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Add New Photos to GMB for Best Results

December 02, 2022
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Listing your business on Google is a major step towards having a complete online presence, but it doesn’t end there. Even though a Google Business Profile (formerly Google My Business) is not a social profile per se, it needs the same amount of nurturing.

Update your Business Profile and engage with customers
Update your Business Profile and engage with customers

You need to make sure that the information on the listing is up to date, you have to respond to customer messages and reviews, you should regularly post updates, events, and offers, but most importantly, you must regularly add new photos of your business.

The internet is very visual, and so must be your first impression.

Uploading photos to your Google Business Profile is necessary not only for the appearance but also to give your business an SEO advantage. So, make sure to constantly add new photos to GMB for the best results.

According to Google, businesses that add photos to their Business Profiles receive 42% more requests for directions on Google Maps, and 35% more clicks through to their websites than businesses that don’t.

DigitalMaas conducted an experiment in 2020 and concluded the same thing. Businesses that regularly upload photos on their listings receive more clicks in actions and appear more on search results than their competitors.

Add photos to your Google Business Profile to increase searches, views, and website visits
Add photos to your Google Business Profile to increase searches, requests for direction, views, and website visits

How to add new photos to GMB

You can add new photos for your listing using the Google Business Profile Manager, but first, make sure that your listing has a Cover and a Logo. They’re the ones that will appear first on Google Maps and Search results, so make sure to constantly add new photos to GMB.

Your logo represents your business and differentiates you from others, make sure you trademark your logo to have full rights and prevent others from using your ideas or infringing on your business

You can then add new photos using the “+” button on the top right corner. To add photos to a specific category, make sure to switch to that category first, using the filters at the top.

Besides the owner of the business, customers can also add photos to the listing. This is especially helpful for other customers because it provides a genuine look at your business.

While this is helpful for you as it allows you to gather more shots and have fresh content rolling in, it comes with a small risk. Customers may not always upload relevant content, but you can easily flag them and Google will take action within a few business days.

In Google Business Profile Manager you will be able to see how many times your photos have been viewed and how your business compares with other businesses on Google. Still, it’s best to add new photos to GMB to keep your profile up-to-date.

Photo insights within Google Business Manager Profile
Photo insights within Google Business Manager Profile

How to automate the process

There are many online tools that allow you to schedule in advance your Google Business updates, events, and offers, but posts are different from photos. They even appear in different sections on Google and play different roles.

The Business photos are the very first thing that customers see on Google, while updates, events, and offers appear after a few scrolls.

Both photos and updates help you attract new customers so if there’s one thing that they have in common, is that you constantly have to keep them rolling.

That of course requires a lot of effort, unless you use Publer.

Besides allowing you to schedule in advance all your social media posts, Publer gives you the option to schedule images and add new photos to GMB.

Schedule GMB photos with Publer
Schedule with Publer all your social media posts

Alternatively, you can also select a category to add new photos to GMB. Once posted, the photo will appear in Google Business Profile photos & videos.

Click here to learn more.

As the saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility, so make sure to read the following tips and warnings.

Do’s and Don’ts

While you can’t control the photos that your customers upload of your business, you’re in full control of your actions and the type of content when you add new photos to GMB. Here are some tips on how to use Google Business Photos properly.

  • Do:
    • Use real-quality photos

      While your photos need to look crystal clear, you shouldn’t go crazy on image editing. Google may penalize them if they don’t look real. Professional photographers are nice to have, but not mandatory. With a little practice and some good lighting, you should be able to produce decent-quality images using your phone. In a few words, you need to attract your potential customers, but not disappoint them when they visit your business.
    • Make use of categories

      There are several different categories that Google has come up with, such as Exterior Photos, Interior Photos, Product Photos, and Team Photos. Try to have at least 3 photos for each category that is relevant to your business.
    • Add photos regularly

      Google is so anxious to get your photos that they even add charts in their insights reports to show how you compare to similar businesses (see the screenshot above). Try to represent your business thoroughly with lots of photos from different times of day and angles.

      Hint: Automate this part using Publer.
  • Don’t:
    • Delay adding photos

      If you don’t add photos of your business, Google will show the map’s street view as a default. No one will know whether your business is real and active.
    • Use screenshots, stock photos, GIFs, and other manually created imagery

      To be relevant, photos or videos must be taken by users at the location in question. If the primary subject of the content is irrelevant to the location, it may be removed.

Let us know in the comments below other tips & tricks you may have for Google Business Profiles and what content you choose when you add new photos to GMB.

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