All businesses need to be found easily in Google for the services they provide and preferably to appear on the first page of any search. One of the tools that many people miss out on is Google Places – one of the best ways to get to the top of Google rankings and best of all, it’s free!
Google Places is Google’s default business directory and offers many ways to promote your business including the ability to add photos, videos, special offers or promotions and even status updates. Every local business should have a Google Places account. Google wants to provide relevant listings for consumers looking for local services e.g. ‘plumbers in Staines’. These listings are displayed just below the sponsored links because Google considers they are the most relevant, so it is possible to get onto the first page of Google for free – if you do the right things.
So if you’re not listed you’re missing out on a lot of potential business – you don’t even have to have a website!
There is no good reason that I can think of NOT to have a Google Places listing if you are a local business. Please feel free to call me, David Endersby from The Best of Staines, on 01784 256121 if you would like some advice on this.