Lets-put-richmond-on-the-mapLet’s Put Your Richmond Business On The Map

The Official Let’s Put Our Cities On The Map with Google has launched and Big Oak, Inc. is an official partner for Richmond, Virginia.

The GYBO program (Get Your Business Online) along with the National Small Business Week May 4th to May 8th is making a large push to help small businesses get online. Why should you care? These stats speak volumes about the potential that a local online presence can provide.

 

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The “Lets Put Our Cities On the Map” campaign sponsored by Google is out in full-force offering tools and assistance for small businesses. Here is a quick look at what someone searching for your local business might see.

Businesses with complete listings are 2x as likely to be considered reputable

When people search for businesses on Google they see listings like the one below. Make sure your business listing is complete with your hours, phone number, and other info so people are able to reach you. It’s free and easy to do.

Source: Google/Oxera, The Benefits of Complete Business Listings, December 2014. Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map — For Businesses-www_gybo_com_va_richmond_business

As one of the Google Small Business Community Advisers as well as an Official GYBO partner and Google Partner Ambassador, I had the pleasure to attend the Google Event in Chicago on Monday April 27th, 2015 for the Chicago “Let’s Put Our Cities On The Map” Workshop to assist and help out a sister city.

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At the workshop there were approximately 100 chrome-book stations for the attendees to process their Google My Business listings. Attendees listened to the lectures and followed the step by step handbook guide provided at this event.

The process included:

  • Claiming their listing.
  • Adding relevant content.
  • Providing vital business information such as: location, category and hours of operations.
  • Uploading photos.
  • Discussing official Google Plus reviews.

The event was professionally organized, the Google team was there to present and assist in every way.

Whitney Lemon & Eric Gehler

Whitney Lemon (Google) & Eric Gehler (Big Oak Team)

Your Google My Business listing is a vital first step to being seen on the internet. Claiming your listing and insuring the data is correct is vital. Don’t wait to do this. Big Oak is here to help on these initial first steps to get your business online.  Call us at (804) 741-6776 to help us help you. Get started by checking your listing here.

We will be presenting conferences and/or workshops in the near future for Richmond, Virginia and surrounding areas to Get Richmond On The Map, so stay tuned for updates!