We interrupt this Apple Maps blog to get you the skinny on Nokia’s newly announced Here maps service. While there is not a lot of available info on how businesses can work with Here (kind of like Apple Maps right?), I thought I’d cobble together any information I could find and list it here:
How To Claim Your Business on Here.net
To claim your business on Here, search for it using the name and city. Since Here is a global service, it doesn’t seem to do well unless you add the city and state to the query. If your business comes up in the results, click on it and you’ll get a profile pop-up like the one above. Click on the “I own this place” link and you’ll be taken through a login process after which you choose either phone or postcard verification as shown below:
Phone verification is instantaneous. Postcard verification can take up to 2 to 6 weeks. Of course, if the phone number or address is incorrect, then you might have problems verifying you own the business. Which brings me to…
Click on “Report This Place” link in the pop-up for the business as shown above and you’ll get a “Report this Place” screen below. Select “Other” and let them know that the data is wrong. Submit the correct info and wait. It will likely take them a while to update it, but that’s the breaks when it comes to maps, right?
How To Add Your Business To Nokia Maps
Go Nokia Prime Place and you can easily submit a new business and verify it via postcard. I just submitted mine today. I’ll update this post when I receive the postcard.
If you try to add a business via Here, it’s a bit more confusing. If you are outside the US, you can go into the “Map Creator” section, zoom in on a city and click on “Add a New Place” in the nav. There are about 100+ countries that are currently supported including Palau and Equatorial Guinea.
At this point there is no clear way to add a U.S.-based business to Here.net if it’s not already listed. I am trying to figure out how they are getting their business listing data for each country. My best guess at the moment is this list of partners for Earthmine, the 3D mapping company Nokia has acquired. If anyone has any better info, please share in the comments.
Will update this as I figure Nokia maps out.