At the August Shoptalk breakfast, attendees heard an excellent presentation from Jennifer Maimone from Dual Crossroads on “How to Claim Your Google My Business”. Jennifer has not only used “Google My Business” for her own business, but that was part of her job for prior employers. Jennifer walked us through the step-by-step process to create or update your Google Business page and answered questions from the group. Click here for a copy of the presentation.
Here are a few key points to remember:
Google My Business is a free and easy-to-use tool for businesses and organizations to manage their online presence across Google, including Search and maps.
Google My Business is tied to the business address. If another business previously had a Google business page you will need to request ownership. Otherwise, create a new page.
If your Google business page is brand new or unclaimed, Google will issue a postcard to your business mailing address in 1-3 weeks. When you receive the postcard, log back in and enter the code. DO NOT MAKE EDITS TO YOUR NEW BUSINESS PAGE BEFORE ENTERING THE CODE OR YOU MAY HAVE TO START ALL OVER.
Google is constantly changing its platform. Key an eye on your page and hire a professional SEO (search engine optimization) manager to help you, if needed.
Jennifer is available to answer questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or to make a recommendation on SEO companies. Whether you manage the Business page yourself or hire a SEO company, NEVER give someone else ownership of your Google Business page. Reclaiming your Business page is difficult and may ultimately be impossible. Assigning someone as an Admin has the same privileges as an owner, but can be removed by the owner.
Chief City Clerk, Anthony J. Mejia briefly discussed the transition process to a district-based electoral system for members of City Council; the reason for the change, short turnaround time to implement, public hearings to assist the demographer in drawing up draft district map(s), and answered questions from the group.
Four public hearings have been scheduled to assist in the process of selecting a preferred district map within 90-days as required by law, and to introduce an ordinance to transition to the new electoral system. The first two hearings (8/16 & 9/06 @ 7:30 pm in Council Chambers) will focus on defining “communities of interest” to assist the demographer in drawing up possible district maps. The third hearing (9/20 @ 7:30 pm in Council Chambers) will focus on the content of the best draft district map(s) and sequence of elections. The final hearing (10/4 @7:30 pm in Council Chambers) the City Council will select a preferred map and introduce the ordinance.
The City has established a web page that will be updated daily with additional information, meeting times, and FAQs.
The speaker for the September Shoptalk will be announced soon.
Shoptalk Breakfast is on the first Tuesday of each month at 8:00 am. Mark your calendars – there is always something new to hear or someone new to meet!
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South Pasadena, CA
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