Provide Important Business Information to Customers with Online Business Directory


Submitted by Local Buzz | Category: Community | Published on Jun 22, 2011
 
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Online business directory gives an opportunity to business-owners to be accessible to a large number of prospective clients. They inform users about their business in an organized and in an interactive way.

Online business directory gives an opportunity to business-owners to be accessible to a large number of prospective clients. They inform users about their business in an organized and in an interactive way. It is very easy to submit a business in an online directory. All you need to do is provide relevant information and attributes of your business using the step-by-step process on the business listing website.

Directions An online business directory has surpassed the value and usefulness of print directories such as printed yellow pages books as they boast being more up to date, having greater convenience and include advanced search features. Today, people live in a fast paced world and seek instant gratification. So, if they want to find a business, the thought of searching in a big print directory often does not even cross their mind. They will simply make use of their PC or their smart-phone and search online to find a business. This is occurring more and more. This is because it is easy to search online using search engines and online directories. For instance, if a person is looking for a particular cafe or a place to eating in his neighborhood, he just needs to enter the name and location of the place. The search results will give him all the information he needs about the place. It will take just a few minutes to get the relevant information. Plus you can get a map. You just can't do this as effectively using a traditional printed directory.

In many cases, you can list your business in an online local business directory for free. The free online directories do not charge anything from the business-owners and let them submit a business for free. This is a very easy process. All you need to do is to register in the online business directory by simply filling in an online form. Once you register on the website, you can update and add information from time to time in your business listing. You can always log in to see your profile and make changes. These free online business directories usually make money from placing relevant advertising on the side of the search results – a lot like Google, Yahoo! and Bing does on their own search results pages. In the case of a search engine, it’s free to get your website listed and the search engines make enough money from advertising alongside the main results.

Business-owners have to provide information such as name of the company along with complete address and contact numbers (mobile numbers and/or landline). You can also display your fax number, provide a link of your websites and, an email address. This information is necessary because some customers prefer to call and inquire about the products and services, while there are others who prefer to email. Also, these directories will also display 'Map' feature to provide your location making it extremely easy for a potential customer to locate your business and visit you in person.

You will be required to classify your business and choose among the different business categories available. Space will be provided to you to provide information about your business in brief and about your 'products & services'. You can also give details about opening and closing time of your business through the entire week and also you can make the users learn about the payment options you consider. In this way, users will find a business in an easy way and gain a great deal of information on the particular business. The search tools help the user to find a business with great ease. To make the task easier for users, many online business directories provide the option of searching in an alphabetical order. This saves the time of user and he is prevented from searching through the long list of businesses in the particular category.

Thus, listing your business in a business listing website helps make your business accessible to potential customers in an easy way. When you submit a business, you need to provide information (as suggested above) including:

  • Name
  • Contact Details (address, website, email, phone, fax)
  • About Your Company (Strap Line or Tag Line, Description)
  • Main Categories
  • Keywords or Tags
  • Opening Hours
  • Preferred Payment Methods
  • Brands
  • Products/Services

All you need to do is provide the above mentioned information according to the form or process in the online business directory to get your clients (existing & new) acquainted with your business leading to increased sales and profits.

 

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