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Today's post is less about educating, and more about being a digital marketing public service announcement. You need to log in to your Google Places account and make sure everything is up do date and submitted to Google. In case you haven't heard about this yet, here's the reason why it's vitally important:

Google has been sending out emails with the following subject line: “Action Required: You have 3 weeks to save your Google Places Listing.” 

This is what the body of the email has to say:

Hello,
Due to changes in Google Maps, we’d like to inform you that unless you review and confirm the information in your Google Places account, we will no longer be able to keep and show it to Google users after February 21, 2014.

If you wish to keep your listing active, follow these three easy steps:

1.   Log in to your Google Places account
2.   Review and update your information
3.   Click the “Submit” button

Sincerely,
The Google Places Team

The Google Business Community Manager—Jade Wang—has confirmed that this is an official Google email and not some kind of elaborate hoax. Google want to update its places listing, and that means they need business owners to review and confirm key details. Even if you haven't seen this email, you would be wise to double check your Google Places listing, as we've all missed important emails in the past and it's conceivable you didn't notice this one or it got filtered. Either way, it's not worth gambling your places page over.

To check your account, log into your  Places for Business account and review all of your information. Once you are sure everything is up to date, submit and save and you should be all set.

If for some reason you miss the deadline, you'll have to reclaim your page with the mail in pin and phone call all over again. A process so unreliable that you're better off just double checking now and avoiding the whole problem.

Original post on Wikimotive's blog by Tim Martell.

Views: 997

Tags: Google, Places!, Review, Update Your Profile, Urgent!, Wikimotive

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Comment by Alexander Lau on June 4, 2014 at 6:18am
Comment by Alexander Lau on February 21, 2014 at 12:42pm

Eh, nothing changed.

Comment by Alexander Lau on February 12, 2014 at 10:24am

Excellent point Joshua, our account still shows the old GUI and it's highly irritating. I know they have a flawed process, having to get 18 different rooftops under one dealer group listed, but come on... already. This has to be one of the most important aspects of reputation management, brand analytics / web visibility and SEO overlap. I'm highly disappointed with Scroogle.

Comment by Joshua Michael Friedman on February 12, 2014 at 10:21am

I'm curious how many folks have the new dashboard -- we're still waiting for that upgrade.

Comment by Alexander Lau on February 10, 2014 at 7:01am

This is because their system was flawed from the start. This is a clear indication of failure admittance. They're attempting to clean up their giant mess of a database, which has confused owners, especially dealerships with multiple locations (been there, awful) from Day One. If you're a current owner and have to do this, it's complete bullshit, especially if you've verified yourself, over and over.

http://www.google.com/hotpot has been gone for some time, just reformatted and not even redirected now. Obviously, they had announced the Hotpot name is a thing of the past, and the ratings and review experience was being formally added into Google Places. This is just going to confuse more people. They do what they want, yes because they're able. However, they consistently confuse their user base over and over and over. That is a clear sign they are deploying the wrong strategy.

I hope you're reading this Jade Wang, it's a bullshit effort on your part.

Comment by Timothy Martell on February 8, 2014 at 8:54pm

My pleasure, Tom!

Comment by Big Tom LaPointe on February 8, 2014 at 12:26pm

thanks for sharing!

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