12 Ways to Get the Most Out of Patch
Patch is here for you: How to maximize what you get.
You already know you can come here for in-depth, comprehensive Par-Troy news—but do you know all of the ways to take full advantage of Parsippany Patch?
From blogs to breaking news alerts to smartphone apps and much, much, more, there are so many ways to build community on Patch. Here are 12 things every savvy Patch reader needs to know to fully harness Patch's power and to partner with us to bring the community together and put the pride in Parsippany.
1. Get a daily digest of news and information
We understand, you’re busy. You may not have time to click on Patch several times a day (although we think it’s definitely worth it.) Get your daily news in a digest form with our emailed newsletters. Sent out first thing every morning, the newsletter gives you the morning news, weather, Patch Deal of the Day, community events and much more. To sign up, click on “Notifications” on your profile page, check the options you want and click save.
2. Find and share local events
When is the next government meeting coming up? How about wine tasting, charity event or concert? You’ll find it all on our Events page. Search by category or by day for what you’re interested in. Don’t be shy! Share your event with your neighbors. On the Events page, click on “add an event,” fill out the required fields and presto! Instant connection with your neighbors.
3. Let us know what you think, part 1
There are a lot of serious issues going on in town and our readers are not shy about sharing their opinions. Put those opinions into words and write us a letter to the editor. Email your letter to Local Editor Natalie Davis, Natalie.Davis@patch.com, and she’ll take it from there.
4. Let us know what you think, part 2
Remember that part about Patch readers not being shy? That much is clear from the lively back-and-forth in the comments sections. Log on to share your views on any article we publish (just remember to abide by our Terms of Service.) Want to take it a step further? Consider blogging on Parsippany Patch. If you have something to say about town issues, we’re the place to blog. Click here for details.
5. Share your news
Are you getting married or registering a domestic partnership? Having a baby? Perhaps you want to share an obituary with the community, thank your neighbors or brag a bit about your team's victory or your child’s award. Do it all for free in our Announcements section. Click on Announcements under the “News” drop down menu and announce away.
6. Get your news and information on the go
It’s an app-happy world and we’re just living in it. Luckily, Patch goes everywhere your phone does. We have free apps for iPhones and Androids. The iPhone version gives access to news, photos, the business listings and more. The Android app, called Patch Places, is a full list of the businesses in your area. You can change your location on the apps when you’re traveling to give you the best local information from our nationwide Patch network.
7. Share, share, share
Do you have a news tip? Or a photo or video that would make a story better? Patch makes it easy for readers to get involved by sharing their knowledge. Contact the editor with any news tips or story ideas—we want to hear from you. You can also upload your own photos and videos to any story by clicking on “add your photos & videos” under the main picture. Let us know what’s happening in the shot by adding a caption.
8. Find, review and follow local businesses
Does Fido need a shampoo? Do you need a shampoo? From pet salons to human salons, restaurants, mechanics, dance schools and more, our Directory page has Parsippany businesses galore. Don’t forget to rate your experience after you visit a local merchant. Plus, you can follow your favorite businesses in town, and you’ll be notified every time they’re mentioned in a Patch story, whether that means a profile of the establishment or special deals we find.
9. Claim your business listing
This one is just for the business owners out there. We strive to list every Parsippany business in our directory. You can claim your listing and add more photos, update details and so on. Just fill out the “Claim It” form on your business’ listing.
10. Advertise with us—you too, nonprofits!
While we’re on a business kick, we’d be remiss not to mention advertising opportunities on Patch. This goes for local businesses of course, but candidates for political office, theaters and other groups also may want to consider advertising on Patch. Patch also has a deal to provide free ads to qualifying nonprofits. Contact Joseph Miles at firstname.lastname@example.org, for all advertising information.
Did you know the idea for Patch first sprang from one of our founders’ difficulty in finding local volunteer opportunities? Volunteerism—participating in it and supporting it—is vital to Patch’s business values. We feature local volunteers who give back to their community, plus we give back as well—each Patch employee volunteers a minimum five days per year in our local communities. You can find volunteer opportunities or post volunteer needed announcements under the “Volunteer” section on the top banner. And if you have a volunteer opportunity you'd like us to join, call the editor.
12. Stay connected with Patch
There you have it, a dozen ways to maximize your experience with Patch. Any questions? Always feel free to contact your local editor.