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10 Steps to Optimizing Your Local Business (GMB)

Google My Business is an essential tool for businesses with a physical location. This service is especially important for companies whose locations are close to their target audience. However, in order to get the maximum benefit from it, you need to promote your profile. This tool is not as simple as it seems at first glance; moreover, a comprehensive approach is required. Read the material prepared by search promotion specialists of Lanet CLICK digital agency, which explains how to carry out effective promotion on Google Maps and analyze the results.

 

What is Google My Business

Google My Business (GMB) is a free service from Google that allows businesses to manage their business information in Google products like Search and Maps. On GMB, you can create and regularly update your business profile, posting important details such as your business address, hours of operation, phone number, website link, and more.

Why does a business need Google My Business

GMB is important for businesses because of a number of benefits, including:

 

  • visibility in search even if there is no site;
  • informing potential customers;
  • visibility on Google Maps;
  • availability of a platform for communication with customers.

 

The main aspects you should pay attention to when promoting your business on Google Maps

The following aspects are important for promotion Google Business:

 

  1. Adding up-to-date information (photos and videos). Updating your account with relevant media products helps attract customers’ attention.
  2. Filling out the company profile with current information. Filling in current data improves the chances of getting into the search results.
  3. Collection of commercial inquiries relevant to the business segment. Optimizing your profile with keywords increases the likelihood that potential customers will find your business on Google.
  4. Creation of service cards. This action further helps customers learn more about the services offered by the business.
  5. Filling out service cards, including adding a description, photo, and price. Such information helps to convince customers of the attractiveness of the offer. In addition, completed cards increase the visibility of services in search results.
  6. Implementation of Local Business micro-marking. Using micro-markup helps Google better understand and interpret information about your business, which will improve your company’s search rankings.
  7. Placement of articles in regional mass media. Publishing press releases helps spread information about your services.
  8. Analysis of implementation effectiveness. Thanks to regular analysis, you will be able to adjust your Google My Business promotion strategy to achieve better results.
  9. Processing of new reviews. Feedback helps maintain a positive brand perception and demonstrates customer focus.
  10. Placement of relevant information in the “News” and “Promotions” sections. Updating these sections helps inform customers about the latest events and special offers.

 

How to track the result

To track your progress on Google Maps and receive data on views, clicks, etc., we recommend that you regularly check your statistics on GMB. Also, integrate Google Analytics with your site to track traffic coming from GMB and analyze visitor behavior.

 

Conclusion

Quality promotion on Google Maps is an important part of the marketing strategy for businesses, especially those operating in local markets. Although GMB is an affordable and free tool, it will take a lot of effort to achieve a high ranking and beat the competition.

 

For quick results, many businesses turn to SEO specialists. After all, experts can develop a strategy, optimize a profile, conduct a competitor analysis and offer recommendations for improving visibility on Google Maps. Involvement of specialists will significantly reduce the time required to achieve the desired indicators, as well as increase the effectiveness of the entire campaign.

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