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Google My Business: How to target potential customers for free

Google My Business: How to target potential customers for free

Ann-Kathrin Habl
Ann-Kathrin Habl
published on February 16, 2022   
updated on May 3, 2022

Google My Business – The most important in a nutshell

  • Google My Business is a free platform to showcase your business in search results.

  • Creating a business listing works in just a few steps.

  • In the Google My Business dashboard, you will find many options to present your business in the best possible way.

  • Interactions with potential customers are possible through various functions such as questions & answers or Google reviews.

Google is the most popular search engine in Germany. If someone wants to find out online about a product, a service or a local business, sooner or later he will start a Google search query. To draw attention to yourself as a local business, a Google My Business entry is a fantastic way – and who would say no to free advertising on Google? We’ll show you how to make the most of Google My Business and attract more customers as a result.
 

What is Google My Business about?

Google My Business is a free platform from Google that allows you to influence how your business is displayed in search results and on Google Maps. So when a user googles your business, he gets a kind of dashboard played out and can access various services from there. Businesses, for example, can directly provide name, address, phone number and opening hours in the search results. The best thing about this for the user is that he does not have to laboriously search for the desired information on the website and gets the current information displayed directly.
 

View of the Google MyBusiness entry of LocalUp in the search results.View of the Google MyBusiness entry of LocalUp in the search results.

 
Tip: Google rates your website better if you have a Google My Business entry that is as complete as possible. To give your customers an impression of your service and offer, you can add the following information to your business profile:

  • Company name and a short description about your business
  • Upload logo and pictures of the store or office
  • Phone number for direct calls
  • E-mail address and other contact information
  • Current opening hours and if necessary special opening hours e.g. on holidays
  • Link to the website
  • Address data for directions on Google Maps

 

How do I create a Google My Business entry?

To create a Google My Business account, you need to be connected to a Google account of your business. There are two different ways you can create a listing for your business. For both, first go to the Google My Business Website and enter your business name in the search box. If your business appears, then a listing already exists (option 1). Otherwise, you will need to add your business to Google first (option 2).

Option 1: Business entry already exists

Often Google automatically creates a My Business entry for a company. However, this is then of course not yet properly maintained and could even contain incorrect information. In the best case, you should check this and enter the correct data. In order to edit the entry, you must first apply for the ownership of the Google My Business entry. This is not witchcraft and is relatively quick. Simply click on the Request Access button and fill out the appropriate form.

Apply for Google My Business listing ownershipApply for Google My Business listing ownership.

Option 2: Create a new business entry

If there is no listing for your business yet, you will need to create your Google My Business listing yourself.

  1. Business Name & Category:
    To do this, fill out the business name and business category.
  2. Location Information:
    Fill in your business’s location information to be found on Google Maps.
  3. Catchment Area:
    You can also set a catchment area in the next step if you want to serve only to certain cities or districts e.g. for delivery services.
  4. Contact details:
    Last, you can specify your contact details to appear in the search results.
  5. Finalize setup:
    If you agree to the Google My Business terms of service, you can finish the setup.
  6. Verification:

    Before publishing the Google My Business listing, you need to verify your business by phone, email or postcard.

 
Now you have full access to your Google My Business profile and can fill it with more information through your personal dashboard.
 

How can I edit my Google My Business listing?

To ensure that your customers can find you, you should always keep your Google My Business listing up to date – i.e. if your details change, or errors have crept in, you should update them immediately.

  1. Sign in to your Google Account and access your company profile dashboard.
  2. Click “Info” in the menu.
  3. Edit Googe My Business company profile.

  4. Select the section you want, e.g. opening hours here.
  5. Edit opening hours in company profile Googe My Business.

  6. When you have entered all the changes, click “Apply”.

 
And you’re done! Now you have successfully updated your Google My Business listing. You’ll find all sorts of Google My Business features in your dashboard to best showcase your business.
 

Google My Business: 5 tips for interactions with potential customers

Google My Business also offers a number of options to interact with potential customers. This is especially important with the following in mind: people searching locally are potential, but more importantly, motivated customers.

#1 Enhance your Google Business listing with photos

Images from around your business give potential customers the opportunity to connect with the business before visiting. Pictures from the business itself also show your customers what to expect. You can upload and tag your photos from different categories:

  • Logo
  • Cover photo
  • Interior shots
  • Exterior shots
  • At work
  • Team
  • Identity
  • Videos

 
Customers themselves can also add photos to your Google My Business listing. So check them regularly and remove unattractive or inappropriate photos if necessary. Because especially the visual impact of a local business should not be underestimated.

#2 Show your products and services on Google My Business

Turn your Google Business profile into a virtual shop window! With Google My Business you can publish your local inventory as well as offered services for customers. The advantage is obvious: you save your potential customers a disappointing experience with your business if a specific product is currently out of stock. Moreover, you can score points here compared to local competitors who do not use this feature. A customer will likely prefer to visit your store rather than take a chance on the unknown.

#3 Questions & Answers on your Google My Business profile

This feature is very often overlooked, but it is always interesting, especially from a customer’s point of view. Perhaps you know the situation yourself, one is searching for a restaurant in a group and has a specific question. Although the customer has the option to call the store, but this is usually an uncomfortable solution, especially for short and simple questions. “Questions and answers” allow not only to ask short and simple questions, but also to view questions that have already been asked.
 

  • You learn what customers are interested in and can optimize your business accordingly in the long run.
  • You get the chance to answer questions publicly and thus convince potential customers to click on your website or visit your site.

 
The following applies: Always answer questions as quickly as possible. These usually come from motivated customers who are looking exactly for your company. Through the Google Maps app, users can receive notifications of new questions and answers.

#4 Use Google Posts for your local business

Another tool to interact as directly as possible with customers in your area are Google Posts. They allow offers to post new or popular items, events, or other announcements directly on their Google business profile, in Google Search, and on Google Maps. This makes up-to-date information directly available to users. You can also engage your customers directly with interesting videos and photos. Especially useful: Google Posts allows you to embed call-to-action buttons.
 
You can now even edit your Google My Business profile directly on Google Search and publish posts even faster:
 

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#5 Collect Google reviews from your customers

Not only do the stars catch the eye of the user, but Google reviews can also make up a position or two in the ranking. Fact is: consumers trust online reviews. These are becoming increasingly important for purchase decisions. Customers can recommend your business with very little effort. This helps your business build more repeat customers – so it pays to build a good profile.

Google My Business: How to target potential customers for free
Learn why online reviews are so important and how you can generate a direct link for the review via Google and send it to your customers.

 

Conclusion: Use the advantages of Google My Business for your business!

Google is still the number 1 search engine with a large gap to the competition. A Google My Business entry is free and offers many interaction possibilities with potential customers. Any Google user searching for your business will see your info at a glance. With little effort, you can have a positive impact on users. So why not take advantage of this potential? You’ll be doing the user a huge favor – and your company, too. We wish you every success in optimizing your Google My Business listing!
 
 

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