level 4, you also unlock your first Local Guides badge, which helps your contributions to places get noticed.

Make sure you’ve signed up for updates by reviewing your email preferences on your Local Guides settings page.

Points, Levels and Badges

Earn points by contributing content to Google Maps. Score a place with ratings, describe your experience with reviews, share photographs and videos, provide insights with answers, respond to questions about a place, update information with place edits, add missing places or verify information by checking facts.

Maps contributionPoints earned
Review5 points per review
Review with more than 200 characters5 bonus points per review
Rating1 point per rating
Photo5 points per photo
In-stream video7 points per video
Answer1 point per answer
Respond to Q&As3 points per response
Edit5 points per edit
Place added15 points per place added
Fact checked1 point per fact checked

Local Guides levels

Reach higher levels as you earn points for your contributions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please Note – Points and levels can take up to 24 hours to be updated. Points do not expire, though they may decrease if content is removed for violating Google’s policies. Remain an active contributor on Google Maps to be eligible for perks and early access to new features.

Contact Us

If you would like any further information regarding becoming a Google Local Guide, Footprint Web Design have been at the forefront of web design and Social Media development for nearly 20 years. If you are looking for a website that truly represents your business, or advice on how to make your site stand out, then contact us today on 01883 372 488, or via email at info@footprint.co.uk.

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By | March 1st, 2018|Google Maps|Comments Off on How To Become a Google Local Guide

Is Your Business Listed On Google Maps?

There can be no doubt whatsoever regarding the potential offering by Google My Business listings for any business.

If you can achieve a first page ranking for any of your chosen terms on Google Maps, it is almost certain that web users searching for terms relating to your products and services will see your business details before almost any other.

Effective Marketing Method

Setting up or claiming (did you know Google may have set up a listing for you??) a Google Maps listing offers a great way of promoting important details about your business visible and you don’t Is Your Business Listed On Google Maps?even need a website to do it! If you are a small business owner, you really cannot afford to overlook this excellent form of free advertising.

Making The Most of Your Google Maps/Local Listing

Once your listing is fully activated, there are a number of different ways of making the most from this.

Please Note – The best way is to make the most of Footprint Web Design’s dedicated Google Maps SEO service.

A few tips include:

  1. Choosing the Most Appropriate Category– Google provides a choice of categories to which you can add your listing and you are not limited to one. Simply type the first few letters of your services into the category box and select the most appropriate results which are provided.
  2. Addition of Relevant Images – You can make your listing more attractive by adding a number of photos/images to your account. You can add a logo and background image to your homepage and up to 10 images in the listing itself.
  3. Encourage Reviews – We cannot over emphasise the importance of this tip – ask your customers to review and rate on your listing. Online reviews play a crucial role in helping to separate competing businesses and the chances are, the more positive reviews on your account, the higher your listing may rank and the more likely undecided customers may be to opt for your products and services.

If you have any further questions about the importance of Google Maps listings for small businesses and how they can be used to help you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on Tel. No. 01883 372488.

Further Information

Footprint Web Design has been at the forefront of web design, development and marketing for nearly 20 years. If you are looking for a website that truly represents your business, or advice on how to make your site stand out, then contact us today on 01883 372 488, or via email at info@footprint.co.uk.

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