Google My Business Locations news & updates
New look for the Locations tool - May 2015
The Google My Business Locations tool has gotten a makeover!
Don’t worry--most of the functionality should be familiar. To learn more about the new design, visit Navigate the Locations tool.
Primary Category - February 2015
You’ll notice two new columns in your spreadsheet:
- "Primary category"- A single category shared across all locations of your business
- "Additional category" - Up to 9 other categories which represent your business.
These columns replace the previous "Categories" column. If you're using an older version of the spreadsheet, add new columns for "Primary category" and "Additional category" in your spreadsheet. You can delete the old "Categories" column.
See Create your bulk upload spreadsheet for more information on this change.
We’ve upgraded Google My Business Locations accounts to provide better tools to manage business information for verified accounts. These tools offer an improved process for updating and maintaining your locations.
As a result of the upgrade, the status of some of your locations may have changed.
Here’s a quick overview of what’s changed:
- Updates go live faster.
- Most updates to go live in a day unless they are sent for review.
- Increased visibility to help you quickly diagnose and fix your account
- See if your location information is live, modified, or not live.
- See owners and managers for your locations,
- Your locations are connected to Google+ and other Google features.
- More location management tools.
- Add managers on individual locations or on all your locations grouped under a business account.
- Request access to locations owned by other users.
- Get email notifications from other users who want to share management of your location information.
The upgrade also changes the process for updating your business information:
- We’ve introduced new policies that make updating business information more straightforward.
- Each location has one verified owner and up to 50 owners or managers.
- We’ll ask you to check in frequently to ensure accurate information is displayed to customers.
- Check back weekly for updates from Google to your information.
- Respond to management access request emails from business associates.