Episode 19: Local Guides Clean The Map

Early 2020 I have initiated a project called Local Guides Clean The Map (#LGCTM). The goal of the project is to remove places or contributions from Google Maps that do not or no longer belong there. How can you find those places? And what should local guides do to make sure they get removed from the map?

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Episode 18: Crowdsource

This episode is not covering Google Maps as such, but another Google product: Crowdsource. To explain what Crowdsource is all about, and why you as local guide might find it very interesting, I had an interview with Crowdsource Product Manager Anurag Batra.

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Jan Van Haver 0:06
Hello and welcome to yet another episode of the LetsGuide Podcast, the ultimate podcast for Google Local Guides. You’re listening to episode number 18. This episode is in fact not covering Google Maps as such, but another Google product named Crowdsource. To explain what Crowdsource is all about, and why you as local guides might find it very interesting, I had an interview with Crowdsource Product Manager Anurag Batra.

Jan Van Haver 0:37
Before we start the interview, I want to point out that I’m not an official representative of Google, I’m just a local guide. So everything you hear in this podcast or everything I come up with is just my personal interpretation of things. This episode is recorded in the middle of January 2020 and is describing the situation as it is today. Should you be listening to this episode at a later date, things might obviously have changed. So let’s hear what Anurag has to share with us during the interview. Continue reading “Episode 18: Crowdsource”

Episode 17: Shopping Centers

In this episode we look into the contributions Local Guides can make when visiting shopping centers/shopping malls. Basically those are the same as for other places on Maps, but still there are some aspects here that require some special consideration. So let’s dive into some ‘Local Guide best practices’ when it comes to shopping centers.

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Jan Van Haver 0:06
Welcome to Episode 17 of the LetsGuide Podcast, the ultimate podcast for Google Local Guides. This episode, we look into the contributions local guides can make when visiting shopping centers, shopping malls. Basically, those are the same as for other places on maps, but still there are some aspects here that require some special consideration. So let’s dive into some local guide best practices when it comes to shopping centers.

Jan Van Haver 0:36
Before we do, as always, I want to point out that I am not an official representative of Google and I have no official affiliation to Google or the local guides team. I’m just a local guide like most of you. By the way, if you’re not a local guide, yet, and you’re listening to this, please go to episode number one. Listen to it. It’s about 20 minutes, then sign up for Local Guides program and come back to hear the rest of this episode, of course. Everything you hear in this podcast is my personal interpretation of things, and this episode is being recorded at the beginning of January 2020 – and is therefore describing the situation as it is today. Should you be listening at a later date, things might of course have changed. Continue reading “Episode 17: Shopping Centers”

Episode 16: Connect Live

One of the terms you come across frequently among Local Guides in their conversations on social media and on Local Guides Connect, the official forum, is ‘Connect Live’. What is it exactly and why does it create such excitement with so many Local Guides? In this episode you will find out the answer to those questions.

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Episode 15: Perfect Pictures

One of the main activities of local guides is uploading pictures to points of interest (POI) on Google Maps. And it typically gives them a lot of satisfaction when those pictures then get a lot of views, or even get featured (shown as the main image for the POI). In today’s episode we have an interview with an expert in that subject matter: Torben Mauch (@TorM on Local Guides Connect).

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Episode 14: Meetups

Being a local guide is all about contributing to Google Maps, but at times it can be interesting to exchange information and experiences with other local guides. One of the best ways to do this is attending or even hosting so-called Meetups. In this episode you find out what these Meetups are all about and what typically goes on when local guides meet in real life.

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Episode 13: News & Updates

The way local guides can and should interact with Google Maps is constantly being updated. What has changed since the last News & Updates podcast episode? What is new? Are there updates for the topics we already covered?

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