Gplus BusinessGoogle My Business is Google’s new unified interface designed to make life easier for local businesses as well as brands to be better found within Google. With all the recent changes to Google Local, now is a good time to make sure all of your information is correct on your Google My Business page.

The first and most important step is to make sure you have access to your Local Page. If the page is showing as unverified, you will need to claim the page. Planned Growth’s Google experts are able to help verify your page quickly and correctly. We can help you get control of your page even if someone else is currently in control.

Once you have possession of your verified page, you are able to update contact information as well as anything else that might be pertinent to your business. Google My Business helps you build a loyal fan base. Your customers can show their appreciation with ratings and reviews, use the +1 button to endorse your content, and re-share your Google+ posts across the web.

If you previously used Google Places for Business or Google+ Pages Dashboard to manage your business information, your account has been automatically upgraded to Google My Business. Google My Business makes it easier than ever to update business information across Google Search, Maps and Google+. Google My Business complements your existing website by giving your business a public identity and presence on Google. The information you provide about your business can appear on Google Search, Maps and Google+.
This is not the first time Google has decided to change this program drastically. Before it was Google My Business, it was Google Business, and before that Google Places. Due to these changes, many accounts have been upgraded to Google My Business accounts, but not verified. This is a huge missed opportunity, not only as it pertains to social media, but also to search engine optimization. Giving Google all the information it wants about your business can only be positive when it comes to where you will end up in the search results.

Do you have a Google My Business issue? Let us know and we will get to the bottom of the problem.

Content-managment-2If you have a website managed by Planned Growth, most likely it is powered by a WordPress Content Management System (CMS). While there are several choices when it comes to which CMS to use, WordPress is by far the most popular and most powerful CMS in the world.

WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool written in PHP. But in non-geek speak, it’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (or CMS) in existence today. WordPress started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day.

At its core, WordPress is a blogging platform that is able to integrate with different plugins to perform different tasks. These plugins are made by developers all over the world, and approved by the WordPress community. Because of this fact, there are many reasons why it is important to keep your CMS up-to-date.

Most important is to make sure your plugins are running the latest security updates. Since WordPress is so popular, hackers do their best to expose flaws in individual plugins and themes in an attempt to infiltrate a website. By monitoring your site and making sure these updates are performed, your site becomes less vulnerable to security risks.

When any expert talks about WordPress security, one of the first things they mention is to install updates. Hackers and other malicious parties watch the release notes. As soon as they learn of vulnerability, they start exploiting it. So, you need to update as soon as possible to reduce the time that your site is vulnerable.

If Planned Growth is managing your website, you can rest easy knowing your plugins and themes are all constantly monitored for updates. We make sure that all plugins are compatible with the most recent version of WordPress. Updates to the WordPress core, plugins, and themes often increase security by patching vulnerabilities and strengthening against attacks. Planned Growth can reduce the risk of your site being hacked or compromised.

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Here at Planned Growth we pride ourselves in using the latest technology to provide excellent advertising services for the success of your business. Some of the services that we are now providing which is using all the latest technology is aerial view photography and videography. These services are used in order to advertise your business in an outside of the box, eye-catching way.

The benefits of using Aerial photographs for your business is that it will highlight and keep the focus on the promotional material since the pictures are so interesting. In this way aerial photography provides your business with a unique way to attract the attention of your clients, which may result in future sales. Continue reading How to Use Aerial Views to Advertise Your Business

Drone1A photograph for your company’s events on your website should be able to capture the moment in a way that is memorable while accurately representing your company. One way to achieve a memorable shot is by using Planned Growth’s aerial photography services.

The reason why aerial photography may be the way to go to capture your event is that this type of photography can provide a one of a kind point of view on almost any subject manner. Plus, a professional aerial photographer is able to produce striking and unique images that may be a big draw for your website and your business. Continue reading Why You Should Add Aerial Pictures of Your Event to Your Website