If you’re a business that operates out of physical bricks, notice storefronts, or any kind of business, then the odds are you want to attract customers that are nearby or local to you. Let us know the ins and outs of one of the next ways to connect with local customers – local directories.
In this current situation, with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is now the right time for you to know how to get started, where to list your business, and how to manage your local profile.
A great way for local businesses to connect with potential customers in their area is by local directories. The first step is to create a listing. Your key information like your business name, your telephone number, and your address is required in these online listings. Having four walls or a local service area is also required for many local directories in order to be listed. So virtual businesses that don’t meet with customers directly are usually ineligible.
To get started, you need to pull together the name of your business as you want it to appear online. Also your phone number and your street address or wherever you receive mail in the post. The name of your business seems pretty straightforward but consistency is the key.
If the sign in front of your shop says Mike’s Bikes then you don’t want to list your shop as Mike’s Bikes in one directory and Michael’s Bicycles in another. For the address, you’ll need a physical address or location. Post office boxes and shed locations usually won’t be accepted. Just like with your business name, enter your address in the exact same way for every directory. Telephone numbers should be local as well including your area and country code. So generally, you won’t want to use a free phone number.
To and local customers you’ve got to have these three things: name, address and phone number. Once you know what to list, it’s time to find out where to list it. There are loads of online directories to choose from but it’s best that we start with the obvious ones, the EV Web Directory.
Listing your business here in EV Web Directory is free. Yes, you read that right. It is free and there are no hidden charges. You might be thinking that since this is free, the features might also be limited, but that is quite the opposite. EV Web provides unlimited features with easy steps to follow in listing business. Also, one thing that you wouldn’t want to miss is that the traffic data in EV Web is real. Unlike other directories which use data traffic bots.
Easy Steps to List Your Business
Now to get started with your business listing, here are some easy steps that you need to follow.
Step 1: Category Selection
First, go to our Free Business Directory tab and select add listing.
Upon clicking the Add Listing button, the submission guidelines will appear together with the business genres below. Click the dropdown arrow so you can select what genre is your business. Make sure that you are selecting the right one so it could be sorted accurately.
Again, this is a free listing and another good thing here that you would not want to miss is that there is no expiration. Also, you can show at least 2 images about your business.
Step 2: Listing Information
After you have selected your business category, you need to fill in all the information about your business. Make sure that all the information is up to date, your business name is consistent, and that your business description is specific. You don’t want to confuse your customers by putting a lot of information that might not help them to get to know the products or service that you provides.
Step 3: Listing Images
Once you’re done listing your business information, it is now time for you to upload 2 images regarding your business. Now, since 2 images are only allowed, you might as well make the most of it. Make sure that you have showcased your business in those 2 images. You can also add a simple description of your images if you wish to.
Step 4: Terms and Conditions
Finally, the last step. This is where you have to agree to the terms and conditions of EV Web. Before ticking agree, make sure that you have read and understood all. Once done then you may now click the Complete Listing button to submit.
After doing all the steps needed, you can see on the website that your listing has been submitted. Though it still needs the admin’s approval, if you have not missed anything then it won’t take long. You will also receive an email indicating that EV Web has received your listing already. It might take 48 hours but it will still depend on the volume of businesses submitted.
Once approved, you can update and manage your listing anytime. That just means regularly reviewing and changing any information when necessary. You always want to keep your local listings consistent and up to date. Remember, if your name, address, or phone number changes, you need to update your listing immediately.