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Place Pages provide users with context surrounding the location of your events. Using Places will add a directory to your calendar homepage so users can search via a particular place, or a quick way to obtain additional information. Saving a location as a Place Page also enables smart venue matching when you add an event. This means you’ll no longer need to remember or re-enter a full address in the future.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should be a Place?

A Place can be any location that has an address or is easily recognizable by your community. So, for example, a formally named performing arts center would be a perfect Place in Localist. For other generic buildings or rooms, you can put the location information in the event’s description or room field.

What are Place Types?

If you have sizable directories, Place Types allow users to narrow down these lists to quickly browse the most relevant pages.

Will an event still be linked to a Place Page if it’s Virtual?

When an event is marked as Virtual, you can no longer link to a Place Page because it’s being hosted online/virtually — i.e. not at a physical location.

Just as a heads up, the Virtual feature is not equivalent to a Place in Localist. So Virtual events will not be linked to any location. However, you can have a virtual event + a location with our Hybrid Experience option.

Can an event be hosted at two Places?

Nope! An event can only be hosted at one Place in Localist.

Who can manage Places?

Anyone who has User + Platform Admin Permissions.

Adding a Place Page

Navigate to Classifications > Places > + Add Place. After saving, Localist will automatically geocode the address you have entered.

Place Page Fields

Field Details
Full Name No character limit. This will be displayed as the Place’s name in the directory listing, on the event listing, and Event Details Pages.
Description No character limit, but only around 150 characters will be displayed before being truncated on the main listing.
Keywords This field can be used to maximize SEO and ensure that queries pull the desired results by specifying common misspellings or if a place goes by other names.

  • For example, for “Cooke Library” you could keyword “Cook Library” or for “The Jefferson Arts & Culture Center” you could keyword “JACC.”
Place Website This website will be linked under the Place’s name on the landing page as View Place Website.
Twitter Username This will be linked in a Twitter icon next to the Follow and Facebook icons on the right side of the page. The Twitter handle is also used by Localist to track any event related tweets coming from a Place’s account, which is taken into consideration in the trending algorithm.
Facebook Page This will be linked in a Facebook icon beside the Follow and Twitter icons on the right side of the page.
Place Type Select all that apply. This will be displayed on the Place Page and on the Places to Go list.
Internal Notes This information will not be displayed on the Place Page. This space can be used to communicate any unique directions/information for Admins.
Address Enter the street address, city, state and zip code all in this field.
Phone This is a text field.
Hours Ex: Mon-Fri: 6am-12pm, Sat: 10am-2pm
Parking Use this field to communicate any extra directions that may not be provided by Google.

  • For example, whether or not parking is free or the name of a nearby parking structure.
Photo This photo will be displayed on the listing and landing page for the Place. It may be used as a part of the Fallback Chain when an event does not have a unique photo.
Custom URL This will give the place landing page a custom URL.

  • For example “The Smith School of Business” will be .edu/the_smith_school_of_business, but it can be changed to .edu/ssob, etc.

If you are using Localist Communities, then you will see a drop-down labeled Community to select.

Assigning an Event to a Place Page

1. When in an event’s edit/create form, you will see a section titled Location. In the Event Place field, start typing the Place Name.

  • Use:  By selecting this option, you will not connect to a Place Page, instead, you’ll be using a custom location.
  • If Use is not displayed before the name, it means that what’s listed is a Place Page and can be connected to an event.

2. If you select to use a custom option, such as Use: Madison Square as shown above, then fields for Address and Directions will appear for you to fill in. Using a custom location does not automatically create a new Place Page on your platform.

+ Bulk Adding Place Pages

Navigate to Classifications > Places > + Bulk Add Places. On this page you will see a link to download a CSV template. To populate a CSV, the field data will need to be entered the same way you would enter it manually in the edit/create form.

Populating a CSV

Field data will need to be entered the same way you would enter it manually in the edit/create forms. Available Fields for Places:

Field Details
Name No character limit. This will be displayed as the Place’s name in the directory listing, on the event listing, and Event Details Pages.
Description No character limit, but only around 150 characters will be displayed before being truncated on the main listing.
Type This refers to Place Type Filters that are assigned to Place Pages and live in the Places to Go directory.
URL This website will be linked under the Place’s name on the landing page as View Place Website.
Address Enter the street address, city, state and zip code all in this field.
Phone This is where you’d enter the Place’s phone number.
Photo URL To include a photo with the Place, you will reference it using a URL that is hosted by your organization.
Photo Caption This is where you’ll note the photo’s alt text.
Directions This is where you’d note specific directions to the Place.
Parking This is where you’d note the closest parking accommodations to the Place.
Hours Ex: Mon-Fri: 6am-12pm, Sat: 10am-2pm
Twitter This will be linked in a Twitter icon next to the Follow and Facebook icons on the right side of the page.
Facebook URL This will be linked in a Facebook icon beside the Follow icon and Twitter icons on the right side of the page.
Custom URL This will give the place landing page a custom URL.

  • For example “The Smith School of Business” will be .edu/the_smith_school_of_business, but it can be changed to .edu/ssob, etc.
Internal Notes This information will not be displayed on the Place Page. This space can be used to communicate any unique directions/information for Admins.
Keywords This field can be used to maximize SEO and ensure that queries pull the desired results by specifying common misspellings or if a place goes by other names.

  • For example, for “Cooke Library” you could keyword “Cook Library” or for “The Jefferson Arts & Culture Center” you could keyword “JACC.”

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