Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The new Google My Business dashboard for Brand Pages

Google is rolling out an improved "Google My Business" dashboard for Local Pages and Brand Pages. The new dashboard is at Google My Business (business.google.com) instead of Google+ (plus.google.com/dashboard) and places management tools at your fingertips.

Brand Pages are used to represent YouTube channels, bands, organizations and brands on Google+ - any other identity that isn't a local business (where you see customers or clients face-to-face) or your personal profile. Since that's what I use, and I'm not a Local Business expert, my post focuses specifically on Brand Page Management.

Old Google+ Pages dashboard: plus.google.com/dashboard
New Google My Business dashboard for Brand pages: business.google.com/manage/#/pages

The new Google My Business dashboard for Brand Pages

The Google My Business dashboard has a new Material Design-based interface, and two tabs at the top, one for Locations and the other for Brand Pages

When you are on the Brand Pages tab you have these options:

  • Switch between Grid View and List View
  • Select the number of listings displayed per page
  • Create a new brand Page (click the blue + on the lower right)
  • Open the menu
  • Send feedback

If you have a lot of Pages, the new List View lets you see the information at a glance

The menu - accessed by clicking the "hamburger" 3 line menu icon at top left - lets you access more account options. Those options are limited for accounts that only have Brand Pages.

Managing your Brand Page

When you click the option to manage a Brand Page, or you click the "My Business" option while acting as a Page on Google+, you will open the Page's dashboard.  It looks very much like the old Page dashboard, with three major changes:

  • There is a new "Insights" tab that links directly to the page's Insights and analytics
  • There is a new left navigation menu
  • The option to post to Google+ has been removed

The left menu navigation for individual Brand Pages: 
  • Home = Page's main dashboard
  • Insights = views and other analytics
  • Google+ page = Open your Page on Google+ as a manager
  • Add a location = Local Page addition
  • All brand pages = Google My Business Dashboard
  • Managers = add or remove managers, or transfer page ownership
  • Settings = settings

Note: while there is a "Contact Support" link, Google only offers direct email or phone support for Local Pages, not Brand Pages

How do you get the new dashboard?

When the new dashboard is available on your account, clicking "Pages" in the Google+ navigation menu, or "My Business" when managing a Page will bring you to the new interface. If you don't have it now, it should be rolling out to you soon!

Learn more about the Google My Business interface for Local businesses:

Posted by Peggy K

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Week in Review - September 26, 2015: First Week of Fall

This week Hangouts made it easier to invite people into a video call or Hangout on Air, Gmail introduced email address blocking and Google voice search got better. Plus tips and tutorials for Google+ collectors, YouTube creators, bloggers, webmasters and AdSense publishers.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Week in review - September 19, 2015: AdSense app, YouTube in Hindi, Photos for Pages and more

This week has some smaller updates: Google Photos (finally) supports Google+ Brand Pages on desktop, the AdSense Android app gets a material design update, YouTube opens a Hindi help forum, and Google Slides makes it easier to present to Hangouts from your mobile device. Google has made it easier to report robo-callers pretending to be Google. Plus there are more tips and updates for YouTube, Google+, Google Photos, Hangouts, webmasters, and more.

Image: Hyacinths from The Temple of Flora (1797-1810) by Dr. Robert John Thornton (public domain)

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Week in Review - September 12, 2015: Google+ & YouTube Tips for Small Businesses, Live Broadcasting updates and more!

This week there are YouTube and Google+ tips for small businesses, improvements to YouTube Live, updates to YouTube Kids, introduction of Android Pay and the new Google Wallet, and the roll out of the first monthly Android security update. There are also tips for Google+, YouTube, Blogger and more!

This week I polled my followers about what they read this summer. The results? Folks split pretty evenly between Science Fiction/Fantasy and Romance. This week's image is for everyone: two robots - puppy Android and kitten Android - in love. Only in sci-fi romance!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Week in Review - September 5, 2015 - Gee Whiz edition

This week Google updated their logo for the first time in 16 years, using a much cleaner, simpler font.  The Google+ iOS app was (finally!) updated to support Collections, the new Street Views mobile app lets you shoot, view and share photo spheres, Blogger introduced 28 new country-specific blogspot domains and Google Docs, Sheets and Slides got some spiffy new features.

All that, plus tips and updates for YouTube, Google+, AdSense, Chrome and more.