On October 8, 2018 Google announced it will be shutting down its social platform Google+ over the next nine months. That means come August 2019, you will no longer have access to your Google+ account. This recent news may cause some concerns for our clients with Google+ accounts, so we’ve answered some common questions you may have on the Google+ shutdown:

What Does the Google+ Shutdown Mean For My Business?

The good news is that the Google+ shutdown should have virtually no effect on your business, as the platform had historically low usage and engagement. While Google+ was developed to become a popular social network like Facebook or Instagram, it never became as widespread with consumers. In fact, in their Oct 8 blog post, Google reported that Google+ user sessions lasted less than five seconds on average. In short, don’t worry that Google+ is going away—it gives you time to focus on more active social media platforms.

Do I Have to Change Anything on My Website?

The Google+ shutdown will have no affect on your website unless you have the G+ icon listed as one of your social media icons. If this is the case, make sure to remove your G+ button on your website sometime within the next nine months. If you are unsure how to do so, call Mannix to help.

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What Will Replace Google+?

Currently, nothing is in the works to replace Google+, but there is another Google platform you should be focusing your efforts on: Google My Business. GMB is the information listing that pops up the right side of your screen when you search for a business. It helps give your business a public identity and local visibility on Google Search and Google Maps.

Your Google My Business listing displays your business’s address, hours of operation, phone number and reviews. You can further optimize your listing for your benefit by posting a description, photos, special offers and more, but in order to do so, you must first claim and verify your local business’ Google My Business listing. Need help setting up your Google My Business listing? Mannix offers this service as part of our Local SEO services.

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Do I Have to Shutdown My Google+ Account?

You don’t have to worry about shutting down your Google+ account yourself, as come August, Google will remove it automatically. Google has reported they will provide consumers with additional information on ways they can download and migrate their Google+ data over the next coming months. If you wish to delete your account sooner, you can do so through the Settings tab of your Google+ profile.

Set Up Your Google My Business Listing Today!

While it may come as a surprise that the Google+ platform is shutting down, this comes after a history of low user activity, so your business’s social media presence will not suffer. Take this opportunity to update your website’s social media icons and claim and optimize your Google My Business listing!

Need help getting your business set up on Google My Business? Have additional questions or concerns about the Google+ shutdown? Contact our team of digital marketing strategists today and we’d be happy to help you! Get in touch with us here, or give us a call at 518-743-9424!

About John Volza

Originally from the Utica, NY area, John graduated with a BA in English and Gender Studies from Skidmore College in 2016, and currently resides in Saratoga Springs, NY. John brings a varied work experience, including previously working as a radio disc jockey, manager of a local coffee roasting factory and small commercial insurance underwriter, where he worked directly with small business owners fulfilling their insurance needs. John is passionate about helping small businesses and is excited for the opportunity to work with a variety of local and national clients as a member of the Mannix Marketing team. Outside of work, John loves to cook, play video games, and sell vintage clothing online. Having gone to college in Saratoga Springs, he’s very happy to have returned to the area and can often be found downtown walking through Congress Park or trying out the newest bars and restaurants.