How to Add Texting to Your Google My Business Listing

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Learn step by step how to add a click-to-text button to your Google My Business profile as well as the benefits of including the feature.

Did you know that nearly 60% of search queries globally come from mobile devices?

If your business’s Google listing doesn’t include a “Message” button, that means you could potentially miss out on leads from over half of your entire internet audience!

Give people who find you while browsing the internet from their mobile phone every opportunity to reach you when you add a click-to-text button to your Google Business listing. Not sure how? We’ll show you in a few easy steps.

How to Add a Click-To-Text Button to Your Google My Business Listing

In order to update your Google Business listing, you must have a free Google account. You can create a free account for your business here. If you already have a Gmail or business account, you’ll want to log in before we begin.

Now, let’s get started!

1. Open My Business App

Open Google in your browser and click on the 9-dot grid in the top right corner of the page. Scroll through your apps and click on the My Business app.

2. Access Messaging

If you’re the owner of the Google My Business (GMB) profile, on the left-hand panel of your app you should see a Messaging option. If you do not see it, click on the Users tab and confirm your permissions level. The page owner can also grant you access through this same portal.

3. Provide Your SMS-Enabled Number

Next, you’ll want to input your text-enabled number where it prompts “Enter phone number.” If you haven’t already text-enabled your existing phone number, our team can assist you. We can also set you up with a new text-enabled toll-free or local number.

πŸ’‘SimpleTexting Tip: Your text-enabled number must be a 10-digit long code or a toll-free number. Unfortunately, you cannot use a shared short code through Google. If you do use a short code, one of our team members can simply transition you to one of the two former options quickly and with minimal disruption!

4. Customize Message Text

Now you’ll want to fill in the field with the message your customers will get back when they send you a text from this button.

You’ll want your message to achieve three things:

  1. Acknowledge the text was received
  2. Ensure it will be answered
  3. Thank the customer for reaching out

Feel free to use this as a template: Hey, thanks for getting in touch! Someone from the [Business Name] team will read this and get back to you ASAP.

This message will only appear for folks who click the “Message” button on your Google listing, and send their message from there. If they see your phone number on the listing and draft up a text message on their own, their message will go straight to your inbox.

5. Check Your Number

To verify that the number you added is text-enabled, Google will text you a confirmation code. Once you enter the code you’re officially set up!

Refresh a Google search of your business and see the new Message button appear on your GMB listing.

Now, when someone comes across your listing, they not only know that they can text you, but they can do so in one simple click! Say farewell to missed organic search leads for good.

When a lead clicks the Message button, a text message will automatically open up with your phone number in the “To” field, like this:

πŸ’‘SimpleTexting Tip: When you test your button out, you may notice that the number on your message isn’t the text-enabled one you listed. Google routes the messages this way so they can track your response time and list it on the search result. However, all messages will go directly to you!

Interested in learning more about Google Business Messaging? Check out our article on everything you need to know about Google’s Click-to-Message for Adwords.

Or, if you want to learn more about text-enabling your business’s phone number, or acquiring a dedicated number just for texting, reach out to one of our team members through the blue chat button in the corner of your screen! Schedule a demo or try us free for 14 days and see what all the buzz is about. No contracts or credit cards required.

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