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Businesses: Claim Your Listing, Make Patch Work for You

Business owners are encouraged to claim listings in Patch Places to better promote their business and inform University PlacePatch readers.

You know about Patch Places, right?

It's the place where University Place Patch users can find everything about local businesses: descriptions, hours, photos, accepted payment methods, and much more. People can even rate a business between one and five stars, and leave a review.

But owners of local businesses get extra bonuses when they claim a listing.

Claiming a listing - as the did - can result in good things, including five-star reviews from fans and an ability to reach customers in a whole new way.

Owners or managers should search for their business listing and select "Claim it!" in order to make updates to the page. A form will pop up asking for your name, contact information, and proof of ownership.

(If you can't find your business and would like to add it, you must fill out this form by clicking here. Hint: Wait for the screen to darken and scroll down)

Within a few days, someone from Patch should contact you to verify your authenticity, 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 the Patch Place 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 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.

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 page for a fee. Learn more about these options and how to get in touch with a sales team member.

So claim your listing today to help keep Patch users up to date with your company and keep your listing looking fresh.

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