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Upgraded Google Places for Business Dashboard Listings Now Allow Managers to be Added
Once a listing in the Places Dashboard has been upgraded to G+ Page social functionality, Google inextricably intertwines the listing with the social Page with both (mostly) positive and (some) negative effects. For example deleting the G+ Page will now delete the Dashboard listing and changing owners of the Page will transfer ownership of the listing.
Google has just announced that this also means that you can add managers to a listing in the Dashboard:
Update – September 19
Starting on September 19, new Places dashboard users with upgraded local Google+ pages will be able to invite other users to manage the page. You can read more about admin roles for pages here.
Please note that only pages that have been upgraded to have social features will have this multiple manager functionality. Owners of eligible pages will be able to invite others to manage a page, or remove other managers.
To add a manager:
- 1.From the listing dashboard, click on the gear icon on the upper right and select Manage listing access.
- 2. Select Add Managers and enter in the email address of the desired new manager.
Please note that managers must accept the invitation via email before being able to manage a page.
To remove a manager:
- From the listing dashboard, click on the gear icon on the upper right and select Manage listing access.
- Click on the X associated with the person you’d like to remove.
Please note that removing a manager means that account will no longer be able to edit, post, or act as the page. That account’s former actions will remain intact.
To transfer ownership:
- From your listing dashboard, click the gear icon in the upper-right corner of your screen and choose Manage listing access.
- Click dropdown arrow on the card for the Manager you’d like to promote to Owner, and select Transfer ownership to…
This integration of functionality is the fruition of the vision that most in the industry had when Google first rolled out the G+ Pages for local in 2012. It has been a long time in coming and we are still waiting for many existing old Dashboards to be converted.
Meanwhile Google has slowly and steadily been adding new countries to the list where new claimants will be directed to the new dashboard automatically. Those include: Russia, India, Mexico, Ukraine, South Africa, Israel, Malaysia, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Slovakia, Korea, Egypt, Morocco, Japan, Brazil, Argentina, Taiwan, Colombia, Chile, Hungary, Romania, the Philippines, Poland, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Kenya, and Macau.
There is still work to be done by Google, like upgrading the bulk upload and integrating it into the new Dashboard but these new changes seem to imply that that upgrade will occur sooner or later. Having recently transferred some clients from Bulk to the new Dashboard in an effort to speed data updates, I have found that the interface, while not quite as fast to work with as the Bulk interface, has potential to get to that point.
Compared to the incredibly confused mishegas that is the G+ Page management interface, the Dashboard is a pleasure to work in and with. Essentially now any new business can work in either the dashboard or the G+ Pages management interface and expect the exact same outcomes for their local data. I would, for a number of reasons, suggest that going the Places for Business Dashboard route is the preferable choice. For more details on this logic see my most recent post at LocalU.org: Where Should a New Business Create a Listing: Google+ Page or Google Places for Business Dashboard?