Google My Business: The First Step for Strengthening Your Local Search Results

The Google Knowledge Panel provides prospects and customers vital information about your business.

Claiming and optimizing your Google My Business listing has proven to be a good way to raise your local search ranking.

Google My Business (GMB) is a free tool for businesses to manage their online and mobile presence in Google Search, Maps, Reviews and Knowledge Panel (see graphic). By verifying your business information, you help prospects and customers find you and get vital information about your business. Most importantly, businesses that verify their information with Google My Business are twice as likely to be considered reputable by consumers.1

Benefits of Using Google My Business

1. Raise Local Search Ranking
Google ranks GMB-verified businesses higher in local search, allowing small businesses to better compete with national brands.

2. Manage Your Business Information
Manage the information that online and mobile users see when they search for your business, or the products and services that you offer.

3. Interact with Customers and Prospects
Respond to reviews, post daily specials/promos, promote events and create a one-click path for purchases, reservations or other important activities.

4. Understand and Expand your Online Business Presence
Google provides insights on how people search for your business, and information about how many people called your business or received directions.

5. Mobile Enable Your Business
People searching from a mobile device can tap directly on your phone number to call,
get directions to your business, or connect to your website.

If you’re like most businesses and looking to raise your online business presence, there is no better way to start than claiming and optimizing your Google My Business listing.

¹Google/Oxera, The Benefits of Complete Business Listings.
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