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.
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?
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!
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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.
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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: howtogeek.com/222275/how-to-uninstall-and-disable-flash-in-every-web-browser
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:
Image taken by Lisa Villiarimo. For the full album of photos visit Maui United Way's 46th Annual Meeting and Luncheon Album.
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.
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?
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