We also noticed that many of our clients have not taken the time yet to set up their Google+ page, so we thought this tip would be helpful to everyone! Our recommendation is to claim your page, personalize it, and get familiar with the platform and slowly add it into your social media schedule.
Step 1: Find Your Business
To find your business, go to Google and search for 'your business name google+'. (example below)
If you are new to Google Places you may have to go through this pop up: Check I agree and click Okay, got it!
Step 2: Manage the Page
When you get to this page: click Manage this Page
Step 3: Search for your company address
Fill out the form to search for your company: (this will pull up your Google Maps listing). Click the correct listing.
Step 4: Claim Ownership of the Page
If you were not the gmail account that updated your Google Maps listing then you will have to ask that person to sign in and add this page (and you as a manager) OR request Ownership. This may take having to wait for a postcard to arrive.
Step 5: Customize
Here are our tips for customizing your profile:
- When your listing is claimed you can create a Page for your company. You will be brought through the steps to add your description for your company, add an email for your contact and finally you will be brought to the page where you can change the Profile Picture (insert your logo) and change the Background Cover Image. Your background cover image could be a picture from your office, of your team, or repurpose a graphic from your website.
- When these are all set up, add photos and videos from your Youtube account.
- Add a post to your Google+ page. It could be a link to a blog article, tip, or recent photo.
- Encourage fans on your other social media accounts to checkout and +1 your Google+ page, put it up on your News Section, and add the link to your eNewsletter.
- Treat this page as a social platform. A mix between Facebook and Twitter. Add new pictures and videos when available. Update the community on office events, community activities and so on.
Want more info? Here is a great source for other functions you can use onGoogle+. From How to setup your profile to learning about Circles and Hangouts, they cover the gauntlet:
Just remember to have fun and be social!
Check out iBec Creatives Google+ Page and be sure to +1 us!!
Becky and Carolyn