Message and Chat Desktop Access
Once you login (how to login) to your Google Business Profile via your desktop computer, you’ll see the “messages” icon. After clicking it, you’ll see options. We’ll explore each option within the “messages” module in this Chapter.
Third Party Chat
Google enables third party chat services to integrate into the Google Business Profile chat / message application.
The third party chat service will assume communication roles, which will render Google’s message interface inaccessible. The third party chat simply replaces the Google chat/message system
Our 3rd Party Universal Inbox
Before you start receiving chat messages, you’re message inbox will display a screen that looks like this.
Message and Chat Mobile Access
Access Chat Via Customer Button
If logged into your Google Business Profile, via your mobile phone, you’ll see the “customer” button. The chat / message module is accessible within the “customer” section.
Click the “messages” link to access the chat / message module.
You see an inbox with all your chats. Click the chat you want to enter.
Google Welcome Message
You’ll receive a welcome chat message from Google. This message is your first indication that chat is functioning properly on your connected mobile device.
Each chat conversation will resemble the illustration shown.
Note. If you enable a third party integrated chat service, your chat conversations will take place within that third party application and not here on the Google Business Profile chat module.
Request A Quote
This tells you the number of calls that were initiated from your Google Business profile during the time period selected.
How It Works. If the “Call” feature is available for your business and you turn it on, Google provides a call forwarding number that’s different from the one on your profile, so that Google can track the calls (and only calls, text is not included). Google considers calls answered and calls sent to voicemail as “answered”.
Call Trends Chart.The chart makes it easy to see trends and compare the number of calls over various timeframes.
How To Use This Information. Depending upon your interactivity, you can assess the effectiveness of offers and posts you add to your profile. Are they increasing calls? Similarly, you can see if the addition of new products and services impacts the number of calls you receive.
Call History. Step by step instructions for turning on Call History and specific details about Call History can be found in Chapter 12 of this Guide by clicking here.
Messages Sent Chart. A monthly chart of messages visitors sent from your Google Business Profile.
Message Response Rate. This represents the percentage of messages you’ve responded to.
Average Response Time. The shows how quickly you respond to messages.
Detailed performance metrics on your message activity can be found in Chapter 15 of this Guide by clicking here.
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