To implement social distancing in response to COVID19, Google My Business (GMB) has made changes to its platform.
We have assembled a quick guide to help field service companies understand the current change. We will be sure to update this post as GMB makes more changes.
What features have been removed?
During this period no new reviews will be published to Google My Business profiles. Users will still be able to post and see their own reviews at this time, but they will not be publicly visible.
It is not yet known whether these reviews will be made visible once Google lifts the restrictions.
Review replies have also been disabled. With no new reviews appearing, there’s obviously less need for businesses to be able to respond right now. However, businesses will be unable to respond to existing reviews on their profile. This also applies to editing the content of existing review replies
Q&As have been completely removed from profiles. This means all existing Q&As will not be visible and users will be unable to post new questions
In Google’s post about the change, they only made reference to ‘new Q&As’ but having checked a number of businesses, Q&As appear to have vanished.
What features are limited?
Adding, claiming and verifying listings
While no functionality is being removed, Google’s listing review process is being prioritized for health-related businesses. Businesses that aren’t health-related can expect delays when adding and claiming listings and receiving listing verifications. The length of the delay has not been stated.
Editing business information
Businesses that aren’t considered health-related can also expect delays to the listing edits, including:
- Open and closed states
- Special hours
- Temporary closures
- Business descriptions
- Business attributes
This covers edits made by both businesses and users.
Feel free to reach out to our team with any questions!