Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Susan Brown, owner of Los Angeles gardening store Potted, recently updated her business listing on Google. Susan says, "Putting your business on Google lets people find you easily. Your directions are right there, your hours are right there, what you sell is right there."
Thanks to her decision, Susan has seen more customers walk through her door: "So many of the customers that come in here find us on Google. As a small business, you want to use every opportunity to help your business grow."
National Small Business Week is one of those opportunities. So from May 4-8, instead of three cheers, we're giving you five— five simple ways to get your small business online and growing.
Celebrating National Small Business Week with Google
A handful of bright ideas and quick-fixes, all five ways are doable in a week or less and will help you throw a digital spotlight on your business all year round.
1. Show up on Google
Check to see how your business shows up on Google. Then, claim your listing so that customers can find the right info about your business on Google Search and Maps. When you claim your listing this week: You could be one of 100 randomly selected businesses to get a 360° virtual tour photoshoot—a $255 value.
2. Learn from pros and peers
Get business advice from experts and colleagues in the Google Small Business Community. They're ready to chat! When you visit or join this week: Share your tips for summertime business success and we'll feature your tip in front of an audience of 400K members.
Work better, together:
With professional email, calendars, and docs that you can access anywhere, Google Apps for Work makes it easy for your team to create and collaborate. When you sign up this week you'll receive 25% off Google Apps for Work for one year.
4. Claim your domain:
With a custom domain name and website, Google Domains helps you create a place for your business on the web. When you sign up and purchase a .co, .com or .company domain this week you could be one of 1,500 randomly selected businesses to get reimbursed for the first year of registration.
5. Get advice from an advertising pro:
Learn how you can promote your business online and work with a local digital marketing expert to craft a strategy that's right for your business goals. When you RSVP this week you'll get help from an expert who knows businesses like yours.
While these resources are available year-round, there's no better time to embark on a digital reboot.
For more information, visit the Small Business Week site.
Wishing everyone a happy and productive Small Business Week!
PS: To join the conversation, use #5Days5Ways and #SBW15 on G+, Facebook or Twitter.