By David Straight
There are a number of different ways to increase the visibility of your physical therapy practice throughout the Internet, and one of the most effective moves you can make is to have it listed on various navigation sites like Apple Maps Connect. Adding your practice to Apple Maps and other sites will make it easier for prospective patients to locate you in their area and find information regarding your services that can lead them to becoming a new patient.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to adding your physical therapy practice to Apple Maps Connect:
1. Perform a Google Search for ‘Maps Connect’
Using the Google search feature, type in the term “Maps Connect,” hit enter, then click on the first search result: https://mapsconnect.apple.com/.
2. Enter Your Apple ID and Password
Enter your Apple ID and password in each of the designated tabs and hit enter. If you don’t have an Apple ID, click below where it says “Create one.” You will then be taken to another page to create a free Apple ID, which is a brief process that only requires some basic information like your name, birthdate and creating a few security questions.
3. Click ‘Add My Business’
After you’ve entered your Apple ID or created a new one, the next page will prompt you to begin the process of adding your practice. To start, click where it says “Add My Business.”
5. Search to See if Your Practice Has Already Been Added
There’s a chance your practice may have already been added to Apple Maps. To see if it’s been added yet, enter the name and location of your practice and then click “Search.”
6. Select Your Practice (If it’s Found)
If your practice appears in the search results, click on the business name to be prompted to the next page.
7. Claim Your Practice
On the next page, click “Claim This Business” on the upper right hand of the page.
8. Add Your Practice (If it’s Not Found)
If your practice doesn’t show up in the search results, click “Add New Business” on this page.
9. Enter Details for Your Practice
The next page will have you enter some details about yourself and your physical therapy practice. If your practice was already added, there may be some details entered in to begin with. If not, you will have to enter all of these details yourself.
10. Confirm Your Address
Apple Maps will search for the address you entered and ask you to confirm it if so that it matches the specific coordinates on their map. Click “Use Address” for the most accurate address for your practice.
11. Verify Your Phone Number
After you enter your primary business phone number, Apple Maps will need to send a PIN code to that number. When you’re ready, click “Call Me Now,” and they will call the designated phone number with the appropriate PIN code. Enter this code when prompted.
12. Confirm Your Business Location
Using a satellite image of the area surrounding your practice, drag the red pin to your building and drop it closest to the door that patients should use to enter. Once it’s dropped on the proper location, click “Continue.”
13. Enter Your Business Hours
Confirm the days and hours your practice is regularly open each week. When you’ve completed this section, click “Continue.”
14. Add More Details
The next page will ask you to enter additional details about your practice. If you have a website, Facebook page, Yelp page or any other sites connected to your practice, enter the appropriate websites here. When finished, click “Continue.”
15. Submit Your Profile
Once you have successfully and accurately entered all of your information onto Apple Maps, click “Submit Now.”
16. You’ve Got a Apple Maps Listing!
That’s it! Once you submit your listing to Apple Maps, it will be automatically added to the site. Patients will now have an even easier time finding your practice when performing a search in their local area.