About Google My Business (Google Maps)
If you haven’t claimed your Google My Business page yet, please go to GYBO.com and claim your page today. It only takes 20 minutes and could be one of your best sources for new business. We won’t explain the process here, because GYBO does an excellent job of walking you through the process. GYBO.com was created by Google to make it easy to get your business listing. GYBO stands for “Get Your Business Online”.
What is Google My Business?
Google My Business is Google’s way for small businesses to edit and present their business information across Google Maps, Google Search Results, and Google+. This is the information that shows up when someone searches for your business on these properties.
If you think about the old Yellow Pages books, Google My Business is sort of like your free listing with the new Yellow Pages (Google). It makes it easy for customers to find your business and see your contact information as well as links to your website and even reviews from other customers. Within the Google My Business admin, you can see trends of views, clicks, and even phone calls from the pages. You can also respond to reviews left by Google Maps users. See our Google My Business Frequently Asked Questions page for more info. Third Marble Marketing can assist with Google My Business Management.
How is Google My Business helpful to my business?
Your Google My Business page not only helps you get more exposure on the Google websites, but it also helps you connect with customers. Like Facebook and other social media sites, you can share information via Google+ with your customers. You can also connect with video “hangouts” via your Google My Business’s Google+ page.
Most importantly, people can go to Google Maps and review your business. This is were you can really differentiate your business from your competition. Reviews have become critical social proof that your business is worth engaging. Websites like Yep and Angie’s List have proven that people make decisions based on online reviews. Having your Google My Business page claimed allows people to leave reviews for your business. You can also reply to the reviews left on your page.
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Food for Thought: The businesses that recovered quickly from the crash in 2008 advertised heavily when the country started to recover to gain market share fast. Ask us about putting a plan in place to grab more business as we start to return to normal.
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