The department of Tourism, Heritage, and Culture is committed to assisting tourism operators gain control of their Google My Business listings.
You cannot ignore the juggernaut that is Google if you want people to find your business. Small and medium businesses aiming for success need to include optimizing their Google business listing in their business plans. Start by claiming and verifying your company’s Google business listing, then take it further by optimizing the listing.
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. We urge all small and medium business operators to claim and verify their listing. If you verify and edit your business information, you can both help customers find your business and tell them your story.
Why use Google my Business?
Google My Business (GMB) is the most important online listing for any local business. It drives the local business search results on Google search, Maps, Google Assistant (voice search) and more. In some ways, your GMB listing is even more important that your website. It is a free tool set up by the search engine giant to help businesses take control and ownership of their brand and location. As well it formats your information in a very mobile-friendly way by default. This is extremely important when one considers that local searches on mobile has long surpassed any other type of device years ago.
Ready to go? Follow one of our online guides to walk you through the process.
Select “Just the Basics” if you do not require step-by-step instructions and just wish to claim and verify. Select “Detailed” if you want to see all the options that may arise and/or want to optimize your Google listing.
Just the basics: Find and claim your business on Google.
Detailed/Optimizing: More details about hiccups that can occur during attempts to claim / detailed information about GMB Dashboard
Help for Google My Business can obtained from Google’s official website.
Once the service returns to normal operation you can find major changes to Google My Business here.