How to Add a Business Listing on Facebook

by Aksana Nikolai

The “Facebook Places” business directory can be a powerful marketing tool for organizations. Users can share with their Facebook friends each time they visit your business by ‘checking in’ to a Places listing. Each time someone checks in at your Place, a notification is posted to that user’s friends’ News Feed, helping you increase brand reach. If your organization does not appear in Facebook’s existing Places database, you must create a new listing and claim it.

Create a Listing

Launch the Facebook application on your mobile device from your business' location. The default location for a Place that you are creating is your current location.

Open the navigation grid. Alternatively, navigate to the Facebook website using the device’s Web browser. Select the “Check In” option.

Begin typing the name of your business in the "Search Places" field. If your business is not already part of Facebook’s business directory, it will not show up in the search results. Select the option to add a new Place.

Enter the name of your business into the “Name” field and confirm that you want to create the new listing.

Claim Your Listing

Enter the name of your business into the Facebook search bar. The listing you created will appear in the search results. Select the listing.

Select “Is This Your Business” from the menu labeled with a cog icon.

Select the “I am an official representative of [your business name]” check box. Click “Continue.”

Enter your business address, website and other key information into the appropriate fields and click “Continue.”

Verify your connection to the business you are listing. Choose the “Email” option if you created your Facebook account using an email address issued by your business. Choose the “Documentation” option if you prefer to scan an official document verifying the business name and address; for example, a business tax file or a phone bill. The verification process ensures that others cannot claim your business listing.

Click “Submit” to confirm your claim request. Claim request processing may take up to one week.


About the Author

Aksana Nikolai is a graduate of the New York Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in language studies and international affairs. Nikolai is currently working in online marketing and communications. She has been writing since 2008, specializing in made-for-Web content and maintaining her fashion and beauty blog.

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