Every restaurant, being a location based business, needs a Google+ page. One of the biggest reasons for this is so that your restaurant can be included on Google Maps.
So, how do you get your restaurant listed on Google Maps?
1. Add Or Claim Your Business To Get Listed On Google Maps
In order for you to be able to add your restaurants contact details, description, pictures, hours of operations etc. you will need to create a local Google+ page for your restaurant (or claim your restaurant if it already exists).
How? Watch this tutorial on how to add or claim your restaurant listing on Google.
First, you need to go to Google My Business. You’ll need a Google account for this. If you have Gmail, that’s what you’ll use.
Next, search for your restaurant by using its name and/or address.
If your restaurant isn’t already listed just click “No, these are not my businesses” or “I’ve correctly entered the business”. You will then be able to add in some details about your restaurant.
Once you have added your restaurants information, click “Submit”.
2. Verify Your Restaurant
Why do you have to verify your restaurant? It allows you to make sure that your restaurants information is accurate and that only you have access to changing it.
It’s pretty easy to verify your restaurant. Watch the following tutorial to learn how.
You may be given a view options to verify your restaurant with Google. However, because your restaurant is a location based business the most likely outcome is that you will have to verify your restaurant by postcard.
Google will send a postcard with the verification code to your restaurants address. Make sure you’re able to receive mail at your location before starting this process. The postcard should arrive somewhere within 10 days.
To do this, first head back over to the Google My Business page. Choose your restaurant and click “Verify Now”.
When on the postcard request screen, make sure your address is being displayed correctly. Then click “Send Postcard”.
Your postcard should arrive within 10 days. If it doesn’t, let Google know that you have a lost or missing verification postcard.
3. Review Your Information
Once you have verified your restaurant you now have full control of your restaurant on Google. Review your information to make sure it is accurate and up-to-date.
Congratulations, your restaurant is now listed on Google Maps! Customers will now be able to find your restaurant much easier when searching in Google and you should receive a boost in new customers very soon.