Five hundred dollars to have a third-party consultant claim your Facebook Place on your behalf because it is “complicated to do if you don’t have experience”?!
Give me a break. This is absolutely outrageous; but true. It is what is being charged by a high profile seo company located in Vancouver.
For those of you who don’t know, here is the “scoop” on Facebook Places in Canada and why you should care about it:
- The Facebook Places feature, a mobile application, became available to Canadians in September of this year.
- It allows Facebook users to “check in” at your place of business, literally telling all their Friends where they are.
- With over 500 million Facebook users sharing information, Facebook provides a free way for you to reach an incredible number of potential clients.
- By Claiming your Facebook Place you can manage your Place’s address and other business information, thus ensuring the information always remains current.
My advice to You
- Claim your Facebook Place now, whether you intend to use it right away or not. The last thing you want is to discover someone else has “squatted” on your Place, or that the backlog of requests for claiming has led to an extremely long wait time.
- Save your money. Do it yourself. Use all the information readily made available by Facebook.
How to Claim you Facebook Place
There is already a lot of good content online about this, so I am not going to go into detail. Here it is in a nutshell:
- Search for your Place on Facebook. If no Place exists, your will have to create a new Place using a supported web-enabled mobile device. Creating a new Place is the most difficult step in the process – but still a very easy one.
- Once you have found (or created) your Place in Facebook, simply click on the “Is this your business?” link at the bottom of the place.
- Complete the verification process to claim you Place. This is either done through a phone call verification or through uploading of specific documents, such as a utility bill. (We used a Bar card the client’s online Law Society database record as proof, because he leased office space in a Law Chambers and didn’t have a utility bill with the address on it.)
- Then you just have to wait. And wait and wait. We waited about 3 weeks for approval.
Claim your Place. Do it now. And do it yourself. Save your hard earned money for the upcoming holiday season.
Natalie brings a passion to the business that ensures the entire LawyerLocate.ca team strives to improve the service for both lawyers and the general public. To that end, she is committed to ongoing communication with our members and welcomes and relies on clients’ input to continually evolve the service to make it better for all.