Yelp is one of the most trusted websites for customer reviews. Considering more than 90 percent of consumers read online reviews before making a purchasing decision, many companies are made or broken by Yelp reviews. Displaying a Verified License badge is just one more tool you can use to leverage your business and benefit from the trust that consumers have in Yelp reviews.
A Verified License Builds Trust
A Yelp Verified License acts as a seal of approval. A blue badge is placed next to your business’s profile indicating that your business has a valid state-issued trade license. Users will also be able to see the issuing authority that gave your business the license and the expiration date.
If you qualify for a Yelp Verified License badge, we strongly recommended that you get one. It is an effective resource you can use to as part of your reputation management strategy. The badge was designed to help customers make safe decisions by choosing businesses that have been vetted by Yelp and ultimately by the state licensing authority.
The badge helps your business stand out from your competitors, and potential customers will be able to immediately identify your business as reputable. And that can equal substantially more sales. Statistics from Yelp show that businesses that have invested in the badge have seen a 24% increase in leads.
Yelp Verifies Your Trade License
To request a Yelp Verified License, you will submit information relevant to your trade license, such as the issuing authority and license number. The moderators use this information to cross-reference your details with information from the body that issued your license.
The moderators can also search for your license information in several trade license databases and add the license data themselves if necessary. This takes more time and is prone to error, so it is in your best interest to submit all of the relevant data yourself.
Please note that Yelp Verified Licensing is still in testing. California is the only area the program currently serves. This service is only available for select home service categories such as:
- Auto Repairs
- Body Shops
- Garage Door Services
- Pest Control
- Pool Servicing
- Tree Removal Services
Yelp Verified Licensing plans to expand into other areas and services once the testing period is complete.
How to Get a Yelp Verified License
As a Yelp Certified Partner, LightHouse Graphics can make adding a Verified License badge to your existing Yelp account easy. Just verify that you are located in California and provide one the 16 approved services listed above. Then contact us with the details about when and where your trade license was issued. We’ll do the rest. A Verified License badge will appear next to your business’s listing immediately after your license is verified.
If your business doesn’t have a Yelp profile yet or if you’re looking to get more from your Yelp presence, LightHouse Graphics can help you get started. As an exclusive Yelp Agency Partner, we have the tools and resources to create a robust, lead-generating profile. You can concentrate on providing quality services while we work on getting more customers to choose you over your competitors. Contact us today. We’d love to work with you.