Google Takes It to the Street

These days you could make it your full-time business just trying to keep up with the features Google keeps adding to help your business.

Remember when Google Maps was the latest and greatest? Recently, Google renamed its Business Center to Google Places and rolled out several new features that allow local businesses to create directory pages on Google, even going as far as giving businesses the opportunity to add coupons that can be redeemed at their stores.

And just now I got a notice that Google has added a feature to Street View that pops up the names of local businesses with a link back to their Web sites as you move around “the neighborhood.” The names, links and other relevant contact information actually pops up in a box that is overlayed on the tops of the buildings.

Recently Thinking Bigger Business Media was fortunate to have John Jantsch and Shelly Kramer, two social media powerhouses, present to our 25 Under 25 alumni. The one thing they stressed more than anything else is that even with the global reach the Internet affords, some of the best social media and search tools exist for doing business locally. Both encouraged the workshop participants to take advantage of all the free online profiles, alerts and other tools that are out there for promoting your business. Much like the land grab of the Old West, all you have to do is claim them. Make sure you do.

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Kelly Scanlon is the owner and publisher of Thinking Bigger Business Media. She recently finished a term on the national board of directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and was the national chair from 2010-2011. An advocate for small business owners, Kelly sits on numerous boards and committees to advocate on behalf of small business owners. She has won several awards for her advocacy. Among them are the 2011 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award on behalf of Kansas City area small business owners, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Region VII Women's Business Champion of the Year in 2009, and the Women in Business Advocate of the Year from the State of Kansas in 2006. In 2002, she won the SBA's Region VII Small Business Journalist of the Year Award (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas). Whatever your business stage—aspiring, startup, established, mature—Thinking Bigger Business Media has the resources you need to grow to the next level. We are a resource organization dedicated to providing the strategic, "how-to" information small business owners need to become more productive and more profitable. We also provide information that helps owners connect with resources within the business community that can help them grow. We deliver that information through a variety of media products and other channels easily accessible to business owners.
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