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Are you a or an official with a , or other ? Have you claimed your listing in Patch?
It's simple: just follow the instructions here to claim your listing and use it to promote your business or community institution. The benefits of claiming a listing can be amazing. Let us show you how.
Please note: This is not a sales pitch. It's news. At Patch, we believe everyone should have a voice in the community. We think the entire community should be represented in our electronic pages, and what matters to them matters to us.
Our main page news stories are electronically "linked" to business listings all the time, gaining your business or institution maximum exposure.
Your work matters; claiming a listing lets people know what's going on.
All users can add events taking place at local spots, can rate the business on a scale of one to five stars, and can add a review. To be a user, just sign in. It's simple.
But owners of local businesses get extra bonuses when they claim a listing.
Owners or managers should search for their business listing and select "claim you listing" in order to make updates to the page. A form will pop up asking for your name, contact information, and proof of ownership.
Within a few days, someone from Patch will contact you to verify your authenticity (we don't want some stranger claiming your business listing) and then you'll be approved as the business owner. Once approved, you'll have a "Manage Your Listing" button on the top of your Places page. Click the button to be taken to your dashboard.
From the dashboard, you can make changes and updates to your listing. On the left side of the dashboard you have several options: Your Stats, Edit listing, Manage Photos & Media, Reviews, Free Tools, Paid Tools, and Contact Sales.
Here you can see how many users have rated, reviewed or follow your listing. You can e-mail your customers to seek out more reviews, and link the Patch Place to your Facebook or Twitter account.
Add photos, website information, hours of operation, contact information and more under the "basic info" tab. Some of this information cannot be changed, but you can request a new description if you think your business is inaccurately described.
Choose "extra info" to add information like the founding date of your business, what kinds of payments you accept, if there's street parking or a lot, and much more.
Manage Photos & Media:
Here you can add and edit photos and choose which image is featured. If you have video or PDFs, you would add that here too.
You can see what people have to say about your business.
Post events and add job openings to our classifieds section, also known as the Marketplace.
You can upgrade your listing with a video profile, add a message from the owner and become a featured business on the Places page for a fee. Learn more about these options and how to get in touch with a sales team member.
This is a great opportunity for the community, its businesses and institutions. You can start by claiming your listing today to help keep Patch users up to date with your company and keep your listing looking fresh.