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Business Owners: Claim Your Patch Listing

By claiming their free listings in Patch Places, business owners can better promote their business and keep Cerritos-Artesia Patch readers aware of their latest news.

Before Cerritos-Artesia Patch launched, editors and freelancers ventured to local businesses in order to collect information for the site's directory. The result: Patch Places.

Patch Places is a spot where users can find descriptions, hours, accepted payment methods and much more for local businesses.

All users can add events taking place at local spots, rate the business on a scale of one to five stars and review their favorite places, but owners of local businesses get extra bonuses when they claim a listing.

To claim a listing, owners or managers should search for their business listing on the Places page and select "claim your listing." A form will pop up asking for your name, contact information and proof of ownership. On the off chance the business is not listed in the directory, please add it! We strive to keep our Patch Places database up-to-date.

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 also email your customers to seek out more reviews.

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, whether there's street parking 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 them, too.

Reviews

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

Free Tools

Post events, create announcements, 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. For more information about these paid services, contact Ad Manager Angel Garcia. Learn more about these options and how to get in touch with a sales team member.

Pat Pacheco February 17, 2012 at 06:15 PM
What if you cannot find your company or you are new in business and you want to add your company name?
John Schreiber February 17, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Hi Pat, Please email Cerritos Patch editor Mariesam Sanchez at mariesam@patch.com . She will be able to help you out.

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