FAQs and guidelines to help you in setting up your workshop on Google My Business
We have outlined best practice guidelines to help you in setting up your workshop on Google My Business. These guidelines are designed to help you get the most from your listing and should answer any questions you have during set up.
To make the most from your listing you need to keep business information up to date, make sure you are responding to reviews and make the most of Google My Business’s Post feature. To be able to do this we need to assign an email address to your listing which you can use to login.
We will use the email address you have supplied to the Find Workshop Tool, but this must be linked to a Google account. If your email address is not linked to a Google account you will not be able to login to your listing to make changes, see reviews or use the Posts feature.
If you use a gmail.com email address or you are already able to log into Google services with the email address you have supplied, then you do not need to create a Google account for your email. However, if you cannot access Gmail with your current email address please follow the steps below.
1. Go to google.com/accounts/NewAccount
2. Enter your name and select ‘use my current email address instead’
Your business name must reflect your real-world name as used consistently on your shop front, website, stationary etc and as known by your customers.
Do not add any additional details to your business name such as aspects of your address, opening hours or business category.
If you have multiple businesses with the same name then use the same name for all businesses, do not try to differentiate between different branches with suffixes or prefixes.
Including unnecessary information in your business name is not permitted by Google and could result in your listing being suspended.
Do not include:
Please use a precise and accurate address to describe your business location as you would use to direct any mail to your business.
PO boxes or mailboxes in remote locations are not acceptable.
Do’s and don’ts
Line 1 – Volkat House
Line 2 – Ground Floor
Line 3 – Westfield Estate
For most people you will need only one or two address lines. For Example:
Line 1 – 12, Smithson Avenue
Please include the city or town that your business is located in.
Please include the county, state or province of your business if needed. This field is not a requirement but do include this information if you would normally when providing your address.
Postcode/ Zip Code
If a postcode/ zip code/ pincode/ eircode is used in your country, then please enter it here in the format you would use generally when providing your address.
Please provide a phone number that connects people to your business as directly as possible. Try to use a local phone number rather than a central call centre helpline number were possible.
The phone number must be under the direct control of the business and premium-rate telephone numbers are not allowed.
Input a URL that directs people to your business’s own website or webpage. If you have a webpage hosted on a site containing multiple pages for different businesses, please link directly to the page relating specifically to your business.
Your ‘From the Business’ description will likely be similar to any ‘about us’ information on your website or social media pages. Content should highlight what makes your business unique and sets you apart from competitors as well as provide useful information on services and products offered. All content must be honest, relevant and informative for the user. This is a place for you to focus on business details and not details about promotions, prices or sales.
Google My Business can refuse to accept description if it does not meet their guidelines and we may edit description copy to comply with guidelines if needed.
You may enter up to five URLs linking to images to be included in your profile. All photos should be in focus and well-lit and have no significant alterations or excessive use of filters. In other words, the image should represent reality.
Please be aware that Google My Business takes the uploaded images as a suggestion and there is no guarantee that these images will feature on your profile – Google My Business will use images from online and those submitted by users as well as those you provide to deliver the most useful and relevant images to users.
Please select the relevant Castrol logo from the three provided to you.
Your cover photo should represent your business but there is no guarantee that this image will feature prominently on your Google My Business listing. We suggest a picture of your building exterior or exterior signage. The image should be at least 480 x 270 px
We recommend you provide additional clear images of your building exterior showing your main entrance to help users locate you as well as any other images that may help people find your location such as your business near local landmarks. These images should be at least 250 x 250 px
Hosting photos online
We have requested that you provide a link to where your photo is hosted online. This does not include web pages which include your photo. If you wish to use a photo on your website right click on the image and select ‘open image in new tab’ the URL from the new tab is the one you should provide.
Alternately, you can upload your images to a hosting platform such as Google Photos and share the link from here.
Attributes help users understand more about your business and should be included to help maximise your listing.
Attributes are provided in seven categories. Please select any and all relevant attributes from the dropdown lists provided.
Any attributes you assign to your business must be factually correct and not mislead users.
Note: Google users can also suggest and influence the attributes on your listing so you may see some attributes appear on your listing that you did not assign. If you have a concern about any user-assigned attributes you can flag this through our support process.
The following FAQs are designed to provide more information about your listing after it’s verified and help you make the most of Google My Business’s features.
To find your business search for your business name (and location if you have multiple businesses using the same name) in Google Maps. Searching for keywords as soon as your listing has been verified might not result in you seeing your listing.
Please bear in mind that your location at the time of searching may impact the results you see so if you are situated some way away from your business location you may need to adjust your search. Just because you don’t see your business location right away doesn’t mean that users closer to your business will see the same results as you.
There are a number of reasons why you may not see your listing when searching for keywords other than your business name such as ‘garage’ or ‘Castrol’.
Firstly, Google will show results closest to you so if your listing is in another town or city you will find it difficult to get it to appear for your personal search. This doesn’t mean that people close to your business aren’t seeing it. Google also takes into account the relevance of your business to the search and your business prominence in order to determine what results appear for what searches.
Google keep their algorithms for ranking hidden to ensure the system is as fair as possible, however, they do provide some advice:
Please note: Additional factors also influence local search results including how well your website ranks, having a greater number of more positive reviews and having a number of quality links, articles and directories pointing back to your business so it’s not always possible to get top rankings based on Google My Business optimisation alone.
We will be regularly monitoring listing performance and may provide recommendations that you supply additional information/ images or respond to or encourage more reviews to help improve your listing.
Google collects information about your business from several sources with the aim of providing users with the most honest, relevant and useful information about your business and its location. These sources include online information, information you provide, and information gathered from users.
Google Maps users have the ability to answer questions about your business after they have visited and Google may use this information to update your listing.
Generally, updates are helpful but if you see an update on your listing that is factually incorrect please raise the issue with our support process.
Monitoring and responding to reviews is key to getting greater visibility in local search results. In order to view and respond to your reviews:
1. Log into your Google My Business account
2. Click on the business name
3. Click ‘Reviews’ in the left hand column menu
7. If you wish to edit a reply later you can click the ‘Edit’ button under a reply
8. You can delete a reply by clicking the ‘Delete’ button under a reply
Google My Business allows you to post updates, events and offers in the form of Posts.
Posts allow locations and business owners to share information with audiences and those who are likely to come across your listing. The benefits include:
A few things to note:
Each type of post (e.g. update, event, product, offer) have slightly different features, however the majority of post types include options for:
For ‘Offers’ specifically, there are 4 required fields you need to fill in to post. These are photo / video, offer title and start / end date:
However, there are a number of optional fields you can use to make the offer more detailed, these include a time, offer details (description), a coupon code, a link to redeem the offer and terms & conditions.
When it comes to creating offers on Google My Business, it’s important to be able to track promotions or offers. We would recommend exploring coupon codes or a link the customer must visit before they redeem the offer.
A few things from us when it comes to optimising offer posts: