When Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch launched two years ago, we ventured to local businesses to collect information for our directory. The result is a spot where users can find descriptions, hours, accepted payment methods and more for businesses in Bloomingdale, south Brandon, south Valrico, FishHawk Ranch and Riverview.
All users can add events taking place at local spots, rate businesses on a scale of one to five stars and add a review. But owners of local businesses get extra bonuses when they claim a listing.
This is a great tool for businesses that don't have their own website. In fact, it's like their own webpage. The best yet: It's free!
- Owners or managers can search for their business listing and select "claim your listing."
- A form will pop up asking for your name and contact information.
- In a few days, someone from Patch will contact you to verify your authenticity. You'll then 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 add events, notices of sales or specials and other information you'd like readers to know.
On the left side of the dashboard you have several options:
- Your Stats
- Manage Photos & Media
- Free Tools
- Paid Tools
- Contact Sales
Here you can see how many users have rated, reviewed or are follow your listing. You can email your customers to seek out more reviews, and link the Patch directory to your Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Add 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 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.
You can upgrade your listing with a video profile, add a message from the owner and become a featured business on directory page for a fee. You can learn more about these options and how to get in touch with a sales team member.
If you own or manage a business in the Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch area and don't see it listed in our directory, send the name of your business, address, phone number and your name to local editor D'Ann White at firstname.lastname@example.org.