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Patch 101: How to Claim Business Listings

Local business owners are encouraged to claim their listings in Palmer/Forks Patch's "Places" directory.

When we launched in November 2010, editors and freelancers ventured into our community to collect information on local businesses for our directory.

Patch Places is where users can find descriptions, business hours, accepted payment methods and much more info on Palmer/Forks area businesses.

Users can add events happening at your location, rate the business on a scale of one to five stars and even add a review, but owners of local businesses get added bonuses like marketing tools and extra permissions when they claim a listing.

Owners or managers should search for their business listing and click on the "Claim it!" link under the photo section. A form will pop up asking for your name, contact information and proof of ownership.

Within a few days, someone from Patch should contact you to verify your information, 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.

Your Stats

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 your listing to your Facebook or Twitter account.

Edit Listing

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 described inaccurately.

Choose "Extra Info" to add information like the founding date of your business, what kinds of payment you accept, if there's on-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 can add that here too.

Reviews

You can see what people have to say about your business.

Free Tools

Post events and add job openings to our classifieds section, also known as the Marketplace.

Paid Tools

You can upgrade your listing with a video profile, add a message from the owner and become a featured business on the Places homepage for a fee. Claim your listing to learn more about these options and how to get in touch with a sales team member.

Claim your listing today and help keep Palmer/Forks Patch users up to date with your company and keep your listing looking fresh.

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