by Lily Bradic
This week in Web 201, we’ll be discussing a new app that all Google+ Page managers need on their smartphone.
If you’ve tried the Facebook Pages Manager app, you can be forgiven for not getting excited. Rest assured, this one is much better. It’s called Google My Business, and was announced for iOS and Android last week. Already, it seems less buggy and more user-friendly than Facebook's Pages Manager — although that's not exactly difficult.
It seems Google is really starting to pay attention to what small business need and want. The app ties in with the new Google My Business service, which essentially it easier for local business and brands to manage their G+ page and be found on Google.
When you launch the app, you’ll be asked to sign in using your Google account. From there, you can manage any Pages associated with that user. Each screen has a little tutorial to help first-time users find their way around (and they’re easy to exit, in case you don’t like being told what to do).
So, here’s what the app can do for you:
• Edit opening hours, contact details and description
• View local insights and analytics
• Post to Google+
• Keep on top of reviews and ratings
• Upload and update profile pictures and other images
• Manage multiple business pages
As you can see, there’s nothing particularly new here, but the interface makes existing features SO much easier to access and use. For DIY social media managers, this is a really good thing.
Readers: have you tried Google My Business yet? If so, how are you finding it? Let us know in the comments!