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How to Get New Business for the New Year

Patch 101 shows you how to do it...for free!

Way back when, when Patch launched in West Deptford, editors and freelancers ventured to local businesses in order to collect information for our directory. Patch's directory 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, rate the business on a scale of one to five stars and can add a review.

But owners and managers of local businesses get extra bonuses when you claim your 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.

Patch will then contact you to verify your authenticity and you'll be approved as the business owner. Once approved, you'll have a "Manage Your Listing" button on the top of your directory 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 email 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.


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 directory page for a fee. Learn more about these options and 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.

[Editor's Note: If you have any questions or seek further assistance, please contact us at westdepford@patch.com]

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