Claim Your Business on Foursquare

Have you claimed your venue on foursquare yet? Just last week, foursquare took a huge step forward with their platform in the eyes of business owners across the country. Foursquare has created a step by step process to allow business owners to claim their venue on foursquare. In this post, we’ll walk you through the process of claiming your venue on foursquare.

By claiming your venue, you have greater control over all aspects of your venue profile, foursquare is providing you with check-in Analytics, which will give you a very detailed look into your venue’s activity level on foursquare, and foursquare Specials will be much easier to create and manage.

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Claim Your Venue on Foursquare: Step 1

The first step in claiming your business on foursquare is to go out to your venue page and click “Are you the manager of this business?”. As you can see from the image below, this hyperlink is located just below your venue’s contact information. If your venue is not listed on foursquare, then you must first add your venue.

Claim venue on foursquare

Claim Your Venue on Foursquare: Step 2

Once you indicate that you are the manager of your venue, the next step is to confirm your business information. Foursquare allows managers to confirm their business information in a variety of ways. The fastest way is to take the URL from you venue page and paste it to one of your online properties – Foursquare recommends something with an email address and phone number, like Yelp, your website, or even your Google Local listing, as they will be manually confirming businesses at this point. If you don’t have one of these pages, you can simply enter your name and phone number or email address and someone from foursquare will reach out to you. One really cool feature, especially for Catalyst Marketers, is that a marketing agency can actually claim your venue for you. They follow the same set of procedures. After filling out that information, it’s on to Step 3.

Claim my business on foursquare

Claim Your Venue on Foursquare: Step 3

The third step, which is the last step, is where it starts to get fun and creative. Step 3 is all about creating your first foursquare special for your business. Remember, you can only run one foursquare special at a time. Example specials include, 1 free beer on your 10th check-in or 1 free night stay at our hotel each month for the Mayor of our hotel. You can skip this step if you’re not ready to run a special. You can always create specials after you’ve claimed your venue on foursquare. If you do want to create a special, foursquare walks you through the process with a few simple clicks. Once complete, go ahead and click SUBMIT.

Create a foursquare special for my business

Claim Your Venue on Foursquare: Success

Congratulations! You have successfully claimed your business on foursquare. Now, the foursquare business team will review your information and someone will reach out to you within a few days to confirm the information that you’ve submitted. This may seem like an unnecessary step, but just think that anyone can go through this process, both you and foursquare have a vested interest in making sure that nobody claims your venue, but you.

Claim my business on foursquare

By claiming your venue on foursquare, you’re going to have much more access to your venue information – foursquare stats, easily creating specials, and updating/managing your listing information. Once you make the decision to start using foursquare to promote your business on a regular basis, be sure to put something up at your location that lets customers know that you’re on foursquare, that they can check-in at your venue, and what, if any, specials you’re running. Foursquare is actually working on creating window clings that they will be giving out to businesses on foursquare, but more on that another day. Until foursquare releases their new window clings, be sure that you create your own, so that your customers know that they can check-in at your venue on foursquare.

16 Comments

  1. Yes, I would like to list my business on Foursquare.

  2. Detra –

    Thanks so much for reading the post and taking time to leave a comment. I really appreciate it! I’m glad to hear that you want to list your business on foursquare! Let me know if you need any help getting started.

    Best,

    @RyanTaft

  3. Glad to see this. It’s a step in the right direction. Foursquare has a ways to go b\c it is limited to such a small number of people that are Internet power users on select smart phones. As a BlackBerry user I struggle with Foursquare but tough it out b\c I see it’s usefulness and popularity growing quickly.

  4. Has anyone had luck posting a special? I sent the special in at the end of April and one month later–have not heard a peep from Foursquare. Any words of wisdom?

  5. Grace –

    Did you claim your venue before you created the special? Now, you can create specials instantly once you’ve claimed your venue.

    Best,

    @RyanTaft

  6. I signed up for foursquare but realized it was just me personally. Thanks for this I was able to find the path to claim my business.

    J

  7. James -

    You got it. I’m glad you found the post useful! I hope all is well with you.

    Have you checked out our free foursquare for business eBook? Check it out if you have some time. I’d love to hear your thoughts. http://www.CatalystMarketers.com/foursquare/

    Best,

    Ryan

  8. Does anyone know approximately how long it takes foursquare to confirm that you are the manager of the business. I don’t really have the kind of proof like, yelp, that they are asking for I just gave them my onctact information. Any advice?

  9. It seems I can’t manage the venue of my agency. I can’t find the link “Are you the manager of this business?” to confirm my business information – did I mess things up?
    Thanks for your support,
    Andreas

  10. Andreas – Has your agency been added to foursquare already? If so, and you cannot find the link, then perhaps someone else already claimed your venue. Let me know the name of your agency and I’ll check it out on foursquare.

    Best,

    Ryan

  11. have submitted a claim about 2 weeks ago but still waiting to hear back.
    any ideas how I can speed this up?

    Cheers

  12. Lee -

    Try sending an email to ‘bizhelp@foursquare.com’ – a live person got back with me within 24 hours.

    Let me know how it goes!

    Best,

    Ryan

  13. Thanks everyone I will do that and let you know what happens

  14. My client is trying to claim their venues, up to 65 venues, on FourSquare and no one is returning a response to her question.

    Can you please help me out? We are trying to implement FS in our social marketing efforts and need to claim the venues fairly quickly.

    Please let me know.

  15. Kristel – Thanks for reaching out. Unfortunately there isn’t anything we can do if foursquare is unresponsive. Good luck!

    Best,

    Ryan Taft

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