Google Makes More Changes to Restaurant GMB Visibility for COVID-19
Carrie Hill

We’ve seen a few changes from Google My Business on how restaurants are handled in Maps and some new features on their Business Listings as well. Krystal Taing shared how the “buttons” in the business listing are associated with the “Order Food with Google” feature, which means non-participating restaurants that get these buttons (google just sticks them on things – they don’t get a choice) show users a “sorry this restaurant doesn’t participate” label.

I hope we see this refined as Google realizes that not all takeout/delivery restaurants want to participate with the Grubhubs of the world – especially when thin profit margins are even thinner during the COVID-19 mandates.

Barry Schwartz shared a new temporary look for Google Maps that labels businesses as temporarily closed, offering takeout and delivery, etc.  Sourcing the attributes right in the maps seems like a much better feature than offering pickup & delivery options that go nowhere once clicked.  This screenshot was from my local town this morning.

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Carrie comes to Sterling Sky with SEO experience that dates back to 2005! She has a passion for figuring out what works for each and every client and picking apart the problems that arise in our “it depends” relationship with Google. She has also been organizing and nurturing the LocalU Conference Series since 2017 – through to today – across a hectic few years of pandemic and back into in-person conferences again.