How to Claim Your Google My Business Listing
In this article we will walk you through how to claim your Google My Business listing. Where is the Google My Business Section on Google? Have you ever seen the “map section” this is the Google My Business area. It has been named many different things over the years. Here is what it looks like when searching for “Air Conditioning Repair Near Me”
If you are like most business owners generating new customers is paramount to your success. There are many ways to generate new clients for those who are looking for your services locally. One of the best ways to do this is to have a Google My Business Listing. Why a Google My Business Listing? Based on a recent study by Bright Local the average business is found in 1,009 searches per month, with 89’% of these coming from discovery searches.(People looking for the services you offer) You can see the full report here.
What does this mean for your business? Having a Google My Business listing is a great way to generate new leads. In this article you will find the steps to claim your Google My Business Listing. If you find this to be overwhelming we are always here to help. You can visit our website at www.1023digitalmarketing.com give us a call or fill out the form and we will reach out to you.
- Claim your Google My Business Page by going to https://www.google.com/business/
2.Follow the instructions to claim your listing.
3.Verify your listing. Google will send you a postcard with a verification code printed on it. This will usually take about 5 days to receive. Login to your GMB account and verify your listing.
4.In the left hand column of the page, go to the info tab.
5. Fill out your info starting with your business category. Start typing in the type of business you are. Dentist, Orthodontist, Florist, Kitchen remodeler, etc… The categories will auto populate for you.
** Start with the primary service you offer and list the supporting services below that. List as many categories that people would do a search for your company. Most businesses will be 5 categories or less.
6. Service area. If you are a service company and customers do not visit you at a brick and mortar location, make sure you list all the areas in which you provide service to.
7.List Business Hours and times that you are open.
8. Phone Number- The number that is your primary business phone.
9. Website – Use the web address you want clients to visit. Most businesses list their home page. If you do not have a website, your business Facebook page can be used or you can create one by clicking on the website tab on the left hand column and using this address. This should just be a temporary fix. A website is the base of your company’s online footprint.
10. List the services of your business and give a description of each. Use the keywords in which people would be searching for your services.
11. Write a description about your business. Let people know what it is that you do using keywords, and why they should do business with you. What problem are you helping the potential client solve?
12. Add Photos of your business. Interior, Exterior, Service vehicles, Staff, Logo, etc.
13. Add a post to your profile. You can add a special offer, create an event for a Grand Opening, Show off a new product. The ley here is to make sure you post regularly.
If you can do all of the things listed above, you are well on your way to getting your business found online when potential customers are looking for your services. Make sure to visit our blog page here on a regular basis to learn more about how to market your business online!
Author: Steven Walters – CEO & Founder of 10:23 Digital Marketing – “Helping businesses succeed online has been my passion for over 10 years.”