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Connecting a Google Business Messages Account to chat with customers
You need to have a Google Business Profile prior to connecting to a Google Business Messages Channel. You can learn more about how to create a Google Business Profile here.
Business Messages is a mobile conversational channel that integrates entry points on Google Search, Google Maps, and brand websites to produce rich, asynchronous messaging experiences that delight customers and boost business performance.
Business Messages allows business owners to increase client satisfaction by allowing them to speak with a live person and increases consumer trust by displaying estimated wait times and answers to frequently asked questions. Rich elements like carousels, recommended replies, and photographs can encourage purchasing, scheduling, and upgrading.
Furthermore, with Business Messages, businesses can get a complete business messaging solution through Google Maps on iOS and Android devices.
Google Business Messages has a messaging window of 30 days. No messages can be sent to the Contact 30 days after the Contact's last message.

Preparing to Connect to Google Business Messages

You need to have a Google Business Profile prior to connecting to a Google Business Messages Channel. If you do not have one, click here to create a new Google Business Profile.

Connecting to Google Business Messages

To chat with your customers over Google Business Massages, connect a Google Business Profile with locations verified.
You must be the admin of the Google Business Profile to connect.
Step 1: Navigate to channel settings
From the Settings Module, navigate to the menu item, Channels.
Step 2: Add channel
Select Add Channel and choose Google Business Messages > click Next.
Step 3: Sign in with a Google Account with a Google Business Profile
Press on Connect with Google to log in to your Google Account that is linked to a Google Business Profile.
Step 4: Input your basic business information and contact details
You will be asked to input the following information:
Field
Description
Agent Name
This should match your Google Business Messages Listing company name. The agent name will be shown in the Google Business Messaging chat application to your users.
Website
Valid URL with https://
PrivacyPolicy URL
Valid URL with https://
Contact Name
Your or the representative’s name.
Email Address
Your or the representative’s name.
Step 5: Input additional information about your business
You will be asked to input the following information:
Field
Description
Logo
• Your company’s logo that matches the logo on your Google My Business account, which will be displayed in the Google Chat as a 1024px diameter circle.
⚠️ File size: Max 50KB. Make sure that your logo displays well as a circle.
Welcome Message
• Your company’s logo that matches the logo on your Google My Business account, which will be displayed in the Google Chat as a 1024px diameter circle.
⚠️ File size: Max 50KB. Make sure that your logo displays well as a circle.
Locale
Your business supported language.
Timezone
Your business timezone.
Business Hours
Your business operation days and hours.
Step 6: Select the location(s) of your business if any.
You will be asked to select a location from a dropdown menu of all your added locations in your Google Business Profile.
Step 7: Connection Completion
Once you fill in all the valid information, you can press next and the system will start connecting your Google Business Messages account to respond.io app.

Channel Configuration

Your Google Business Messages channel can be configured with a unique channel name.
Step 1: Navigate to Channel Settings
From the Settings Module, navigate to the menu item, Channels
Step 2: Locate the Google Business Messages channel
Once you have located the Google Business Messages channel, click Configure
Step 3: Make the necessary configuration
You can configure the following:
  • Channel Name
  • Privacy Policy
  • Welcome Message
  • Business Hours
Step 4: Update the configuration
Click Done to update the channel configuration

Managing Google Business Messages Locations

Step 1: Navigate to Channel Settings
From Settings Module, navigate to the menu item, Channels
Step 2: Locate the Google Business Messages channel
Once you have located the Google Business Messages channel, select Location
Step 3: Manage your locations
Manage your Google Business Message Location here. You can add, launch or unlaunch your location here.
There are three possible statuses for added locations:
  • Verified: Once a location is verified and the location has not yet been launched.
  • Launched: This location has been successfully launched.
  • Unlaunched: This location has been successfully unlaunched.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I have different Google Business profiles connected per one respond.io account?

Yes, you can create multiple channels connected to Google Business Messages; each can be connected to a different Google Business Profile. Additionally, you may connect different locations under your Google Business Profile.

Can you edit or change Agent ID or Agent Name?

No, you cannot. All three fields of Agent ID, Agent Name, and Brand Name are non-editable. You must input these three pieces of information correctly when initially connecting the channel. If you have added the wrong Agent ID or Name, you may delete the channel and create a new one with the correct information!

Can we add and remove locations after connecting to the channel?

Yes, you can add, launch, and unlaunch locations through the channel configuration tools.

What effect does unlaunching a location have on messaging?

It removes the location and also makes the agent unavailable for messaging.

What if my business has no physical location?

You are allowed to sign up for a Google Business Profile and not to list your address on Google Maps. This will be the best approach for online businesses.

Troubleshoot

Having trouble with the channel? Contact us here!