What is Google Places and Why Should You Use It?
I hope everyone is having a great holiday season. I just wanted to take a few moments to discuss the importance of Google Places and what it can do for your business.
I’ll start with an example. In August, I was in New Orleans. I planned a few places to go see, but not enough to fill an entire vacation. The time went by and we ran out of pre-planned things to do. My logical next step was to start searching locally on google. The search netted tons of results. We found a great restaurant close by, and following that we found a convenience store a block away so that we could buy antacids for all the spicy food we had just eaten. For the rest of the trip, we used google to find literally everything we wanted and needed locally. It worked out perfectly.
What is Google Places?
Many online searches are related to locations. Google Places is a great service offered by Google. It will allow your business to be more easily found on maps, and in google search. When potential customers do find your business, they’re able to read reviews and look at photos of your business. You can also keep your customers updated with news about your business. This is one of the easiest ways to be found and give the most up to date contact information for customers to get in touch with you.
Why Should You Bother?
Most people don’t use phone books anymore. In today’s world full of smart phones, the internet is the best phone book. Also, advertising can be very expensive, and Google Places is free. Get your business out to locals and connect with them for free. That’s a no-brainer.