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Google have rolled out a utilty where early single location businesses who added a + Brand page and used it can now merge a Places entry with that page instead of a + Local Business page.

When a + Brand page can merge with multiple-locations will there be an option to keep the + Local Business page so that local managers can Post and interact with their own customers. Will merged Brands who then want a + Local Business page still be able to add one back?
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I mentioned profiles as neither pages, nor profiles can be merged.

No where in the links provided does the process mention that it is a merge.

It is a type of conversion, the local features get transferred from the local page to the brand page, and the brand features get transferred to the local page.

Currently the only way you can link multiple local pages to the brand page is via the links section of the brand page.

I'll reiterate, it isn't a merge, but a conversion process of brand pages into local and vice versa, you still have both a local page and a brand page at the end of the process. The page IDs remain the same but the page types and features have changed. 
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Is it possible to add a page type description into displayed page urls:

PersonalProfile
StoreFront
ServiceArea
Brand
SearchResult

This may stop users putting a Business Name into a Profile.

It will help when posting on Google+ Help and in the Google my Business Forum (As it will be renamed one day) to know what the page being posted is easily.
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It is fairly easy to resolve that situation. 
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Google have now introduced a utility for early Local adopters of social via a  page to have it linked to a Places entry via its newer + Local Business page.

Update:
+ Brand pages can only be linked to one + Local Business / Place entry at this time.

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/business/SUYXCmExm1I

Help here:

https://support.google.com/business/answer/6010825

Not perfect but for those with a big investment in a + Brand page welcome.

I would leave it for a few weeks to see if any serious bugs are reported on the Help Forum:

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!categories/business
For help figuring out if a page is eligible, please take a look at our Help Center. If you created a local business or place page and want to connect it to Maps, just verify that page. Before proceeding, please note: The page should represent a single customer-facing business location.
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Thanks +Andrew Huskinson for posting. I'd tried unsuccessfully to find this answer from Google Help, so this really comes in handy since my Local Biz+ page was arbitrarily created.

I assume there are a lot of businesses out there with no idea they now own a Google+ page.
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At long last Google have come up with a utility which allows early adopters of Social via a + page to associate it with a new + Local Business page which you created, or recently Google have created for you.

Update:
+ Brand pages can only be linked to one + Local Business / Place entry at this time.

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/business/SUYXCmExm1I

With Help here:

https://support.google.com/business/answer/6010825

Its probably best to wait a bit until a few brave users have tried it to see what bugs there may be, as there usually are.

The only previous advice you could give here was to start Posting on the + Local Business page and ask Followers of the social + page to move over.

As some data from the + Local Business page is not copied over to the + page, you may have to do the switch back to posting on the 'old' +  page and ask subsequent Followers gained on the + Local Business page to move.

All a bit of a pain when a bit of analysis done prior to introducing the + Local Business page would have enabled a smooth transition from day one, not over a year later.
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That is excellent news +Andrew Huskinson  - we've been keeping our fingers crossed that this day would come.

Just tried it but it seems like the update hasn't rolled out quite everywhere yet, the only options we see next to 'this page appears on google maps' are view & learn more (there isn't an option called 'change').

Once that option is available to us - you can bet we'll be putting this into action straightaway. Thanks again for the tip - you've made a few of us here very excited!
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Is it possible where users had a @googlemail.com account on a mobile phone to recognise that its changed to gmail.com when trying to update from Google Play.

The only other way is to copy your SIM and personal data off the phone and re-set it.

If we simply have to do a reset can someone post a guide to a free way to back it up and then restore the data. Ensuring pictures are not lost (or down sized?).

And we know how many users here lose data so easily at the best of times.
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Thanks +John Skeats 

The problem on the device is that I cannot use the new @gmail.com version now to do anything.  Its pretty poor that a change of account format forced on us has not had all its impacts seamlessly sorted out for us by Google.

I will have to find the time to do what's needed to sort it out.

Thanks for the link.
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FUD. Fear, uncertainty and doubt.

The feeling I got bodging at big un-document 'packages' on big IBM mainframes with millions of customers. Such as ex-BancOne software written by ArthurAdersen, at BarclayCard, managed by AA.

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/business/jmFwHyzO9VY

This seems the best of the Communities I regularly post to to get some constructive ideas.
Google Product Forums > Google and Your Business >. Categories: Technical issue? : Are there any functional differences between a + Brand page and others like Business, Organisation and so on? Showing 1-1 of 1 messages. Are there any functional differences between a + Brand page and others like ...
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What is a 'Brand'

1. A retail brand like Channel. They promote their Brand and have display stand in department stores they maintain. I saw a comment where Google were going to allow stands to have a Places entry, a smaller version of 'Blacks Florist (Inside Safeway), is that true? Is McDonalds a Brand? McDonalds have Places entries and if retail brands can have stand Places entries will the further Brand options for 1 and 2 allow the choice of keeping an active + Local Business page at Brand and location merge time?

2. A service brand like Homeserve who provide the service at the customers location. They promote their Brand. And local management could interact with their customers via + Local Business page Posts offering specials.

3. A service brand like a software house who sell online or via re-sellers. They promote the brands they offer via a Brand page. You can have several Brand pages.

At the moment the new 'Brand page in Google my Business can only be linked to one location. As on the forum two software houses were complaining their Places entries had been converted to a Brand page then it seems to serve the 3rd option.

In fact the available Shop Front, Service Area and Brand pages seem to match up with these 3 brand areas. So will there be Shop Front and Service Area Brand pages with a set of merged Shop Front and Service Area Places pages?
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What I learned today.

Google have at last addressed the problems early Local adopters of Social had when the + Local Business pages were introduced, which to use, and recently a + Local Business page being created for a Places entry by Google.

After months of moaning at least +  page users who are Local businesses can merge the 'duplicate' + Local Business page and its functionally linked Places entry to the + page.

Update:
+ Brand pages can only be linked to one + Local Business / Place entry at this time.

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/business/SUYXCmExm1I

Help here:

https://support.google.com/business/answer/6010825

The only advice I could give in the past year was to move from the +  page to the + Local Business page if you were Local and ask the old active Follower's to move across.

The link is still a bit of a bodge as not all data from the + Local Business page is copied over. Its Followers still need to be invited across. And some + page data is lost.

Best to wait a few weeks before using it, as there are usually bugs with new functions. Keep an eye on the Google and Your Business Help Forum.
For help figuring out if a page is eligible, please take a look at our Help Center. If you created a local business or place page and want to connect it to Maps, just verify that page. Before proceeding, please note: The page should represent a single customer-facing business location.
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Thanks for sharing +Andrew Huskinson, this has been a constant bugbear for so many people. And thanks for the Google and YB forum details......will keep an eye out as things progress. 
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Hi,

I have been moaning for some time about the new + Local Business page and its now functionally linked Places entry not having a utility where old local early adopters of a social + page, not being able to move all their historical activity there to the new + Local Business page.

Update:
+ Brand pages can only be linked to one + Local Business / Place entry at this time.

Fortunately I found out in time to correct a Post I made today in the Help Forum:

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/business/Q_fKrP5ymDE
Hi Everyone! Quick question about an issue that we are facing. We've put a lot of time and effort into building up our Google+ page and community. We recently added the business as a local listing in places for business, a new Google+ page was automatically generated, this is a huge ...
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+Andrew Huskinson Jade announced this yesterday in the business forum.  I think that all of us have been moaning about the lack of this utility, from the beginning.  Posts about this started circulating on Google+ (as well as here) shortly after the announcement.

How do I connect a non-local Google+ page to Google Maps?
https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/business/SUYXCmExm1I

Mike Blumenthal (and others) started posting articles about it yesterday.

Google Now Allows Brand Pages to Become Google+ Local Pages
http://localu.org/blog/google-now-allows-brand-pages-become-local-pages/
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Googles adding of a descriptor to the Business Name in Places and its + Local Business page means many people will be updating this field.

Have you had issues with your Places entry being merged with other businesses in the past?

One scenario is where your business name is similar to another one.

Another  is where there is a close by business with the same Category.

Whilst adding the descriptor to the business name should not affect this issue it may be a good time to consider these past problems and do a bit or re-branding or if you like better discrimination.

Google started of by collecting free data from the web and then merging similar data together in order to create a free listing for each entity it identified. This is not a perfect process and extra significant words in a business name can reduce these problems.

Always before settling on a business name try searching for it in your location to make sure there is no similar result shown up.

A simple example is where several family businesses are run out of one home or unit and each has the family name as a common word.

Another is where Google's hash key it creates for your words is the same as for another nearby business. I have seen a made up word in a name be associated with an abortion clinic in this way.

When Googles algorithms merge the data they find off the web they often simply look at the text and do not consider the context. Listings with an address containing the word 'lodge' have a Category 'Holiday Park' added to the merged listing, even when the Places categories are totally different.

So adding more differentiating details about the business in the Places description and in more generous web directory entries can reduce these merge or classification problems.

Google have belatedly embraced Semantic Web technology where the meaning of your content is assessed. Writing with meaning rather than simple keyword stuffing will help to differentiate your Places and matching web directory data making for a better merge experience.

So if you are going to add the single descriptor to the business name you have, just review your Places entry and web directory data at the same time.
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Google have updated its Places Business Guidelines to allow an additional single descriptor to qualify the business name in search.

Before you rush off to change your Places entry Business Name, and in its associated + Local Business page, you need to know how to re-brand properly to show the search results Google+ page with your new name.

Googles primary business model is to copy and merge public web data, from a set of sources, to create the free main body of a search result. They then sell placement of adverts round these result.

In order to monetise part of these placed adverts they added the Places and Your Business entry on top of Maps. And then sell enhanced appearance in search for these entries via Adwords.

Your Places entry data is used as an indication of what you want to appear in search BUT the over-riding source is the merged data Google finds out on the web.

So the best method, once you have chosen a suitable NEW business name, is to first go out and change all you other web directory data to the new business name.

Leave your + Local Business page, Places entry, website and blog alone at the moment.

After a few weeks or months, depending on the breadth and depth of your web presence, you will find the new name appearing on your search result Google+ page. Google may even update your Places entry name. You can then safely change you own Places entry, + Local Business page, website and blog names.

In the USA this can be a big administrative effort because of the large upstream directories, Acxiom, Localeze and ExpressUpdate. These push and pull data so you have to break into this cycle.

I resell the Yext Power Listing which automates this update process for you. One advantage its makes it easy to do additional seasonal, topical or promotional changes throughout the year. I offer 60 minutes of consultancy in addition for buying the book through my Google site.

My own Places entry shows the Google merge process in action. When Google+ was introduced I had to re-brand to include the + Local Business page as in my blog:
http://andrewhuskinson.com/new-google-plus-places-and-maps-ebook/

However as you see from my original Google site entry I had a 'descriptor' of Consultant.

Despite me changing Googles change of 'Help' to 'Consultant' in the + Local Business page and Places entry a couple of times Googles choice rules:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AndrewHuskinson/posts

While you are updating your web directory data take the opportunity to re-fresh your descriptions to detail your offering, essential with Googles now mandatory choice of their Categories. And to take in Googles new Semantic Web conversion as well. My Ebook marketing partner is a psychologist and specialises in writing web site landing pages for conversion and of course this feeds back into the texts semantic value in search.

If you have an old Edit screen Places entry, not yet updated with a + Local Business page, you need to go in and remove any custom categories you have set up, as this may affect the conversion to the new Edit screen.

#Maps #localbusiness #semanticweb  
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SQL, you are perhaps one of only a very few contributors on this forum who actually think carefully before submitting advice. (I sometimes rush in.) Master Sweeps.

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You know what, if they listened to just HALF of the suggestions you and I have given them, they’d cut out probably 75% of the complaints and support problems. Right? (No over-writing claimed listings, etc. etc.)
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