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    New Business - Start off with Places For Business Listings or Google+ Local Page?

    Hi,

    We have a client with very little online exposure. They are a new service area business, a cleaning company and have NO Google Places (Places for Business) or Google+ Local listing. Should we start the listing in Places For Business Places for Business ? Google Or, create a Google+ Account and then a Google+ Local Page?

    They want to show-up in Google's search results, MAPs, Google+ and on mobile. I believe we need to create the Places for Business listing first and then if they want a Google+ Local page, create that afterwards, but want to reconfirm.

    Thanks!!
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    Re: New Business - Start off with Places For Business Listings or Google+ Local Page?

    Hi Susan,

    Yes should always start with a Place page.

    At this point I would not create a G+ page separately. Google has been advising against that for a long time.

    Google is in process of upgrading all Place pages to G+ Business pages so I'd wait for that if you can. If client can't wait, if you get the G+ widget in the new Places dash, you could do it that way. But if they are such late adopters I would think they could wait a little longer.
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    Re: New Business - Start off with Places For Business Listings or Google+ Local Page?

    Hi Linda,

    Thanks for the quick reply! We will go through Places for Business to create the listing and wait for Google to upgrade to a Google+ Business page.

    Best regards!!
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    Re: New Business - Start off with Places For Business Listings or Google+ Local Page?

    The good new Susan, is that if it's a new clean listing I think upgrades are happening pretty fast. It's the older problematic listings that are so slow.
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    Re: New Business - Start off with Places For Business Listings or Google+ Local Page?

    That's what we are hoping on this one Linda - all of our older listings have finally upgraded to the new dashboard - it seemed to be all at once after Google's last update.

    Thanks again!
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    Re: New Business - Start off with Places For Business Listings or Google+ Local Page?

    Hi again Linda,

    When I go Places for Business and enter the phone number the business is not found because it is new. It then brings me into what looks like the Old Dashboard to enter in the business information and then Submit. Attached is a screen grab.

    When does the new business see the new dashboard? After it is verified?

    Sorry to be a pain - I thought new listing would see the new dashboard right away like they do if they create a Google+ Local page within Google+.

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    Re: New Business - Start off with Places For Business Listings or Google+ Local Page?

    I'm not sure Susan cuz I don't set up new listings any more. But I do believe all new listings get new dash, so it must happen after you pin it. I assume anyway. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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    Re: New Business - Start off with Places For Business Listings or Google+ Local Page?

    The only time I come accross the old dashboard for a new listing is if that email was used for a listing in the past and it had the old dashboard. I would be willing to bet that if you did the process with a brand new email address, you would get the new dashboard. In my opinion it is well worth it to get the new dashboard.

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    Re: New Business - Start off with Places For Business Listings or Google+ Local Page?

    Hi Linda,

    It's been a long time since we have done a brand new listing too. I think you're right though, I'll know today after we go through it with the Client. They want to see the process.

    Thanks!
    Susan

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    Hi Michael,

    Thanks. As I mentioned to Linda it's been a long time since we have added a new listing. We are going to walk the client through it today. I'll let all know on the forum if they get the new dashboard. I think they will.

    I appreciate your input on the email address - it will be a new email.

    Thanks!
    Susan

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    Re: New Business - Start off with Places For Business Listings or Google+ Local Page?

    Hi Linda and Michael,

    We met with our new client today and created a new Google account for him to use for Places for Business (Google+ Local). When we did this it created a new Gmail which he is going to use for Google Local and Citation building Everything went smoothly and I noticed that we were in the New Dashboard. We entered his business information and are now awaiting the PIN. He has the New Dashboard when we login to Places for Business.

    I thought it was odd because yesterday when I logged into Places for Business it brought me to the old dashboard look in which you searched for your business by phone, the old way. I was using a Gmail that I created specifically for testing - it was created in 2012.

    I've done some further testing, deleted all cookies, used Chrome and Safari, and have come up with this result:

    1. Using a Gmail created in 2012 brings me to the old dashboard - image is attached yesterday.

    2. Using a new Gmail I created in Oct 2013 for my daughter, going to Places for Business and Login in with that email, starts you off in the new Dashboard. Attached is a screen grab of the Places for Business screen to search for your business - not by phone number, but the new way, in the new dashboard.

    Has anyone run into problems using an older Gmail when creating a Places for Business listing? Perhaps, you need a new Gmail when creating a Places for Business listing if you want the new dashboard and how new does it have to me?

    Thanks,
    Susan
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