Monday, January 30, 2012

Business Tip: Free Advertising Through Online Media

Looking for free ways to get the word out about your business?

Facebook works. So does Yelp. And don't forget about the My Monrovia Business Blog.

But one hyper-local site prides itself being so comprehensive that it has a "page for every business located in Monrovia." 

Monrovia Patch provides readers - and business owners - with Patch Places , which is a place where they can review a business, list its contact information, and provide detailed information about its hours, its specialties, and even a map.

According to Patch:
"Yep, if you go to our Patch Places you can find all sorts of shops by category, or by typing topics into our search box—yeah, you can find "sushi" or "tattoo" or anything else that local businesses provide. On each page is a photo of the business, the hours of operation, the phone number, accepted payment methods, handicapped access, address and even a handy map showing where it is."
Business owners can also "claim their business," and take charge of the listing online.

Pretty cool for a free service, huh?