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Posted on 10-04-2012
By: William Foody
Not long ago, Google replaced Google Places listings with Google+ Local pages. If your dental practice had a Google Places listing, your practice will now have a Google+ Local listing instead. Today’s blog is a “How-To Guide” on merging a Google+ Local page with a Google+ Business page. To complete this merger, you will need a Google+ Personal Page, a Google+ Business Page, and a Google+ Local listing (formally known as Google Places).
1. First, create a personal Google+ page. (This is a personal page for you, not for your practice. This needs to be a REAL account. You will be required to connect this page to your website)
i. Use a picture with only you in it and be sure you are looking forward. The picture must also be clear since Google has face recognition tools that find other photos of you.
ii. Follow at least 10 other people (these should be local people that may follow you as well).
iii. In the “About” are, fill in information about yourself. In the contributor section, put in your website (using search engines, see if your website is listed as www or non-www).
2. Second, set-up a Google+ Business Page (This page will not directly connect to the personal page)
i. On your personal page, hover over “More” on the left side bar (it has three dots over it). Next, click “Pages” (this option appears as you hover over “More”).
ii. Click the red button, “Create new page” (upper right hand corner).
iii. iii. Now, select type of business (use “Local Business or Place”).
iv. Use the same phone number as the one on your Google+ Local (if you are opening a new business, skip ahead to the second step.)
i. If you are not sure if you have a Google+ Local Page or are not sure where to locate it, go to http://www.google.com/places/ and choose “Get started now.” (If you are using Google for the first time, skip this step)
a. You will be directed to an “Old Google Places Account” for your practice. If it asks for a “country and phone number,” leave this screen.
b. If a “dashboard” is visible, choose “See your listing on Google.” You will be directed to a Google+ Local Page that lists your phone number (write this number down for later).
ii. While this may be the first time you are using Google, you may still have a profile that was created for you by Google. In Google+, on the left side, choose the “Local” tab.
a. On the top of the page, search for your dental practice.
1. Try your practice’s name Old and New
2. Phone numbers Old and New
b. If you find your practice’s listing, write down the phone number.
v. If you were unable to locate your business or are opening a new dental business, type your business phone in for the “Primary phone number.” If you found your business phone number, enter it in here (you can correct old numbers later).
vi. If you found a listing, you can choose it on the next screen. If this is a new business or you didn’t locate a listing, select “No matches located Add your business to Google.”
i. If you chose “No matches located Add your business to Google,” enter your practice’s information on the next screen. Include the correct “Business Info, Phone, Address, & Category” and choose “Create.”
ii. If you found a listing, you can correct the information and the choose “Create.”
vii. Now, add a “Tagline, Introduction, Contact Info, Website & Links.”
viii. At this time, you will be able to click the red “Verify” button on the Google+ Business page.
ix. Once you have done that, you will need to wait 5-10 days for a PIN number from Google. When it arrives, enter it in.
If you have questions on merging Google+ Local and Google+ Business, call our DentalMatrix support team at 1-800-IMATRIX (1-800-462-8749).
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