The company announced Thursday that ahead of its International Small Business Week, Google has expanded editing capabilities for Google My Business (GMB) profiles in Search and Maps. It also offers a free trial of Pointy, a platform enabling local businesses to discover their inventory online to eligible business owners.
More editing capabilities from within Search and Maps. Business owners can now directly add their local service offerings (e.g., eyelash extensions, leak repairs, ground wire installations, etc.) to their GMB profiles from Search. And, beginning , local businesses can schedule Google Posts from now within Search.
- The Post creation workflow in . Image: Google.
Note that the ability to edit your GMB profile from Google Search and Maps is not new; it was first introduced for Search in 2017 and expanded to Maps. To update your GMB profile from Search or Maps, you must be logged into a associated with your business. To update your profile from Search, type in your business name or “my business.” To edit it from Maps, tap on your profile picture followed by “Your Business Profile.”
For restaurants. Restaurant owners can now add menu items to their GMB profile from Search and Maps. Google is also rolling out the ability to add and update ordering options (i.e., pickup or delivery) from Search — that feature will be. In addition, restaurant and service business owners can now enable online bookings through their GMB profiles from Search. Business owners must sign up with a Reserve with to take advantage of this feature.
Free Pointy trial.Pointy for free to eligible retailers through September 30.
- The Pointy hardware device.
Google acquired Pointy in January 2020. The platform uses a hardware device (shown above) that attaches to a point-of-sale barcode scanner to pull its title, image, and description to add it to.
Local Opportunity Finder. In a separate blog post,a new local Opportunity Finder tool. The device is designed to provide local business owners with tailored recommendations to improve their visibility on Search and Maps. Business owners can enter the name of their business into the tool, and Google will provide a list of resources, such as how to respond to reviews or photos. This resource will be rolling out in the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, and Spain , with a rollout to more European markets, the Middle East, and Africa in the coming months.
Why we care, being able to update a GMB profile from Search or Maps may make it easier for some business owners to do so, which can help them keep their audiences up-to-date about how their business is operating and what they’re currently offering. Pointy may be a useful solution for SMBs wanting to get their inventory online, which is especially important as consumers may expect to “buy online, pickup in-store.” The free trial may help local businesses investing in such a platform is worthwhile.
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