While the majority of local SEO efforts tend to go into optimizing for Google Maps, listing your business on Apple Maps is well worth doing too.
Around 30 to 40% of people jump directly to map apps for local business info these days, and if they’re an iPhone user, that could well be the default navigation app on the device: Apple Maps.
The new Apple Business Connect makes it easier than ever for owners to customize their locations and the popularity of Siri for local search means Apple Maps is certainly not a business listing opportunity to ignore.
And with the help of an affordable local SEO tool like Semrush’s Listing Management to get your business on the platform quickly, there’s really no sense in putting it off any longer.
Despite its embarrassing launch in 2012, which saw CEO Tim Cook apologizing for a host of inaccuracies, including entire towns and cities being given the wrong names, Apple Maps has grown into a reliable player in the navigational tech arena.
By shifting strategy to one of collecting its own data from businesses instead of relying on third-party directories like Yelp, Apple Maps may yet be a serious contender for Google’s cartography crown.
Apple Maps has come a long way since its shaky iO6 debut, leveraging data to provide information not only to users of the platform itself, but also Messages, Wallet, and Siri. That's more than a billion users, according to Apple.
Apple’s Place Cards, which are similar to Google Business Profiles, give your business tons of customizable buttons (branded “Actions”) to order food directly, make reservations, book an appointment or buy tickets.
The tech giant has really upped its map game and could soon see iPhone users choosing it over the long-reigning Google Maps. But with Google still dominating the market, is Apple Maps really worth it?
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If getting your business in front of one billion Apple users isn’t enough incentive to set up an Apple Maps business listing, there are plenty more benefits to convince you of its value in your local SEO strategy.
Being present on Apple Maps can help your rankings on Google. Directories, including Google Business Profile, check your NAP data (name, address, phone number) to verify your details and determine whether you’re a reliable business worth ranking.
Apple Maps is also another place to collect reviews and build your online reputation, something that’s particularly important on this specific platform. Failing to build an average rating of more than 4.5 on Yelp (and perhaps Apple Maps too as the platform grows) could lead to Siri overlooking your business entirely, according to Semrush's 2020 Voice Search for Local Businesses Study.
Voice assistant use has skyrocketed in recent years ( 146% increase from 2019 to 2023), so optimizing your business for Siri is a good idea.
Plus, Apple Business Connect offers insights similar to Google Business Profile, showing you how users are interacting with your Place Cards to help inform your local SEO strategy.
Wide distribution: Semrush’s Listing Management not only publishes your business details on Apple Maps, but also on 70+ other top directories to really kickstart your local SEO.
Apple launched Apple Business Connect to allow small businesses to update their Place Cards easily. It’s essentially Apple’s answer to Google Business Profile Manager (which itself has since evolved into a simple dashboard on Google Search and the Google Maps app).
To list a business on Apple Maps or claim an existing one:
Businesses must wait until their location is verified before they can optimize their Place Card. Once verified, businesses can go ahead and add:
Using all the opportunities available in Place Cards to tell people about your business can make all the difference for your conversion rate, so you might as well make sure it’s as complete as possible.
The easy way: For busy businesses and those with multiple locations, there’s Semrush’s Listing Management . The platform connects to Apple Business Connect via an API which syncs up your business details to the platform and makes sure it’s always accurate.
As with any business listing, you should update your Apple Maps business listing if there’s anything wrong with it, whether that’s an incorrect phone number, an old address or it’s a duplicate profile that needs to be suppressed.
Inaccurate business listings are not only confusing for customers looking for a reliable local business, they can also impact your local rankings by signaling to search engines that you're not communicating information effectively.
Editing an Apple Maps business listing that’s wrong or out of date is quite simple once you’re set up with Apple Business Connect.
To edit an incorrect Apple Maps business listing:
Edits can take up to three business days to be approved.
Always right: Semrush’s Listing Management constantly scans all your citations to make sure there are no inaccuracies. If your Apple Maps listing is wrong, the tool alerts you so you can sync it up with your other listings in a few clicks.
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