How to Get your Business Listed in GPS POI Databases


Valerie asks:
quoteI own an RV Park in Dillon, Montana. I have been told by several customers that we are not listed on Garmin GPS. How do I be sure that we are listed on GPS systems. I have checked into Google maps etc. This park has been here for at least 10 years. I have owned it since June 2008. Please help as this is a very important issue to my business.quote

Add your business listing to Garmin and TomTom GPS receivers as a POI

These days, more and more car owners are relying on their dashboard GPS receivers to guide them to your business. If you aren’t listed in the GPS POI (Point of Interest) database under the appropriate category (Shopping, Restaurants, RV Parks) or if your address is wrong in the GPS listing, you’re going to miss out on business.

Getting a GPS manufacturer to update your business listing can be a real pain – here are some tips to help get you listed correctly.

Start with the Data Providers

NAVTEQ provides POI data to GPS vendors, and you can update your business listing with their Map Reporter.

TeleAtlas lets you send them Map Feedback, including the ability to update or add a business listing.

InfoUSA provides business listings to all sorts of clients, including GPS manufacturers. Visit their Web site and click Update my Listing at the bottom of the home page

to add or change your business listing.

Update any Specialty Data Providers

Woodall’s RV park database has been used by some GPS and map vendors – make sure your RV park or campground is listed here.

There may be other definitive resources for your particular niche – Fodor’s for restaurants, for example. Make sure you’re listed, so that any GPS manufacturer that licenses their database will get your listing.

Add your business to downloadable POI files

Start searching for sites that list POI files for your business category: “RV Park POIs”, “Antique Shop POIs Garmin”, etc. There are plenty of POI trading sites out there that would be happy to have your listing added to their POI database.

Please don’t ask me for help getting your business listed!

Read the article, and use the links provided. I cannot help you get your business listed.


4 Responses to How to Get your Business Listed in GPS POI Databases

  1. Dan Foster says:

    Here’s another “Add a Business” link you may find useful, so your customers can find you on Google Maps and in Google Earth:

    https://www.google.com/local/add/login?hl=en-US&gl=us

  2. Dan Foster says:

    I asked Garmin’s Cartography department about the best way to update their POI business listings for Garmin GPS receivers. Garmin City Navigator uses NavTeq data, so when you report a missing or outdated business listing to Garmin, they typically check your report and then submit it to NavTeq using the form mentioned above.

    Garmin customers can submit errors or omissions in Garmin’s MapSource cartography or POI business listings at http://www8.garmin.com/cartography/mapSource/errorForm.jsp

  3. Jess Owen says:

    Mr Foster,

    I had a different experience with Garmin. I asked them why my business was not listed since we have been here for 56 years and yet a local business that has been in existence for only 2 years is listed. They told me they get their information from Dunn and Bradstreet. That was about 1 year ago… and my business still isn’t listed. I will try all of the suggestions in this article as well as yours, I hope they work.

  4. Dan Foster says:

    GPSReview.net has a related article on correcting a GPS map listing:
    http://www.gpsreview.net/how-to-correct-a-gps-map-error/

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