BY ALEX TRAN
Google Places gives the offline marketer a huge advantage over other purely online websites.
What are some of the benefits of using Google Places? Here is a guide for business owners who need a little Google Places help.
First of all, your location will appear as a place on Google Maps.
Users will be able to view reviews of your business right in your listing.
People will be able to upload photos, as well as see photos uploaded by others.
Furthermore, places listing in Google Places will have larger listings, with their phone number and address, and often get a boost in rankings as well.
How do you add or claim a place on Google? Just follow these simple steps.
Step 1: Click “Get Started” on Google Places
Go to http://www.google.com/places/ and click on “Get Started.”
Step 2: Enter Your Phone Number
Enter your phone number. Google will search its database to see if it already had any information on your business.
Step 3: Enter Your Business Information
Assuming Google hasn’t already listed you, give Google all the information it needs for a full and complete listing.
You’ll be prompted for information like your hours of operation, photos of your business, phone and address and so on.
Step 4: Verify Your Listing
Once your listing is complete, Google will need to verify the listing to make sure you’re really the owner of the business.
They can do this by phone if your phone number that you entered is the same as the listed phone number. Alternatively, they can do it by sending a code on a postcard to your mailing address.