Google My Church - Getting Started with ‘Google My Business’

Google My Church - Getting Started with ‘Google My Business’

Google has over 1.2 billion unique users per month, making it the ideal opportunity for churches to make themselves known publicly, to provide hope and share God’s love with the many people who use Google, both globally and locally.

Google My Business is a free service that was launched in 2014 as a way of empowering local organisations and businesses to connect with people in an increasingly mobile and social networking environment. It is a way to publicise yourself to those using various Google services.

Google has become a household name and it is often the first place people go to when they have a query. The church has the greatest message to share with the world and Google can be a dominant broadcasting tool for Christian churches and ministries to use.

If you have previously used Google Places, or the Google+ Pages Dashboard to manage all of your information in Google, then you should notice that your Google account will have been automatically upgraded to Google My Business. You will notice now, that all of your previously individual Google accounts are under one dashboard, giving you easier access across all of your Google services and applications, with a single sign-in and seamless navigation.

If you are new to using Google as a way to promote your church, then you can follow our two-step guide below on getting started with Google My Business:
 

1. Sign up for a Google My Business account

To get started on Google My Business you will need to either add your church, or ‘claim ownership’ of it on Google.

Claiming ownership of your church on Google:

Go to www.google.co.uk and type in the name of your church into the search bar, if any of the results match your information then look for the ‘are you the business owner?’ link (see image below). If you don't see this link then please see information below the image on how to add your church to Google.
 

Example image of 'Are you the business owner' link on Google

[Example image of 'Are you the business owner' link on Google]


If you see this link then your church has not been claimed and you can click on the ‘are you the business owner’ link.

This will take you to a map, where you will be able to get started with Google My Business. If you do not see the ‘are you the business owner’ link, then please follow the steps below to add the relevant information about your church onto Google.

Adding your church to Google:

Follow this link to Google My Business: www.google.co.uk/business and you will be directed to one of the two pages below:
 

Image example of Start Now button on Google My Business

[Image example of Start Now button on Google My Business]


Or:
 

Image example of Get On Google Now button on Google My Business

[Image example of Get On Google Now button on Google My Business]

 

Click on the blue button in the top right hand corner, which will either say “Get on Google” or “Start Now”. You will then either be directed to a map or a sign in page.

If you have not previously set up an account with Google for your church, then you will need to register an account with them*. If you have already got an account with Google, you can enter your details and sign in.

* If your existing account is a personal one then we would recommend that you create another account for the use of the church.

 

You should now find that you are directed to a map. Type your church name into the search bar and a list of suggestions will appear underneath as you type.
 

Image example of find your business on Google My Business

[Image example of find your business on Google My Business]
 

If your church is listed in the suggestions then click on it; if not then click on the magnifying glass icon, and you will be given the option to enter the details manually.

If your details came up but they were either incorrect or incomplete, don’t worry as you will be able to change these.
 

Image example of find your business on Google My Business

[Image example of find your business on Google My Business]
 

Image example of find your business on Google My Business

[Image example of find your business on Google My Business]


2. Verify your business

Once you have completed the steps above and you have entered in the correct details for your church, click on the ‘confirm’ button.

You will now be asked to verify that you are authorised to manage this by ticking Google’s terms and conditions box.

Verifying your church is a way to tell Google that your listing is legitimate and that it is maintained by you, the owner. You will be sent a verification code by Google in order to verify that you are the owner.