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    • October 31, 2011 9:59 AM CDT
    • Hi Dave,

      Don't have one working from Twitter to iantique yet. Is a great idea though, I'll look into it.

      The classifieds section has a great feature, that you can auto-post your listings to your facebook page.

    • October 31, 2011 8:21 AM CDT
    • Newby Question.  I can post content from my website to twitter.  Is there a feed from twitter to iantique?  I noticed the # charater on iantique and twitter subjects and maybe this has something to do with the feed.  

       

      Sorry for the early question but am not see a help function.

       

      Dave

    • September 4, 2011 1:39 PM CDT
    • Hey Claude, I know exactly the problem you have with the GPS; I have a customer with the same problem. Fixing that seems like its almost impossible. Here's the steps that I took:

      1. Searched the Internet to make sure that the business address is listed everywhere correctly.

      2. Discovered (by asking the customers) which GPS company was giving the wrong info. Then I contacted them and asked for them to correct the info. This doesn't mean that it will fix it for the millions of GPS devices that they have already sold, but if you can get them to fix it for the future.

      3. I also considered going to the area that the GPS wrongly directed them to, to see if there is a place to put a sign. (this didn't work out, but was a novel idea).

    • September 1, 2011 7:44 PM CDT
    • I am the verified owner of that account. I will check on the gmail thing. Thanks for the help. I fixed the incorrect marker thing, but the address location is still wrong. When you use a Gps it shows the location on the other side of the highway.

    • September 1, 2011 7:34 PM CDT
    • Ok, if you don't mind, I'll just throw out some general thoughts, so if anyone else is reading, they'll benefit also. (Thanks Claude for getting this started in the discussion)

      GMail account is definitely needed. You'll need it for several different Google services. Claude, you could go to Gmail.com and try to get the address "theantiquemall@gmail.com" If it is not available, try for something else that’s a little close to it. Maybe like: "hattiesburgantiques@gmail.com" or something like that.

      (Be sure to write down the email address and password somewhere, PLEASE)

      Once you have access into that Gmail account, go to www.google.com/ and search for your business. I searched for Hattiesburg antiques and it first displayed a list of 7 PLACES. I clicked on "The Antique Mall".

      Claude, at this point, I noticed in the upper right area (above the map), that someone has already verified themselves as the owner.

      Clicking on "Edit This Place" should allow you to edit your listing. (We'll have to cover later how to reclaim a business listing)

      Once in the EDIT THIS PLACE area, you’ll want to edit the BASIC INFORMATION. It's under this area that you'll find a link near the map "FIX INCORRECT MARKER LOCATION", which should allow you to work at correcting the map.

      It's very important to complete all the information and to add as many photos and videos as you can.

      Keep in mind that people can leave reviews of your business. In this area, you can respond to reviews.

      The importance of maintaining a GMAIL account that has control of your Google services is great. You'll also need that GMAIL account if you want to do any ADWORDS advertising, get access to Google Analytics and even the Webmaster Tools which is another area of extreme importance.

      Sorry for getting long winded.

      -Dan



    • September 1, 2011 6:43 PM CDT
    • Don't think I have a gmail, but I have contacted them. The name of the business is The Antique Mall. The address is 2103 West Pine St. Hattiesburg, MS.

    • September 1, 2011 6:27 PM CDT
    • Lets see if we can help with that, Claude.

      Have you associated your Google Maps/Places location with a Gmail account?

    • September 1, 2011 6:25 PM CDT
    • Also, as I said previously, the name of the business should line up with the address. Mine does not and I have contacted google. Yahoo maps is also wrong. Thankfully the customers called and I was able to give them directions. Yellow pages will become less and less relevant.

    • September 1, 2011 6:12 PM CDT
    • Reading this article from June of 2011, shows that Google Places beats out Yellow Pages, Review Sites, Facebook and Twitter as the top online source US consumers check before visiting a local business.

       

      However, it also says that 52% are influenced by a friend for a local business recommendation.

       

      (Both of which you really have control over).

       

      I've done some work for businesses to improve their Google Places - Maps results.  It's not always easy, but it is extremely important in search results.  Especially when the search term is "Chicago Antiques" or "Atlanta Antique Mall".

       

      Not having a well formed listing can knock you right off the map... so to speak.