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Web marketing information for manufacturers and industrial businesses.

Free Google Business Listing – Google My Business

What is Google My Business?

Google My Business is a recently expanded version of Google’s business listing that has been around for years. Google My Business includes your business details to Google’s search results. Your business listing becomes a large display advertisement that holds a large portion of real estate on the search results page. If you aren’t taking advantage of it you are missing out on potential business.

Below is an example of our Google My Business listing

View Our Actual Google My Business ListingGoogle My Business Listing

You can see from the listing above that there is a good deal of information shown about your business…and it’s all absolutely free!

How You Can Control What Is Displayed For Google My Business

The first step is to set-up a Google Business Account. Below are the steps to do so:

  1. Sign in to Google My Business at https://business.google.com.
  2. If you have only one location, click All locations from the menu. (If you have two or more locations, proceed to the next step.)
  3. Click the three dash menu icon Three dash menu in the top left corner of the page, then click  Create business account.
  4. Enter a business account name and click Done.

Google My Business Information Blocks

Once your business account has been created, you may start editing the information. You’ll see that the Google My Business listing is broken up into different information blocks. Let’s go over these info blocks one by one.

Photos block

The photos block lets you add whatever photos you feel best represent your business and may help potential customers. The photos can include the following:

    • Examples of your products
    • Your location/building
    • Staff
    • Anything else you feel would help explain what you do

Map block

The map block shows a map of your location or locations. It can also show a service area if you specify that you only do business in a particular region.

Contact block

The contact block displays all of the important contact info. This includes your address, hours of operation, phone number, and a really cool messaging button on mobile. When your listing is shown on a mobile device, the user has the option of sending you a SMS message. This is a great option for users as it is fast and can be used regardless of the time of day.

Posts block

The posts block is a great new tool that lets you post special information or a call to action to send customers to your website. Consider this a FREE AD on Google!
Google My Business Posts
The image above shows a “Post”. This is your time to put on your marketing hat. A post can contain any kind of information with a call to action. A post can contain an image, 100-300 words and a call to action.
Calls to action include:

  • Learn More
  • Reserve
  • Sign Up
  • Buy
  • Get Offer

A Great Opportunity For Free Marketing!

This is such a great opportunity to get visitors to your website. Posts can be added and changed whenever you like adding multiple opportunities for engagement. You MUST take advantage of this. You’ll find that completing the Google My Business listing takes relatively little time. This is just one more opportunity to gain traffic and your competition is probably not even aware of it.

New Website Launch – Propel Pages B2B Web Design is Reborn!

New Propel Pages website

It has been many years since we have redesigned our website. It has definitely been a long time coming, but we are happy to say it is finished and launched. We hope you find the new design and content to be informative and easy to use.

The Ever Changing Landscape of Web Development

Websites have always been ever changing. With the exponential increase in device launches and mobile requirements it can be hard to keep up. At Propel Pages we saw this coming early on. It is important our clients (and future clients) know that we will only offer the best performing websites. Our websites are full of easy to use tools for the client and also offer exceptional Search Engine Optimization.

We hope you enjoy the new site. We offer a Free Quote if you are interested in any of our services. From a complete site redesign to juicing up your SEO, we can get it done for you.

Chrome’s Upcoming Security Warning For Websites That Use Forms

Google To Block Visitors To Websites Like Yours Starting In October!

Chrome to show Security Warnings To Those Sites That Use Contact or RFQ Forms and Do Not Have An SSL Certificate In Place.

Google Security Warning

 

Starting October 2017, Chrome (version 62) will show a “NOT SECURE” warning when users enter text in a form on an HTTP page, and for all HTTP pages in Incognito mode.

How Do I Check If My Site Will Be Effected?

Go to your website and if the address bar shows http://yoursite.com instead of https://yoursite.com and you have any kind of form on your site, you will be effected.

Below are the forms you most likely would have on your site that would cause the warning:

  • Contact Form
  • Request For Quote Form
  • Search Box
  • Newsletter SignUp Form

How Many Visitors Actually Use Chrome?

Our data from several manufacturing/industrial clients shows an average of 56% of visitors come to your site using the Chrome browser. That number is way to large to ignore!

How Do I Fix This?

SSL certificates can be purchased from several companies and installed on your hosting server. Virtually all hosting companies will do this for you if you buy the SSL certificate through them. SSL certificates range from $30 to $200 depending on the type of hosting and website you have.

What if I have several websites, but they are hosted on the same server?

Each domain name will need its own SSL certificate; ex: www.mydomain.com & www.mydomain.net would each need their own SSL.

What if we host our website on our own in-house server?

Your IT person will need to handle the installation and purchase of the SSL certificate.

What are the specific details of what’s required from Google?

Here is a link to Google’s instructions: Secure your site with HTTPS

I Don’t Understand Any Of This!

I will be happy to help you out in any way I can. You can just email me at mike@propelpages.com and I can point you in the right direction.