Hey Business Owners, Claim Your Listing on Patch and Get a Free Tote

Patch Places has all of the info on local restaurants, salons, shops and more—get some tools to make your listing yours.

Editor's note: The first five business owners to claim (and subsequently gain approval) of their Patch Places on Wednesday will win a free Patch tote bag. Read on or watch the attached video to find out how to get started.

Before Patch launched in Redmond last year, editors and contributors ventured to local businesses to collect information for our directory. The result: Patch Places.

Patch Places is the spot to find descriptions, hours, accepted payment methods and more for spots around town. You can even see what your neighbors think of a business before you try it or write your own review.

But local businesses get extra bonuses when they claim their free listing.

Owners or managers can sign in and search for their business. Underneath the photos, there is a box with the question: "Do you own or manage this location? Claim it!" Just click "Claim it!" and a form will pop up asking for contact information and authorization to claim it.

Within a few days, someone from Patch will contact you to verify your authenticity. You'll then be approved as the business owner and will see a "Manage Your Listing" button.

From there, you have plenty of options to add photos, see your statistics and edit the listing. Here are the tools you'll see and what they mean:

Your Stats: Here you can see how many users have rated, reviewed or follow your listing. You can email your customers to seek out more reviews, and link the Patch Place to your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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, parking information and more.

Manage Photos & Media: Here you can add and edit photos and choose which image is featured. If you have a video or PDFs, you would add that here.

Reviews: You can see what people have to say about your business and respond to reviews.

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. You can learn more about these options and see how to get in touch with a sales team member.

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

No Listing? Businesses come and businesses go like anything else, and we missed some while creating our directory. If you can't find a listing for your business, contact editor Caitlin Moran atcaitlin.moran@patch.com, and we will create one for you lickety-split!

Please take a look at the short video above, which shows how easy it is to claim your listing.

Questions? Contact Patch Directory Support at directorysupport@patch.com or Redmond Patch editor Caitlin Moran at caitlin.moran@patch.com.


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