The marriage of Yext and MapQuest
A few months ago, Mapquest and Yext officially partnered. Because they are trying to make more money, you’ll find it difficult to create or update a MapQuest listing without having to pay for it. The tactics are misleading because you don’t have to pay if you know what you’re doing.
First-hand advice, “follow this method, and you won’t be charged.”
#1 Search to see if you have an existing listing for your business: http://www.mapquest.com/
#2 If you find it, claim it. You’ll need to go BACK to http://www.mapquest.com/ and ‘sign in.’
#3 ‘Sign in’ is in the upper right corner. When you get there, you’ll see how an account can be setup using your Facebook account:
Important: If your claiming process follows the steps in the image to the lower right, then you are in the wrong place and will be asked to pay a fee.
Side note: MapQuest has some really neat features. However, I researched the results of my business Yext report and found the data to be incorrect and misleading. Yext is a computer program, not a person. The best way to manage your online reputation is to do it yourself, (if you have an extra 10 or so hours per month). Google, Yahoo and others have some nifty online tools. Your online reputation is at stake…if you don’t have the time, hire a professional like The Leaning Tree Marketing.