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How to join the Yelp Elite Squad



What is the Yelp Elite Squad?

The Yelp Elite Squad is a fun group of passionate locals writing, photographing and adventuring their way through the city and beyond. Elites receive a shiny badge on their profile and are invited to attend exclusive events with other locals in the community. From cocktails on boats to playdates with penguins, there are all kinds of experiences to check out.

Six tips to earn a Yelp Elite badge

Elite-worthiness is based on a number of things, including well-written reviews, high quality photos, a detailed personal profile, and a history of playing well with others.

  1. Profile photo: Use a real photo of yourself
  2. Real first name on your profile 
  3. Share your latest local adventures with a review and photos; show off your local expertise!
  4. Check that the city on your profile is set to where you currently live
  5. You must be of legal drinking age
  6. Elite Squad members cannot be business owners

If it’s been awhile since your last review, today’s a great day to share your favorite local park or the business that recently saved the day for you! Find more information on the Yelp Elite Squad here.

Think you’re ready to join the Squad?

You can nominate yourself for the Yelp Elite Squad throughout the entire year. Once you submit your nomination, the Elite Council will review your profile to see if you have what it takes.

RSVP to a Yelp event happening in your backyard this August.

What is a Community Manager or Ambassador?

Who’s responsible for putting together all these buzzworthy events? Your friendly neighborhood Community Manager! Your CM is there to connect Yelp members to cool and unique local businesses. Your CM is also your best resource for coaching you to become the next YES! member in your community! Check out the Yelp Elite page and scroll to the bottom to find your metro’s Community Manager. Don’t forget to send a friendly “hello!”

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