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    Re: BREAKING! Google+ Business Merge with Google Place Pages Starts Now!

    Hi Travis, depends.

    In past Google said wait and let G upgrade the Place page if you don't already have a G+ page and that was my advice as well.

    But in this annoucement Jade said go ahead and create one if you want to get started early.

    So it depends on your time IMO. If you are being paid enough to go the extra mile for clients and manage their whole Internet presence then go for it. If a budget client, wait for Google to offer the next step which I think will be less work for you.

    Now you need to create the G+ page, verify, enter PIN, etc. Later I believe (but don't know for sure - no one does yet) but I think it will be more of an automatic upgrade sort of like the upgrade from GP to G+L was.

    Again keep in mind service area businesses with address hidden can't merge yet so don't bother for that type of business. It will LOOK like you can do it and you'll waste time going through all the steps like I did - but it doesn't work yet.
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    Re: BREAKING! Google+ Business Merge with Google Place Pages Starts Now!

    Thanks for all the information. It's certainly changing times! Is the next phase likely to be quite soon? Or, is it completely unknown and in the lap of the gods? (aka, Google)

    It seems like most of us would just like it to happen tomorrow!

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    Re: BREAKING! Google+ Business Merge with Google Place Pages Starts Now!

    Nick next phase should not be too far off, but Google never announces ETAs.

    I got a head's up on Phase 1 from Google the morning it launched. But of course since under NDA could not release details until after public launch.
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    Thanks! - I'm sure we are all on the edge of our seats!

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    Re: BREAKING! Google+ Business Merge with Google Place Pages Starts Now!

    The launch of what I call "Phase 1" of the merge/upgrade from Google Place Pages and Google+ Business pages was announced a few days ago.

    (SEE 1st post in this thread for a growing list of important updates and resources I am adding
    as I discover them.
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    It was announced too on the OFFICIAL Google + Your Business Google+ Stream.
    Lots of questions/comments have been building up there. Not one single reply or answer from Google yet.

    Since this is THEIR product AND it's about social AND it's posted on their own G+ social page, you'd think someone would be interacting and helping folks out?

    Same thing on the Google Business Forum. No answers from Google, just from me and a couple other TCs trying to help out with whatever info we can share.

    The majority of PR, support and answers to questions has been provided by Mike Blumenthal and I.

    It's so odd that Google makes these big announcements with so little fan fair and then sort of leaves it up to the community to figure it out and support each other.

    I'm sure Jade is buried with all the changes, and I know they've been trying to find a replacement for Vanessa, which would add another person to the team. But you'd think a big company like Google, who is trying to make it's mark in social, would have a social marketing manager running their G+ stream on an announcement like this???
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    Re: BREAKING! Google+ Business Merge with Google Place Pages Starts Now!

    Couple of examples of pages that have already been merged (during the early merge request period).

    Leo’s Pet Care (a member of this forum) https://plus.google.com/b/1080817756...22932523/about

    Barbara Oliver & Company (Mike Blumenthal's client Barbara Oliver Co Jewelry - About - Google+) https://plus.google.com/b/1080817756...22932523/about

    So above you can see the review and social features all working together on the page, however I guess some of the info is missing and Google is investigating. But they still look fine.

    Greg posted at Mike's yesterday:

    Dagnabbit!

    I was one of those guys who volunteered for an early merge of my Google+ Local and Google+ Business pages, and I don’t know if you saw this or not, but all the fancy formatting you and I did for our pages is now gone.
    Both listings have been stripped back to bare bones.

    Doesn’t even have hours of operation or nuthin’.

    Even my website isn’t linked anymore. Complete reset.

    Thoughts? Suggestions? Start over? Wait for stars to realign? Pull out hair?
    Mike reported to Google and they are working on it. So if you opted for the early merge be aware some, but not all listings may be having a couple issues.

    Here are a couple more of Mike's clients that did the early merge and pages are OK.

    PBM Elder Law and Cut Loose Hair Salon
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    Re: BREAKING! Google+ Business Merge with Google Place Pages Starts Now!

    Thanks a lot for this. It's good to get a feel for what the pages are looking like.

    In time, I think this change is going to be very healthy - having one place where businesses can engage with their local customers.

    At the moment, it's just a case of getting through all these complications!

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    Re: BREAKING! Google+ Business Merge with Google Place Pages Starts Now!

    These pages are really cool. Unfortunately, all of my clients are service-based clients with hidden addresses so we'll have to sit this one out

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    Re: BREAKING! Google+ Business Merge with Google Place Pages Starts Now!

    If the Google Places dashboard disappears, how will we access (Places) Analytics?

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