Search engines have become the most popular way for people to find info about local businesses1 – and millions of business owners rely on Google My Business to reach new customers on Google Search and Maps.
In fact, the average well-maintained Google My Business listing gets five times more views than listings which haven’t been claimed by their owners.2
Today Google SME announcing some exciting changes to Google My Business, designed to let our users see where and how people are finding them on Google. Where are people seeing your listing? Now when you log into Google My Business, not only will you see the total number of views for your listing, you’ll also see a breakdown of how many are coming from Google Search vs. Maps.
How are people finding you? Though some people search for you on Google by name, others search more generally for what you have to offer. (For example, “pizza restaurants in [your town].”) In fact, when researching a future purchase, 76% of people consider more than one business before making their final choice.3
Now you can see who visited your listing after searching for it directly, and who discovered your business while looking for a broader category.
To better serve our users, we’re focusing these new insights on Google Search and Maps, and removing Google+ statistics from the dashboard. With deeper insights on how people are finding your business on Google, you can make sure your efforts to maintain and promote your business are paying off. Keep your listing up-to-date by adding photos, responding to reviews, and updating your hours so that users find helpful, relevant information when they’re looking for you directly.
And, if you want to reach more customers who are searching for your business category, consider promoting your listing with AdWords Express. We hope these changes make your life a little simpler, and we’re excited to introduce even more insights into your customers’ behavior soon. To learn more, check out our help center. Happy Tracking!