Apple Gives Business Local Listing Tool For Maps

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Apple launched a new way for businesses to verify listings on Apple Maps - Apple Maps Connect. Between the popularity of Apple devices and the company's increasingly independence from Google services, it's probably a good idea to make sure you appear there.

First, you have to have an AppleID to log in. Then, you're prompted to add your business. It then tells you it will use your updates to improve Apple Maps for users and partners.

It will then prompt you to search, and see if your business is already on Apple Maps. If not, you can proceed. You will enter your relationship to the business, and the phone number and address info. Then, it will give you the option to verify with a phone call. After that, you'll confirm the actual location by dragging a pin on a map over the correct building.

After you confirm that, you'll add the business to one to three categories. If you can't find an appropriate category, you can suggest one. Then, you'll confirm your open hours. After that, you can add links to your website, your Facebook Page, your Yelp Page, and/or your Twitter account. The links will be used to validate the business and collect more info, Apple informs you.

Once you complete all of that, you can review the information, and submit it to Apple.

The service is reportedly only available for U.S. businesses for the time being with more countries coming soon.

Images via Apple

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