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  1. For nearly two decades, MapQuest has been helping people get from A to B. We’ve introduced tools, we’ve improved the interface and, after observing how people interact with our products, we iterate again. One such instance is how businesses are using the MapQuest Local Business Center (LBC). We noticed businesses were using our LBC to handle information corrections, so we created a more streamlined way to change existing business information such as contact info, hours of operation and even addresses. This has always been and will continue to be a free service. For businesses looking to amplify their presence, whether it be monitoring customer reviews, adding enhanced content to a listing or syncing content with their business Facebook page, MapQuest will still offer business solutions there, too. At the end of this month, the basic MapQuest LBC version will be retired; however, we will continue our partnership with Yext, which gives businesses the opportunity to enhance their listings with several tools and features to help their business succeed.

    Our Denver-based customer service team is here to answer questions you may have and to help make this transition meaningful for your business (@MapQuestHelp). Thank you for choosing MapQuest — we sincerely appreciate your loyalty.

  2. Great news!  The MapQuest iOS Maps API is officially out of beta!  Today marks the first production release of the MapQuest iOS Maps API, which allows developers to build iPhone and iPad apps that incorporate the flexible routing, accurate geocoding, and unlimited free base maps that MapQuest is known for. The MapQuest iOS Maps API essentially takes the default iOS mapping tools a step – or a few steps – farther, by offering new features like integrated driving directions and the ability to choose between licensed MapQuest and MapQuest-OSM data and map tiles, both of which are not available in the default iOS mapping toolkit.

    We understand that not everyone is interested in the technical details, so we’ve posted those on the MapQuest Developer Blog. If you are an iOS developer, all you need to do is sign up for an app key on the MapQuest Developer Network, download the toolkit, and incorporate it into your iOS project. It’s that easy!

    If you are not a developer, or wondering why this release is important to you, rest assured that this announcement is good news for you, too! Think about the iPhone and iPad apps that you regularly use. How many of those apps include maps or some type of geographic component? Because the MapQuest iOS Maps API is out of beta and now ready for developers to use, you can expect to see an increasing number of apps that incorporate the power of the MapQuest platform. It’s a win-win, both for developers and consumers.

    If you have questions about this release, feel free to check out the MapQuest iOS Maps API Forum or tweet us at @MapQuestTech!

  3. Who doesn’t love free? Yes F-R-E-E. MapQuest is known for its accurate geocoding and flexible routing APIs but did you know that developers and businesses can get unlimited free MapQuest maps? With MapQuest Community Edition you can build both online and mobile apps and get access to highly accurate maps for free (there’s that F word again) with no usage limits for maps (check out our licensing chart for details). The combo of free maps built on commercial data and no usage limits for maps makes us different. Different in a good way, we think.

    Check out our Developer Network today to sign up for a Community Edition license, get access to technical information, blog posts, forums and more.

    We also offer our MapQuest Enterprise Edition for businesses that are looking for technical support, a service level agreement, geocoding only licenses and a whole bunch of other benefits. Call us (888-627-7837) or fill out our online form and one of our mapping gurus will reach out to discuss what might work best for you and your business. If you’re not sure whether Community or Enterprise is the best option for you, you can check out our Ts&Cs or just reach out to us and we can help you work thru that too.

    p.s. Seriously, if you don’t love free, tweet hashtag #MapQuestTech – we’ll send the first 50 of you a free t-shirt to convince you.

  4. Good news for those of you who have websites through GoDaddy.com: the company recently added a MapQuest feature to its sitebuilders, InstantPage™ and WebSite Tonight® that makes it easy to add MapQuest maps and directions to your Go Daddy site.

    Great for individuals or small businesses that don’t have the resources or technical skills to build a website, InstantPage makes it easy to launch an eye-catching website in less than five minutes. The addition of MapQuest helps Go Daddy website owners drive more traffic to their brick-and-mortar storefronts.

    There’s no coding or HTML knowledge required to use the MapQuest feature on a Go Daddy website. From the Go Daddy site builder tool, simply choose the widget, type in your address and an actual map – not just a link – instantly displays. Visitors who want a larger map or directions to your store just click from the widget to a pre-populated MapQuest result form. What’s really cool is businesses with multiple locations can choose to display a separate map for each location or build one map that includes them all.

    GoDaddy.com, which currently manages over 50 million domain names, gives InstantPage* away free with every new domain or you can choose to upgrade to WebSite Tonight for a small monthly fee. Both options allow you to easily integrate MapQuest maps.

    MapQuest Map in Go Daddy Website

    *XXX domain names do not include free InstantPage.