Boles joins real estate firm - Mount Airy News

Boles joins real estate firm - Mount Airy NewsBoles joins real estate firm - Mount Airy NewsPosted: 16 Jun 2020 12:00 AM PDTBolesLori Boles recently joined Yadkin Valley Real Estate Inc. and Farms Land & Country Homes as a professional sales broker.As a new Yadkin Valley Real Estate Broker, she will be assisting buyers and sellers with their residential and commercial real estate needs in the Mount Airy and surrounding areas. Under the Farms Land and Country homes banner, she'll be assisting buyers and sellers of rural properties in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Yadkin Valley appellation. Boles is a member of the National, State and nearby Winston Salem Regional Association of Realtors.Boles began her real estate career in 2017 and has been a top producing real estate broker every year. Before that, she owned and operated a successful hair salon for 24 years.She lives in Pilot Mountain with her husband Richard and their two twin children. She has an older marri…

Google Has Added New Features In Google Maps' Business Messages, That Are Now Available In Search - Digital Information World

Google Has Added New Features In Google Maps' Business Messages, That Are Now Available In Search - Digital Information World

Google Has Added New Features In Google Maps' Business Messages, That Are Now Available In Search - Digital Information World

Posted: 26 Jun 2020 08:36 AM PDT

On Thursday, Google announced that the company is expanding access to its Business Messages from Google Search and Google Maps. Now, all kinds of businesses will be able to directly connect to their consumers via Maps and Search. The company added a new way in Map to help consumers to directly contact stores back in the year 2018. The tool is known as Business Messages and is available on both Android and iOS versions of the Google Maps app. Now, the company has expanded Business Messages in Google Maps and has added extra functionality.

Previously, the Business Messaging tool was available in limited regions and for limited business types. Now, all types of businesses can add business messaging through their My Business listing. Additionally, the company has also introduced smart replies and customizable welcomes messages to enhance the messaging experience for users. Product carousels have also been introduced into the messaging experience.

Businesses will be able to integrate their consumer service platforms with Maps' Business Messages. With the new updates, consumers can now message a business directly via Google Search which will make it easier for you to connect to any business. However, this feature is currently limited to Android, iOS users will still have to message from Google Maps.

Google said that currently, twice as many brands are messaging through Google as compared to the previous year. It has been reported that Walmart is already using the new experience. Walmart allows people to quickly find updated information related to hours, pick-up and delivery options, and more. Woolworths is the largest supermarket in Australia and is using the updated experience. The supermarket enables consumers to search for various products and they can also see the availability of a product. The supermarket also provides information about store hours and COVID-19 updates.

MyGov in India has partnered with to provide information about more than 11,000 shelters across the country. Moreover, brands such as Dish are also using the new feature. Dish has partnered with 247AI, and the brand has experienced over 22% reduction in average handling time using Google Business Messages as compared to other similar channels.

The company is also working to bring the Business Messages tool to smartphone websites, and it is improving how Business Messages are surfaced in Google Search. Currently, the feature is available only in the English language, however, the company is planning to add support for other languages as well.

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Google Pay for Business app plans to add an SMB loan feature in India - Business Insider

Posted: 26 Jun 2020 06:11 AM PDT

The multinational tech behemoth has announced its plans to offer loans to small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) via its Google Pay for Business app and in partnership with financial institutions (FIs), per TechCrunch. Launched in India last year, the app is already being used by 3 million SMBs. In addition, the tech giant also announced the Google Small Business hub, which will bring all of Google's SMB-related services on one platform.

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The loan feature is one of a host of SMB-related services Google has launched in India in recent years:

  • Google My Business: This app allows SMBs to set up a free business profile, including pictures and contact details, which is then listed on the search engine and Google Maps. Businesses can continuously post updates on their profiles, enabling them to better connect with customers and raise awareness of their offerings.
  • Google Pay's Spot: This platform enables SMBs to create a customizable digital storefront on the Google Pay app. Customers can then see what the business sells and make purchases on the platform via Google Pay.

Google's new loan feature should be appealing to potential bank partners in India, as it can help them efficiently reach millions of SMBs and complement their analytical capabilities.

  • Out of the 40 million SMBs within the country, 26 million are already using Google services to improve their branding. Google's app therefore presents an opportunity for traditional banks to quickly reach more than half of all SMBs in the country with their loan products through integration.
  • The Google Pay for Business app could also provide banks with more relevant data to assess SMBs' creditworthiness. The informal nature of Indian SMBs' operations, such as a lack of historical cash flow data, has made banks hesitant to extend credit, leading to a $240 billion credit gap — and skyrocketing digital lending in the country over the past decade as alt lenders leverage advanced technology to better analyze businesses. For example, LendingKart uses big data analytics tools and machine learning to analyze multiple data points and paint a more accurate picture of a business's finances than traditional banking methods would. Google's app could complement banks' credit rating methods by providing data on a business's transaction and sales volumes, for a more comprehensive profile of the prospective borrower. We've seen this in action with Goldman Sachs, which strengthened both its customer reach and loan origination process by signing an agreement with Amazon in the US earlier this year, enabling it to offer small business loans through the e-commerce giant's lending platform.

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