Google has rolled out a host of updates to its search product. The updates are designed to make visual information more useful as pictures and video become more central to the Internet experience.
The new features showing up in searches include introductory videos about public figures, topic videos to help users plan trips or learn about new subjects, and an overhaul of its ranking system for displaying image-based searches, offering users more context and easier ways to shop online.
Businesses can leverage these changes to their benefit by integrating photos, videos, online reviews and more into Google’s “My Business” page.
Posting through Google My Business lets you publish your events, products, and services directly to Google Search and Maps. By creating posts, you can place your timely text, video, or photo content in front of customers when they find your business listing on Google.
Your business profile appears right when people are searching for your business or businesses like yours on Google Search and Maps. Creating a Google My Business (google.com/business) page is free, and you can update your Business Profile with it so you can stand out and bring customers in.
Once you set it up, you can learn how customers are interacting with your Business Profile. It’s similar to Google Analytics, but tailored to your specific business. It’s also designed to be much less overwhelming. While many data scientists are devoted to analytics’ ability to handle any deep dive, the sheer amount of variables involved is enough to frustrate those without a statistics degree. Head to bit.ly/GoogleOverhaul for the rest of the story.