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Manage your business's Google listing with Google My Business and ensure that your customers have reliable information about your business straight from the source.
When you're looking for a product, service or answer to a question, your first thought is usually, "Let me Google this." That's why your presence on Google is important and where having a consistent Google My Business presence is essential.*We're going to refer to Google My Business as GMB in this article.*If you already know about GMB, click to jump to a different section:
Google My Business is a free tool for businesses and organizations to manage their presence on Google, including Search, Maps, Ads and more. GMB can help your customers find you and make sure you're putting your best foot forward.
With GMB you can:
(from Google)Many people use Google search to find businesses, get information and contact them. Making sure you control your Google listing ensures that your customers have reliable information about your business straight from the source.
We get it – it can feel like you have to schedule content across every platform imaginable. GMB can feel a bit like it's yet another place that you need to post to.But here's where GMB is most valuable: any business where people often search for you. In particular, we've seen this in retail, hospitality and tourism businesses.In those industries, the more control you have over the Google results page the better to avoid customers heading off to another website (like an aggregator or site like Yelp) instead, where they could end up purchasing from someone else.But featuring that promotion, event or some of your products visually in the Google sidebar, and perhaps most importantly, driving more traffic to your own website, helps you get more sales and enquiries.For Sked ourselves, we see a non-zero number of website clickthroughs from our GMB posts, which don't take that much extra time to schedule alongside our other content.For businesses who use GMB (or agencies who want to offer it to their clients), Sked makes it really easy to schedule GMB posts.Like our support for other platforms like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, you can easily tailor the GMB content differently to the Instagram (or other social network) content to ensure that it's relevant and your campaigns roll out across all social platforms.You can track the success of your GMB posts by adding UTM tags for your call to action URL, or using GMB's "Insights" feature. You also get regular emails from Google telling you how your listing and GMB posts have performed.
Here's a look at the GMB dashboard. There are tons of different features you have control over. Let's walk through them together and discuss which features you'll be able to use with Sked.
Posts are where you can share offers, updates, event information and other details with your customers. This is the feature that Sked now supports. We've made it easy to keep your posts timely and up to date. Make sure your potential customers can see your latest promotion or update. You can do that all from inside Sked. Yay!
There are a few different kinds of posts you can add to your Google listing including:
Customers will see your posts in these places:
We'll talk more about the different post types later in this article, or you can read more from Google.Posts will remain on your Google listing for 7 days unless you enter a specified date.
Info is where you will add all of the details of your business for your Google My Business. This will contain your name, category of business, where you're located, hours of operation and more.
You can also add contact information here like address, phone number and email. This makes it easy for customers to get in touch with your business because they don't have to go searching through your website to find it. It's right on the Google search page.
Under Insights, you'll get analytics like:
You can view your analytics over the past week, past month or past quarter.
Exactly as is sounds, Reviews is where you can see and respond to customers who have given reviews of your business on Google.
It's important to read and respond to reviews (especially negative ones) to determine areas of improvement and confirm what's working for your business.Engaging with your customer reviews also shows people that you care about the product or service that people are buying from you. It shows potential customers that you are willing to do what it takes to ensure a positive experience with your business.
If you want, you can allow customers to message you straight from your listing on Google. This section is where you can see and respond to any messages received.Messaging makes it easy for you to answer questions, share information and quickly connect.
Here you can add photos and videos to your listing on Google.
Photos can be beneficial for many reasons. They can help show people your location, your staff, what your products look like and more. Be sure to use high-quality images! We'll talk about sizing recommendations below.You can also include videos in your GMB listing which is great for promotions, introducing your business or how-to videos that customers might find helpful.
Showcase your best selling products and let people know what they're going to get from you.Add services you offer to your listing so people can easily tell what to expect from your business.
You can access your Google advertisements straight from GMB in this section.
As we talked about before, there are a couple of different types of posts you can have on GMB.In order to use GMB posts, you need to have created your GMB location and verified your account. Also note that Google limits who can use Google My Business posts to only some businesses, so you should also check if you can create Google My Business posts in the Google Business Dashboard.According to Google, "A post to your customers on Google should be brief, useful and inspire action, and photos should be well-lit and in-focus."
Google is a little vague with their recommendations for photo and video size. But here's what we learned from research and personal trial and error.
Describe your event or offer in 4–5 words. You have 58 characters for your title.For the written details of your post, you have up to 1,500 characters. The ideal length is between 150-300 characters.
Google posts are a great way to inform your customers about offers, information and events. Keeping your Google listing up-to-date helps keep your customers in the loop. Here are some ways that you can use the different post types.
Use an offer post to promote a sale or discount. Your title should tell viewers exactly what the offer is and the details should tell them how to get it. Be short and concise and add terms and conditions.
Invite people to an event that your business is hosting. Be sure to include details about what your event is all about and add the date, time and location.
Adding a call to action is an easy way to get people registered for your event. Just select which call to action you want to include and input the link where they can sign up or get more info.
If you have a general announcement, use the What's New post type. Maybe you now offer a new product or service, have updated your business hours or have a new location? Let your customers know with a post like this.
Get more inspiration for your GMB posts from Google here.
We're excited to launch GMB posting in Sked. GMB posts will appear alongside the search results for your business like this:
With Sked's GMB feature you can easily create and schedule your GMB Posts along with all of your other social media content.
There are some known limitations of our integration with Google My Business posts which you can read about here. We will continue our work of cleaning up these limitations where we can.
You can schedule your GMB posts for a specific date and time or save them as drafts.Note that at this time, carousel posts and video posts for GMB are only available through the GMB dashboard.
Google My Business posts will correctly preview and be able to be approved as part of our external approval system if you use it (perfect for working with clients).
To get all the information about how to start posting GMB posts on Sked click here. Happy scheduling!
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