How do you know the information on local businesses provided is accurate? We just added one more way for you and your users to know the info we’re providing is top-notch. In our Places Detail API response, we provide a “claimed” element that lets you know if the merchant has verified their listing.
Beyond these places being flagged as “claimed”, they often also contain additional content. Local business owners can add images, a teaser, an offer, and external menu or reservation urls. They can also customize how their name and address are displayed across the CityGrid network. Merchants can claim their listings today on Citysearch.com, and in the future possibly from your own site or application. The process involves phone-verification in order to minimize fraudulent claims.
Start using the “claimed” element today to show your users know the information they see is verified.