Business listings are a powerful way for local business owners to be found on the web. Today, we’re excited to announce the beta launch of the MapQuest Local Business Center. This new tool helps businesses create or edit their free business listing on MapQuest, and also gives them the opportunity to enhance their listing on eight sites across a partner network.
Often times, business listings on the web are out of date or missing important information like the hours of operation or website. This makes it hard for customers to find that business online.
MapQuest Local Business Center gives business owners the tools to update their free listing and add a lot more helpful content. It also provides additional marketing opportunities to help bring in more customers and improve search engine rankings.
Ready to get started? The first step is to create an account in the business center and claim your business. You’ll be asked to verify basic information including name, address and phone number.
Next, you can add additional information, including a business description, website, photos, business video, hours of operation, payment methods, parking tips and more. You can even move the map marker to show the exact location of your entrance, which is very helpful for stores in strip malls, shopping malls and other multi-shop locations.
Once your information is entered, you’ll need to do a simple verification by phone or credit card (again, claim-your-listing is free, we’ll just authorize the card to make sure you really are who you say you are).
Once it’s verified, your updated listing is live within minutes on MapQuest.
You can enhance your business visibility by buying a Premium Listing, which includes a promotion that appears in-line with your business listing in MapQuest search results and on the MapQuest details page. Premium Listings on MapQuest only are available for $99 a year.
You can also upgrade to the MapQuest Multi-site Premium Listings package bundle, which will distribute your updated information and promotion for $399 a year to a broad partner network: Yelp!, Yahoo!, SuperPages, CitySearch, White Pages, Yellowbook, YellowBot and LOCAL .
Head to the MapQuest Local Business Center to claim your listing!