Before Redondo Beach Patch launched in April 2010, editors and freelancers ventured to local businesses in order to collect information for the site's directory. The result: the Patch Directory.
The Patch Directory is a spot where users can find descriptions, hours, accepted payment methods and much more for local businesses.
All users can add events taking place at local spots, rate the business on a scale of one to five stars and review their favorite places, but owners of local businesses get extra bonuses when they claim a listing.
To claim a listing, owners or managers should search for their business listing on the Directory page and select "claim your listing." A form will pop up asking for your name, contact information and proof of ownership. On the off chance the business is not listed in the directory, please add it! We strive to keep our Patch Directory database up-to-date.
Within a few days, someone from Patch should contact you to verify your authenticity, and then you'll 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 make changes and updates to your listing. On the left side of the dashboard you have several options: Your Stats, Edit Listing, Manage Photos & Media, Reviews, Free Tools, Paid Tools and Contact Sales.
Here you can see how many users have rated, reviewed or follow your listing. You can also email your customers to seek out more reviews.
Add photos, 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, whether there's street parking and much more.
Manage Photos & Media
Here you can add and edit photos and choose which image is featured. If you have video or PDFs, you can add them, 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 the Directory page for a fee. For more information about these paid services, contact Ad Manager Travis Roznos.