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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Jan Van Haver 0:06
Hello and welcome to the LetsGuide Podcast, the ultimate podcast for Google Local Guides. Today in episode number 15 titled ‘Perfect pictures’, we have an interview again. One of the main activities of local guides is uploading pictures to points of interest, on Google Maps of course, and it typically gives them a lot of satisfaction when those pictures get a lot of views or even get featured – which means being shown as the main image for that place on Maps. In today’s episode, we have an interview with an expert in that subject matter. It’s Torben Mauch, who you might know from Local Guides Connect where he’s one of the Connect Moderators. His handle there is @TorM.

Jan Van Haver 0:57
Before we really get started, as usual, I want to point out that I’m not an official representative of Google or the local guides team. I’m just a local guide like most of you. Things said in this podcast are therefore my personal interpretation. This episode is recorded at the end of October 2019, and everything is describing the situation as it is today. Should you be listening at a later date, things might obviously have changed. Continue reading “Episode 15: Perfect Pictures”

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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Jan Van Haver 0:05
Hello, and welcome to yet another episode of the LetsGuide Podcast the ultimate podcast for Google Local Guides. This is already episode number 14. Today we talk about what happens when local guides meet in real life. Being a local guide is all about contributing to Google Maps, as you know, 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 Meet-ups. In this episode, you’ll find out what these Meet-ups are all about, and what typically goes on when local guides meet in real life.

Jan Van Haver 0:49
Before we start, I want to point out once again that I am not an official representative of Google. I’m just a local guide myself. Everything I say is there for my personal interpretation of the things that you need to know about being a local guide. I want to emphasize this even more than usual today as there is some very exciting news about me myself as local guide. Stay tuned until the end of the episode to find out what this is all about. Today’s episode is recorded the middle of October 2019, and therefore describing the situation as it is today. If you’re listening at a later date, things might have changed dramatically. Continue reading “Episode 14: Meetups”

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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Jan Van Haver 0:06
Hello, dear listener, and welcome to the LetsGuide Podcast, the ultimate podcast for Google Local Guides. We’re recording episode 13 already today and just as we had in episode number 8, this is an episode about, or with news and updates, as there’s simply so much new stuff going on these days. The way local guides can and should interact with Google Maps is constantly being updated. So what has changed since the last news and updates episode? What is completely new? And are there perhaps updates for topics we already covered? Stay tuned to find out this and much more in episode number 13.

Jan Van Haver 0:51
As usual, at the beginning of the episode, I want to emphasize that I have no official affiliation to Google whatsoever. I am just a local guide, like most of you, and everything I say is therefore my personal interpretation and nothing more than that. The episode today is recorded at the beginning of October 2019, and therefore describing the situation as it is today. Should you be listening at a later date, then perhaps things might have changed, of course. Continue reading “Episode 13: News & Updates”

Episode 12: #EdPins

Google Maps can be used in surprisingly creative ways. An excellent example is #EdPins, an initiative with the motto Putting learning on the map. In this episode we have an interview with Dale Plotzki, the man behind #EdPins – and more.

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Jan Van Haver 0:06
Hello and welcome to episode 12 of the LetsGuide Podcast, the ultimate podcast for Google Local Guides. Today we’re trying out something new. It’s not an episode where I am talking for 15 or 20 minutes about one specific topic related to Google Maps, but we’re having an interview. Yes, indeed, I have a guest on the show today. I hope it will be interesting for all of you, but especially the people who have a link to education might be in for a nice surprise with this interview.

Jan Van Haver 0:41
Google Maps can be used in very surprisingly creative ways. An excellent example is #EdPins – that’s the topic for today. #EdPins is an initiative with the motto ‘putting learning on the map’. And in the episode today we have an interview with Dale Plotzki, the man behind #EdPins – and more, as you will find out. As usual, I want to point out, before we get started that I have no affiliation with Google or the Local Guides team. I’m just a local guide like most of you. Anything I say in the program is therefore my personal interpretation. This episode is recorded mid September 2019, and is therefore describing the situation as it is today – might have changed if you’re listening at a later date. And before we go to the interview, I want to point out also that it was the first time I did something like this, and I have noticed only afterwards that I still need to work on my recording skills, especially when it comes to getting the sound volume right. And it seems there was also a small delay on the line, on the connection, so I know what to work on for the next interview episode. Continue reading “Episode 12: #EdPins”

Episode 11: Map Markers

A crucial data point for each place on Google Maps is the Map Marker (or pin), the exact point where the place is located on the map. Why is that so important? What is the optimal spot to put the pins? And how can local guides help to correct errors on the current map?

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Jan Van Haver 0:05
Hello, and welcome to yet another episode of the LetsGuide Podcast, the ultimate podcast for Google Local Guides. I received quite some nice feedback about the previous episode, the one about getting to level 5 in a day. So that’s always really nice to get, of course, this kind of feedback. If you haven’t heard it yet, that episode number 10, you should perhaps go back and listen to it right now because people seem to have liked that a lot. So I hope you will also like it, if you haven’t heard it yet.

Jan Van Haver 0:40
The summer break is over. We’re back on track now with episode 11, the episode about map markers. A crucial data point for each place on Google Maps is the map marker or so called pin, the exact point where the place is located on the map. Why is that so important? What is the optimal spot to put the pins? And how can local guides help to correct errors on the current map? All that we will find out in this episode. Continue reading “Episode 11: Map Markers”

Episode 10: Level 5 in a Day

To reach Level 5 as Local Guide, you need to “score” 500 points. That sounds like a lot, but it is actually perfectly possible to do that in a single day – without violating any of the rules and, most importantly, by making genuine and meaningful contributions.

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Jan Van Haver 0:05
Hello, and welcome to the LetsGuide Podcast, the ultimate podcast for Google Local Guides. You’re listening to episode number 10, which is a bit of a milestone for me because, well, with 10 episodes we go into the double digits with respects to the number of episodes. And that’s a bit of an achievement, of course, because you might have noticed in your podcasting app that by far not all podcasts reach 10 episodes after starting out. Not sure if I will ever reach 100, because you have to realize this is just a hobby for me; so I want to point out also that I have no official affiliation to Google or the local guides team, I’m just a local guide like most of you and everything I say here is just my personal interpretation. This episode is recorded at the end of July 2019 and is therefore of course describing the situation as it is today. That might have changed if you’re listening to this episode at a later point in time.

Jan Van Haver 1:10
The episode today is called ‘Level 5 in a day’ – that sounded like a nice topic for this 10th episode. To reach level 5 as a local guide, you need to ‘score’ so to speak 500 points – we’ve talked about that and discussed at length in the first episode, about the basics. That sounds like a lot, but it’s actually possible to do that within a single day, without violating any of the rules and most importantly: by making genuine and meaningful contributions. Continue reading “Episode 10: Level 5 in a Day”

Episode 9: Local Language Categories

The list of categories that you can use in Google Maps to classify places is designed in English and the category names are then translated into other languages. What is different about these local language categories? What should you pay attention to when using them?

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Jan Van Haver 0:05
Hello, and welcome to the LetsGuide Podcast, the ultimate podcast for Google Local Guides. You’re listening to episode number 9. The topic today is local language categories. The list of categories that you can use in Google Maps is of course designed in English and the category names are then translated for use in the other languages. So what is different about these local language categories? And what should you pay attention to when using them? Before we dive into the content, I want to please beg you to take into account that I only know European languages myself, so apologies in advance if some of the things I say here make no sense for, for example, Asian or African languages. And feel free of course to add your comments. I will share the contact details at the end of the episode, as I usually do and of course also include them in the show notes that you can find on the letsguidepodcast.com website.

Jan Van Haver 1:08
I want to also point out that I have no official affiliation to Google or the Local Guides team. I’m just a local guide like most of you; everything you hear is therefore my personal interpretation of things. This episode is recorded at the mid of July 2019, and the situation you will hear described, including all of numbers in today’s episode, is of course as it is today and might change at any point in the future. Continue reading “Episode 9: Local Language Categories”

Episode 8: News & Updates

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

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Jan Van Haver 0:00
Hello, and welcome to yet another episode of the LetsGuide Podcast, the ultimate podcast for Google Local Guides. This is episode number 8, and today it’s a bit of a special one because we will not be talking about one specific subject as we usually do, but will cover the news and updates.

Jan Van Haver 0:15
The way local guides can and should interact with Google Maps is constantly being updated. So we’re going to look today on what has changed since the podcast has started a number of months ago: What is new in Google Maps? And are there any updates for the topics we already covered? As usual, at the start of the podcast, I want to point out that there is no official link between me and Google or the Google Local Guides team. I’m just a local guide like most of you. Therefore, anything you hear in the podcast is just my opinion/interpretation of things. This episode is recorded in the middle of June 2019, and therefore anything you hear is the description of the situation as it is today. Continue reading “Episode 8: News & Updates”

Episode 7: Local Guides Connect

Google provides an official platform for local guides, called Local Guides Connect. What exactly can you find there? What can local guides do there? And why should you definitely check it out?

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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. This is episode number 7, and today we will be talking about Local Guides Connect, which happens to be the official platform provided by Google. What exactly can you find there? What should you as local guys do there? And why should you definitely check it out? As usual, I want to point out that I have no official affiliation whatsoever to Google or local guides team. I’m just a local guide like most of you. So everything you hear today is just my personal interpretation. This episode is recorded the end of May 2019, and the situation described is therefore the one as it is today and it might change in the future, of course. And actually, some of the things I wanted to talk about about today have changed. Exactly today, a couple of hours ago, a post was released announcing some changes. So we will definitely cover that as well. Continue reading “Episode 7: Local Guides Connect”

Episode 6: Breaking the Rules

What happens if you break the rules set by Google? Should you care about that? This episode covers the main issues that can bring Local Guides into trouble – no matter if they are breaking the rules on purpose or by accident.

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Jan Van Haver 0:06
Hello, and welcome to the LetsGuide Podcast, the ultimate podcast for Google Local Guides. This is episode number 6 and the topic of today is ‘Breaking the rules’. So what happens if you break the rules set by Google? And should you even care about that? This episode will not cover everything it all details, because that would take, like, 20 hours – not the targeted 20 minutes – but it will cover the main issues that we’ve seen to bring Local Guides into trouble, whether they are breaking the rules on purpose or by accident. What I always say before every episode is that I have no official connection to Google or the Local Guides program, and I’m emphasizing this even more for this specific episode: everything you hear in this podcast is just my personal interpretation, and it’s based on things that I have noticed, either in Google Maps itself, on social media accounts, or platforms related to it. Continue reading “Episode 6: Breaking the Rules”