Jul 26, 2012
Reaction score
Hi everybody! I do a lot of work in the Auto Industry and a client alerted me to this the other day asking why i am not doing this for them, and I want to get some feedback and opinions.

One of the largest Auto Dealer Franchises in the world is mass uploading services to the Product carousels for their Individual dealership Service Departments.

They are not clients of mine so I will leave their name out. The images below illustrate their strategy and i was wondering if it is prudent to list services (Oil Change, Tire rotation, brake service) in the product carousel. To me, there is a difference between an oil change (service) and a quart of oil (product).

My curiosity is up because i deal with numerous auto repair shops and service departments and have not paid attention to the product carousel because they do not sell products. If this OK to do, I would love to add it to my clients, but something tells it may not be a good idea. This is huge Dealer Group and hundreds of these identical services are going up as Product Carousels right now.
ford dealers seattle - Google Search.png

Pop Up below links to a page on each dealers website.

oil-change-popup - Google Search.png

I would love for Google to add a Services Carousel to GMBs, and i am hesitant to replicate this strategy for my clients. This is a huge company and i would hope they checked into this before launching. But, in the Auto Industry I learned long ago not to assume anything.

Any thoughts of opinions from the Google experts?

Brian Barwig

Sep 5, 2014
Reaction score
I've been doing this for law firm clients of mine. As they don't offer "products", I was adding their services to the "products", as well as "services" sections in GMB. At the time, I didn't see anything against the Guidelines saying this was not OK. I agree there are distinct differences between products and services, but if G doesn't care, why not do both.

I was able to get a similar result to the car dealership above, where products were showing prominently in the KP. Most of mine were Free Consultation "Products" with a picture of a checkpoint, alcohol, or police. It works well and stands out. I say go for it.

Example of a client

Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
A WP - Posts or Pages? For services. Organic SEO 7
C What Services Can Do GMB Posts? Google My Business & Google Maps 7
Colan Nielsen Companies Offering Google Posts as a Service Google My Business & Google Maps 11
bhartzer Google My Business Posts Service Local Search 4
Garrett Sussman [New Post] Revenge and Reward: Is Your Customer Service Team Likeable? Local Reviews 0
N Services that post real reviews to fake (alternative) profiles Local Reviews 3
T Can a Credit Union Create Google Posts Without Falling Under Prohibited Content? Google My Business & Google Maps 1
RobertCarnitas Google Posts Live on GMB, But Not Showing in GMB Dashboard Google My Business & Google Maps 1
NevenaIvanova Removing off-topic reviews posted before the business started operation Local Reviews 8
A spammer replying to ancient posts to boost his post count Recycle Bin 4
JoshuaMackens Google Posts & Ranking Local Search 10
Nikki Stine GMB for Gun Shop pulls in 'FFL Transfer Fee' pricing from a Facebook Post. Is this normal? NAP, Categories, Dashboard Data 4
F Turkish post: Google My Business local seo Recycle Bin 0
H Google COVID 19 posts getting suspended Google My Business & Google Maps 2
djbaxter Google Posts No Longer Expire After Seven Days Google My Business & Google Maps 5
Gordon.Ligon SAB stuck in Pending after successful Post Card Verification 2+ months ago Service Area Businesses 2
A Guest Post Outreach - What is the best method? Local Search 5
V GMB Post / Covid Local Search 4
rickvidallon Delay in Seeing New Reviews Postings Dec 2020 Local Reviews 2
RobbertKleijwegt Confused after adding Product Posts to listing Google My Business & Google Maps 8
whitespark Everything You Need to Know About Google My Business Posts Google My Business & Google Maps 3
Tim Kahlert Google removed post snippet Google Algorithm Discussions 2
Hannah Brown GMB posts not available Google My Business & Google Maps 2
H Is there any way to refresh/Renew a GMB Covid post Google My Business & Google Maps 1
P Posts Created for Change in Business Hours Google My Business & Google Maps 2
C Lightning icon for new posts in mobile view Suggestions for the Local Search Forum 4
Y GMB Verification Code by Post Card Google My Business & Google Maps 3
jpayne7 Google Favoring Rich Snippets for Job Postings over Local Business Listings? Google Local 101 4
R Different Post views count on dashboard vs API NAP, Categories, Dashboard Data 0
R Free GMB Posting Tool: Postamatic by TwoOctobers.Com Google My Business & Google Maps 0
djbaxter NEW Testing the new scheduled post feature Forum Tech Support 0
djbaxter NEW Testing a scheduled post/thread Admin Stuff 0
djbaxter NEW How to schedule a post or thread for later publication How To Guides 0
starter_70 Are GMB posts not showing on SERP or Maps page? Google My Business & Google Maps 4
lukeelliott Wanted to make a forum post about DNI call tracking. Contact Us Messages 1
Vincent_Bakker Google Post Rejected Google My Business & Google Maps 2
A Will posting too often negatively impact GMB ranking? Local Search 6
j_holtslander What triggered Google here? Thoughts? (GMB Post) Help & Support for Google Local 3
KymM All GMB Posts Suddenly Rejected Google My Business & Google Maps 33
C Help: new owner for biz, former employee created GMB, posting offensive photos and won't relinquish Help & Support for Google Local 12
hajnasiewicz Google Posts performance (bulk) All Things Google My Business [PRIVATE] (LocalU) 3
Dana Franks Editing past posts Contact Us Messages 1
S Is there a way to get an RSS feed of GMB posts? Google My Business & Google Maps 2
Nicole Basham Are You Still Creating Regular Google Posts? Google My Business & Google Maps 5
david.victor Facebook disabled advertising and post-boosting for a client Mobile & Social 4
B Google Posts Not Appearing in the Knowledge Panel Google My Business & Google Maps 3
djbaxter Google: All Guests Posts Should Be Nofollow, Paid or Not Organic SEO 5
aalmarusy Facebook reviews posting to personal profile page feed Recycle Bin 3
Ann Ross Posts in GMB not displaying directly Google My Business & Google Maps 2
T Guest Posting To Increase Your Traffic And Google Rankings. Contact Us Messages 1

Similar threads

Login / Register

Already a member?   LOG IN
Not a member yet?   REGISTER

Most UpVoted Answers

LocalU Podcasts

  Promoted Posts

New advertising option: A review of your product or service posted by a Sterling Sky employee. This will also be shared on the Sterling Sky & LSF Twitter accounts, our Facebook group, LinkedIn, and both newsletters. More...
Google Product Exert

Top Bottom