How To Merge Google+ Business Page With Google+ Local

Aug 6, 2012 • 8:58 am | comments (15) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Maps
 

Google+ Local Page MergeLate on Friday, Jade from Google announced in the Google Places Help forums that you can now merge your Google+ Business page with your Google+ Local page to have the Google+ Local information with all the social features of Google+ on the same page.

You can combine the best of Google+ Local with Google+ Business Pages on the same page. Jade shares one local shop that did this already named the The Meatball Shop where you can see the Google+ posts and local data all on the same profile.

How do you do this? Google explains:

Click on Verify now on the right side of the page. You'll need to verify that you're representing your business by having a postcard sent, even if you're a verified business owner on Google Places for Business. Also note that verification will only work for pages created in the "Local Business or Place" category in Google+.

Google posted instructions on how to do this:

After you've created your page, you can verify it:

  • Hover over Unverified at the top of your Google+ page. Click the Verify now button when it appears. Or, click Verify now in the Is this your business? section below the map.
  • Confirm your address and click Request postcard again. Your postcard should arrive within a week or so.
  • Once it’s arrived, go to the website listed on the postcard, www.google.com/local/verify.
  • If you've requested a postcard for multiple Google+ pages, make sure to click on the name of the business that the postcard is for.
  • Enter the PIN listed on the postcard and click Submit.

Michael Blumenthal has a detailed step by step walk through with screen shots on how this works on a specific example.

Here is a FAQ on this from Jade from Google:

Can a local Google+ page that I make in Google+ have multiple administrators? (ie, Can multiple Google+ profiles manage my page?)
Yes! There are two types of administrators -- owners, and managers. Read more about each role’s capabilities here.

Can I have one social local Google+ page that links to my many locations?
No, at this time, we only support one social local Google+ page linking with one location.

What if I made my social Google+ page in a category other than “local business/place?”
Currently we only support verification of pages made in the local business/place category. You may make a new page in that category to access verification, but we cannot automatically move content or followers. There is currently not a way to change the category of a +page.

What about if I’m a service area business with hidden address?
The new verification process does not currently support service area businesses with hidden addresses.

What if I’ve just got a local Google+ page with reviews (in Google+ Local) but don’t have a social +page?
You may create a +page in the “local business/place” category to have access to verification, if you would like. We hope to offer the upgraded experience to all local businesses, soon, but currently, verification of the social +page is the only way to get the combined/upgraded pages.

Forum discussion at Google Places Help.

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Comments:

i_praveensharma

08/06/2012 01:07 pm

That's great help for many of us. Thanks Barry for digging into this. :)

Linda Buquet

08/06/2012 05:18 pm

Barry I broke the story on my Local Search Forum right as it hit, since I knew in advance it was ready to launch. I have a big list of resources started including step-by-step instructions, links to all the help docs and more details about the fact that service area businesses with hidden address can't upgrade yet. Don't want to link out, not sure it's allowed. But just wanted folks to know there is help and a lot more info if they need it.

Dewaldt Huysamen

08/07/2012 11:15 am

hmm they do not send postcards in South Africa

yogurt franchise

08/08/2012 03:28 pm

Its a great idea to merge google plus business with google plus local page. By this lots of business owner will get benefits of both of services.

shreya

08/08/2012 09:30 pm

great achivement

Michiel Van Kets

08/12/2012 05:08 am

ok, waiting for the postcard ...

Myname

08/27/2012 03:04 pm

OHAI I POSTED ABOUT IT FIRST, LOOKIT ME, LOOKIT ME!!

Luca Orlandini

08/28/2012 12:29 pm

Hi Barry thank you for your post. I have a little problem. I have already verified my business page and my local page... they have the same name, owner, address, contact and linked site... can you help me?

AutoRevo

09/26/2012 03:14 pm

ok, we've got a weird issue - we requested postcards for about 25 customers, and only received them at about 17 or 18... so we went back in to request another postcard for the ones who didn't get it... and the "verify now" blue button isn't there! You can actually see it for about half a second when the page loads, but after that, it disappears... we really need to get these pages merged, but the "verify now" button is MIA... any idea why it's disappearing on us?

Martin Pender

11/29/2012 04:39 pm

ive lost count of the times ive clicked verify for google + page ( maps) it worked once when activatedand i could see reviews appearing in g+ account and it all merged then it changed back the next day ( nice one google) even pics, vids etc in my maps that used to appear with listing dont show on maps listing now and my google plus business page doesnt have any connection no matter how many times i ask for a card Never mind losing 22 reviews since the changes some time back

Paul Ramsden

06/04/2013 11:22 am

Hi Barry. Here is my issue. I have a Google + Places page which I set up and there is also a Google Local page which I have verified. I want them to be merged together but I don't know how. Every help guide just talks about verification without giving the necessary steps to merge. Here are my pages: Google + https://plus.google.com/102788023809678188354/posts Google Local https://plus.google.com/115266632917846889515/about?hl=en Thanks Paul

Jordan

07/30/2013 12:03 am

Hi Barry, I created a email(gmail) account for my business in order to own that address on gmail and post videos on youtube officially. I've also created a google+ page for the business "One Grand Gallery" but I would like to be able to change the user name for the email account to "One Grand Gallery" instead of my government name. Instructions say that I have to go to Google + to add a page and then change my name there, but they seem to be two completely different accounts. Please let me know what I should do.

DJ Shirley

10/07/2013 06:42 pm

Has there been any updated regard the issue of re-categorizing or merging Google+ page's that were created in a category other than “local business/place?”

Curtis Miller

06/05/2014 10:28 am

It looks like you have resolved this issue as your old local page redirects to your G+ page. How did you solve this?

Paul Ramsden

06/05/2014 04:21 pm

Not a clue Curtis. Didn't even realise it had happened!

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