1. Make your brand visible:
Images are vital to making sure that your profile is noticed. At a minimum, you will need to upload your logo and banner image. This is the only way other businesses will be able to start viewing your profile. Here are a couple of articles that help you do just that:
Logo Image- How Do I Edit My Logo?
Banner Image- How Do I Edit the Banner Image on My Profile?
2. Display key information about your business:
It is important to let other businesses in your community understand who you are, what you do, and where you have come from. The more information that you provide, the better the referrals you will get! Here is a quick article to help you out:
Information about your company- How Do I Edit the "About Us" Section of My Profile?
Information about your ideal customer- How Do I Edit the "Ideal Customer" Section of My Profile?
3. Add tags to help businesses find you:
Tags on your profile are meant to allow you to make more meaningful local connections on Alignable. When you add tags relating to what your business does and what it is about, our system will use these to show you businesses in your community who relate to your business and thus allow you to create more meaningful connections and thus referrals for your business. Here is an article to help you with this process:
4. Update your products & services
Make sure to fill out the Products & Services section of your profile as they will be shared with your Alignable Network and all nearby businesses via the “Word of Mouth” page. If there is another business in your community that is interested in your products or services, they can search within this page to find them. The more and better looking your products and services the more people will find your business and thus create more referrals for your business as well. Here is an article which outlines how to do this:
5. Make sure your contact information is current
One of the most important sections of your profile is the contact information section. In this section, you can add your website, a phone number, a link to your Business website/Facebook page and your business address. When you first create your account, some of this information may be already filled out depending on if you connected your Facebook Business Page to your profile. Here are a few articles to help you with this process.
Street Address- How Do I Edit My Address?
Website/Phone Number- How Do I Edit the Website on My Profile?
6. Post your events & promotions
When you add an event or promotion onto your profile, it will be shared with every one of your connections on Alignable. It will also be shared with everyone in your Community via the “Word of Mouth” page and the “My Community” pages. There, businesses in your community can view the events and promotions being held by your business during a specific time period. Here is an article that will help with this:
7. Start getting recommended
Recommendations are one of the main drivers of referrals on Alignable. When you have recommendations on your profile, other Alignable members can see that you are trusted and referred by other local businesses in your community and will be even more attracted to contact and potentially hire your business. Here are some articles to help you get recommended:
Using your existing network: How Do I Invite Businesses to Join Alignable?
Recommending other businesses: How Do I Recommend Another Business?
If you have any other issues with getting started, reach out to your community manager here: https://www.alignable.com/biz/messages/alignable