Google Posts: Everything You Need to Know in 2024

As consumers rely on Google to find information to make their lives easier, Google has become a major part of how users nowadays discover products and services in their local area.

google posts guide

As consumers rely on Google to find information to make their lives easier, Google has become a major part of how users nowadays discover products and services in their local area. 

To help companies stand out, Google has developed the Google Business Profile, which is the starting point for managing a business’s profile on the Google network.

It is a completely free and easy-to-use tool useful for businesses and organizations to enhance their online visibility on Google and increase conversion.

While the Google My Business package lets you add a complete list of information about your brand and location, add pictures, and receive customer reviews, there are still some useful options standing in the shadows and presenting a major opportunity for reaching out to greater audiences.

Google Posts is one of them.

Although the Google posts feature will celebrate its 4th birthday this year, it is still under the radar for many business owners (even those using GMB).

We are not sure what caused the slow adoption of Google posts, but we know how many businesses miss out on this feature’s opportunities.

In this guide, we are breaking down each current Google post type, how to create posts that stand out, and all the things you can do to improve your local SEO.

What are Google posts?

The Google Posts feature is short posts (100-300 words) that can include a photo, video, link, and a CTA button.

They allow you to create and share product and service updates, announcements, job offerings, offers and event details for your local business.

Google posts expire after 7 days, pushing businesses to post new content on a weekly basis. 

Event posts are exceptions because they last until the promoted event is over. 

So, next time someone searches your brand name on a desktop, the content will appear in the Google My Business listing alongside the search results (both in Google and Google Maps).

Google posts on desktop

If they search on mobile, the user can go to your ‘Post’ tab to see your latest content updates.

3 reasons why you should use Google posts

When Google Posts launched in 2016, they weren’t that popular. Many Google My Business users assumed that they would go away soon due to the lack of interest.

But now, years later, this feature is becoming one of the most important allies for your Search and Voice engine optimization.  It helps you rank higher on Google’s search engine results page.

Improve SEO with more backlinks

Google Posts can and should become part of your distribution list.

So, every time you need to increase the reach of your website updates, Google Posts are another source of backlinks.

Increase website traffic

Take a look at how you can use Google posts in your digital marketing strategy to boost your local search and drive traffic to your website, resulting in higher conversions:

  • Google posts with a CTA button encourage users to take action (and improve your click-through rate)
  • By adding links in your posts, you can direct your users to other areas of your website and increase the traffic (e.g. your blog, social media platforms, etc.)
  • Every time someone interacts with your Google listing (user clicks on a link or CTA button), Google considers that like a ‘Behavioral signal’ (known as one of the main local search ranking factors)

Reach more customers with posts

This opportunity is extremely important in times when most local businesses are locked and use their delivery and eCommerce services to continue serving their customer needs.

Amid COVID-19, Google Posts can be a unique tool for continuing the discovery within Maps and also Google search, allowing businesses to create offers and directly sell within their knowledge panel.

To sum up, keep your Google posts updated with new content every week, and you will notice how users will return to your website over and over again.

What do you need to know before creating a Google post?

Note: To start creating Google Posts, you need a Google My Business account.

Before you start creating your first Google post, take a look at some tips from Google to get the best from this feature:

  • Make sure your post is high quality! Low-quality content, misspellings, eye-catching emojis, and distracting content are things that should be avoided.
  • Retain from using offensive language, hate speech or profane images and videos or posting sexually suggestive and explicit content.
  • If you work in regulated industries (e.g. adult services, alcohol, tobacco and pharmaceutical products, recreational drugs, health & medical devices, gambling-related services, fireworks, weapons, and financial services) you are allowed to use Google posts, but you can’t share content from the products themselves.
  • Link to websites you trust (links that lead the user to viruses, phishing, malware or pornographic material are prohibited)
  • Google posts expire after 7 days, except the event type of posts that expire on the set due date.

Additionally, every merchant is responsible that the content they post complies with Google post content policy

We suggest you read these guidelines carefully before you start creating your Google post.

Google business posts types

Once you are familiar with Google content suggestions, it’s time to show you how you can create Google posts for your local business. 

There are four types of Google posts for local businesses available right now. 

Each post type allows you to provide your audience with different details and add a call-to-action button at the bottom of the post.

In the following text, we will break down how you can create and use all 4 types of Google posts, so you can choose what fits best for you.

Update (What’s new)

Use ‘Update‘ posts to provide general and relevant information about your business. 

Include a photo or video, description, link, and a CTA button. 

google posts type whats new

You can use this post type to promote your new store location, a new menu item, updated hours for holidays, new features, share your latest blog article, etc.


Use Events posts to promote an upcoming event you are organizing or supporting. 

Include the event title, start and end time, and start and end dates, and add a photo, video, description, and CTA button.

Google posts type events

For example, you can promote your Mother’s day dinner party and link this to a form where users can reserve their seats.


Use this post type to share your promotional sales and offers. 

Create a title, start and end date, offer description, coupon code, terms, and conditions. A ‘View offer’ button is automatically added to the post.

For example, you can advertise a 30% discount on your Spring collection if you own a fashion store.

google post type offer

Note: Along with the other posts in the Updates tab, your offer will be shown near the top of the Business Profile on Google Search and Maps. The post will also appear along with other posts in the ‘Updates’ tab.

Before you start, take a moment to prepare your Google post image or video. 

Everything that you upload (photo or video) should meet the following size requirements:

  • Minimum: 400×300 pixels and 10 KB size limit
  • Maximum: 10000×10000 pixels and 25 MB size limit

Steps to create a Google business post

Once you know what type of post you want to create and you are done with the media part, go on your computer, sign in to your Google Business Profile, and cand follow the instructions:

  1. Click ‘Add Update’ from the options that appear in the Google search area. (these are shortcuts)
    Click to add an update on Google Business Profile
  2. A popup will appear, where you can choose to post an Update, Event, or Offer.
    Choose type of Google update
  3. For example, if you choose an Update, you will be redirected to a new screen where you can add the update description, link, and image. Fill in the following information:
    • Add a description: You can write 1,500 characters for the details of your post, but the ideal length is between 150-300 characters.
    • Add a button (optional): Choose from the available CTA buttons: “Buy,” “Book online,” “Learn more,” “Call, “Get offer, “or “Visit.”
    • Add photos: You can choose photos from your Google Drive or upload them from your computer.
    • Once you are done, click ‘Preview‘, and if everything is completed, just click ‘Post.’
      Create a Google update
  4. Once you post, you will receive a screen notifying you that the post will be reviewed, and if everything is according to the Google guidelines, you will receive an email notification that your post is live. Usually, this takes just a few minutes.

To edit, delete or see how your post will look like in search results, choose the three dots bar in the low right corner.

edit Google posts

You also have the option to share your Google post on other networks.

Important: You can create Google posts using Google My Business app or within the Google Maps app. You can craft them on your computer, Android phone or tablet, iPhone & iPad. Check out the steps in this official Google post guide.

Once your Google post is live, you are probably going to wonder about its performance. 

No worries, insights are available! 

Google Posts insights

Under each post, you can see post insights about how many people viewed and clicked on each of your posts.

Note: You can choose the ‘Insights’ option from the menu on your left side and dive into more detailed Google My Business insights like how users find your listing, what queries users type to find your business, how many of them have found you via Google Search or Google Maps and many more useful insights that you can filter by week, month or quarter. 

google posts analytics

Awesome, right?

The best part is that this information is shown in real time, so you will be provided with the most accurate view of potential customer engagement.

Additionally, in the Posts tab, you can view insights for:

  • An individual post
  • All posts from the last week
  • All posts from the last month

Take a moment to explore this section and reflect on the findings.

Tips for creating effective Google posts

Don’t settle down for an average Google post. Instead, make it stand out.

Here are some tips from Google on how you can achieve this:

  • When writing, stay specific and include the main 3 things customers need to remember
  • Direct customer to your next step (e.g. if you sell something, tell them where they can buy it)
  • Mention your business values in your offer (e.g. commitment to customers, honesty, etc.)
  • Highlight what makes your offer unique (e.g. free shipping)
  • Include discount instructions
  • Use abbreviations for days and months (e.g. Jan 2nd)
  • Use abbreviations for hours (e.g. 8 AM, 11 PM)

Surely, there are some things that Google suggests you not to do when creating posts:

  • Don’t use commercial slang
  • Avoid all-caps words
  • Avoid exclamation marks
  • Don’t include more than 1 offer in your post

Important: Whenever you see inappropriate Google posts that violate the content policy, make sure to flag them for review.

Increase Google Posts reach with better local SEO

You might create stunning Google posts, but if no one sees them, what’s the point?

Here comes into the spotlight the crucial role that Local SEO has in helping you improve your customer experience with timely information.

When customers have more access to your business information and updates, they can make better decisions as they browse. 

Local results are a combination of relevance, distance, and prominence of your business. These factors help Google find the best match for your search.

For example, if you search for Chinese food from your mobile phone, Google will display local results (nearby Chinese restaurants) that match your intent.

If your business does not show for relevant searches within your area, you might need to update your business information in Google My Business.

As local results favor the most relevant results for each query, you should consider the following:

  • Enter complete company information (physical address, phone number, category, and attributes) and update that info as soon as there are changes to your business details
  • Include your open hours to make customers know when you are available (you can also include special hours if you have some events or for the holiday season)
  • Make sure your business location is verified (if not, hurry up to do that)
  • Tell your business story by adding appealing photos and videos
  • Respond to customer reviews to show that you value their feedback (positive reviews improve your local business visibility)
  • Create a review link to encourage customers to leave you Google feedback 
  • Include links to specific customers’ actions like reservations, online orders, etc.

Note: For an instant boost of your visibility, you can also experiment with Local inventory ads and promote your in-store inventory.

This option will let shoppers know that your local store has the item they are searching for. You can learn more about Local inventory ads here.

Examples of Google Posts

If you are looking forward to starting with the Google posts feature, here is some content to inspire you:

Houlihan’s Cranberry Google Post

Google post example 1

Smallman Galley Google Post

Google post example 2

Kama Bistro

Google post example 3

Do more: Tool to schedule Google Posts

If you decide to include Google Posts in your content publishing strategy, then you will need to be prepared to regularly post due to the fact that these posts disappear after 7 days.

This means that every week, you need to log in back to your Google My Business account and post some fresh content.

Or, to skip this manual labor, you can schedule your post ahead of time using tools like EmbedSocial’s GMB scheduling tool

Scheduling Google posts

It will help you remain active on your Google My Business account, without the need to go log in back every week and manually add posts after the previous ones have expired.

This is perfect for agencies that manage multiple client accounts or businesses that have multiple locations and sometimes maybe need to post the same information for each business location.

To start, sign up to start with EmbedSocial’s Google posts scheduling tool and connect your Google My Business account.

Post on multiple locations at once? Yes, you can use the option ‘Choose locations’ and select multiple accounts/locations of your business, which will enable you to publish the same post in just a few clicks.

No need to log in on different Google My Business accounts, just use the EmbedSocial’s tool and save tons of time.

After this article, you are more than ready to start scheduling your Google My Business posts

Feel free to experiment with the type of posts this feature offers and we guarantee you that soon you will witness the results. 


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CEO of EmbedSocial 

Nikola Bojkov is the CEO of EmbedSocial, an entrepreneur who turns problems into products. With over a decade of hands-on experience with social media APIs, he guides EmbedSocial in its role as a technical partner for both SMEs and large agencies, maximizing the impact of their user-generated content. EmbedSocial has offices in Skopje, Tokyo and Lisbon with over 250,000 users.