How to Submit a Business Listing to TomTom
By Chang Lin
Each consumer Global Positioning System (GPS) device comes pre-programmed with thousands of points of interests (POI) such as restaurants, gas stations, attractions, businesses and more. Since businesses are constantly emerging or closing, the companies responsible for updating the POI can not always track and add new businesses to their database to keep up with what's happening in real time. TomTom, makers of GPS devices, receive their POI information from GPS Data Team, NAVTEQ and TeleAtlas. By accurately entering your business information to one of the three sites, your business will be seen by TomTom users nationwide.
GPS Data Team
Go to the GPS Data Team website (see resources).
Enter your country information. Choose your listing category and select "TomTom GPS" from the type of GPS system you want to update. Press the "Continue" button to continue with the listing.
Enter your business information, such as the business' name, phone number, address and a brief description about your business. Press the "OK" button to finalize your business listing.
Go to the NAVTEQ website (see resources).
Click on the "Find & Report" tab, located underneath the NAVTEQ logo.
Type in the name of your business into the search box and press "Search." If your business is not listed in the system, press the "Add a New Item to the Map" button.
Click the "Add a new POI" icon and enter the business information in the text boxes provide, including your business name, phone number and address. Press "Next Step" to continue.
Verify your listing and confirm the details are accurate. Click the "Edit Changes" link to go back and fix any errors. If you are satisfied with your information, click the "Send Report" to finalize your listing.
Go to the TeleAtlas website (See resources) and select your preferred language for the site.
Select the country and state from the drop-down menu, Enter your address and click the "Search" button. This will generate a map on the left-hand side of the page.
Click and drag the green pin-point button to the exact location of your business. "Step 2" on the web page should begin to flash. Click on the "Step 2" button and select the "Point of Interest (POI)" icon.
Select the "Add a Point of Interest" option and enter the name of your business, category and additional details. Once you have fulfilled the required information, "Step 3" on the web page should begin to flash.
Click on the "Step 3" button to verify your information and enter your email address. Press the "Submit Report" button to finalize your listing.
Chang Lin has been writing professionally since 2010. He has written scripts for the National Science Foundation and short films that have won awards at film festivals. Lin holds a Bachelor of Arts in scriptwriting from the University of North Texas.