Did Google Actually Call You? [video]
No, the Google Didn’t Actually Call You
Oh, hi! Welcome to the 163rd feature of Friday’s Ramblin Roundup!
Do you ever get harassing phone calls from people claiming that your Google Plus business page is at risk of being taken down? Well, don’t fall for it. It’s a scam.
Beware of Google Maps Phone Scams
They usually go like this: an automated recording or sometimes a live person will call, ask for the business owner, and tell you that your Google listing is at risk of being taken offline. They then have you call them back and a shady sales person ropes you in to some mysterious and bogus SEO subscription.
I personally receive these phone calls several times a week, and it’s getting out of hand. Local Search blogger Mike Blumenthal wrote about this last week in his Understanding Google My Business and Local Search blog and shared a sample of one of these menacing voicemails:
Several of our clients have asked me about these calls so I thought I’d feature it on Friday’s Ramblin Roundup
Here’s the deal: Google isn’t going to call you. Sorry, Dan’s Plumbing, but Google just has bigger fish to fry and they’re not going to bother with you. Just hang up the phone. And don’t freak out - there’s likely nothing wrong with your Google listing.
Do your homework before you hire an SEO
If you do need help with your local SEO, feel free to contact Ramblin Jackson for help. And if you decide to go another route with another company, be sure to do your due diligence to make sure you’re working with a reputable marketing agency.
Do a search for their phone number -- see how I can’t find anything for that spammy company we referenced earlier when I search their phone number? Be sure to look up business name, website, read reviews, ask for references, and make sure they are an actual company before you hand over your credit card information.
Email Marketing Workshop Friday, 4/3 at Broomfield Chamber of Commerce
If you’re in the Boulder area, join us on Friday, April 3rd at the Broomfield Chamber of Commerce for my presentation of Constant Contact’s Email Marketing For Success. More about that at ramblinjackson.com/events
Ramblin Jackson Job Openings in Boulder!
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