Changes coming to Google Local … is your business ready?


Change is on its way to Google’s local search space. If you are a local business that has taken your Google Business Page for granted over the years, then these changes may impact your local traffic.

There have been two announcements from Google recently regarding business pages, separately these announcements are not immediately striking, however, put the two together and we have a major change to the local landscape.

 

Business Page Changes

 

The first announcement, 4th June by Jade Wang, Google My Business community manager.

 

In some cases, we may contact Google My Business users via email to confirm that they are still actively managing a business page. If a user is unresponsive to our attempts to contact him or her and has not logged into Google My Business for a significant length of time, then we may unverify pages in the account. We’re doing this in order to continue to provide users with the best experience when they’re looking for local businesses like yours.

It’s a good idea to keep an eye on the inbox associated with your Google My Business (Locations) account. It’s also a good idea to regularly log into Google My Business (Locations) to confirm that your business information is current and accurate.

 

This was by no means an earth shattering announcement, because unverified pages still appear in local packs, the Google+ page links are still live, and to any user that has searched for any local business, there are thousands of these that appear in maps and local packs …. so no big deal really!

The second announcement, well actually an email that was sent to Google local photographers, that has local business page implications.

 

On July 28th, Google will begin shutting down those GMB–associated Google+ pages that have not been associated with user accounts and are also not verified.

 

What does this all mean?

 

If you have not logged into your account for an extended period  then it stands a good chance of becoming unverified.

Once the account has become unverified, it stands to loose the Google+ page link to the  Google Business Page.  So how will a potential customer view the pages?, they wont be able to.

 

Google Business Changes

 

Users will still be able to get the basic business  information such as  address, hours etc, so not all doom and gloom, but unbranded, unverified pages wont be performing very well for that business as it once did.

For any business, online branding is central not only to the success of the business, but to its continuity and relevance in today’s business world. Benefits of online branding: Recognition, preference, brand loyalty, differentiation and recommendation.

Recommendations:

Log into your account at least once a month and keep it upto date, it is that simple !

 

Lost Your Log In Details ?.”

The process you need to take.Go to >> http://www.google.com/business/

The click >> Get onto Google ( Big Blue Top Right )

Enter the business name.>> Your Business Name

Select the Business

It will then say :

Someone else has already verified this listing

This listing has already been verified by another user. If you want to add this listing to your account, you can make a request that will be sent to the current verified user.

Request admin rights

Request the admin right >> you will need to write a message to the current “owner” of the local page

1) The actual person might get the email and get in touch, transfer ownership
2) you might get an email pop up and then you know who created it.

You need to go through this process. ( wait 7 days )

Now you can contact Google Support to re gain access

https://support.google.com/business/?hl=en-GB#topic=4539639&contact=1

 

Will this Provide an Opportunity?

 

You may be thinking, well it still appears, so what’s the big deal? A page that cant be accessed loses credibility to a user. I also personally believe that these will not maintain their local pack positions in the long term and will be easier for an engaged business to overtake.

Estate Agents Kettering

Majority of these local estate agents have left themselves vulnerable to competitors:

 

Simpson & Partners

William H Brown Estate Agents

Pattison Lane Estate Agents

Your Move Hobin Roberts

Connells Estate Agents

Estate Agents Kettering

Estate Agents Northampton

All of these estate agents in Northampton have left themselves open to the upcoming changes and the perfect opportunity for competitors.

 

Jackson Grundy

Oriordan Bond Estate Agents Ltd

William H Brown Estate Agents

Merrys Estate Agents

Richard Greener Estate Agents

HORTS

Your Move Hobin Roberts

Estate Agents Northampton

 

These changes will present opportunities to business in the local search space.

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