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.

One Response to “Fun with Google Places & Your Default Photo”

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