The times they are a changing
Ok so I know that since Google Plus Local launched roughly two weeks ago and unseated Google Places there have been a fair number of Dealerships wondering about the ins and outs of claiming their Google Plus Local Business page.
Like many dealership groups our Google Places for Business account was set up under a dealership controlled gmail account. Also like a fair amount of dealerships my Google Plus business pages were set up under my personal gmail account. Reason being is that I wanted the access to my business pages to be at my finger tips and like most that means being tied into the gmail they have open the most, which is the personal account.
On top of that, when Google Plus pages first launched we couldn’t admin the pages to add additional users or managers. These variables resulted in a some potentially unwanted side effects now that Google Places has become Google Plus Local. Now people ( including myself) are wary on how to claim their Google Plus Local pages. If you make a mistake when it comes to your accounts in Google it can be virtually impossible to undo them if they have an undesirable side effect.
Today I reached out to an acquaintance at the Google offices in Boston that works on the G+ for business team. I asked him if he would be willing to join me in a hangout to help me navigate these unknown waters. I was thrilled when he said he was busy but could join me for a few to answer my questions.
Simple How-to on how to switch from Google Places to Google Plus Local for Dealerships
- Log into the gmail that you use to admin your Google Places for Business. If you haven’t yet, upgrade that gmail account to a Google Plus account. It takes two minutes and you can skip all the suggested users stuff.
- Click Google Plus Local from the ribbon on the left.
This will bring you to your Google Plus Local page.
- Scroll down your Google Plus Local Page and on the right hand side you will see a section that says Is this your Business? with a Manage this Page button underneath it.
- Click that and it will return you to your Google Places for Business page and you have claimed ownership of your dealerships Google Plus Local page.
Big thanks to Matt and Zack from Google Boston for the assist on this one. I really appreciate it. I hope this how-to for Google Places to Google Plus Local for Dealerships helps you and you dealership make the transitions.
Google Plus Local has a ton to offer dealership and small businesses and if you are not taking the time to optimize and claim your listings now there is a chance you will regret it later. Onward and Upward!