Google Rock Star Level 7 #LocalGuide

This had happened two or three months ago, already, yet it gives me great pleasure to show that working for free, initially, had helped me gain recognition, making me a worthy influencer to market your product or service.

On Twitter, up to 250,000 impressions per month, Facebook is much more active and drive more readers to my blogs, yet I have no stats for that.

Being associated with six major passenger transport social media accounts and even more industry influencers, also helps taking your product out.

Furthermore, collaboration with various tourism bodies and other influencers makes my offer just that much more resilient and advantageous.

There are many ways in which I can promote your product as I am a recognised, authentic influencer, trusted by many as I don’t buy fake followers like many do, then they let you pay for that.
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Contact me so that I can show you the different ways in which I can market your business an a great way, at a very low cost.

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Taming Dark Europe

I was born in Africa and many times people from abroad treats me as if I am a little backward. However, sometimes people from first world countries are not exactly developed either.

We have experienced people from a certain country in Western Europe who don’t flush toilet paper – let me spare you the gory details. Yet we here in Africa have a duty to civilise and domesticate some parts of that dark continent.

Logic fails them, as we can see from some decisions made by Angela Merkel. An an almost uncannily familiar way, she sometimes seems to speak and think later.

Or the stupidity of people scrapping the Mercedes-Benz G300 Professional as it will eat holes in the ozone layer, only to appear on the market with monstrosities sporting six wheels and twelve cylinders. Or eight with so much power it can reverse the earth’s rotation, yet no realistic tank range or any use for the three diff-locks that can be engaged while in motion. No concern for carbon footprints, eh?

Same and their neighbours also build most capable 4×4’s that can just about traverse any terrain. Until it gets a flat, that is. No spare tire, yet they sell it in Africa! Or insist upon the mostly unavailable LSD (low sulphur Diesel.) They forget about the Mercedes G-something Landaulette.

Yesterday, one of these superior intellectual beings walked into the default coffee shop, wielding a very smart smartphone. “Oh,” he said, “it was difficult finding this place.”

When I asked him why he did not use GoogleMaps, he said it wasn’t on there. So I told him that I had put it there myself and that, just a few minutes prior, I had my weekly report from GoogleMaps showing that over ten thousand people had visited the coffee shop’s listing over the past week.

His answer was that “I have taken a photo of the street now, so I will find it next time.”

Welcome to Enlightened Africa, man with shiny skin from north! Luckily I was born African which gives me an advantage – we know how to find our way, we also can understand and use technology better than some.

Perhaps this is why the engine management software for the top cars from his very dark continent is continent gets developed here in South Africa. We did not participate in the Middle Ages, after all.

If GoogleMaps is too hard to use, how does he order food in a restaurant? Or does he choose his burger and a plastic toy from a picture?

Your business should be on GoogleMaps

She walked up to me and asked if I knew where Cumfy Cars were. Yes, I could help, it was her lucky day. Even so, a friend and I first had to think back a bit before we could give her directions. See, the wrong map marker had led her to the wrong address, some 2km from where she needed to be in suburban Cape Town.

So many businesses have stunning websites and maybe even a blog or a Facebook page. A website is essential,of course.
On a daily basis, I see how people find my friend’s coffee shop gets found because I listed it on GoogleMaps. An online search will produce perhaps 1,216,342 results. That is no way to bring customers to one’s front door.

My listings of Karoo Backpackers, Anthony’s Golden Cup Coffee Shop, Steenbokkie Private Nature Reserve and many others have been visited more than 120,000 times in just three short months. I have ensured that addresses and map markers are correct, as I found that so many businesses appear in the wrong spot and will never be found.

Add photos, also of the street view of your premises. I have found that my photos are viewed frequently. Of Anthony’s Golden Cup, there is a photo that has been viewed almost four thousand times in one month. It is so nice to be present when patrons from abroad walk infor a coffee, GPS in the hand.

Using GoogleMaps, claiming your own business as your own is essential. I found that various travel portals hijack holiday accommodation and hold owners to ransom for excessive commissions. Ensure that you and nobody else owns your presence on GoogleMaps.

Driving people to your front door is where your revenues will arise from. Be found easily. People use GoogleMaps noeadays, so be seen there.

Do not leave your clientele directionless.