Everything You Need To Know About The New Google My Business Page
A couple of weeks ago Google launched a product called Google My Business.
Google My Business basically amalgamates all of Googles products for local business like Google Places and Reviews and puts them into one easy to access dashboard.
Having used all these services in the past, having them under one roof is a great step in the right direction for Google and a real treat for local businesses.
Myself and a group of fellow Google Partners were invited to a hangout hosted by Google to show off the product. We were given a quick demo of the product and an overview of some of the features.
I have to say, the dashboard is well designed and intuitive and it’s pretty simple to use.
Here’s What You Need to Know
If you already had a Google+ for your business you will have been automatically updated to the new dashboard.
If you don’t have a Google+ page just go to https://www.google.ie/business/ and click ‘Get on Google’.
The new dashboard makes it a cinch to read your reviews and respond to them. Just click on ‘manage reviews’.
Google My Business gives you the option of adding your Google Places location. Simply find your current listing or if you don’t have Google Places set up already you can locate your business on the map and verify it.
To view all this just click on the edit button on your main dashboard (see below) and go to the address section. Click on the little pencil to edit your listing (see screenshot below).
If you have Google Analytics set up you will see an overview of your website data on the main dashboard.
Easy way to view your business on Google
A nice feature of the product is that it makes it easy to see what you look like in Google search. Go to edit, and scroll down the page then click Google Search.
Manage Opening Hours and Other Important Info
It’s very simple to make sure all your important business information is listed on Google. Just go to edit and the little bar on the top will tell you if your profile is complete. If it’s not, just add the information listed.
So that’s it in a nutshell. Quite simply Google My Business it makes it easy and painless for local businesses to manage their online presence.
All in all Google My Business is a welcome tool for Local businesses. It takes the confusion out of multiple Google products and makes it easy and painless for local businesses to manage their online presence.