Local Guides needed for Google Maps - great opportunity for Realtors

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Real Estate Agent with Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info DB-17066

Google is known for creating paradigm shifts and they are shifting again!

Remember when Google Maps changed how we used maps?  Then, they improved it adding Google Earth.  Then they added Street Views after sending camera crews down most major public streets.

What they are adding now is interior photos and more localized data.  To do that, they need people to take the time to take and upload photos, and help provide data for them to populate on their Google Maps.  They call these volunteers that upload and update data Google Local Guides.

Jim Paulson Local Guide Google

You earn points for updating and sharing data.  As you earn points, you gain levels and benefits.  The points are obtained by:  writing reviews; uploading photos to Google Maps; answering questions about places on Google Maps; adding new places; and editing existing places.

As a beginning Level 1 Guide (0-4 points), you get the following benefits:

  • Local Guides newsletter
  • Join Google-hosted workshops and Hangouts
  • Enter in exclusive contests for Local Guides

As a level 2 = 5-49 points, you get the following:

  • Early access to new Google products and features
  • Promote your own meet-ups on the Local Guides calendar

Level 3 = 50-199 points will gain you:

  • Local Guides badge in Google Maps
  • Exclusive Local Guides community
  • Moderate Local Guides community channels
  • Receive invites to Google-hosted events

Level 4 = 200-499 points

  • Free Google Drive storage
  • Eligible to be featured in Local Guides online channels

Level 5 = 500+ points

  • Eligible for Trusted Testing opportunities — access Google products and features before they are made public
  • Eligible to attend the Local Guides summit

Currently, I am a level 3 Local Guide.  I have uploaded 89 photos and they have already been viewed 84,118 times!  I am a member of the Greater Boise Chamber of Commerce so I will start taking more photos of Ribbon Cuttings to add and sometimes add them for Place Creation.

Fortunately, I have a Pixel XL phone on Project Fi which allows me unlimited full resolution photo storage as well from Google!  As a Realtor in Boise, Idaho; it only makes sense to contribute to Google Maps and share my knowledge of the local area.  Getting my name in front of people is a huge benefit and it is free!

 

Get started today as a Google Local Guide by signing up on their website:

https://www.google.com/local/guides/

 

 

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Kathy Streib
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Jim- how interesting!!! I love how Google is always creating new ways to improve and enhance their maps!!

Mar 10, 2017 07:28 PM #10
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Rob Lang
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Thanks for your blog Jim!  What fun to get ourselves inside local businesses, etc. and let them know we are putting them on Google.  WIN-WIN!!

Mar 10, 2017 10:13 PM #11
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Laura Cerrano
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You kind of do need that local flavor that only a local person can give you, I agree.

Mar 10, 2017 11:51 PM #12
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Kathy Streib
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                                   Thank you Jim Paulson 

Mar 11, 2017 06:31 PM #13
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Noel Mayer
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Jim, Interesting concept thank you for sharing the information.

Looking to research more on specific regions

Mar 12, 2017 04:57 AM #15
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Dorie Dillard
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Good  morning Jim Paulson ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "light-bulb moments" for the week..bookmarked and will check this out!

Mar 12, 2017 05:56 AM #16
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Jim. Thanks to Kathy Steib I caught what I had missed! Great information. Enjoy your day!

Mar 12, 2017 06:42 AM #17
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Elyse Berman, PA, CRS
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Good morning Jim,  Very interesting.  Thanks to Kathy Streib I saw your post.  Bookmarked to check out.  Thank you.

Mar 12, 2017 06:58 AM #18
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I can see why Kathy chose your post to high light this week!

Mar 12, 2017 07:03 AM #19
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Hi Jim

I'll definitely be checking this out. Thanks for the tips.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Jeff

Mar 12, 2017 08:23 AM #20
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Sharon Tara
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I'm so glad Kathy shared this today...how interesting. It's not something I've heard of!

Mar 12, 2017 01:36 PM #21
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Mark Loewenberg
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uh wow and I thought authorship was the way to go until they tanked that!

Mar 12, 2017 05:31 PM #22
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Debbie Gartner
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That's great info.  If I were a realtor, I'd be all over this.  My old google maps got an insane number of views.

Mar 12, 2017 08:10 PM #23
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Amanda McNew
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Wow, how cool. Off I go to check this out!

Mar 12, 2017 08:12 PM #24
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Melissa Jackson
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This is interesting. Thank you for sharing - I did miss this post earlier. Will definitely check it out.

Mar 12, 2017 08:17 PM #25
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Shirley Coomer
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Great idea!  One more thing to add to my to-do list!

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Elyse Berman, PA, CRS
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Thanks for these great posts I missed Kathy Streib .  Definitely going to check them out.

Mar 14, 2017 02:18 AM #27
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I had not heard anything about this, Jim Paulson ... but amazed that this opportunity exists.  Great share here on AR ... thank you!

Gene

Mar 14, 2017 01:43 PM #28
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Deb Harshman
Long and Foster Real Estate & Owner of Staged Home Decor - Potomac, MD
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That is very interesting.  I don't know that I will have to help out, but good luck to Google providing more info to us!

Mar 14, 2017 03:42 PM #29
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Wasn't aware this was a program.  It fits very well with my plan to blog on local places to build my status as the local expert.  Thanks!

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