Prepare For Black Friday Shoppers With These 5 Tips

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the entire year, there’s no doubt about it. It’s the time of the year when customers make mad dashes to their store of choice to get the best deals of the year, and get a head start on their holiday shopping.

If you’re a store owner, then chances are you’re going to be doing some awesome Black Friday deals in your shop. Want to know how to handle this chaotic time of year? We’ve got a few tips to help you out.

Plan and Organize

Make a list, or create a spreadsheet, of all the products you have and which ones you want to discount for Black Friday. Also, include the start and end date for the sale. Plan the sales ahead of time.. This way, you won’t be scrambling at the last minute to give deep discounts, and your staff will know exactly what the rules are for special deals!

Build Suspense Around The Sale

Start promoting your Black Friday deals early, and use every outlet you can think of to inform customers. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to do this is by promoting your deals on all of your social media accounts. You can also create email campaigns promoting the deals, and send them out a month in advance to build suspense around the big day.

Remember Online Shoppers

Sometimes, customers want to spend their shopping day at home without having to brave the long lines at the store. Always remember your online shoppers when doing Black Friday deals. You can also make deals exclusive to online customers only, prompting even more participation in filling up their online shopping cart.

Make Sure Your Customer Service Dept. Is Prepared

Whether you’re selling products only in the store, or online too, the importance of having good customer service cranks the dial up to 11 during Black Friday. Train your staff on how to speak with customers who might be angry, frustrated, or disappointed in something that happened while shopping.

Offer Easy Returns

Not only is this day one of the biggest shopping events of the year, it’s also one of the busiest times for returns. Ensure customers that if they are unsatisfied with the purchase of a product, they can return it with no hassle, and no stress. This will increase people’s interest in buying from your store, because they know they aren’t stuck with an item if something goes wrong.

Black Friday can be a truly stressful time of the year for shop owners, but by following these tips and tricks, you’ll make shopping easier for you and your customers!

How To Get Consumers Interested (And To Stay Interested) In Your Company

Keeping consumers coming back again and again to your product can be a tough, and frustrating endeavor. Although we’d all like to think that if a customer likes one of your products, they’ll stick with you and never look for something different, that is certainly not the case.

In fact, according to a study by Nielsen (the guys that love to bug you with radio and TV surveys sent through the mail) only about 22 percent of consumers are loyal to a certain brand, meaning 78 percent feel no loyalty to a brand at all.

So, how do you keep consumers interested in your company, while at the same time building brand loyalty? Check out these useful strategies.

Do Your Research

Market research is one of the most valuable tools at your disposable. Think about it: if you have no idea what consumers are interested in, how are you going to satisfy their needs? You can do market research through lots of different mediums, including surveys, social media Q&A’s, test groups, online reviews, feedback requests, and more.

Produce Great Content

A no-brainer, I know, but make sure you’re writing ad and marketing content that effectively caters to your target audience. Don’t worry so much about slicing and dicing your content to pack it full of keywords, like some sort of SEO ninja. Focus more on telling stories and connecting with people through your content.

Show Off Your Reviews

Reviews are awesome (even if they’re bad reviews)! They give you a direct connection to your consumers likes, dislikes, complaints, praises, etc. Use the reviews you get to learn how to improve your product, and then show off your good reviews on your website or branding material to show other consumers that other people are liking what your company is doing.

Offer Discounts and Specials

There’s nothing I enjoy more than getting a sweet discount or deal from a company I love. One of the best ways to keep consumers loyal to your company is by offering them exclusive deals and promotions, through email marketing campaigns, or in your store after they make a purchase. You can even offer special deals for first-time consumers, such as a one-time 50 percent off coupon on their next purchase.

Advertise Everywhere

On an average day, I probably see more advertisements for products I don’t want than for ones I do. But here’s the thing: even if I don’t want something, 9 times out of 10 I am now more informed and possibly interested in whatever that advertisement is trying to sell to me. Advertising works, because it accomplishes one of its main goals: calling public attention to one’s product or service. Don’t be afraid to put yourself in front of as many eyes as possible, to increase exposure to your business.

6 Websites With Awesome, Beautiful, and Free Stock Photos

Sometimes, finding the right stock photo for your new blog post, email, website graphic, or magazine is stressful. No, I take that back; it’s downright torture. Like, a plucking each individual hair from your head slowly and meticulously kind of torture.

Because, let’s face it, most stock photos are terrible. They’re boring, cheesy, and outdated. Rather than giving your customers a picture of a smiling, inviting person, you instead give them a photo of a man with crazy psycho eyes staring them down until they’re forced to make a purchase…or else!

You don’t want to do that to your customers (or maybe you do. Heck, I don’t know how you run your business). But, if you don’t want to scare the bejeebus out of your customers, then start using better stock photos! You don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for them either. Check out these awesome free, and mostly attribution/license-free, stock photo websites!

Death to the Stock Photo

Founded by two photographers who were tired of seeing brands, bloggers, and creatives struggle to find good photos that fit their vibe, Death to Stock Photos was formed to fix the problem. Sign up for their newsletter, and get awesome stock photos sent to your inbox on a regular monthly schedule. They also have a $15 premium subscription if you’re looking for total access to their awesome library.


Another company that sends out free stock photos in an email each month, Unsplash also has a beautiful and robust library of free images that can be searched by keywords. They’re all large, high-res images that give your branding more of an “Instagram photo” look.


This is a great stock photo site that tells you what kind of creative commons licenses are associated with each photo. You can download photos in different sizes, and they also give you detailed info about each image, right down to the type of camera used in the photo and colors used in the photo. Their newsletter signup sends you 40 exclusive free photos to start, and then bimonthly newsletters with more free stock photos.


Want to know how your free stock photo will look in different uses? PicJumbo lets you preview — or “Test Drive” — your downloads to give you a good idea of how each photo can be used for your needs.


This is an absolutely beautiful website founded by Ryan McGuire, a photographer who started Gratisography to let people use his original images under creative commons zero (meaning no attribution is required, and pictures can be used for both personal and commercial projects). You can browse pictures by category, but there’s no search option for those looking for a very specific image.


Pixabay’s images are released under a creative commons zero license as well, so no attribution is required for any use. They boast more than 500,000 free photos, vectors and art illustrations, so there’s no shortage photos to browse through.

How To Prevent Killing Employee Motivation in the Workplace

Keeping your employees motivated in the workplace isn’t always the simplest task, but it is one that employers and managers need to focus more of their effort toward.

One of the duties of a manager is to make sure your employees are engaged, motivated, and working toward goals set up for them. A big, huge, gigantic factor in achieving this is making sure their workplace is comfortable and stress-free. And that all starts with the manager position.

Here are a few big no-no’s that you, as a manager, need to be avoiding in order to make sure your employees are satisfied and engaged in the workplace. And if you’re an employee dealing with these issues, make sure to let your manager, or HR department, know that these are issues preventing you from doing the best work you can do.


Ugh, MICROMANAGING. This is one of the worst things that a manager can do. I mean, I just love to be watched over like a hungry vulture waiting for a dying animal to finally kick the bucket, so it can devour on the flesh of my failure! (insert sarcasm here). In all seriousness, micromanaging is one of the worst things you can do as a manager. Why? Because it tells your employee that you don’t trust their intellect, abilities, or problem solving skills. You hired that employee for a reason; because you think they can do the job well. Don’t watch their every move, to where it’s not even them working on the project anymore.


Number 2 on my list of “Things That Make Me Want To Slam My Head On My Desk Repeatedly Until I Pass Out” is constant meetings. Not only that, but constant meetings that are completely unnecessary! “Attention everyone: important meeting today at 2 to discuss things that only pertain to a few people in the meeting. We like to hear ourselves talk, so be sure to take time out of your busy schedule to attend!” Wait, you interrupted my workflow, my work-groove, my work-tango, for this?? Nothing is worse than unannounced, unnecessary meetings that cut into an employee’s project deadline.

Dismissing Ideas

Your employees have good ideas, and you should listen to them! Nothing’s more motivation-killing than presenting an idea that you think is good, and then having it immediately dismissed as “bad” without giving it any thought.

Breaking Promises

Not being able to keep a promise is a bad habit no matter what position you are in. But it’s especially bad when you’re a manager who promises an employee time to speak with you only to constantly reschedule it, or promises a much-needed pay raise that never comes. Don’t make empty promises you can’t keep.

Inappropriate Conduct

Much more than just a motivation-killer, this one also has legal ramifications. Inappropriate behavior can include lewd jokes, sexual harassment, or inappropriate touching. There’s a point where the cool boss with the fun jokes becomes the creepy boss with the tasteless jokes. Don’t evolve into the latter.

Unrealistic Deadlines

Deadlines are given to make sure a task is completed in an appropriate amount of time. That doesn’t mean waiting until the last minute to give a project to an employee, and then expecting them to get it done in a few days, a few hours, or right this second! Make sure you always give your employees a good amount of time to finish an assignment.

Focusing on the Negatives, Instead of the Positives

No one likes a sad-sack boss. A negative attitude creates a negative work environment, so try to focus on the “wins” instead of the “losses.” This creates a positive work environment that increases employees’ loyalty to the brand’s vision.

Making Decisions Based On Emotion

Making a decision based on emotion can be advantageous sometimes, but more times than not a decision should be based on hard evidence and data, not how you feel about a situation. This can also relate to making a rash decision, such as immediately getting angry at an employee or a situation, before you know all the facts.

6 Advantages of Letting Employees Telecommute

By a show of hands, who here hates their morning commute to work? (I can’t see your hands, obviously, but I’m imagining a sea of palms raised high in silent agreement).

Whether it’s the other frantic drivers that constantly whip in and out of lanes almost causing wrecks, or the people who actually do get in wrecks that cause major delays in the traffic flow, commuting to work can be a royal pain in the you-know-what.

It’s not just the commute, either. When you work far from home, chores don’t get finished, dinners don’t get made, more money is put into gas for your car, and eventually you get fed up with being cooped up inside your bland office for 8+ hours a day.

Thankfully, technology has made a way to make working from home a possibility. Known as telecommuting, it’s quickly becoming the preferred way for employers to easily work with their busy employees. If your company is thinking of letting some employees work from home, or switching your entire company over to a telecommute business, these six advantages might just tip the scales in favor of this strategy!

1. Increases Employee Productivity – You’re probably thinking, “How does working from home increase productivity? If anything, it’ll be decreasing it!” This is a common roadblock that most employers can’t cross, because they believe by working from home, employees will be more distracted by things like TV, kids, and pets. A study by Stanford University showed that call center employees who worked from home had a 13 percent increase in productivity than their office-occupying co-workers. Another study from the University of Texas showed that telecommuters are willing to work 5 to 7 hours longer per week than office workers.

2. Reduces Turnover – Employees’ moods during the work day are positively or negatively affected by one defining factor: how their mornings go. If they have a stressful commute to work, their mood will be negatively affected, which will in turn affect their happiness, which could then lead them to looking for a new job. Working from home reduces commuter stress. In fact, in a research study conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee found, “Employees who telecommute the majority of the work week are more satisfied with their jobs compared to those working mostly in the office because working remotely alleviates more stress than it creates.”

3. It’s Cost-Effective – “Show me the money!:” the universal motto for business owners (and Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire). If you think about, of course telecommuting will save your business money. You don’t have to spend money on bigger work spaces, more heat and air to keep employees comfortable, and bigger and better computers for employees. According to data from Global Workplace Analytics, telecommuting actually saves an average of $11,000 per year for every employee who works remotely.

4. Less Sick Days – This one’s a no-brainer: less employees at work means there’s less of a chance that someone will bring a stomach virus to work and infect your entire crew. That means your employees will be taking fewer sick days. This isn’t true in all cases, especially if your employee has kids that can get them sick, but it’s generally true for most people.

5. Reduces Employee Stress – When employees are allowed to work from home, they avoid these stress-causers and time-consumers: rush hour traffic, going to the grocery store after work, taking care of dinner when they get home, cleaning their homes, picking up their children, getting a babysitter for younger children, feeding the pets, going to doctor’s appointments, making it to the post office and banks before they close (you see where this is going?) It also keeps them out of workplace stress-activators, such as constant meetings, office politics, and other employees distracting them from their workflow.

6. Great Tools To Make It Work – If you’re a manager, or owner of a business, and you’re wondering how to stay in touch with an employee who telecommutes, consider these great tools!

  • Google Hangouts, Skype, Facetime – These video chatting tools make it easy for you to hold meetings with employees who work remotely. They’re all free, and only require a computer with a webcam, a microphone, and a login in order to use them!
  • Google Documents, Spreadsheets – Google has really changed the game for people who work remotely, and with Google Docs and Spreadsheets, collaborating with other employees in a team is easier than ever. Sharing documents, adding comments, and editing files are super simple tasks thanks to live-editing (you can actually watch someone on another computer editing your document while you have it open on your computer).
  • Slack – Email is great, but Slack is better. This nifty tool lets employees communicate using a form of instant messaging, but it also lets them create specific groups (called channels) to discuss different projects or subjects. You can also share files easily inside of Slack, and search for keywords if you need to find a specific project from long ago.

Telecommuting shouldn’t be something to fear.  Embrace it, and not only will it make your employees happier, it’ll make you happier as well!

Check out the video below for more advantages of working from home!

5 Reasons Social Responsibility Matters For Your Business

Do you run a business that cares about its community and the impact it has on the environment? I’m not trying to sound like a hippy here or the EPA, but as a business owner, you can’t escape the fact that your business — no matter how big or small — has a profound impact on the world around it.

There’s a term for this in the business and marketing world: social responsibility. A basic definition of this term, as defined by, is “Acting with concern and sensitivity, aware of the impact of your actions on others, particularly the disadvantaged.”

Lots of businesses attempt to show they have social responsibility by bragging about their natural and organic products, free from harmful chemicals that can damage both the person using it and the environment. And while natural and organic products are a fantastic way to show off your social responsibility, there’s much more that can be done by businesses to practice this philosophy. This can be in the form of using a portion of profits to benefit the needy, such as homeless people, local food shelters, families who need money for important medical procedures, or even donating to organizations dedicated to finding cures for infectious diseases. Companies have also committed themselves to only using products that are deemed cruelty-free (ones that aren’t tested on animals or cause harm to animals), which is especially huge in the beauty and skin care industry. 

If you’re still not feeling the necessity of thinking about your company’s social responsibility, then here are a few, more business-minded reasons, to consider this practice.

1. Customers Consider This When Shopping

Which would you rather shop at: a clothing store that uses sweatshops and foreign labor that barely pays its workers a living wage, or a clothing store that gives workers in its manufacturing division fair wages in a safe workplace environment? Hopefully, you chose the latter, because that’s what your customers care about as well. They’re more likely to buy from you if they trust your social responsibility and ethics. Just ask Volkswagen.

2. It Makes You Stand Out From The Competition

How many companies can you think of off the top of your head that are visibly socially responsible? I’m guessing not many. This gives any company that decides to start being transparent with the way they’re socially responsibly a leg up on the competition.

3. Employees Appreciate It As Well

Nothing’s more important than the happiness of your customers; unless it’s the happiness of your employees. They’re the ones that make your business possible! In fact, in a 2012 study by nonprofit company Net Impact, 53 percent of employees said that the key to their happiness is knowing they’re making an impact through their company. You can be sure that this number has increased in the past three years.

4. It Creates Change For Business Practices In The Future

You’re not only making an impact in today’s world by practicing social responsibility, you’re also making a potentially profound and long-lasting impact on the way companies in the future will do business. Like President Abraham Lincoln once said, “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

5. It Can Improve Your Social Media Presence

Social media makes spreading a message easier than it’s ever been. Thanks to its wide reach, and massive audience, brands can use social media to bring awareness to key issues that they feel passionate about. Coca-Cola did this in 2014, with its PlantBottle campaign and video. It received a 28% engagement rate with more than a half a million views in five days. When customers see your company advocating for important issues on their social feeds, they’re more likely to engage with your brand and be a brand advocate in the future.

Social responsibility matters, and your company should be paying attention to how it affects the way people perceive it!

6 Easy Steps To Connect Your Facebook and Instagram Accounts

Have you ever encountered this problem: You just posted a fantastic picture to Instagram, complete with pleasing angles, perfect lighting, an interesting subject, and high quality resolution. You’ve written the perfect caption for your photo, and used all the correct trending hashtags. Then, you think, “oh no! I need to post this to Facebook as well. Ugh, it’s going to take forever to copy everything over.”

That’s where connecting your Facebook and Instagram accounts can really help you out! Once you get them connected, Instagram and Facebook do the work for you, and make sure your pic is posted perfectly — caption and all — on both sites! Check out the steps below to get your Instagram and Facebook accounts connected.

Login to Instagram

If you haven’t created an Instagram account prior to reading this article, now’s a great time to do that. The process is simple, and should only take you a few minutes to complete! Once you’re signed up, login to Instagram using your phone or tablet.

Go To Your Profile Page

Next, you’ll need to navigate to your Instagram profile page, by pressing the person icon in the bottom right corner of your screen. This will take you directly to your profile page, that lists your followers, who you follow, and all the pictures you’ve shared.

Click On The Options Icon

Click on your profile’s settings next, the gear icon in the upper right corner of your profile page.

Scroll Down Until You See “Linked Accounts”

The options page lets you manage and modify all of your Instagram profile settings. In order to link your Facebook profile, you’ll need to scroll down the page until you see the option for “linked accounts.” Click on this option.

Click on Facebook to Login and Connect

You’ll see a number of different social media websites that you can connect on this screen, such as Twitter, Foursquare, and more. In order to connect your Facebook account, just click on the word “Facebook.” You’ll then be asked to login to your Facebook account using your Facebook account login information.

After logging in, you’ll be directed back to the Instagram account. Your Facebook and Instagram accounts are now linked, and you will not have to link your accounts in the future, as long as you don’t unlink the two accounts.

When You Post Pictures, Click the Facebook Icon To Post There As Well

Now that you’ve linked your Facebook and Instagram accounts, you can choose the option to share whatever you post on Instagram to Facebook as well. To do this, go through the normal steps that you take when you post a photo to Instagram, such as cropping and adding filters. Once you get to the page where you add a caption to your photo, you’ll see options below the text box that allow you to select certain other social media accounts to post your photo to as well. Simply click Facebook, and it will highlight blue, letting you know that you’ve selected the option to post this photo to Facebook as well.

That’s it! You’ve successfully linked your Instagram and Facebook accounts. You’ll now have the freedom to post pictures to Facebook at the same time that you post to your Instagram account, saving you time and frustration.

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5 Online Tools That Can Improve Your Visual Marketing Strategy

In the current culture of quick info, clickbait headlines, and “5-reasons-you-need-to-pay-attention-to-this-thing” lists (see headline), people seem to be caring less and less about spending a lot of time reading long lines of black-on-white text to get the info they need in their daily lives.

That means it’s now more important than ever for companies to have great visual marketing graphics and images to compliment their posts. Whether it’s a blog post, a tweet, a Facebook status, and Instagram post, or a Snapchat, companies MUST focus on the visual side of marketing to stay relevant.

I know how hard it is to find the tools your company needs to make great graphics (especially if you don’t have a fantastic graphic design team to help you out). So check out this list of some awesome online tools that can help you — no matter your skill level — make beautiful graphics for all of your online posts!


Canva is a beautifully designed, free, and easy-to-use design program founded by social media guru Guy Kawasaki. With Canva, you can create gorgeous graphics using their pre-sized templates, for things like Twitter, blog posts, infographics, and Facebook cover photos. There are hundreds of free images and icons to use as well, but if you want to use some of the premium images, it’s only $1 for each one! It’s one of my favorite tools to use, and makes creating graphics for FGmarket blog posts super easy (just check out that great graphic I made at the top of this post. Whoa).


Pixlr made a name for itself thanks to its handy photo editing app for smartphones and tablets, but did you know they also have a desktop version of their program? Pixlr includes many of the basic tools you can find in photo editing programs like PhotoShop, but it’s completely free. You can crop your photos, adjust the brightness, cut and paste images, and add text, all in one online program.


Unsplash is a stock photo website, but it’s unlike anything you’ve ever used. These aren’t your grandma’s stock photos; every photo from Unsplash is a work of art, taken by professional photographers who want to share their pics with the world ( for free!) You can even sign up for their weekly newsletter to receive 10 new photos every 10 days directly in your email inbox.

Infogram is a great, free to use tool for making awesome infographics. Nowadays, consumers want to digest heavy data in visual ways, rather than reading through boring spreadsheets. Infographics are a great way to display data, analytics, and more in fun ways. Adding an infographic to a blog post or email is guaranteed to grab the attention of your customers in a big way.

YAY Images

YAY images is another stock photo website that boasts more than 6.5 million photos in its library. Although this is the only tool on this list that isn’t free, the fee to use YAY Images is well worth it. Working as sort of a Netflix for stock photos, the user pays a base monthly fee, and is then able to download a set number of images each month, rather than paying for each individual photo. It’s also a great tool for graphics and web design departments, who may use hundreds of stock photos each month.

Visual marketing can’t be ignored; it’s how people decide whether they’re going to pay attention to what you’re offering. With great visuals, you can make any marketing material stand out and help you to attract even more happy customers!

How To Get Started With Google Business Listings

Google is a powerhouse in the tech world. As the No. 1 search engine in the world, Google gets more than 1 billion visitors to its site each month, and these people are searching for everything you can think of. From ways to get rid of mustard stains on a new white t-shirt, to tasty new restaurants to try out during a night on the town with friends, Google has become an integral part of society’s everyday routine. So much so that it’s even become a verb; like, “Hey, Tim, can you Google how to put out a fire when your fish fryer bursts into flames and coats your skin in hot lava? Very urgent, please. Thank you.”

Knowing all of this, it seems silly to be a business owner who DOESN’T already have their business listed on Google. But never fear, humble business owners! This post is here to help get Jerry’s Salty Sailor Sardines on the market, and get you discovered by potential customers in no time!

Getting Started

The first thing you’ll need to do is navigate to the Google Business landing page, by clicking here. You’ll then have to make sure you’re signed into your Gmail account. If you don’t have a Gmail account, it only takes a few simple steps to get one.

Next, click on the blue button that says “Get On Google.” This will begin the process of setting up your business listing.

You’ll have to use the search bar on the left side of the screen to look for your business. If it’s not already listed on Google, you can click the blue text that says “Add Your Business.”

Then, fill out the basic info for you business, such as the name, address, phone number, and category that your business fits into. You can also check a box at the bottom that says “I deliver goods and services to my customers at their location,” but this is optional. Click continue when you’ve got your info entered how you want it to look.

Google will then ask to create a Google+ page for you to manage your business listing. Read through the terms of service, check the box, and then click continue.

Verify Your Account

Next, you’ll have to verify your account by phone, via text message or phone call. Google will send you a code, and you’ll need to type that number into the verification code box.

Then, you’ll be notified that in order to manage the business page on Google, you’ll have to verify your association with the business through the email. If you don’t want to do this right now, you can choose to skip it and do it later. Note: in order to have full control of your Google Business listing, you will have to verify it this way at some point.


Google will then guide you through a lot of the different sections of your Google Business page, or you can skip this part.

Editing Info

There are a lot of different things you can edit on your page individually by clicking on the different parts of your page, but if you want to edit a lot of info at one time, you can click the orange “Edit” button in the top right corner.

Once you fill out all of your info, you can click “Done Editing” at the bottom to save these changes. Some things will be off-limit for editing until you verify your business through the mail. If you need Google to send you a verification letter in the mail, click the “Verify Now” button on the orange bar line at the top of your screen.

That’s it for setting up your Google Business listing! That wasn’t so hard, now was it? Be sure to explore your listing page to get the most out of all the tools that Google offers you, and you’ll be getting more customers to your store before you know it!

How To Get Your Business Listed On Bing

Much like Google or Yelp, Bing works to help get your business found when people are searching for you online. This business listing is called Bing Places, a free online listing that helps web users find your info when they’re searching specifically for you, or when they’re searching for businesses like yours in a certain location.

Most of the time, when you search for your business, you’ll find that it’s already been added to Bing’s listings. This is done by aggregating any info that the company can find on your business, and placing it into a listing created by the team at Bing. However, many times this info can be incorrect or outdated. That’s when you’ll need to claim your business listing for yourself, to insure the correct info is available for any customer trying to find you!

Check out these easy to follow steps that will help you on your way to claiming your Bing Places listing!

Getting Started

The first step in the process is to make sure you have a Microsoft Outlook email account, and are logged into that account. Bing is owned by Microsoft, and they use their own email hosting service in all of their software, much like Google does with Gmail.

The process for setting up an Outlook account is quick and easy. Once you have your account set up and verified, you can then start claiming your listing.

Navigate to the Bing Places home page, located at this web address

Click on the Get Started Button to begin the process.

Searching For Your Business

Bing gives you the option to search for your business by either typing in a phone number associated with your business, or by searching for your business’s name and its location.

If your business is already listed but hasn’t been claimed, it will show up in the search results.

Next, click the “Claim Business” link next to your business’s name.

Verifying Your Business

Before updating the info on your business, Bing requires you to verify that you are the owner of the business. Click the “Verify” button to get started verifying your business.

There are a number of ways that you can verify your business. You can have Bing email you with your PIN code, you can choose to have them call you with the number, or you can have a SMS text message sent to you with your PIN.

There are also two alternative methods for verifying your business listing. When you click on the “Alternative methods” tab, you’ll see more options. You can choose to answer a series of questions from Bing that only the business owner will know, or you can choose to have Bing send you a postcard via snail mail to whatever mailing address you wish.

Once you verify your business, you can begin updating your info.

Updating Your Info

Bing lets you update various types of info for your business listing. These include your address, categories that your business fits into and a brief description of your business, contact info, photos of your business, and your business’s working hours.





After updating your business listing to the correct info, you will see a notification at the top of your screen that lets you know how long it will take for your correct listing to show up on Bing’s search results. This verification process can take up to 2 weeks, but oftentimes it is sooner.

That’s it for getting your business verified on Bing! The entire process is quick, easy, and extremely valuable for getting you noticed on Bing’s search results. When you have your business claimed on Bing, more customers will be able to find you when searching online.