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Tips on How to Get on Google Places

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You may notice when you get on Google and type in a business, the first results you’ll see are for local companies. For instance, if you are in Phoenix, Arizona and you want to find a local hardware store, the listings at the top of the page will include a few stores in the area along with the address and contact info. If you’re a business looking to get ahead, you can be among these local listings. To accomplish this goal, learn how to get on Google Places.

Creating and Using an Account

Google Places is a part of Google that allows you to enter in your business on the web. Your business listing will be easily found through google.com and Google Maps. To get started, enter in the URL http://www.google.com/places. When it pulls up, you’ll be asked a few questions about your business so just enter this info in before proceeding. You’ll be able to edit this information later. If your business appears to be on the same street as another business, Google may ask you if the listing already exists. You should click either “Add Listing” or “Claim Listing.” Then you’ll be asked to input all the extra details about your business. You can upload videos, photos, and logos as well as enter in payment methods and hours. Hit “Submit” when you’re satisfied with what you’ve entered. Your next step will be to verify the listing you have created. You can verify via phone or mail. Phone is the recommended strategy since it’s faster and mail means waiting two to three weeks to receive verification. Once you’ve picked your method, click “Finish.” If you chose to verify by phone, a green box will appear that informs you Google is calling you. Don’t miss this brief but important call. Google is calling you to give you a pin number you will need to enter in to proceed. If you miss the phone call, you’ll have to contact Google again since it will likely not call you up again. Type in your pin in the field under “Your Businesses.” You should be finished at this point. Expect to see a confirmation page from Google and see your listing online in about a week.

Other Helpful Tidbits

Now that you have your account set up, you still may have a few remaining questions. For one, you may be concerned about how to optimize your listing so more Googlers will see it. You gain more viewers by adding as much info as possible to the listing. Include photos, business hours, a website link, and a description of your establishment. Your listing will be matched to more searches this way. You’ll also get better business if customers know they can go online to get directions, coupons, updates, and customer reviews. Fortunately, Google adds more information to your listing found from other website and online directories so some effort on your part is spared. To get more out of Google’s services, you can invest in AdWords, Google Earth, Street View, Panoramio, Google Analytics, and other Google apps. Now you should understand all the steps for knowing how to get on Google Places.

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Summer Marketing Tips for Small Businesses

This is a Guest Post through Postrunner by Beth Longware Duff who writes about small business merchant resources. For more information, click here.

Summer will be here before you know it, which means hot times, cool vibes and unique marketing opportunities for small businesses that are versatile enough to take advantage of them. Latch onto the laid-back attitude that prevails this time of year and use it to your advantage to reach out to current and potential customers.

Regardless of where you do business, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers the following five strategies to keep it booming right through to the fall:

  1. Take Part in Summer Festivals and Fairs

Everyone loves a good time, so sponsoring or participating in a local community event not only brings you together with customers in an unpressured environment, but it can work wonders for your brand as well by getting your products or services out for all to see. As an active member of your community, you should be familiar with ongoing events and know which would best serve your marketing objectives. Your local Chamber of Commerce is a great resource, as are the local newspaper, community flyers and town website.

  1. Take Your Customers Out

A long-time common practice in the corporate world, small business owners should consider hosting an activity for their valued loyal customers and vendors. A barbecue in the park, chartered fishing expedition or a visit to a nearby attraction, show or sporting event are all outings that they’ll truly appreciate when you’re picking up the tab. Perhaps best of all, customer entertainment expenses are tax deductible as long as there is a clear business purpose for them and business discussions are held at some point during the event. More information about business tax deductions is available from the SBA.

  1. Take Your Business on the Road

By going where the customers are you can extend your reach, supplement your revenue and increase your brand recognition. Running a concession at sporting events, local carnivals and festivals and other tourist attractions can help you make the most of the summer season, and it’s easier than ever with mobile and wireless solutions that make accepting credit cards quick, easy and secure no matter where the sales occur.

  1. Sponsor a Contest

Everyone loves the chance to win something for nothing, and contests are a great way to raise your visibility in the community and gain publicity. Get your employees involved by asking for their contest ideas. A few suggestions include a cook-off or eating contest sponsored by a restaurant, a yard makeover by a landscape designer, or a pet show by a groomer or veterinarian. Be sure to make the prize(s) something that’s directly related to your business to keep customers coming in after the competition, and promote your contest with a blend of traditional and new media—and don’t forget to post the name and picture of your winner(s)!

  1. Dress Up Your Website

It’s advisable to update your company website on a regular basis to keep it fresh and to showcase your newest products and services. Some summer graphics and seasonal content are simple adds that keep your site relevant to your customers.

Make this summer a memorable one for your business and your customers, and have a little fun while you’re at it!

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If you have some great content that you would like to share with my readers, I have some great news for you. Now onwards, I will be accepting your guest posts for publishing on this blog. I believe that publishing your guest post here will help you to get a few dofollow links and traffic to your own blog with maximum exposure.

If you want to post a guest article here, these are some points which you should keep in mind before submitting your guest post for review:

  • Your post should notbe an advertisement of your website or any other product. However, you may give fair reviews for a product or service.
  • Your post should be original, not spinned article. It should not be posted any where else, not before and not in the future. However, you may use the excerpts to post it on your blog.
  • Your post should contain at least one image relevant to the content of your post. Any image should be less than 50 kb and credit should be given if the photo is not yours.
  • Your post should be between 500 words to 1,500 words. Its should not be filled with keywords. Keep in mind that you are writing for real visitor not for search engines.
  • After your submission of the article, I might do some editing to suit my blog’s theme (if required). If the article needs substantial changes (unlikely), then I’ll send you the revised post for approval before publishing.
  • You should respond to comments to your post. This is very important condition for posting your article. It would increase the interest of the readers. In return, It would also benefit you in getting more visitors. Readers satisfaction level is much higher if they get reply for their comments or even if they see the reply by the author for comments by others. They feel themselves connected to the author and try to find a way to connect to him. I expect you to respond to the comments till at least 15 days after your post gets published.

What Type Of Posts We Are Looking For ?

Anything that is useful for our readers is good content for a guest post here.Remember you don’t need to be an expert, some of the best posts involve Bloggers sharing their personal experiences and things they have learned or mistakes they may have made. Suggested topics include:

  • Blogging
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  • Earning money online
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  • Reviews

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You may contact me directly at [email protected], if you have any queries related to guest blogging.

The impact of economic reforms has been that rich people have become richer and poor people poorer

 

In 1991, when the foreign exchange reserves had reduced to such an extent that India could barely finance three weeks’ worth of imports. Economic reforms were introduced in Indian economy. Before 1991, India was closed for foreign companies. It was a period very much known as License Raj. During this period, up to 80 agencies had to be satisfied before a firm could be granted a license to produce and the state would decide what was produced, how much, at what price and what sources of capital were used. The government also prevented firms from knocking off workers or closing factories. Indian economic policy was influenced by the colonial experience. There was monopoly in many sectors by state owned enterprises. This was the period which encouraged the corruption and red tape system in India. The annual growth rate for India during 1950 – 1980 was around 3.5 % compared to 9 % in 2009.

During the national economic crisis of 1991, when India was on the verge of Bankrupt, Government of India decided to bring up several economic reforms. Then PM, Mr. Narshimha Rao, appointed Manmohan Singh as a special economic adviser to implement the reforms. These reforms were mainly focused on liberalizing foreign investment and privatization of loss incurring government corporations. Some latest results have revealed that the scope and pattern of these reforms in India’s foreign investment and external trade sectors followed the Chinese experience with external economic reforms.

The impact of these reforms were seen in just few years as the total foreign investment in India grew from a infinitesimal US $132 million in 1991-92 to $5.3 billion in 1995-96. In initial years of reform, 1991–1992, poverty increased in India slightly. But, later on number of people below poverty line decreased. And, a steep declined in number of person below poverty line in between 1993 to 1998 was seen. Currently, number of middle class in India is expected to be 300 million, which is expected to double by 2025 to 600 million. It is sure that as the economy of India will boom, new millionaire and billionaire will join the list. There will be new addition in the upper class list, mostly coming out of present middle class. Also, the 300 million new middle class people must come from non-other than lower class or poor people list. These trends are taken from the last 5-10 years data. So, the poor are quickly transforming in middle class with increase in their earnings. This shows that the impact of economic reform is helping poor to convert them into middle class. So, impact of economic reforms has not been that poor people have become poorer. But, yeah rich people have become richer.

With revolution in many sectors in India, GDP of India has showed a tremendous growth. Telecom sector is very much saturated in metropolitan and many urban cities. Now, new companies are aiming at rural area with immense network of towers coming around rural sectors. Obviously, this is going to strengthen rural economy. Till now, urban economy has played a major role in economic progress of India after the reforms. However, with improving the network of roads in rural areas and good communication, our villages are going to see sure success. This all is going to help the poor.

 

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