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Coming Soon! Google Local Services Ads Coming to a City Near You!

April 20th, 2018 by gtowsley Leave a reply »

 

We’ve been talking about Google Home Services for some time now. Recently Google began to incorporate other services that take place outside of the home, into their Google Home Services platform. This allows for more industries to take advantage of the benefits offered by Google Home Service ads. If you are just tuning in, you may be wondering how Google Local Services ads vary from traditional adwords. Here is the breakdown and how you can benefit from running Google Local Services ads.

 

How Do Local Services Ads Show Up in Search?

One of the biggest questions people have about Local Services ads, is how do they show up in search? Local services ads appear at the top of search results, where the sponsored ads previously appeared. There are 3 ads that are presented, which meet the search criteria specified. Google has tried to present the most relevant search results for users, and instead of referring the traffic out to other sites, like Yelp or Angie’s List, they have resorted to created service provider ads that are accessible and accurate to the query.

 

How Do I Get Involved?

In order to run Local Services ads, service providers need to apply. There is also the Google Guarantee that requires a background check on all technicians. Proof of licensing and insurance is also required. Google also requires service providers to update any employee information and periodically, re-certify that all information is accurate and up to date. The Google Guarantee backs the services performed, with some restrictions. The Google Guarantee appears as a badge on the ad.

 

Ranking Factors

There are a couple of things that Google takes into consideration when it comes to which ads get featured. One of the most important things is proximity to user, as well as accuracy in terms of the search criteria. In addition, Google also takes Google Local Services adsinto consideration your reputation on Google Local. If you have a Google Local account, take an inventory of your reviews and ratings. Service providers with the highest rankings, will take preference. Also make sure all of your business information is accurate. Your posted hours of operation can also have an effect on if your ad gets featured or not.

 

Where Google Local Services Ads are Available

Over the last year, Google has been adding more and more cities to their Home Services ads portfolio. The goal is to have Local Services ads available nationwide by the end of the year. With that being said the current list of cities Google Local Services ads are available in are:

  • San Francisco
  • San Diego
  • Los Angeles
  • Sacramento
  • San Jose
  • Stockton
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Chicago
  • Washington, DC
  • Atlanta
  • Seattle
  • New York
  • Boston
  • Miami
  • Denver
  • Las Vegas
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul
  • Orlando – Daytona – Melbourne
  • Pittsburgh
  • Portland
  • San Antonio
  • St. Louis
  • Tampa – St Petersburg – Sarasota
  • Dallas
  • Charlotte
  • Cincinnati
  • Atlanta
  • Detroit

 

 

 

Cities that are coming soon include:

  • Columbus
  • Milwaukee
  • Grand Rapids – Kalamazoo – Battle Creek
  • Oklahoma City
  • Birmingham
  • Louisville
  • Harrisburg – Lancaster – Lebanon-York Albuquerque – Santa Fe
  • Richmond-Petersburg
  • Greensboro – High Point – Winston Salem
  • Norfolk – Portsmouth – Newport News
  • Ft. Myers – Naples
  • Memphis
  • Dayton
  • Columbia
  • Charleston
  • Tulsa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Google Local Services adsLearn more about how you can take advantage of the amazing benefits of running Google Local Services ads. As well as how you can leverage your current Google Local strategy to position you for success! Tune into Grow Plumbing’s webinar on Google Local Services ads next Fri. April 27, 2018 at 8:30 AM PST. Contact Grow Plumbing to learn more!

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