What’s The Difference Between Google Places For Business Listing and Google+ Page?
In mid 2014 Google went with “Google My Business”
The difference between a Google Places for Business Listing and a Google + Page can get a little confusing.
What is a Google Places For Business Listing?
This is the starting point for your business. This allows you to display your name, address, phone number, hours and link to to your website. You can also receive customer reviews here. To get started click here. You will need to either do phone verification or postcard verification. Start the process early so it does not feel like you are waiting for every for the verification. Google does offer phone support if you have verification problems such as some else has claimed the listing. For Google Places For Business phone support you can start here.
What is Google + Page For Your Business
This is where you can interact with your customers socially and is identical to to the options with a personal Google + page. It allows you to make a bigger online presence.
How To Set Up Google + Page For Your Business
After you have claimed your Google Places For Business Listing you can set up your Google + Page For Your Business from within the dashboard.
I Claimed My Google Plus Page For My Business Now What
- After you have claimed your Google + Page For Your Business you should Update Your Profile Page – Click Here For My Step by Step on how to”Update Your Profile Page” and image sizes to maintain.
- You can use the same image on YouTube, so save your self some time and make one image that can be used for both profiles.
- Make sure you link your Google Plus page to your YouTube Channel – I made a helpful post to do that.
And Finally Start Spreading The Word
Get out there and go a little overboard interacting with other local business like restaurants, hair salons, etc. Add them to your Google+ Profile. Post updates to your page including photos and news about your business and talk about others in your local area. Remember the 80/20 rule. 80% about others and 20% about you.