Google has done it again and released a major change with Google Local. This time it is the merger of Google Places into what is now being called Google+ Local. This change came about due to the nature of local and the fact that some 20% of Google’s searches are for nearby information which is considered local search. Mobile search is a little different with its local intent searches accounting for 40% of the searches done. That means 20-40% of searches done in your area are for local information and if your not showing up then your missing out on potential new customers and business.
Another major change with this is the reviews. Instead of the traditional 5 star system they have moved to what they are calling the Zagat score which is a 30 point system. In order for your score to show up on your profile though you need to get some reviews, most of the sites with their score showing have over 5 reviews at this point. This makes it crucial that you have your customers head over to your site and post reviews for you. Another addition is other businesses will be able to review your business now also. The nice thing about reviews being in this new Google+ Local is that when someone leaves a review all their followers in their circles will see that review.
What you need to do and do now is the following for Google Local
1. Get your profile setup if you do not have one. (Contact Us If You Want Professional Help With This)
2. Make sure all the information is correct.
3. Get colleagues, customers and other businesses to review your business.
4. Get your marketing people on this since the word is the new local profile pages will be indexed so building traffic and links to them helps your visibility.
If you have not done this or are not comfortable with it contact us today 707-332-0449 and you can hire us to set it all up for you.