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Google My BusinsesYou need an optimized Google My Business listing.

Have you ever Googled your competition and saw their business listing showing up higher in search than yours? You’ve probably asked yourself how they did that? The simple answer is – they optimized their free Google My Business (aka GMB) listings. They have more customer-centric information like photos, hours, special offers, and even videos. Therefore, Google rewarded them with higher search rankings.

What you will learn in this post:

  1. why you need an optimized GMB listing
  2. what is Google My Business
  3. how GMB helps you reach relevant and engaged customers
  4. how GMB helps you get more traffic to your website

Google My Business lets you take advantage of and grow your business’ presence, making sure your business shows up when it matters most: the moment customers are searching for your business or products or services like yours on Google Search and Maps.

Why You Need an Optimized Google My Business Listing

You may assume if you have a strong online presence, people will find you in a Google search anyway. Why would you bother managing your business listings directly when it’s so easy to find your website and contact information online?

You’d be surprised at how much search users depend on Google to tell them what the best answer is for their search queries.

Verify your Google My Business information

According to one GYB report, businesses that verify their information via Google Business are twice as likely to have customers view them as “reputable.” Google vouching for your business reduces uncertainty and encourages people to take actions like calling or visiting your locations.

And, if you are looking to make it into the Local 3-Pack that dominates the top of both desktop and mobile search results, the only way in is through Google My Business.

What is Google My Business (GMB)?

Let’s take a step back for local SEO (search engine optimization) beginners. Google My Business is a free tool that allows you to promote your business on Google Search and Maps. With your Google My Business account, you can see and connect with your customers, post updates, and see how customers are interacting with your business on Google.

Also, with GMB, you can manage the information that Google users see when they search for your business or the products and services that you offer. When people find your business on Google Maps and Search, they have access to information like your hours, website, and street address.

Reach Highly Relevant and Engaged Customers

Google My Business gives you the power to attract and engage customers when they search for the type of products or services your business provides. Optimizing your GMB listing by filling out all the information gives your business a presence on Google Search and Maps. It also allows you to respond to reviews, post photos of products, services, or special offers, and provide information that helps searchers choose your business first.

So, don’t miss an opportunity to read and respond to reviews from your customers and post photos that show off what you do.

Google My Business WebsiteBusinesses that add photos to their listings receive 42% more requests for driving directions on Google Maps and 35% more clicks through to their websites than businesses that don’t.

GMB Insights shows you how you can optimize your customer engagement for better results, and you can encourage more engagement by interacting with your customers from the Customers tab.

Google My Business also comes with a mobile app that is free to use. The app allows you to do everything you already do with your GMB account, using enhanced features to make it easier to optimize business listings on the go.

If you already have a website, Google My Business listings complement and promote your existing business website and raise your visibility online. No website? Your GMB listing includes a free professional business website that you can set up in minutes.

It’s created automatically using information from your GMB listing, and auto-updates as you make changes to your profile. You can choose from a variety of site themes and offer customers multiple ways to get in touch with you, like calling, messaging, or requesting a quote.

Here’s another cool way to reach highly relevant customers.

Traffic to Your Website

56% of actions on Google My Business listings are website visitsGMB is another great source for attracting traffic to your website.  I use it all the time. I search for a business, their GMB site comes up, and I click right through to their website for further information.

Read my post hear for additional ways to optimize your website to increase sales.

Google My Business Resources

When you take into account that Google owns 90% of the global search market, it makes sense that you would want to take advantage of a free tool that lets you rank your business in their search engines – and that tool is Google My Business.

There are simply too many people searching for the same products and services business as yours. Make your business highly visible in search results by optimizing your Google My Business listing.



  • How to optimize your Google My Business Listing
  • Ranking in Local Search
  • A plan to get more 5-Star Reviews
  • Setting up your Map and Local Pin
  • New GMB Features
  • And much, much more
Bob Day

Bob Day

Bob Day grew up in a small farming community in central Illinois and went on to build hundreds of relationships with local business owners throughout the United States. 30+ years of helping business owners grow led Bob to found Day Marketing Solutions in Scottsdale, AZ., a digital marketing agency dedicated to providing local businesses with proven marketing solutions to grow their business.


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Bob Day

Bob Day

I'm the Founder and President of Day Marketing Solutions, a digital marketing firm dedicated to providing marketers with the services required to thrive in their market niche.

30+ years ofdelivering sales training and marketing services to national and local businesses throughout the U.S.

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