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    Exclamation BREAKING! Google+ Business Merge with Google Place Pages Starts Now!

    This is just the 1st iteration and beginning step for merging your Google+ Local (Google Places page) with your Google+ Business Page.

    THIS WILL WORK RIGHT NOW IF YOU HAVE ALREADY CREATED a GOOGLE+ BUSINESS PAGE with LOCAL set as the CATEGORY. (If you didn't set local as category or if you are a service area business with address hidden you can't merge yet - see below.)

    See important updates and resources - bottom of this post.

    I AM CALLING THIS PHASE ONE

    PHASE ONE is for straight forward merges with existing G+ Business page (set as local) and Google Place page.

    After you verify your G+ Business page, then it will merge with your Place Page and you'll have ONE page, with all the Places features like reviews AND all the social features combined.


    From the Google and Your Business Forum
    Verification available for local pages created in Google+

    For those of you that have created local Google+ pages (with social features) -- good news! Today, you can become the verified business owner for that local Google+ page.

    In essence, this will combine the page you created in Google+ with the page in Google+ Local (formerly Places listing). Your business’ presence across Google Search, Google Maps, and Google+ will be unified. You’ll be able to manage this page from Google+ Pages admin. Check out the Meatball Shop for an example of a combined page, with both social features and reviews.

    If you’re ready, just click on Verify now on the right side of the page. You’ll need to verify that you’re representing your business by having a postcard sent, even if you’re a verified business owner on Google Places for Business. Also note that verification will only work for pages created in the "Local Business or Place" category in Google+.

    The new upgraded pages aren’t yet available for those that just have local Google+ pages with reviews. We’re working on getting the upgraded experience to all business owners. If you’re curious, go ahead and create a Google+ page in the local category.

    Got questions? Reply here -- I’ll update this post with answers.

    Thanks,
    Jade
    There are many scenarios that are not covered in this 1st phase. More will be revealed soon.

    I am doing Q & A on a bunch of issues with Google via email. I know there will be a TON of questions. Google is working on help docs, FAQ and other integration options.
    Like I said this is just the very 1st phase.

    More coming, as I get news I can share publicly.

    CHECK FOR UPDATES TO BE CONTINUALLY ADDED HERE:

    NEW 11/29/12 - Link to Mike Blumenthals Local Train Wreck post. He, I and now even Jade from Google suggest waiting to merge. Just too buggy still.
    http://localsearchforum.catalystemar...rge-whats.html

    NEW 11/29/12 -Jade just did a bunch of updates to the original G+merge/verify FAQ.
    Verification available for local pages created in Google+

    Update 8/16 - Google+ Local Merge FAQ from Google

    NEW 8/14 - Should you Merge or WAIT? Some bugs and problems are being reported.
    Google+ Business Update - Pros and Cons of Merging Google Places Now Vs Waiting

    NEW 8/7 Video - How to Merge your Google+ Local and G+ Business Pages - Detailed Instructions

    ADDED 8/4 Service Area Businesses with Hidden Address - Can't Merge Your G+ Business Page Yet Google forgot to mention you are not included in this initial update. See details in the post.

    Official Google help docs Step-by-step instructions - Google+ Help
    Note: waiting on confirmation from Google that these docs are updated and correct for this new update.

    Mike Blumenthal's Step by Step instructions. Likely more detailed than Google's.
    Step by Step Guide to the Google+ Business/Local Merge Verification Process


    Just got these help doc links from Jade:
    Step-by-step instructions
    Verifying a local Google+ page
    Edits to verified local Google+ pages appearing


    Jade added FAQ to original announcement this AM (8/4)
    Upgrade/Merge FAQ (From Google Business Forum)

    Q - Can a local Google+ page that I make in Google+ have multiple administrators? (ie, Can multiple Google+ profiles manage my page?)

    A - Yes! There are two types of administrators -- owners, and managers. Read more about each role’s capabilities here.

    Q - Can I have one social local Google+ page that links to my many locations?

    A - No, at this time, we only support one social local Google+ page linking with one location.

    Q - What if I made my social Google+ page in a category other than “local business/place?”

    A - Currently we only support verification of pages made in the local business/place category. You may make a new page in that category to access verification, but we cannot automatically move content or followers. There is currently not a way to change the category of a +page.

    Q - What about if I’m a service area business with hidden address?

    A - The new verification process does not currently support service area businesses with hidden addresses.

    Q - What if I’ve just got a local Google+ page with reviews (in Google+ Local) but don’t have a social +page?

    A- You may create a +page in the “local business/place” category to have access to verification, if you would like. We hope to offer the upgraded experience to all local businesses, soon, but currently, verification of the social +page is the only way to get the combined/upgraded pages.
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    Cool Re: BREAKING! Google+ Business Merge with Google Place Pages Starts RIGHT NOW!

    Hi Linda,

    Any news regarding businesses that only have a G+ Local page? Continue to sit tight I imagine
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    Re: BREAKING! Google+ Business Merge with Google Place Pages Starts RIGHT NOW!

    Yep sit tight. No way to upgrade if you only have a Place page currently.

    BUT in past Google told me to advise folks if you only have GP and no G+ Biz, just wait for upgrade. In this announcement Jade says "If you’re curious, go ahead and create a Google+ page in the local category."
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    Re: BREAKING! Google+ Business Merge with Google Place Pages Starts RIGHT NOW!

    Way cool. Where would be be without Linda?

    Step by step instructions on how to verify here...

    Step-by-step instructions - Google+ Help

    Apparently the link at the top of the page is referred to there, but there's an obvious Verify button on the right side of the Google+ Business page.

    Also looks like photos that have been in purgatory suddenly got a swift kick to the front of the page.

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

    Thanks Keenan,

    I was waiting to get word from Jade about the correct help docs. As you know sometimes the current/correct info is mislabeled or is for a different page/process than it appears to be. She hasn't gotten back to us to confirm the correct help doc links yet.

    But that looks like the correct info as far as I know.

    Quote Originally Posted by keenan View Post
    Also looks like photos that have been in purgatory suddenly got a swift kick to the front of the page.
    Great news! I had a feeling images uploads was just broken until the upgrade in spite of Google saying it was just a delay in the update cycle.
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    Re: BREAKING! Google+ Business Merge with Google Place Pages Starts RIGHT NOW!

    Mike Blumenthal's Step by Step instructions. Likely more detailed than Google's.

    Step by Step Guide to the Google+ Business/Local Merge Verification Process
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    Re: BREAKING! Google+ Business Merge with Google Place Pages Starts Now!

    NEW 8/4 Service Area Businesses with Hidden Address - Can't Merge Your G+ Business Page Yet

    Google forgot to mention that if you have a service area or home business with address hidden, you are not included in this initial update. See details in the post. (Then pour more salt in the wounds as Mike said.)
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    Re: BREAKING! Google+ Business Merge with Google Place Pages Starts Now!

    Jade added FAQ to original announcement this AM (8/4)

    Upgrade/Merge FAQ (From the Google and your Business Forum)

    Q - Can a local Google+ page that I make in Google+ have multiple administrators? (ie, Can multiple Google+ profiles manage my page?)

    A - Yes! There are two types of administrators -- owners, and managers. Read more about each role’s capabilities here.

    Q - Can I have one social local Google+ page that links to my many locations?

    A - No, at this time, we only support one social local Google+ page linking with one location.

    Q - What if I made my social Google+ page in a category other than “local business/place?”

    A - Currently we only support verification of pages made in the local business/place category. You may make a new page in that category to access verification, but we cannot automatically move content or followers. There is currently not a way to change the category of a +page.

    Q - What about if I’m a service area business with hidden address?

    A - The new verification process does not currently support service area businesses with hidden addresses.
    (More info here)

    Q - What if I’ve just got a local Google+ page with reviews (in Google+ Local) but don’t have a social +page?

    A- You may create a +page in the “local business/place” category to have access to verification, if you would like. We hope to offer the upgraded experience to all local businesses, soon, but currently, verification of the social +page is the only way to get the combined/upgraded pages.


    I added this to bottom of the 1st post as well. That's were I posting new updates as they become available. So be sure to scroll up to post 1 as there are several other new updates you may have missed, since I made the original announcement yesterday.
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    Re: BREAKING! Google+ Business Merge with Google Place Pages Starts RIGHT NOW!

    Linda:

    So according to this comment (and the comment that Blumenthal left on his blog) you can create a Google+ page in the local category to merge it with the Google Places page. None of my clients have Google+ business pages so should I start creating pages for them or wait this out a while?

    Travis Van Slooten


    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Buquet View Post
    In this announcement Jade says "If you’re curious, go ahead and create a Google+ page in the local category."
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