With 7 billion searches a day on Google and 46% of them for local businesses, we cannot believe how many small businesses completely ignore Google.

If you haven’t claimed and verified your Google My Business location, we urge you to do it right now!

What is a Google My Business location?

Google My Business provides a fast an easy way for businesses to manage their online presence with Google.

When someone does a local search, i.e ‘Plumber in Oxted’, 3 Google My Business (GMB) locations are shown on a map on page 1 of Google. Users can click to see ‘more businesses’ and then more local GMB locations (businesses)

If you would like your business to be found by local customers searching for the products and services you offer, then it’s essential that you claim (or set up if you Google haven’t already added a GMB location for your business), verify and add all the vital content to your listing.

What can I add on my GMB location?

Business owners can add their logo, photos, videos, their full contact details, opening times, updates (such as updates, offers, events and products) and information about their business, products and services.

What can customers do on my GMB location?

Customers can learn information about your business, phone you directly, go to your website, leave reviews and share photos of their experience of your business and your products and services.

Can I see how many people are viewing my GMB location?

Yes, when you go in to your GMB management area there is a section called ‘analytics’. This shows you some invaluable information about your listing; how many people have found your listing and how they found it, where people saw your listing (through the search or on the map), how many people clicked on your website, requested directions, called you, and how many times your photos were viewed.

How do I claim or set up my GMB location?

Click here and it will walk you through the process.  Once you claim or setup your listing, Google will send you a postcard with a verification code, which you will need to enter. Once you have verified your GMB location, you will have full access to it and it will be live for your potential customers to find.

It all sounds a bit complicated, can you claim / set up my GMB location for me?

Yes, we are experienced in claiming and setting up GMB locations and can also optimise your listing to give it the best chance of appearing in the top 3 for local searches and on page 1 of Google for all local searches.  Contact us on 01883 626667 or email hello@nine8ninedesign.co.uk to get started.

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