Introduction to Google Places

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    According to Google, 97% of people looking for local goods or services search online – but they want to find geographically close locations they can visit in person.

    Since social search took off in 2009 Google has been aggressively studying this and researching internet user trends, doing their best to get the jump on not only Facebook and other top social networks, but also on the competition from mobile apps.  They have come out with several new options and tools to help make the net more useful to both users and small business people alike – and one of their most important tools has turned out to be their (free) Google Places for Business platform.

    Google Places allows you to make sure your physical business location is displayed correctly in related platforms such as Google Maps, as well as make sure people who are searching for your types of products or services find you easily and quickly.

    I’ll add a series of blogs on how to take advantage of Google Places to flush out the hidden market online – and send them to your door.

    What Is Google Places?

    It’s free.  It’s geared to help you promote your local business.  It’s Google Places.

    Sugar Land TX Google Places Example

    Google Places allows you to:

    • Research your ideal customer
    • Present your USP in a succinct format.
    • Feature your promotions, location, hours, whether or not you offer parking
    • Post live news feed
    • Use videos and graphics in your local search marketing messages
    • Interact with reviewers
    • Augment this with Google AdWords Express (paid PPC local advertising expressly designed to boost local businesses), if desired

    Even if you don’t have a shop or physical office, you can simply choose a precise geographical area you wish to target and designate your service area through Google Places for that area.

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    Christina Hawkins

    Since 1999, Christina has been designing and building exceptional websites partnering with small businesses to help them grow and increase revenue. With many years of experience in creating thousands of websites, she understands the need for continuing education in her field and, therefore, is constantly learning and teaching others about internet marketing and digital processes. In addition to her ability as a digital marketer, Christina serves as a coach and mentor with Agency Mavericks to other digital marketing freelancers, helping them grow their businesses. She is a sponsor and co-leader of Houston's WordPress Meetup. Recently, she spearheaded the next Houston WordCamp 2020 as its coordinator after a 10 year hiatus. She is currently President of the Houston Interactive Marketing Association.

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