Updating Your Business Information on Google Places is very important. If you have not claimed your business listing please read Claim Your Listing on Google Maps and Google Places
We recommend the following steps.
Step 1: Basic Information
- Tip 1: Company Name
You will need to enter in the full and official Company/Organization name.
- Tip 2: Address
The Address field is required and would be in the format you would use for an official U.S. mailing address. (Street Address, City/Town, Zip.) We recommend not using a post office box number.
- Tip 3: Main Phone
The phone number is also required along with the area code. Use an 800 number as an alternative phone number. Click Add more phone numbers to add an 800 number, mobile phone, fax, and TTY/TDD. TTY and TDD are used for those who have hearing or speech difficulties.
- Tip 4: Email address
In the next box, enter your email address. This leaves customers with an alternate way of contacting you especially if your office is closed.
- Tip 5: Website
A website is a must. If you don’t have a website at least get a Facebook Fan Page. You can return to Google Places to update your website listing if need be.
- Tip 6: Description
Be sure to write about your business and stand out from other companies.
- Tip 7: Category
Enter up to five categories that describe the business. Google takes these into account when a customer performs a search. Google will make suggestions as you type. It is required to have at least one Google-suggested category. The rest can be of your own choosing, but we recommend using standard categories that prospective customers will be searching for. Sometimes it helps to search and see what other companies similar to yours have for their categories. Also, you can use Keyword tools to and look for popular searched keyword phrase.
Step 2: Service area and location setting
Choose if customers have to come to the business or if they can be served at their location. For example, “Yes” would be chosen if you visit the customer’s location.
Step 3: Hours of operation
Next, choose to list hours of operation. These can be changed through the drop-down menus. One nice feature with Google Places is the ability to split a single day. If your lunch is around noon this can be entered so visitors know you will not be available.
Step 4: Payment options…
If you want to show methods of payments accepted, they can be chosen.
Step 5: Photos
You can add up to 10 photos to your Google Places profile. We recommend the logo (branding is always good) followed by photos of products, company building, sales staff, and anything that would interest searchers to contact your company.
Step 6: Videos
If there is a video you want to play for the visitors, upload it to Youtube.com and then copy and paste the URL here. Up to 5 videos can be added to the listing.
Step 7: Additional Detail
Additional Details is a great section to create your own custom fields. Use these spaces to include information such as awards, certifications, services offered, specialties, and products.
Step 8: Important Note
Before you click ‘Submit’, take a look at the information on the right side of the screen. This is how your listing will be presented once it is published on Google Maps and Places. Go back and change anything you feel doesn’t look good or fix errors.
Click Submit and proceed to Validating Your Google Places Listing.