How to Verify a Facebook Page for a Local Business

Is your local business on Facebook?

Wondering how to make your Facebook page official?

Verifying a local business page adds a layer of legitimacy to your presence and can help customers feel more confident when they engage with you on Facebook.

In this article, you’ll discover how to get your local Facebook page verified.

Benefits of Verifying Your Local Facebook Page

While Facebook’s blue verification check mark signifies the authenticity of a public figure, media company, or global brand (such as REI), a grey verification check mark confirms the authenticity of specific locations for businesses or organisations.

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The main benefit of the verification check mark is that it will signify to users that your Facebook page is legitimate. So if an unauthorised person creates an imposter page for your business, the lack of this badge will signal to users the page may not be authentic. Beyond legitimacy, verification also provides implied endorsement and stature.

While it’s not possible to measure the impact of a grey badge directly, there are some benefits you’ll notice right away:

  • The grey badge adds instant credibility to your business page.
  • Users will know they’re getting updates directly from your business rather than from a fan account or another unofficial source.
  • If users want to talk directly to your business about complaints, returns, or general customer service needs, they’ll know they’re in the right place.
  • Your Facebook page will rank higher in search results.

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Ready to get your local retail business’ Facebook page verified with a grey check mark? Here’s how.

(Note: This feature has not yet rolled out globally.)

Verify Your Facebook Page with Facebook

First, go to your Facebook page. On mobile, tap through to Edit Settings; on desktop, go to Settings.

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Under Settings, tap General.

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Look for Page Verification and tap on Verify Your Page.

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Next, enter your business phone number in the text box and tap Call Me Now. Alternatively, click the Verify This Page With Documents Instead link above the Call Me Now button and upload a photo of an official document with your business’ name and address.

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Wait for a phone call from Facebook and be sure to write down the 4-digit verification code you receive.

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Then enter the 4-digit verification code (as shown below) and click Continue.

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If all goes well, you’ll see a message saying your page has been verified.

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If you go to your Facebook page, you’ll now find a grey check mark next to your business name to indicate your page is verified.

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That’s all it takes to add another layer of legitimacy and professionalism to your company’s Facebook page. Your grey verification check mark will appear next to your name on your page and in search results, but unlike blue verification badges, you won’t see your grey check mark in your posts or when you respond in comments.

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Conclusion

With Facebook’s implementation of location tracking data, reviews, beacons, and upcoming “buy now” integration for local businesses, it’s important for your page to look official.

Take a few minutes today to verify your Facebook business page (even if it’s not local) because it will have some impact on your influence and long-term sales.

Source: Social Media Examiner

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