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To note, the leading local listing app from Google rolled out Messaging feature last year. The feature helped users initiate text conversations with businesses through their GMB profiles.
After the rollout, Messages will appear in the side menu of the Google Maps app and users can initiate messaging by tapping the ‘Message’ button on business profiles. According to Google, the new feature will help users to distinguish personal messages separate from their conversations with businesses.
The feature will be a big boost for the businesses as they can engage more with their customers. The feature, though, is an optional feature and is turned off by default.
Means, businesses who aren’t interested in receiving messages can simply not turn the feature on. To activate messaging feature, you’re required to visit can do so from the Google My Business dashboard.
Businesses will also be able to see different messaging stats over time, such as the number of clicks on the message button, number of conversations, and the number of total messages. Only a person designated as a manager of Google My Business listing can send messages.
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Google My Business Insights Branded Searches
See the screenshot below that has been taken from my business in Google My Business. You can see the new yellow slice for branded searches.
You can see the available following categories in the below pie chart of Google My Business Insights:
Direct (green) –
Shows customers who find your listing searching for your business name or address
Google Voice Access App Launched for Disabled
The app will help users suffering from disabilities like Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, spinal cord injury, and more to operate their Android devices more efficiently.
Using the Voice Access app, they can now easily navigate through apps, compose and edit text, and talk to the Google Assistant. The app will now let those people with disabilities use voice commands to scroll phone and navigate app screens.
To explain how the app works, Google writes in a blog post:
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The feed appears in the Google feed in form of a portrait story card. The story card is a full-screen tall image labeled as a “Featured visual story. When tapped, it opens the standard Chrome Custom Tab for an AMP story.
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Google Tests Relevant History Feature
The section will be showing page history directly related to the search that you previously visited.
Look at the screenshot attached. You will see all sites that the searcher had visited previously. The interesting thing to note with the feature is that it won’t show any description with those results. All that it will show are the title, URL and any relevance thumbnail if available.
This is another way Google is showcasing personalized results to the searchers. It becomes even more important since it aims at mobile search query where limited screen space available to display the results. The feature is being tested with a select group of people.
We haven’t any clue when it will be available for a global roll out. Google neither confirmed nor declined the news.
Stay tuned for more updates on its availability for all the users.