How to “own” your business listing at n49.ca

Whether you are utilizing a free N49 business listing or have partnered with us for premium services, owning your business listing is a quick and simple process. “Owning” your N49 business listing gives you complete administrative control over your business details, company information and even what pictures and videos appear online. It also allows you to utilize our most recent Review Manager upgrade, providing you with even more control over your online reputation. The following is intended as a brief tutorial on how you can claim and “own” your listing.

First you must navigate to N49.ca and register for a free account by clicking “Sign Up” in the top right corner of your browser. After answering a verification email from N49 you will have full access as a regular user of N49. From the N49.ca homepage, perform a quick search for your business in the “what” column. Once you have found your business, click on “Edit Details” in the bottom right hand corner. When the page loads scroll to the bottom where you will see a field asking “is this your business?” Click “Yes” and then “Save all changes” in the bottom right hand corner.

In order to guarantee the security of our featured listings, owners of paid listings will be required to contact our Member Services department to manually verify their ownership. This process is quick and easy, and will require you to email or call us with your N49 user name. Once we have these details we are able to connect your user account to your business listing in a matter of seconds.

Google Has Overhauled Local Search – What Every Business Should Know

Google has recently launched a new kind of local search.  Previously when you indicated a location in your search (i.e. Toronto), Google results would display 7 results with a map in the centre with organic results listed below. 

Now when you search for local results Google will display blended local and organic results.  Google says, “Place Search, a new kind of local search result that organizes the world’s information around places” There are a few key features of the new display: 

  1. Results with a red pin indicating the business on the map (now on the right pane) 
  2. Contact details such as photo thumbnail, phone number, address
  3. Links to reviews, segmented by online review sites
  4. Star rating and total number of reviews
  5. Link to Google places page

 

Google says results are now “grouped easily to digest and compare” You can see from the new places search that consumer ratings and number of reviews are easily identifiable on the right– highlighting the ever increasing importance of consumer reviews and reputation management. 

So the real question is; how is this shift in search results important to your local business?  Your Google places page can help you rank in searches.  The places page allows you to add pertinent information about your business such as address, telephone number, email, website, business descriptions, hours of operation, photos, video, reviews and more.  The more enhanced the content is in your places page; the higher your business will rank in the places search.  Local businesses that have not claimed and optimized their places pages be at a big disadvantage in places search.  Your local business can easily take advantage of this opportunity. 

How You Can Benefit from the New Google Places Search

  1. Claim and optimize your Google place page – or have N49 Interactive set it up for you
  2. Get Consumer Reviews – the N49 Interactive Review Manager can help
  3. Get Listed in Local Directories – like the N49 network

Google is making it easier to find one complete picture of a business.  While creating a better user experience by incorporating local and organic; it’s a reminder to local business to keep on top of their search marketing strategies. 

Read more about how N49 Interactive search marketing strategies can help your business