Simply being visible on Google and other search engines aren’t enough if you want to truly compete with others in your business. You need to take advantage of all the resources out there to help you get your business the most visibility.
Google My Business is one of those tools that can truly help to manage your presence on Google. It’s not only easy to use, but it’s also free. So why wouldn’t you take advantage of this resource that’s right at your fingertips…literally?
Google My Business is an application that allows you to manage your online presence. It allows you to manage the information Google users see when they search your business. This includes everything from adding a new phone number to adjusting the hours of your business for the holidays.
You need to first verify your Google My Business listing to make sure everything is accurate. While many people stop here, there are so many other features available that you don’t want to miss. Utilizing these can make the difference as to whether someone calls you over the competition.
Statistics show that companies that verify their business with Google My Business are twice as likely to be considered by potential customers.
When people see your business on Google maps and search they need to have the correct information when it comes to your phone number, address, and website. A mistake in any of these could lead you to lose business to the competition.
Each time you make an update through Google My Business you’ll be asking to enter a PIN number to identify you. This assures that only those with permission to make changes to the listing are doing so.
But, there are times when people can edit your listing. People have the option to suggest an edit. Sometimes these edits become part of the listing without the user knowing. While Google will typically notify you, you should always be checking your listing to make sure the most recent information is included.
You can also download the mobile app so you can manage everything from your phone when you’re on-the-go.
Besides the basic updates to pertinent information like phone number and address, Google My Business also allows you to perform several other features to improve your business’ Google presence.
While being able to make changes, add photos, and converse with customers are great benefits, you also need to know how your site is performing.
Through the Google My Business Dashboard, you have access to insights that can let you know how your site is doing. You can see how customers searched for your business as well as where those customers are originating. You also have access to information that lets you know how many people used the phone number on the local search results and maps to get in touch with you.
Once you get used to using Google My Business you can also create and track your AdWords campaigns.
While Google My Business is an excellent tool, there are some limitations to it. Before you start using it, keep these things in mind:
When you are looking to expand your reach on Google and other search engines, let Portside Marketing help. We know the ins and outs of Google as well as how to use search engine optimization to improve your company’s online presence.