Google Places

Image used on your G+ Page

I asked the G+ team if it was ok to use a logo for your G+ Page… this is the thread between me and the G+ representative:
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Thank you for your note.

You can upload any photo you wish as long as it does not violate our
Quality Guidelines. Please refer to link below for more information.

http://support.google.com/places/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=142916

Regards,

If you have any additional concerns or questions, please respond back to
this email thread and I will be happy to help you. Have a great day.

Regards,

John K.
Google Team
The Google Team

Original Message Follows:
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From: Keli E
Subject: Re: [#1000000] BB External Manual Verification Request
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2012 15:17:44 -0600

> Can I put our logo up rather than a picture of myself?
>
> Thanks!

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We Currently do not Support the Location

Blumenthal saves the day again with this detailed post how to get your map in order should you receive the dreaded “We Currently Do Not Support The Location” message in the Google MapMaker. It happened to me once before, I did nothing and it fixed itself, this time I’m not so lucky. I’ll be trying this later on to see if I can reclaim my place on the map and more importantly my reviews!

A Step By Step To Recover Your “We Currently Do Not Support This” Location in MapMaker

Rant of the Day….

I’m having a F I T with Google+. I had 15, 5-star reviews on Google Places … but it seems like I’m not alone. I’ve been looking through forums on how to transfer this information, not just for myself… but my gosh… for like 100+ clients??? It’s like Google Places was really good and messed up and the “+” in G+ just means it’s MORE messed up. Groan!!!!!!

Good news however. I found this:

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That review is clearly fake, written by an ex-employee, etc. — how can I get it removed from my listing?
There’s no guarantee we will remove it, but you can report it directly to Google Places support and we will investigate:

Link to form: http://support.google.com/places/bin/static.py?hl=en&ts=1386120&page=ts.cs
Select: I have verified > Yes > Reviews > My page features false or inappropriate reviews > Fill out the form, hit Submit, and await an e-mail response from a member of our support team.
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I’ve had a lot of clients ask about, what appears to be, fake reviews on their Places Page (I’m not even sure what to call it now) – G+ Local? So there’s that. It seems like the G+ team has a LOT on their hands:

http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/business/technical-issue/mPz5bqu7ViM

This is all just a big ol D R A G.

Anyone have a clue out there? A vowel?

G+ for all your Google Places Needs

Google Places is now Google+Google Places has never been a 100% working product as far as I’ve seen and I’ve managed PLENTY of accounts for clients since October of 2010 when it seemed like *the maps* were here to stay. Now Google has decided to make G+ the “Center of Gravity” for local search… I’m not sure what to think at this point, I just hope it works. Here’s a collection of articles regarding this recent turn of events. I’ll add more as they come in.

Google Places Is Over, Company Makes Google+ The Center Of Gravity For Local Search

Manage Your Google+ Local Page

Q&A by Google

RIP Google Places – Google+ Integrates Zagat

How To Upgrade Your Google Places Page To Google+ Local Early

Upgrade Early To The New Google+ Local Page

You may (or may not) already have a Google+ Vanity URL!

What the Google+ and Google Places Merge Means To You
Regarding this link… the author has to say:
“*Disclaimer – If you absolutely must tinker with your Google+ Local page right now – check out this little write up. I think we should all hold tight for a while to see what happens while a lot of the kinks are worked out so things don’t get really screwy. Anyway, if you are one of those kind of people that cant help but mess around with stuff – Check out this post first for a little help.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself…

Fun with Google Places & Your Default Photo

Just got back from my favorite spa and wanted to upload a new picture to their Places Page I [**side note about this later].

There seems to be NO WAY to do this easily, if at all. And I certainly don’t want to jeopardize what I have posted there now. Other people are deleting ALL their photos and starting over. The first one you upload seems to be (and I say “seems” because GP is a) in beta b) screwed up or c) screwed up) the one that is used as the default picture, which can be critical for your business. You’d like to have control over that photo right? So would I.

So I searched on Google to look for information on changing the default picture. Guess what? I’m not alone. Here are some threads about the exact same issue, with no solutions:

Thread 1: Change Default Picture on GP

Thread 2: Change Main Picture on Google Places Listing

Thread 3: Change Main Picture on GP Listing.

Really frustrating…

Also, when you upload a new photo [which I just did] it doesn’t show up immediately.

cracked nails**So here’s my side note regarding my spa visit today. A lady there had used her smart phone to find a local spa in her zip code [she’s telling us the story] and found the spa I was at “on Google” [this spa has no Web site… yep I’m working on it]. She said “it had more reviews than the others, listen to this one…” and she starts reading MY review! It was like it was all staged… I couldn’t have paid someone to do a better job. It was PERFECT. The business owner ended up giving me $20 off my services which I turned over to the girls that worked on Miss Sage and myself.

How cool is that?

< --- Miss Sage's "Cracked Nails". I guess it's the new thing out there.

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