How to set up your Google My Business listing:
This tutorial is made by 411 Locals to support our clients and their onboarding process with our service. It doesn’t replace or exhaust the setup and management recommendations published on the official Google My Business website.
Go to Google maps app
In your Google Maps app, at the top right, tap your profile photo or initialAccount Circle and then Add Your Business
Login to Google
If you already have an existing Google account, please login using your credentials. If not, please click on “Add another account” and then “Create Account”. Enter the necessary information needed to set up the account.
Go to Google My Business
Choose your business category
Indicate if you want your business address to be visible on Google Maps
If you have indicated “Yes”, enter the address of the business location. If you have indicated “No”, move to “Step 7“
Specify service areas – indicate whether you serve customers outside of your address or not. If you do, please enter the areas served
What region is your business based in
If this question comes up, confirm that the field is showing “United States”.
Fill out the contact details
Please enter your name and verify your postal address to receive the verification postcard and click on “Mail”
How to Verify your Google My Business listing
Google may give you a different option to verify your business but for most business owners, you’ll have to wait for a postcard to be mailed to you from Google with a verification code on it.
The final step is to verify your account using the code that appears on the postcard. The postcard will arrive in the mail at the address you enter for your business’s location. You should receive it within three to five days
What does Google My Business Verification Postcard look like?
You’ll need to remove the perforated edges on three sides to open the envelope/postcard.
To do so, log into your account. On your account’s home page, you should see a notification that reads “Pending Verification”. This notification gives you the option to enter the verification code on the postcard you receive. Simply follow the instructions. Select the option to enter the code. The following page will allow you to submit the code to successfully verify your account.
How to add 411 Locals as a co-owner of your listing
On your Google Listing Dashboard, Click on the “User” section in the left side panel if you’re using a computer. If you are using the Google My Business App, go to “More” then click on “Manage users”.
Click on “Add Users”.
Enter the unique Gmail Address provided to you via email or by the Marketing Specialist during your welcome call.
Select “Owner” from the dropdown menu below. Click “INVITE”. As co-owners you will retain ownership of your listing while 411Locals is working on to get you at the top of search results!
Want to get ahead? Get Google reviews
Did you know that 93% of customers use online reviews as a key factor when choosing a product or a service? To land more customers, make sure you are asking your customers to leave you a Google review every chance you can get.
Here, we share 4 foolproof tips to help you maximize the power of referrals.
1. Ask for referrals every chance you get
The easiest way to get more referrals is to start asking, whether via text or email.
Share a link? Forward a predetermined text? Let your customers refer you in just a few clicks.
Give your customers a little boost to recommend you to their peers. It’s not a requirement, but it would help motivate them.
Nothing shows your appreciation better than a simple thank you note.