[written by Ryan Hicks]
Apple has announced that it has begun enhancing its mapping service to provide more information about businesses. Small business owners are encouraged to submit or correct the existing information about their businesses within the app.
To update these details and access other features, businesses can utilize a new service called Apple Maps Connect. Through the app, managers and owners can enter all the information they want to provide, and also have the option to add indoor mapping, a new feature developed by Apple’s iBeacon.
The indoor mapping service will give customers navigation through buildings and venues to get to your place of business. The new indoor mapping service has only just launched in the US, and Apple is currently only accepting certain small businesses who meet the required criteria. The requirements are that the business must have more that 1 million visitors per year, be located in the US, produce an approval letter from the owner of the venue, and must have Wifi access available throughout the building.
Upon completion of a business’s profile on Maps Connect, the full profile will be viewable within a week. All profiles within Apple Maps will also be available to SIri, making it even easier to find businesses from your iPhone. And with the addition of indoor maps, customers will never be turned away because they couldn’t find your difficult to find place of business.