With Google My Business, you can update your business info on Google for free to ensure that your phone number, address, and hours of operation are correct so customers can find you easily on the map.
To help businesses make the most of this holiday season (and beyond), Google has put together a holiday workshop, which is filled with tips for using the web to connect with shoppers. To set the holiday hours, follow the steps under (verbatim):
- Sign in to Google My Business.
- For a single location:
- From card view, choose the listing you'd like to set special hours for and click Manage location. If you're viewing your locations as a list instead of cards, switch to card view by clicking the cards icon on the right side above your locations.
- Click Info at the top of the page.
- From list view, select the locations you'd like to set special hours for. If you're viewing your locations as cards instead of a list, switch to list view by clicking the list icon on the right side above your locations.
- Click the pencil icon in the top-right corner of the page.
- Click the Special hours section.
- Click the Select date field and enter the date when special hours are in effect.
- Enter the opening and closing times for that day.
- Slide the circle to "Closed" to indicate that the location is closed all day.
- If you're open 24 hours, click Opens at and select 24 hours from the dropdown menu that appears.
- If you enter closing hours past midnight, make sure to set them properly.
- Click Add new date at the top of the window to add more dates with special hours for the location.
For two sets of special hours on the same day, enter them in separate rows. For instance, if your business is open for a period in the morning, closes for lunch, and reopens in the afternoon, enter these special hours in two rows. Click Add hours to add an additional row of hours.
- When you've finished entering all of your special hours, click Apply. Your special hours will appear to customers on Google only for the designated days.
For more on updating your holiday hours, watch this video:
Or, watch this entire workshop below:
For a list of step-by-step instructions on how to update your hours on Google My Business, visit this help center article.
Thanksgiving, still brings back the old memories of catching up with family and stuffing faces with turkey. Going by the spirit of the festivity, Google is unveiling a new BuzzFeed sticker pack in Allo messaging app.
These new stickers featuring artwork by BuzzFeed illustrator Kevin Valente, with each sticker is animated to help you say exactly what you mean. All these stickers are available for download from the sticker store in Google Allo on Android and iOS. So, without further ado:
Now, here is the most genuine depicting the real feelin'
Update 11/25: Google's thanksgiving doodle is up and is created with the usage of American folk art imagery, "Evocative of American folk art, with quilt-like patterning and simple shapes, today's Doodle, rendered in a rich harvest-colored palette, is an ode to this season of togetherness," team doodle said.
If you're not aware of Thanksgiving, "this holiday dates back to 1620 and is celebrated in America every year on the last Thursday of November, with family and friends gather around tables to feast and give thanks."
Here is a brief history of the holiday:
"It was 1620 in Plymouth, Massachusetts when Mayflower colonists and the Wampanoag forged a partnership of necessity. Decimated by an epidemic and wary of the mightier Narragansett, their nearby enemies, the Wampanoag and the newcomers become allies. The pilgrims were unfamiliar with Massachusetts' natural resources and ill-equipped for survival - but Tisquantum, an English-speaking Patuxet Wampanoag, taught them how to hunt, gather shellfish, and plant corn, beans, and squash. Following harvest in the fall of 1621, the settlers and the Wampanoag, celebrated what's considered the "First Thanksgiving," a three-day feast with wild duck, goose, turkey, deer, and barley ale."
The doodle leads to a search for "Thanksgiving 2016" and includes the usual sharing icon:
Here is a Google's Turkey Day doodle history: