32 episodes

The ultimate unofficial podcast for Google Local Guides

LetsGuide Podcas‪t‬ Jan Van Haver

    • Places & Travel

The ultimate unofficial podcast for Google Local Guides

    Episode 32 – News, news, news

    Episode 32 – News, news, news

    Look, this Google Maps team is seriously messing up my planning. Typically I record one episode per month on a specific topic related to the Local Guides program, and I then add a short section at the end where I talk about new features. But they keep releasing so much new stuff and revealing a seemingly endless list of interesting facts, that I am now forced to make a dedicated episode to tell you all about these wonderful newsworthy topics (18 of them if you add it all up) in full length. Actually I don’t mind doing that at all, I even love it, and I’m pretty confident that the majority of the audience feels the same way.

    Check out the shownotes on https://www.letsguidepodcast.com. To get in touch, just send an email to letsguidepodcast@gmail.com.

    • 27 min
    Episode 31 – Reaching Level 10

    Episode 31 – Reaching Level 10

    An important element of the Local Guides program is the gamification - the fact that you can earn points by contributing to Google Maps and that those points help you reach higher levels. The highest level you can reach as local guide is level 10 - and judging by what Mara Chomsky, Global Lead of the Local Guides program at Google, told us in the interview I had with her a couple of episodes ago, there are no plans to introduce additional levels any time soon. For this episode I have therefore invited a number of level 10 local guides for a short interview and asked them to share their secret tips on how to reach level 10.

    Check out the shownotes on https://www.letsguidepodcast.com. To get in touch, just send an email to letsguidepodcast@gmail.com.

    • 35 min
    Episode 30 – New Ways to Edit

    Episode 30 – New Ways to Edit

    The last few weeks and months, quite a few of the ways you can suggest edits on Google Maps have changed - both in terms of the processes and the screens that are presented to Local Guides in the Maps app. In this episode we will explore what exactly has changed and find out whether things have gotten better or worse.

    Check out the shownotes on https://www.letsguidepodcast.com. To get in touch, just send an email to letsguidepodcast@gmail.com.

    • 22 min
    Episode 29 – Marketing Agencies

    Episode 29 – Marketing Agencies

    Not all contributions on Google Maps are made by local guides. A lot of information is also contributed by the businesses shown on Maps - either by the business owners or by marketing agencies working on their behalf. In this episode we will have a closer look at those agencies by interviewing Rasmus Himmelstrup, a local guide who works for such an agency.

    Check out the shownotes on https://www.letsguidepodcast.com. To get in touch, just send an email to letsguidepodcast@gmail.com.

    • 28 min
    Episode 28 – The Exceptions

    Episode 28 – The Exceptions

    In this episode we will explore some of the intricacies local guides are faced with when adding places to Google Maps or editing existing ones: we take a deep dive into the official (and sometimes curious) guidelines on how to proceed in several exceptional situations.

    Check out the shownotes on https://www.letsguidepodcast.com. To get in touch, just send an email to letsguidepodcast@gmail.com.

    • 21 min
    Episode 27 - The Big Boss

    Episode 27 - The Big Boss

    In this very special episode you can listen to an interview with none other than Mara Chomsky, Global Lead of the Local Guides program – the big boss, so to speak. In the interview she talks about the role the local guides program plays at Google, and reveals some insights about the history of the program and its future.

    Check out the shownotes on https://www.letsguidepodcast.com. To get in touch, just send an email to letsguidepodcast@gmail.com.

    • 34 min

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