Google Adds Bulk Insights Download and New Metrics to GMB Dashboard

Google is on a roll with a recent updates to the GMB dashboard. This latest update allows business owners to download location Insights in bulk from the GMB dashboard.

The metrics download includes the following fields:

  • Store code
  • Store name
  • Address
  • Total searches
  • Direct searches
  • Discovery searches
  • Total views
  • Search views
  • Maps views
  • Total actions
  • Website actions
  • Directions actions
  • Phone call actions

Business owners can choose between 7, 30, or 90 days of historical data, or indicate a custom time-frame for the download of up to approximately 18 months’ worth of historical data, identical to the amount of historical data available via the GMB API. This update appears to be rolling out across all accounts in stages, though Google has yet to announce the change on their New Google My Business features page.

Google has also added new metrics to the GMB dashboard for Popular Times (previously only visible in the Knowledge Panel) and Return Customers, though this update has yet to make its way to bulk dashboards.

Google Adds Attributes Reference Sheet to GMB Dash

Google has added a handy reference sheet for all available attributes, not previously available in simple list form in the dashboard before.

The link to download the attribute spreadsheet is available from the Import Locations screen, seen in the screen capture below:

The reference sheet is simply a comprehensive list of all available attributes and does not indicate which attributes are accessible per category selection. Until Google makes it clear which attributes are associated to each category, the attribute selection process might be a bit of trial and error. Despite this shortcoming, it is a great start and a step in the right direction to helping business owners choose the right categories to define their businesses, and select attributes to tell users more about the location.

Profile & Cover Photos, Logos, Preferred Photo Now in Bulk GMB Dashboards

Google has finally released functionality to allow bulk Google My Business dashboard users (users with 10+ bulk verified locations) to upload identity photos via bulk spreadsheet and to set their preferred photo. Identity photos include the cover photo, profile photo, and the business logo. The preferred photo is the photo that business owners recommend that Google display first for the listing on Google Maps and Search (though there are no guarantees that the preferred photo will actually be the first photo shown).

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Announcing Google My Business Locations Bulk API (v2)

Announcing Google My Business Locations Bulk API (v2)

Today Google has released new API functionality for managing listings in bulk verified accounts. Previously, the API allowed businesses to edit only individually verified listings and those edits would be eligible to to go live on Google Search and Maps.

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GMBL Improvement – Upload Only Updated Fields

Google has released a long-awaited and requested feature in the Google My Business Locations dashboard. The bulk dashboard interface now allows for an easier upload of updates to existing locations. Now, when uploading files to the dashboard, businesses are only required to upload those fields that have changes.

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GMB New Feature: Set Holiday Hours!

Google My Business has launched a new feature that allows bulk-verified users to quickly pre-set special hours for holidays and special events. When you enter special hours in Google My Business, Google will tell customers that they’re seeing holiday-specific opening hours. This should remove all of the guess work in having to push holiday hours updates to Google and hope that they go live within the appropriate time frame.

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Position Tech Featured in Catalyst’s Digital Tech Innovation Series

allLocal’s was featured in Catalyst’s Digital Tech Innovation Series. Read the full post here.

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Position Technologies and Factual Partner for Business Listing Data

Position Technologies and Factual Partner for Business Listing Data

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July 24th, 2014

Geneva, IL – Position Technologies announced the addition of Factual Inc. to the network of sites for which they manage and distribute local business listings for Fortune 500 brands.

Jim Stob, founder and CEO of Position Technologies said, “The ecosystem for local business listing information is constantly evolving. The complex network of web sites, services and data relationships that make up this ecosystem are very challenging to navigate. Position Technologies’ products and services enable brands to proactively manage their business listing information across the entire ecosystem.”

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allLocal Adds TomTom to the Listings Network

Saint Charles, IL – October 28, 2013 – allLocal, a Position Technologies product, announced the addition of TomTom navigation systems to the allLocal network of sites for which they manage and distribute local listings data on the behalf of brands.

Through a strategic partnership with NavAds, the global distributor of TomTom Places Premium Listing services, allLocal is now able to add local listings to the TomTom maps for its North American customers.

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New Bing Places for Business Dashboard Accepts Google Feed Format

With the launch of Bing’s new Places Dashboard, Bing claims that they are making “claiming bulk listings quick and hassle-free.” Business owners now have two options for bulk uploading their data on Bing: they can either upload a file in Bing’s feed format (which has not changed significantly from the previous Bing Business Portal version), or upload in Google’s feed format (which is admittedly less comprehensive).

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