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Here’s What’s New in Google My Business for 2016

Just like life, some of the best things in digital marketing space is also free, biggest of them all is “Google My Business Tool”. This is one heck of tool that drastically simplifies the whole process of managing & updating business listings on Google. To ensure that this Mega tool meets the changing needs, they constantly update it and add new features. Let’s have a look at what’s new this month: 

YOU CAN NOW ADD MULTIPLE OWNERS

If you own a multi-location business, you know how tiresome it is to manage and update the listings of different locations. You wanted to divide the responsibility among others, but the security concern that comes with sharing your personal account was hindering you from taking that decision. But now you can do that! You can add multiple owners to individual locations and GMB accounts without sharing your personal info. As an owner, you can assign people to three different levels of access to GMB – Communication Manager, Manager & Owner. 

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Source: Google Support

TAKE A QUICK GLANCE AT ALL YOUR LISTINGS

List view is the best for making edits, hands down. But what if you want to view all the business listings at once? The map view is the answer! Now you can look how far you have expanded your kingdom (Business locations) just by clicking the map icon at the top of the list view. You can also know the status of your listing by seeing the color. Blue denotes the published listing while pink denotes that the listing is either incomplete or require some action on your part.

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 AUTOMATICALLY MANAGE UPDATES MADE TO YOUR LOCATIONS.

To ensure complete accuracy of location information, Google collects data from third-party sources as well.  It means that the data provided by you can sometimes be marked as incorrect, even due to the slightest difference. Google often update these listings and you can see them listed with a “Google updates” status. It’s advisable to review your listing after each update to make sure it’s correct. 

INTRODUCTION OF “HOURS” FORMAT FOR BULK UPLOADS

Using bulk upload spreadsheets to verify multiple business locations can save you a lot of time. But be informed that Google has launched a new format for the “Hours” column and you need to change to the new format because the old one is no longer supported.

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GOOGLE MY BUSINESS API UPDATE

Although most of the small business owners have nothing to do with the API, but those selected few who take services of a third party to manage their listings should be aware from the New API update, which is as follows:

  • Push notifications for new reviews.
  • You can now Add the URL attributes.
  • Map URLs are included in location responses

HELP CUSTOMERS FIND YOU WITH GOOGLE MY BUSINESS

GMB is a wonder tool that lets you manage the information with ease. Using the tool you can also add photos and respond to the reviews. It offers many other things as well and so you need be updated about the changes.

GOOGLE RELEASES GOOGLE MY BUSINESS API’S LATEST VERSION 3.0

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Managing multiple business locations simultaneously can be a strenuous task for businesses with large set-ups. But not anymore! Google’s latest API version comes with some additional features that will enable large businesses to manage their business locations with ease. Although there’s no official word from Google on the release of its latest version, going by the new look of the changelog and the mention of new Business API features in the help section it is more or less confirmed that the latest media reports are right.

It was in December, last year that Google had last updated its Google My Business API, which allowed businesses to automatically manage their listings.

Let’s see what Google has to say about the release of its latest API version.

Version 3.0 adds new functionality for people who manage locations at scale. The “key new features include the ability to read and respond to customer reviews and provide additional attributes for locations, such as whether a restaurant accepts reservations, serves brunch, or has outdoor seating.”

Here’s a list of some new features that the changelog with the latest version brings to the table

  • Attributes:- It provides businesses with more specific, category-based information about their business location.
  • Reviews:- Businesses can now recover and reply to business reviews by using the new API feature.
  • Look for Business Matching Location:- This feature allows businesses to search and manually link their current Map locations with their actual business address.
  • Transfer Business Location:- This is a new actionable feature which lets businesses transfer their location (based on business information) between two accounts (personal or business).
  • Selected Photo:- It gives businesses the option to first display their selected picture in Google Maps business listings and searches.
  • New Google Search Filters:- This new feature informs businesses about new updates from Google.
  • New Business Location States:- This feature now includes information on the verification status of the businesses – whether the business is verified or needs to be verified.
  • Image URL Improvements:- It allows businesses to upload photo based URLs, without any other requirements
  • Backwards Modifications:- Businesses can now update their photos for locations having a Google plus presence. The output section now includes fields such as the category_name and location_name. When setting their categories, businesses can use the category IDs. Location requirements aren’t mandatory for the Field masks section. Businesses can only use Prefix for included fields. The create/update operator now uses business location details with other parameters being included in the query section.

GOOGLE LEAVES OUT LOCAL BUSINESSES REVIEWS FROM ITS GOOGLE+2.0 SCHEME OF THINGS

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It seems like Google now wants to focus more on the bigger markets and that’s the reason why local business reviews no longer figure in Google’s revamped Google+ scheme of things.

In fact, the Google+2.0 version that was launched recently seems to focus more on its most popular features such as Communities and Collections and in the process got rid of the local display of business reviews, including other local information such as NAP (Name, Address and Phone Number) citations.

Here’s a glimpse of the changes brought about by the search giant in Google+ 2.0 version:-

Google+’s older version looked like

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Google+ 2.0 version looks like this

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Let’s see what Google’s Community Manager, Elizabeth Powers has to say in her Google post on the changes brought about in Google+’s dashboard - Reviews will no longer be shown on Google+ Pages in the new Google+ design. But are still accessible on Google Search and Maps which have always been the primary way that users find business reviews.

This drives our point home that Google indeed would want to focus on businesses with bigger market presence and that’s why it’s showing the backdoor to the SMEs. There’s a separate management of business listings taking place on the Google “My Business” page. The scrapped business review feature worked on a simple dashboard functionality by recommending Google+ subscribers to visit business pages only when businesses have something new to share as part of their content marketing strategy.

With that gone, let’s see what one of the local search marketers Mike Blumenthal has to say on the subject.

Over the past two years I have discussed the parting of the ways between local and Plus but through all of that Google had retained the essence of tabbed business pages and given the owner the ability to add a description, photos, videos and provided a place to send customers to see and leave their reviews.

That is all gone. In focusing on content, communities and collections Google has hung out a new and bold sign.

If you haven’t gotten the message yet it should finally be clear in the release of their new and improved G+: BUSINESS UNWELCOME.

Local business marketers are faced with many such issues that Mike Blumenthal and others have raised, one of them being the concern over a permanent forum to post local business reviews. And that seems to be confusing not only the local search marketers, but also the search giant. That’s why Google has now brought the curtains down on the local business feature. In the meantime, if you are looking for some other similar options then Linda Buquet has something in-store for you.

What are your views about this new change by Google? Please let us know by writing to us at sales@ebrandz.com or call 1-888-545-0616 (Toll-Free) directly.