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Help customers find your picture frame business with Google Maps

By Kristin Brinner

Help customers find your picture frame business with Google Maps One of the tools people commonly use when searching for local businesses is Google Maps. If your business is listed with incorrect information, you haven't claimed your business with Google, or your business is new, you are missing a key opportunity to engage with potential customers. Luckily, it's easy to do.

A. Is your business listed?
First, check to make sure your business is listed on Google Maps. If the business is new, chances are it’s not even listed. Go to and search for your business - either by name or simply search for something like ‘picture frame store’. If your business is listed, perfect, skip to part

B. If your business isn’t listed, you’ll want to fix this.
1. Go to Google Places and log in with your Google account info (if you don't have one, sign up - they're free and take about two seconds to create). Once you’re logged in to your Dashboard, click on Add Another Business.



2. Enter in the basic information and click Find your Business. If your business isn’t listed, click the Add A New Listing button.


3. Enter in the basic information about your store. Google will take your address, contact information, hours, payment options, photos, videos, and any additional information. The more info the better.



4. When you've submitted your information, you will reach the confirmation page. Just enter your contact name and hit Finish. Google needs to send you a postcard at the address you've listed. This postcard will have the code you'll need to confirm your address. So, look out for that postcard! It's not junk, and if you throw it out, you'll have to request a new one which will take another couple of weeks.


5. Once you receive the postcard, log back in to your Google account and go to the Google Places section. You should see a listing for your business with an area to input your PIN. Enter the PIN and voila, you are now mapped with Google!


B. Have you claimed your business?
If you search for your business on Google Maps and it is listed correctly, you should claim your business. This unlocks a number of useful tools and won’t take but a few minutes.

1. If you see your business on Google Maps, click on the red pin with your business name. (If your business doesn’t show up, go back up to Part A.) Click on the 'More' option, and then 'Report a problem'.


2. Under ‘Is this your business’ click on Manage your page.

3. You will be prompted to log in to your Google account - if you don't have one, you can sign up for free. You can then select the appropriate response, most likely it's the first "Edit my business information." As the instructions say at the bottom, Google will mail you a letter containing a PIN and activation instructions to the business address associated with your listing. After you validate your listing, you may edit your Google Maps listing at any time.


3. Have you personalized your Google Maps listing?
Once you’ve mapped and claimed your business on Google Maps, you will be able to personalize the way Google Maps displays your business. Upload a photo, add your business hours, link to your website, and monitor any public reviews. The more information you provide to personalize your Google Maps listing, the easier it is for potential clients to find you. You can also keep tabs on your online reputation by monitoring any reviews people may post about your business.


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