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    Exclamation Major Update - New Google Places Dashboard - All-in-one Local Listing Management

    So excited to finally be able to announce the launch of the new Google Places Dashboard. YAY!

    This new All-in-One Google Local Listing Management Dashboard offers SOOOOO many significant advantages
    and yes the old dashboard is really going away.

    Although, please be aware this is a HUGE UPDATE, that will gradually be rolling out nationally - then internationally. It's rolling out as we speak and could take days, possibly weeks to reach everyone and this is just phase one.

    I believe it's open to NEW signups now and will roll out gradually from there.
    More changes and improvement are still coming after this, and of course the product will continue to expand and evolve.

    A pic is worth 1,000 words so without further ado
    let me show you the new integrated dashboard.


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    Above is the demo listing Google created for Linda's Snow Shop. Here is the live page with the categories and description I just added yesterday.

    You see the Google Places data editing section, (Yes it's still called Places on the business owner side) there is also one button Google+ Page set-up AND management widget, a Google Adwords Express widget and Google Offers widget, all together in the same interface. How hot is that?!!!

    PLUS all the data flows between and is consistent between all the different apps. Additionally, if you do something wrong OR if an edit will be delayed because it needs to be approved, it will tell you that too!
    This is just such a major improvement I can't hardly type, I'm so excited.

    PLACE PAGE DATA EDIT SCREEN

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    Short on time hope the notes on screenshot are sufficient.


    EDITING CATEGORIES

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    I tried to add the custom categories "snowman creation service" and "snowblowers full of hot air"
    to Linda's Snow Shop as custom cats. Here's what happened:

    NO MORE CUSTOM CATEGORIES

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    Yes there is, 1 Button set up for Google+ Business page right in your new dashboard. Super hot!
    (This is why I kept telling you Google has been saying to wait!)


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    Then when I click "Visit Your Google+ Page" here is the G+ Business page management screen.


    Google+ Management Screen

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    NOTE: You don't have to merge/verify your G+ Business page yet if you don't want to. If you don't need social or want to wait for things to improve you can simply stay with the Place page/G+ Local page.

    A couple other points. Edits SHOULD go live a little faster for most things as they've been working on the data pipeline. However I think images are still delayed, but they are working on it. And again this will take awhile to roll out and more exciting changes are in the wind...

    There is a ton more info that I don't have time to type up. I tried to show the most important stuff in the screenshots and links below will answer many of your questions.

    HELP DOCS with MORE INFO

    IMPORTANT FAQ More details about the improved look and feel of Google Places for Business

    What’s happening to Google Places for Business?

    Insights for your business (New analytics)

    Status of edits in your listing editor Explains edits that could be pending review. It NOTIFIES YOU NOW!

    Service area businesses in Google Places for Business This is all changed and MUCH better!

    Upgrading your business listing to a local Google+ Page ONE BUTTON UPGRADE TO G+ WIDGET

    Sorry, have a family medical emergency and am madly trying to make travel arrangements and trying to wrap up work and get out of town. So I'm not going to be around much to answer Qs. Plus when I'm gone Internet access may be tough, as I'll be in a rural area on Lake Michigan without a good signal.

    So this may not be as long and detailed as I'd like. Hopefully the screenshots from my demo account will tell most of the story, along with the links to the official announcement and help docs from Google.

    But I think Joel and Jade may peek in to answer Qs as they come up. And Joy can fill in Colan so he'll have a lot of the answers as well. Plus Keenan was in our meeting and saw demo and he's a member here too. Maybe Mike will even stop by. So you guys should be covered, even once I have to rush off. Plus I'm sure Mike has more detailed info and will be answering Qs over at his blog as well.

    LOCAL SEARCH PROS CONFERENCE CALL

    I'm going to TRY to have a "State of the Union" call of sorts that will be open to all of the consultants that have taken my Advanced Google+ Local training. I'm still madly trying to figure out my travel schedule, but if I don't have to leave til next week, I'll try to do the call Thurs or Friday. Will announce it in the Private Pro Forum if I can pull this call off. (No promises, just best of intentions.)

    THANK YOU to the GOOGLE TEAM FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK ON THIS UPDATE!

    What do you guys think?
    Are you as excited as I am?


    UPDATE: 4/3 Split off all the wonderful supportive comments about my family situation plus will post updates about my travel plans/availability here: Linda Limited Availability Until April 19th
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    re: Major Update - New Google Places Dashboard - All-in-one Local Listing Management

    Here's is Mike's coverage. He got a test account to play with at the same time I did. His is Mike's Pies.

    Google rolling out update to Google Places for Business

    Visual Guide to the new Places for Business Dashboard
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    re: Major Update - New Google Places Dashboard - All-in-one Local Listing Management

    Thanks so much for the information! I have read your post as well as Mike's and it looks like Google may have turned the corner here.

    I just listed a new business yesterday (wish i had waited a day). I am curious to see how this pans out for my new business owner once she is verified.

    I will be watching this closely.

    My prayers to you and your father.

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    re: Major Update - New Google Places Dashboard - All-in-one Local Listing Management

    What great news, Linda! Thanks for the very thorough, well-written post regarding this! It's great to see some movement on this front!

    Thanks again,
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    re: Major Update - New Google Places Dashboard - All-in-one Local Listing Management

    2 more posts from Mike. Where does he find the time?

    Categories in the new Places for Business Dashboard

    Here is the new complete Places for Business category list Mike just posted.

    Analysis: Google Places for Business – Upgrade or G+ Pages Lite?
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    re: Major Update - New Google Places Dashboard - All-in-one Local Listing Management

    No Custom Cats
    Google doesn't like cats?
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    re: Major Update - New Google Places Dashboard - All-in-one Local Listing Management

    LOL! That's Linda shorthand. I write the word categories like 20 times a day. Saves my carpal!

    Google just posted a new FAQ at the Google and Your Business Forum.

    More details about the improved look and feel of Google Places for Business

    Here is a chart with clarification about the different types of pages.

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    re: Major Update - New Google Places Dashboard - All-in-one Local Listing Management

    This is so, so huge. My head is spinning. Linda, you are an angel to be writing about all of this with so many family worries on your mind. Going to read Mike's posts right now.

    I left for lunch today and when I came back, the whole world had changed.
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    re: Major Update - New Google Places Dashboard - All-in-one Local Listing Management

    Why spend all that time and effort on a Places dashboard where there are also G+ Local pages? So Plus Loca and Places can be merged, or not. Seems to prolong the confusion and the inevitable G+ takeover.

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    re: Major Update - New Google Places Dashboard - All-in-one Local Listing Management

    First, BIG THANKS for such in depth reporting on this important and fundamentally altering change in what affects many of us. I migrated from "Oh, sh...." earlier this evening to "Oh, Wow". I keep telling myself (and clients): "Change is good. Embrace it. Own it". Looks like we've got some embracing and ownership ahead of us. All good!

    Second, Congrats for your TC designation on Google's Meet our Top Contributors - Business Help
    Though your ranking is #2 below Mike's, I still love you more

    Lastly, at http://support.google.com/business/answer "Upgrading Your Business Listing to Google Plus", it states: "You should be managing no other pages in your Google+ account. If you have other pages which you wish to continue managing, you should hang tight until the Google+ upgrade is available to you." Hang tight? Days? Weeks? Months?

    Alternatives? Suggestions?

    Still peeling the onion layers so will probably be back soon with more questions, and perhaps fresh observations. Till then, "Cover me, I'm go'in in!".

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