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Where's My Business on Google Maps

I listed my service location with Google My Business but I can't find it on the map.
October 05, 2015

We've listed our service location with Google My Business and filled out all the information 100%. How come we can't see it on the map?

When you're looking around the Map - with no particular business search in mind - you'll see those little icons for all sorts of things like shops, food, gas stations, accommodations, theaters, parks, schools, etc. Those icons are usually referred to as Maps Labels.

So why don't you see your own business Map Label? Like many things in life, there are no guarantees that your business Map Label will be showing. There isn't something that one business did and another didn't to get one. These little icons are generated by the search algorithm which in turn is trying to determine what the end-user is looking for and are therefore out of anyone's control.

If your just browsing the map willy-nilly, it is basically giving you a general overview of businesses in the area. Note that things like your location and search history may also affect what services you are seeing. As a business, it is always tempting to cruise over the map to your location to see if it is labeled, but you should keep in mind that when someone's looking for something specific they won't be browsing the map looking at all the little icons. They're going to do a search.

As far as results you get from when you're actually doing a general search for a service? Google is not giving away all their secrets, but they did have this to say: "Google Maps search results are based primarily on relevance, distance, and prominence. These factors are combined to help us find the best match for your search. For example, our search technology might decide that a business that's farther away from your location is more likely to have what you're looking for than a business that's closer." (more)

Your business information's placement in search results will vary. It's the nature of the beast. My best advice? Make sure to have correct, comprehensive, and up-to-date business information. A fully optimized page is going to have more information for the search algorithm to draw from. That is going to be the most effective way to ensure the best possible ranking - which could possibly increase your chances of seeing your very own Maps Label.

To find out more about how to get your local Maui business on Google, join us for the Free Google Workshop: Let's Put Maui on the Map.

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[April Chang] [Google] [Local Search]

Free Google Workshop Let's Put Maui on the Map

Want consumers to find your local Maui business on Google?
September 22, 2015

As an official Google Partner, Meyer Computer, Inc. is helping local Maui non-profits and small businesses grow their presence online with our Free Google Workshop: Let's Put Maui on the Map. Learn how to get your local business on Google and tips for internet marketing. The workshop will be on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

Let's Put Maui on the Map is part of Google's Get Your Business Online program and the goal is to bring community members and business owners together to help small businesses succeed online.

Why is it important to get your business online?

  • More than 90% of consumers look online for local products and services
  • 4 out of 5 consumers use some kind of search engine to find local information
  • Only 35% of businesses have actually claimed a local business listing on a search engine

Visitors and local members of our Maui community are searching online for businesses like yours every day. Businesses that have complete and accurate listings online are twice as likely to be considered reputable by consumers.

Register for our Free Google Workshop: Let's Put Maui on the Map and get your business information on Google Search and Maps.

Help spread the word and Let's Put Maui on the Map!

Career Opportunities on Maui

Join the leading internet marketing experts at Meyer Computer, Inc.
September 15, 2015

What kind of career are you looking for? Join the growing and vital industry of internet marketing and web development. In our fast paced world of technology, the ability to quickly connect to your consumers is imperative and in today's market, social media marketing is an essential part of expanding any business.

As an official Google Partner, Meyer Computer, Inc. continues to be the leading internet marketing and web development experts on Maui. We value integrity, professionalism and enjoy maintaining a positive and creative working environment.

If you're a highly motivated individual who is interested in learning more about our industry and building a professional career at Meyer Computer, view our available positions and send us your resume.

Why You Need to Remove Flash TODAY

Be riddled with bugs and vulnerabilities no more
August 15, 2015

Flash - A once dominant web technology for creating and displaying fun animations, slideshows, games and much more directly in your browser, has since lost much of its original luster; so much so that it is now advised by many industry professionals (your author included) that you immediately disable/remove flash from any device you own which has it. Why you ask? Well, for starters . . .

1. Security - Flash has become a security nightmare, particularly in recent months. With the most recent example being three separate, major exploits discovered in a single week; and new vulnerabilities being discovered at an increasing rate, the persistent security issues alone should be enough to make you say goodbye to Flash forever.

2. Usage Has Plummeted - Take a look at most modern websites - Many have given up completely on using Flash as a method of content delivery: opting instead to use newer, more secure standards such as HTML5 delivery. So if you do decide to get rid of Flash, you most likely will not miss it.

3. It's a Resource Hog - On some systems/browsers, Flash will contribute to browser freezes and crashes. Rid the browser of Flash and watch your freezes/crashes reduce drastically.

Ready to remove Flash from your life? Here's a handy guide from the team at How-To Geek to help you through the process:

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[Jesse Conboy] [MCI Tech Tools]

Maui United Way Celebrates an Impressive Year of Community Support

Luncheon recognizes outstanding community support by volunteers, businesses and donors.
July 24, 2015

Maui United Way Celebrates an Impressive Year of Community Support

Maui United Way's 46th Annual Meeting and Recognition Luncheon was held on July 2nd, 2015 at the King Kamehameha Golf Course. The event recognized multiple individuals, organizations, businesses and volunteers that played a vital part in making 2014-2015 a successful year for our Maui non-profits.

What makes this year so spectacular? Proof is in the numbers. Through Maui United Way's beneficial partnerships with multiple non-profits, over 65,000 services were provided to the community. 34,558 educational services were provided to focus on helping children and youth achieve their potential. 12,510 services were provided to promote financial stability and independence to low-income families and individuals. Also, 18, 425 services were offered to improve people's health.

The awesome work doesn't stop there. The Tools for Schools, school supplies drive, chaired by Iao Intermediate School student Jolee, allowed Maui United Way to collect well over 1,000 supplies for their 41 partner agencies. This year's school supply drive has just come to an end and we can't wait to hear how well they did!

One of the highlights of the luncheon included the incredible efforts conducted by the Women Helping Women Domestic Violence Shelter Renew Task Force. This amazing group of women pulled together and organized the Women Helping Women six week intensive renovation project. This was no easy task but with the help of many contributing individuals, businesses, donors and the leadership from Deanna Davis, it was completed and ready for use in April of this year.

This year, we were grateful for the opportunity to volunteer for Maui United Way's Grant Allocation Process in their Community Impact Committee. This is an interesting process that allows us to learn about each non-profits vital role that they play in our Maui community. We were also pleasantly surprised with receiving Maui United Way's Community Partnership Award for the second consecutive year. We first won this award back in 2010 and we continue to support our 'ohana at Maui United Way and look forward to partnering with them in upcoming projects that benefit our community. Here's a look at all of the award recipients:

  • Corporate Contributor of the Year: Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.
  • Campaign of the Year: Enterprise, Alamo & National Car Rental
  • Foundation of the Year: Bendon Family Foundation
  • Bank of the Year: First Hawaiian Bank
  • Hotel of the Year: Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club
  • Partner Agency of the Year: Maui Adult Day Care Centers
  • Community Partnership of the Year: Meyer Computer, Inc.
  • Community Event – Excellence Award: Maui Electric Company for the Keiki Tilapia Fishing Tournament, which drew the participation of 600 kids and the attendance of about 2,000 people.
  • Campaign Excellence Award: Matson, Inc.; Goodfellow Bros., Inc; Central Pacific Bank; Oceanic Time Warner Cable; Hawaiian Telcom; and Costco Wholesale
  • Co Volunteers of the Year: Deanna Davis and Sandra Florence.
  • Kahaloa Award: Stephen Kealoha
  • Norman Ahakuelo Award: Deanna Davis for her significant contribution within the labor community.
  • Outgoing Board Member Award: Deanna Davis for six years of outstanding impact on the organization.

Image taken by Lisa Villiarimo. For the full album of photos visit Maui United Way's 46th Annual Meeting and Luncheon Album.

Quality vs Quantity with Low Quality

Cheaper social media management doesn't mean better service.
June 30, 2015

Quality vs. Quantity with Low Quality

Why pay more for business social media management, when there are cheaper alternatives?

The answer: Quality.

If you aren't asking your social media manager questions, then how will you know that you're getting your money's worth?

Do they create relevant content specific to your industry niche?
What is my competition doing?
How frequently are they posting?
Are they tracking how well a specific campaign is running?

A quality post persuades a user to engage in activity with a comment, like or share. The best posts trigger an emotion. If I'm sitting in Alaska counting the days until I get to sip a coconut on a Hawaiian beach, you better believe any Facebook post that puts my mind on vacation mode will be liked, shared and commented with enthusiasm.

A quick and easy way to post frequently is by resharing other users' content. Just because it's quick and easy, doesn't mean that it should be your go-to way of producing "content" for your business page. Reshares should be used sparingly. Don't get me wrong, there's awesome content available that is worth resharing, I just don't think that it should be your main focus for producing posts. I recommend that your own content take precedence over someone else's. The downfalls to resharing content that isn't your own include:
  • Any direct link traffic generated is not yours
  • On Facebook: Comments generated from your reshare may not be credited to your reshare
  • Your inability to answer questions related to the article may force you to refer them to the original post author

Of course there's an exception to the rule. User-generated content is the Holy Grail of reshares. These type of posts are created by your Brand Ambassadors, people who love your brand and love to talk about it online. Posts created by them and reshared by you, in a sense, gives a virtual nod of thanks to them and promotes like-minded individuals to follow by example and tag you on content related to you.

The sooner you realize that the quality of content coming from your business social accounts matters, the better prepared you will be in building a successful social media campaign.

Google's Mobile-Friendly Update Not that Big of a Deal

Over a month later we take a look back and decide if you can afford to ignore it.
June 03, 2015

We are now over a month out from the initial release of Google's Mobile Friendly algorithm update on April 21st, 2015. Although touted as a bigger algorithm update that Panda and Penguin combined, this update has not had much of an impact. Small-scale studies are popping up here and there and they all are reporting back that little, if anything, happened to their mobile traffic.

Part of this could be due to all the panic and frenzy finally getting people scared enough, with the potential traffic loss, to do what they should have done a long time ago -- have a mobile-friendly website. Google is reporting about a 5% increase in mobile friendly sites in March and April as a result of their early warnings and hope to see even more in the coming months.

Even if you are finding the recent mobile update to be underwhelming and are losing your urgency to update your website, we strongly advise you to rethink your strategy. Google is only going to continue to refine this update - some are saying that mobile site speed might be the next addition - as more and more people access the web on their mobile devices.

If anything, don't you want to make your website visitor happy? So keep improving your sites for mobile. If you’re not yet mobile-friendly, make it happen. If you don't, your competition has a clear way to get a leg up on you!

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April Chang
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Internet Marketing Specialist at Meyer Computer, Inc.

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[April Chang] [General Marketing] [Google] [SEO] [Web Design]

Web Design Spotlight - Maui Aids Foundation

The recent redesign of includes a few new features!
May 27, 2015

Last year, we offered a website redesign to, and this year we were happy to hear they wanted to change up the design of their website by adding in a few new features.

If you're unfamiliar with the Maui AIDS Foundation, they are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose goal is to promote sexual health and well-being in Maui's community and to provide support to those in need. continues to sport responsive design which makes browsing through their website a simple and visually pleasing experience. Along with a few color changes, you may also notice three new button additions to their front page. These prominent links provide quick access to important information to their website visitors, and we think that's pretty awesome!

So don't forget, if you're thinking about creating a website for your company or if you want to redesign your existing website, consider contacting us at Meyer Computer, Inc. for a free consultation!

Author: Nikki Kurisu
Online Marketing at Meyer Computer, Inc.

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[Maui] [Nikki Kurisu] [Web Design]

Meyer Computer Invites You To Our Special Google Partners Event

Find out how to increase your business with online marketing from the Google experts.
May 01, 2015

You're invited to the Meyer Computer Inc. Google Partners Event!

Come and learn from the Google experts on how to grow your business and capture potential customers online. Fred Valleays will be discussing how to increase your online presence and better advertise your business online. Listen to Matt Lawson, the Director of Search Ads Marketing, as he explains to us how customers navigate through web pages and how you can utilize online marketing to capture your potential customers. In today's ever changing digital world, it is vital to maintain a positive online profile and we want to help educate Maui's local businesses about the value of online advertising.

As an Official Google Partner, we invite you to join us Friday, May 15th at 9:00am, 59A Kanoa Street Wailuku, Hawaii 96793, for this very special event. Network with other local Maui businesses and learn how to grow your business and online presence from the Google experts.

Please RSVP to, space is limited.

We look forward to seeing you!
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Web Design Spotlight - Kaanapali Beach Rentals

Searching for a rental is now a tropical breeze.
April 14, 2015

Kaanapali Beach Rentals, a West Maui vacation rental management company, has recently gone under the design knife and has emerged mobile-friendly, utilizing responsive design! While keeping with their original look, their website is now easily viewable from the desktop, tablet, or mobile devices, and now offers an improved user experience, making the search for vacation rentals in West Maui a quick and pleasant process.

With mobile device usage on the rise, it has always been a good idea to create a website that is mobile-friendly, but with Google's recent decision to use this as a ranking factor, its importance has increased significantly.

So if you've been on the fence about upgrading your current website to be mobile-friendly, now would be the perfect opportunity for you to do so. Feel free to contact us at Meyer Computer, Inc. and we'd be happy to set up a free consultation with you. Keep flyin'!

Author: Nikki Kurisu
Online Marketing at Meyer Computer, Inc.

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Blogs for October 2015

Where's My Business on Google Maps

Posted on October 05, 2015

We've listed our service location with Google My Business and filled out all the information 100%. How come we can't see it on the map?

When you're looking around the Map - with no particular business search in mind - you'll see those little icons for all sorts of things like… Continue Reading

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