A STROKE

On January 29, 2016 I had a massive stroke. The doctor could not figure out why I had the stroke. But my father has a stroke at about the same age. So they considered it as hereditary. It stopped my blog writing. I am recovering from the stroke. My right side is partially disabled. I have a way to go.

In June 2020 I am starting to write again.

How a business can be hurt by Google Maps and what to do about it

90 Grados Restaurant in Manassas, Virginia is experiencing loss of customers because Google Maps is showing the restaurant as “Permanently closed”.

This appears to be a malicious act (by a competitor, disgruntled employee, customer or a cyber-vandal) rather than a mistake on Google’s part.  There are many instances of this sort. A famous example in our area was The Serbian Crown which claimed to go out of business due to erroneous Google maps listing.

The business information on the Google maps comes from a Google service called Google Places. Google allows anyone to enter a new business into Maps, and to place it wherever they like. The company keeps the listing invisible until it’s been verified through old fashioned snail-mail. Google sends out a postcard with a PIN code, and the business owner activates the listing by typing in the PIN (see *A below). Here is the procedure for adding or editing your own business information to Google Maps. Someone with malicious intent has gone through the trouble to do this and list the restaurant as closed. The restaurant owner should follow the same procedure and update the information.

Remedy:

  1. Take control of the Google Places business listing by following the procedure at https://www.google.com/business/
  2. Edit the business listing at  https://support.google.com/business/answer/3039617?hl=en
  3. Create a web site for the restaurant and put up proper information on the site and mention how “Google maps incorrectly shows the restaurant as closed”.
  4. Create a Facebook page for the business: http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/5492/How-to-Create-a-Facebook-Business-Page-in-5-Simple-Steps-With-Video.aspx
  5. Create a Google+ page for the business: https://www.google.com/business/
  6. Monitor Yelp listing here and updated it here.  Mention at the top of the listing that “Google maps incorrectly shows the restaurant as closed”. For restaurants Yelp listing has as big an impact as Google.
  7. Create a listing on Trip Advisor. This is not as popular in US as in Europe but does have some impact on the business.

Following the above steps will not only remedy the Google maps information but will also grow the business.

See the following articles for more information:

*A – How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business at Will

http://www.wired.com/2014/07/hacking-google-maps/

*B – RESTAURANT OWNER DOESN’T UNDERSTAND GOOGLE, SUES GOOGLE FOR “SABOTAGING” HIS RESTAURANT

http://firstwefeast.com/eat/restaurant-owner-doesnt-understand-google-sues-google-making-restaurant-close/

*C – Getting Started With Google Places for Business

http://searchenginewatch.com/sew/how-to/2284954/getting-started-with-google-places-for-business

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