Ever since Google announced that Google Places pages would be switched over to Google+ Local pages, there has been a lot of confusion among business owners about what to do. Complicating the matter is the fact that Google already has a product called Local Google+ pages, so that business owners searching for help with one instead find tips for creating the other.
We are here to end all of that confusion with a step-by-step guide for how to set-up a new Google+ Local page.
If you already have a Google Places page then your page will soon be converted into a Google+ Local page if it has not been already. Also, if your business already has a Google+ page then it will soon be merged into a Google+ local page. If you do not have a Google Places page:
1. Get started by claiming your business’ listing
This can be done by following this URL: http://www.google.com/places/
2. Enter your business’ phone number
Doing so will allow Google to find your business name and address, which it will ask you to confirm.
3. Provide more details about your business
You will be prompted to provide information about your business including hours of operation, payment methods accepted, and will even be provided with the opportunity to upload videos about your brand. You will also be asked for your e-mail address. Make sure to use an email address accessible to the person running your page instead of linking it to your personal email.
4. Verify you own the business
Finally you will be asked to verify your location in one of two ways: either by supplying a phone number for the business that Google can call, or by providing an address where Google will mail a postcard containing your unique personal identification number and activation instructions.
Once you confirm your location, your Google+ Local page will be visible to internet searchers, and your business will be ahead of your competitors as they try to figure out how to create a Google+ Local page of their own.
While creating a Google+ Local page will improve your business visibility, there are still additional steps your business needs to make. Reputation911’s new business visibility package offers help with everything from online reviews to social media and search engine optimization to make sure current and future customers can find your business online. Reach out to us today to learn how we can improve your business’ visibility.