Google Places - Just DO it!

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Supernova Media

More people search for businesses online than anywhere else, so it's important to make sure your business listing can be easily found on Google.com and Google Maps. With Google Places, creating a great listing takes just a few minutes and doesn’t cost a thing.

Check out Supernova Studios Google Places listing.

Google Places - Practical and easy to manage

Your Google listing is an easy way to maintain an online presence even if you don’t have a website. You can visit Google Places anytime to edit your information or see how many people have seen and clicked on your listing.

 

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Make your listing really shine with photos and videos; custom categories like your service area, brands you sell and how to find parking; and coupons to encourage customers to make a first-time or repeat purchase.

Go here to create your Google Places page:

It's a good idea to create an Google Places account using an email address that you don't mind sharing with others or passing along, in case you wish to transfer ownership of your listings.

When you enter basic information about your business, make sure you include the following:

* Company/Organization: This is the business name known in the offline world.
* Address: Enter your address the same way it would appear on a paper mail envelope.
* Phone number: Make sure to include the area code with your business phone number.
* Website: Make sure to list your authoritative business website as your homepage, since Google uses information from your homepage to help improve search results. The URL you provide can be a maximum of 255 characters.
* Description: Tell users what makes your business special.
* Email address: Let users know how to contact you.

Categories
Categories are ways to classify your business that help Google show your business for the right searches. The Google Places will suggest categories that match what you type, but feel free to create your own if you don't see a category that fits your business. Make sure that the categories you choose are accurate and describe your business well. It's ok if they're specific; Google's search algorithm makes sure that users looking for a general business type, like 'book stores,' will see businesses in more specific categories too.

Hours of operation
Let customers know when your business is open.

Payment options
Specify the payment types you accept.

Photos/Videos
Including photos and video adds visual appeal to your listing.

Reviews

Reviews come from three main sources: reviews written by Google Maps users, reviews sent to us by third party providers and reviews collected from the web. Google associates third-party reviews with your listing when the business information given on the third-party website (like Yahoo or Trip Advisor) matches the information for your listing.

Sound simple? It is! Now, here are more detailed step-by-step instructions for how to add your business information to Google Places:

Nova Scotia social media consulants Supernova Studios helping you to get found on Google.

Credit: http://www.google.com/places/

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Ken & Leslye Huebsch
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OK... I am way too confused! I think I forget to sign up for the html class!

May 15, 2011 02:55 PM #1
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Nancy Bain
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Hahaha Ken. I've fixed it. You should be able to view now.

May 15, 2011 02:56 PM #2
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I love google places and that so many of the enhancements are free! 

May 15, 2011 02:57 PM #3
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Ken & Leslye Huebsch
First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction - Harrisburg, PA
Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793

OK... now it's coming through in English! I have issues with Google Places. The property pin is in the wrong town. I have emailed and emailed for tech support with no luck. I finally gave up. Nice post, though. I wish I could make it work!

May 15, 2011 02:57 PM #4
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Nancy Bain
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Maybe I can help you Ken. I had a very similar issue with Google Places and the hiccup for me was that I had entered a PO Box in addition to the street address. If you want to give me the url for your Google Place listings, I'll have a look at it for you.

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Sharon, be sure when you add photos for your Google Place listing (and be SURE to add lots of photos) to name them using your geo-keywords.

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Good post Nancy! I suggest you include this post in the Canada, eh group.

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Nancy Bain
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Thanks Larry, will do! Appreciate your time. Nancy

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