We’ve just returned from a trip to Dallas, TX to participate in Sandi Krakowski’s ‘Divine Call of God on Your Business’ event. It was a wonderful business and personal growth experience, with great speakers and inspiring messages. The two biggest take-aways for me were in the area of relationship building and my readiness to act on things I already know to be true. (More on these in a future post.)
On the way to Texas, we spent the night at a cute, retro motel that we never would have even heard of had it not been for social media and Google Places reviews. We normally spend the night in Rolla, MO on this particular route, but we wanted to push on a little further – and we didn’t want to spend an exorbitant amount on a hotel room. (Pinch a few pennies on the way down and you have more to spend when you get there!)
So I turned on my phone’s GPS and clicked the search by voice feature to find hotels near Joplin, MO. The top results were Google Places listings, one of which was for the Munger Moss Motel. It had a picture of this awesome neon sign and several great reviews from guests who had spent the night there, and also mentioned they had great rates. I followed up with a phone call and was greeted by a pleasant woman who welcomed us to spend the night at only $49. How could I pass that up?
Is your Google Places listing up-to-date? Does it contain any positive reviews? If not, you may be missing out on business from mobile customers. Whenever you have the opportunity, let your customers know in an email where they can review your company. Send them the link with the request; make it easy to build this area of your online exposure.
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