Last week we looked at business listings, bad data – and everything you need to do to get this process right. This week we’re focusing on Google’s growing push for verticalization, why you need to pay attention to Google My Business (GMB) attributes – and just what this all means for your clients.
Are Consumer Search Habits Influencing Features Google Adds to Google My Business?
A few weeks ago, we discussed an article published on Street Fight about Google and personalization. We focused on Google’s desire to offer more personalized search results by extracting information from GMB listings. This week we’d like to discuss post two in that series and add our insights.
Google My Business Is Using GMB Attributes to Create Verticals
As Damian Rollison from Street Fight indicates, verticalization is not a new concept for Google – they’ve been using it with their Local Services Ads product for a while now. But have you noticed how Google is offering a growing list of verticals using attributes?
You may recall last year we recommended adding attributes to GMB listings. Attributes help searchers find exactly what they’re looking for and increase the chances of being listed for a search term with an attribute modifier. As Google continues to expand the number of available attributes, businesses have a wider scope to meet specific customer requirements – think eco-friendly, women-led, wheelchair accessible, curbside pickup and more.
Shown above is an example of the women-led attribute on Advice Local’s Google My Business listing. Just like with this listing, numerous attributes will undoubtedly fit your clients’ business services.
This post from Chatmeter claims to list them all, and has been updated to include relevant COVID-19 attributes. The attributes available within a Google My Business listing vary based on the primary GMB category the business is assigned to. It’s yet another example of why selecting the correct primary category is extremely important.
Take Advantage of the Google My Business Verticalization Trend
The increasing number of attributes and the growing verticalization trend are currently being overlooked by most businesses. As Damian points out, “It may never have occurred to many brand marketers, for instance, to promote the availability of recycling kiosks at store locations.”
Google clearly wants to offer a more personalized experience to searchers and updating attributes, whether based on sales conversions or brand identity, is the way to stand out. And the winners in this new trend are the businesses that stand out in search because of these attributes. But consumers win too, as they are consistently demonstrating they want access to this type of specific information that helps them in the decision-making process.
Using #GMB Attributes to Reach Non-Traditional Verticals by @BernieColeman #SEO #GoogleMyBusiness
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