Your Google Places Listing Matters
This past week, three people contacted me about their Google Places listing. In one case, the listing didn’t exist, in the second case, the marker was in the wrong place, and in the third case the business was listed as Permanently Closed.
With the first person, it was pretty simple. They simply had to go to www.google.com/placesforbusiness and add their Business to Google Places. It’s important to note that every church needs a Google Account. Get a Google Account Here.
The second person had to edit their business listing and make the necessary corrections. Google will quickly verify the information you change, if you can confirm with Google that your account is the owner of your church.
The third person appeared to have a greater challenge. They have no idea how their church was marked as closed, but it was. Not only that, Google even had the words ‘permanently closed’ under the church name. Yikes! After doing a little more research I can tell you that it is very easy for anyone to mark your business as closed. This can happen by someones simply indicating as such on Google (maybe a disgruntled person?), or if your church has multiple listings, then a well-meaning individual, the one who might have helped you set up an old account or listing, is trying to remove it from their own Google account and could have easily made a difficult selection. Here’s a link on how to properly delete a listing.
Not Permanently Closed?
The answer for ‘reopening’ your church in Google Places (Google Maps) is easy. Simply click the ‘Untrue‘ phrase next to the ‘Permanently closed‘ statement and follow the instructions. But make sure that you are logged in with the proper Google account when doing this.
But most importantly: Check your listing!
The most important thing is for every church to take ownership of their Google Listing asap. Grab it now and follow the simple steps today. Most people will look for you on Google before they ever step foot in your building, so take a moment this week, and look for your church in maps.google.com and see how it reads. While there, you may also discover that by adding some basic information for your Google Listing, you quickly give people the information that they probably searched you for (e.g. service times, office hours).
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