So, you’ve claimed your Google My Business listing. Now what? You need to make your listing look appealing and your business trustworthy. As you likely know, media and visual content are by far superior in terms of audience engagement.
It is essential, therefore, to upload images to your GMB listings.
These photos appear on your listings both at the very top (on mobile) and just below the Questions and Answers section (on desktop).
We are going to take you through how to upload and optimise your Google My Business listings with photos. Step by step.
First, let’s look at the different Google My Business photo categories:
- Your Logo and Cover Photo – Upload a cover photo and your company logo to attract customers and increase awareness. The cover photo will be the main photo featured on your listing (see below). So, make sure whatever image you choose for your cover photo is of great quality. Images of the business building or products are usually the most effective.
2. Interior Shots – Photos of the inside of your business. Whether it be a restaurant, a salon or a bank, customers are more likely to trust your business if they can view what your business looks like. Google encourages publishing interior shots that capture the atmosphere of your business. Include photos of the common areas of your business. For example, if you are hotel, include an image of the lobby, a bedroom and the dining room.
3. Exterior Shots – Photos of the building your business is located in are useful because they help customers locate the store. This increases the likelihood of customers visiting your business. Once again, Google recommends uploading at least 3 exterior shots, preferably at different times of day.
4. At work & the team – Publish images on your Google My Business listings that feature your employees at work. If customers can see the people behind the business and the work going into it, they are more likely to trust it.
5. Product photos – Both pictures of products or food and drinks – if you are in the hospitality industry – build customer trust. Customers can check that your business provides products and services that they are interested in or would enjoy.
6. 360 Images – In order to get a 360 snapshot of your business and its location, you need to download the Google Maps street view app. Tap ‘Create’ and take a series of photos. These will then be stitched together to create a 360 image. 360 images help customers find your physical business location when they are searching for it.
Consider photo sizes:
- Upload your GMB photos as either JPEGs or PNGs
- Compress your photos so that they are between 10KB and 5MB.
- The recommended resolution is 720 pixels tall and 720 pixels wide. Images from 250 pixels tall and wide will be accepted. Nevertheless, we suggest sticking to the recommended suggestions to avoid poor quality.
Remember, Google My Business photos can be both owner-uploaded and user-uploaded:
Google My Business accepts photo uploads both from the business owner(you) and external users (online searchers and customers). This can be great, for instance, when customers upload photos of their positive experiences with the business.
However, if users upload irrelevant images or images which represent the business in a bad light, this can severely impact business reputation. Therefore, it is absolutely vital to monitor the images present on your GMB listings.
While you can do this manually, this can become a hefty task, especially for multi-location businesses with multiple listings. That’s where Vicinus comes in. Vicinus, our hyperlocal marketing platform, has in-built AI-powered image analysis that scans and studies your Google My Business photos.
This technology analyses GMB photos and automatically detects objects and their locations within images. It can identify different types of facial expressions as well as distinguish between different objects, such as a building vs an elephant.
Our AI image analysis is powered by Google Cloud Vision API; read our previous blog post to learn more.
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Business listing can completely change a customer’s opinion of your business. A customer may base their decision on using your services simply on this factor alone. So do not ignore this very important GMB feature.
Finally, optimise your GMB Photos with these 3 simple tricks:
- Use high-quality photos that best display your business. Ensure there is no blur and that the images are well-lit.
- Add relevant keywords to the image metadata when uploading. This includes the image title, alt text and meta-description.
- Continuously upload new pictures so your listings appear up-to-date. GMB photos expire in the knowledge panel after only 7 days!
- Finally, remember to select which photo category the image belongs to.
That was our complete guide to Google My Business Photos. We hope you now understand the importance of monitoring and uploading GMB photos!
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website to learn more about how Vicinus can help you manage and monitor your GMB listing – photos included.