Yes! We built the free connector because we were experimenting with Google My Business as a data source for our App and decided that we would offer it for free, forever. Absolutely no catch. We don't use your data for any purposes, we only hope that you might browse around and see if our App would be of interest to you.
2. How do I filter data from a single location?
If you have multiple locations, you have several options for filtering data for your reports. For example, you could create a filter based on the Location Name or Store Code for a static report. Alternatively you can create a filter control if you want the report to be dynamic.
If your GMB account has location groups, there is a checkbox in the settings to allow you to edit the location group from inside the report, referred to as business accounts, and is in the parameters section inside the report.
3. Do you have other free Data Studio connectors?
We only have the two free GMB connectors, reviews and insights.
4. Why is the connector asking me for edit permissions?
In short, there is only one permission scope. For us to access your Google My Business data we use the API (Application Programming Interface) which is considered private, as a formal application needs to be submitted before you can gain access to the API. Because of this, Google has only one permission setting for accessing data via the API which is why edit/delete access is requested. The connector only reads information and absolutely no editing or deleting requests will be made to your account.
5. Why are there separate connectors for reviews and Insights?
When we originally built the GMB Insights connector we didn't cater for reviews and trying to make both work together was going to compromise the existing connector. Therefore, we built the review connector separately due to popular demand, and now you have the choice of using one or both.
6. What's the difference between the free connectors and GMB Pro?
When we first released the Data Studio connector we wanted to make it free for everyone. For this reason we chose to fetch data directly from GMB without storing it. The ramifications of this is that the connector can be slow and suffer from intermittent errors if lots of users are creating reports at the same. This may be acceptable for some users, however we're able to offer far more data and increase the speed dramatically if we store the data. However instead of storing the data on our own servers, we push data to your own hosted account, so you will always own your data.