When Middletown Patch launched in February of 2011, editors and freelancers ventured to local businesses in order to collect information for its directory.
Now, nearly a year later, Patch Places is a spot where users can find descriptions, hours, accepted payment methods, and much more for spots around town.
All users can add events taking place at local spots, can on a scale of one to five stars, and can .
But, owners of local businesses get extra bonuses when they claim a listing.
To access those benefits, owners or managers should search for their business listings and select "claim your 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 then 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 what is referred to as 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.
This is the category under which you can view how many users have rated, reviewed or followed your listing. You can e-mail your customers to seek out more reviews and link the Patch Place to your Facebook or Twitter account.
This is the category under which you can add photos, Web site and other contact information, hours of operation 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, such as the founding date of your business, what types of payments you accept and/or whether or not there's street or lot parking and much more.
Manage Photos & Media:
This is the category under which you can add and edit photos and choose which image is featured. If you have video or PDFs, you would add them in this spot as well.
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.
So claim your listing today to help keep Middletown Patch users up to date with your company and keep your listing looking fresh.