Google My Business Adds Adds Video Conferencing Integration

Sep 4, 2020 • 7:41 am | comments (1) by | Filed Under Google Maps

Google My Business Connect Video

Google My Business has added a new option that says "Connect in real-time, with video." It says you can "grow your business and reach more customers, when you use video conferencing providers." Then a "set up" button to start to configure it.

I suspect this is activated after you update your service availability to specify you offer video appointments but I am not 100% sure.

Here is a screen shot of the box on the main home dashboard of Google My Business after you sign in and select a specific business:

Google My Business Connect In Real Time

After you click on "Set up" you are given these online video service providers including Google Meet, Webex, Skype and Zoom. Here is a screen shot:

Google My Business Connect Video

But after that, there does not seem to be a way to set it up more beyond that yet. When you click on Google Meet, it takes you to which I already use all the time. In fact, all the links take you to those service providers.

Google does link to this help document with more details on how to configure it.

A lot of the local SEOs are chatting about this as well in the Local Search Forums.

Forum discussion at Local Search Forums.

Update: Greg Sterling posted more in the forum saying:

This functionality is a further extension of our online services announcement earlier this year. Merchants can already note on their Business Profiles that they offer virtual services and add links for booking online appointments. We're testing some new functionality to help merchants easily get started with video conferencing providers so they can begin offering virtual services. There's no change to what's displayed on the Business Profile.

Update 2: Now some are seeing this on restaurants, swim instructions and more categories:

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