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How Do I Add My Restaurant to Google Maps?
Google’s influence on the dining scene is immeasurable. Combining logistics, online reviews, and, of course, mappings into one place, the Silicon Valley token child can make (or break) a restaurant’s future successes. So, how do you add your restaurant to Google Maps, which is the most used navigation system in the entire world?
Thankfully, it’s not as hard as you might think. Keep on reading to find out how to do just that.
Why You Should Bother Adding Your Restaurant to Google Maps
Like we’ve said before: Google’s impact and continuing influence on restaurants are growing, year after year. Services like UberEats and DoorDash use their navigation mappings to deliver food to people’s front doors. And to take advantage of those programs — which can help increase your restaurant’s revenue, tremendously — your restaurant needs to be a part of Google Map’s ecosystem.
Also, having your restaurant embedded in Google Maps adds a layer of convenience to your customers. When Googling your eatery, they’ll see your restaurant’s pertinent information — like phone number, hours of operation, address, and directions to restaurant. This not only saves them time but makes them more likely to visit your eatery; research shows that people trust online reviewed and verified businesses more than those that aren’t.
Just like running a rewards program to increase loyalty, it’s a win-win situation you’d be remiss not to take up.
How to Add Your Restaurant to Google Maps
Thankfully, there aren’t too many hurdles and hoops to go through in order to add your restaurant to Google Maps. In many cases, you can do it during your lunch if you follow these 7 easy steps:
1. Go to Google My Business
And click the green START NOW button.
2. Write your restaurant’s name into the “Search Box”
And click “Create a business with this name” or click on your business listing if it appears among the suggested matches.
3. Enter your restaurant’s location
Make sure to enter the exact address and double-check for grammar mistakes or typos before clicking Next.
4. Choose the category that fits your business best
This is where you’ll be asked what “Category” your business fits into; choose “restaurant.”
5. Add your contact details
Fill in your restaurant’s telephone number and website URL.
6. Finish and verify your restaurant
To manage your listing, you’ll need to verify your connection with the restaurant. Once you’ve verified your restaurant you allow new customers to easily find you on Google Search & Maps, you can promote your business with photos and posts, track business analytics to understand your customers and last but not least: respond to online customer reviews.
Google verifies your business by either sending a postcard, with a verification PIN, to it or, in some cases, they’ll give you the option to receive that PIN via a text or phone call — which will be far quicker than waiting up to two weeks for that postcard to arrive.
7. Confirm your Business
Enter this PIN into your Google Business Page…and that’s a wrap, folks! You’re now verified on Google Maps and can reap the benefits of being so.
And while you’re here, how about creating a digital loyalty card for your restaurant? Check out Loopy Loyalty, the world’s first digital stamp card solution for Apple Wallet & Google Pay.