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4 Steps to Getting Your Business Listed on Apple Maps

Get Your Business Listed Correctly on Apple Maps in 4 Easy Steps

By now everyone knows about the Apple Maps fiasco and how this update was an “epic fail”. We’ve already blogged about how Apple Maps leave much to be desired, and laughed at the pictures of a melting Las Vegas. What could possibly be left to do?

Fix it, of course. You may not be able to correct the images, but  you can get your business information listed correctly on Apple Maps. Yes, it’s Apple, and no, you can’t usually control how they operate. But there are steps you can take to make sure your business information is displayed to mobile users with Apple Maps.

Step 1) Understand How Apple Works

For a long time, Google Maps weren’t just King, they were the whole Kingdom. And having a Google Places page setup was the most important step in getting your business noticed. (If you don’t have a Google Place page you’ll want to get one of those, too. They’re still pretty important)

Now that Apple Maps have come along, it’s necessary to set up your business’s “place page” with the companies that Apple uses to gather mapping data. Namely – Yelp & Localeze

Step 2) Claim Your Yelp Page

Go to Yelp.com and type in your company’s name and location. Most likely there will be a page for your company. If you haven’t claimed it yet, create a business account and take control of your page. If you can’t find your company at all, it’s even more important that you create a business account and page.

Yelp is growing larger all the time, and now that Apple is pulling information from their database, it’s critical that your information is correct and up-to-date.

BONUS: Yelp is mobile, so when users find your business page on their mobile device, clicking the Website link will take them to your mobile-friendly website. (If you don’t have a mobile friendly website yet (shame, shame!) just contact us either by email or filling out this quick form, and we’ll put you in touch with one of our White Label Resellers who will have your company mobile by next week!)

Step 3) Claim Your Localeze Business Page (Currently only available to U.S. companies)

Localeze has free and paid options. If you’re already managing your business pages on the most prominent search engines – Google, Bing, Yahoo, Citysearch, etc. the free option will be enough.

Setup your account here: http://www.localeze.com/how-localeze-works/businesses/ and when Apple refreshes the feed coming from Localeze, your company information will update on Apple Maps.

If you want more options and more distribution of your business information, the paid plan is around $297 per year. Opting to pay for the Localeze service cuts out having to manage your business page on the search engines mentioned above.

Step 4) Submit your business information corrections directly to Apple

*Warning* This should not be the only step you take.

While Apple Maps do provide the option to “Report a problem”, it’s necessary to follow steps 1-3 first. Although Apple may update your information in their database, they are using the Yelp & Localeze databases for their mapping information. If you don’t have your business listed on the sites of these trusted data providers, you could see your company information completely wiped away again when the databases are synced.

 

Do you have other tips for getting your business listed on Apple Maps? Let us know in the comments! We’ll update this post with new tips and tricks as they’re discovered.

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