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Calling Local Businesses: Claim Your Free Listing!

Claim your listing on Patch to make the site work for you, keep your customers up to date and have a Q & A posted about what makes your business unique.

Calling Local Businesses: Claim Your Free Listing!

When Johns Creek Patch launched in December 2010, we made a concerted effort to make sure  Patch Places would be a spot where users could find descriptions, hours, accepted payment methods and much more for businesses around town - and we're still working to improve your experience on the site!

All users can  add events taking place at local spotsor a business they know is missing from our directory, rate the business on a scale of one to five stars and add a review.

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

Owners or managers should search for their business listing 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 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. And if you claim your listing, e-mail the Johns Creek Patch editor at  ann.quill@patch.com to complete a Q & A on your business and have it featured on the site.

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