[box color=”green-vibrant” type=”round” icon=”caution”]UPDATE: Google is now merging Maps, Places and Google+ into what they’re calling “Google+ Local”, so all features can be found in one place.[/box]
Lately, there is a lot of talk about Google Places – Google’s newest web offering that seems to be revolutionizing the way businesses reach customers and market online. If you are responsible for marketing for a business, then you simply cannot afford to miss out on all the talk. That is because Google Places can be one of the most powerful tools you have when it comes to establishing a strong business presence on the Internet. Interested in knowing more, but not even sure where to start? Check out these five most asked questions about Google Places:
How does Google Places help people find my business? Google is the number one search engine in the entire world-wide web, encompassing a network of web-based applications (like Google Earth, Google Maps, Google Voice, and Google Directory Search) and other partner websites. When you set up your Google Places listing, your business becomes a part of that network. That means that any time someone uses Google to search for either your specific business name/location, or even for a business category related to yours in your area, your business listing is likely to appear in the return results across the entire Google network.
How can I make the most of my Google Places listing? First of all, make sure that it has a score of 100 percent (based partly on completeness). Also, upload as many photos/videos as Google will allow, encourage customers to post reviews, and employ search engine optimization (SEO) strategies when writing your Places page content.
How do I get a Google Places listing? Start by creating a (free!) Google account. Then visit the Google Places homepage and click on the “add business” option to claim your business location. Once you have submitted all of your information, you will have to verify your business by providing a valid telephone number or document, and then wait for Google to publish your listing.
What will it cost to use Google Places? Google Places listings, and every feature that comes with your Google Places pages, are absolutely free.
Is it possible to advertise my Google Places page on Google? Yes, Google has made it simple and easy to advertise for Google Places using Google Adwords Express. Access Adwords Express through your Google Places account page.
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