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Listing Features

Searchable Listings

Those looking for a Black Business can easily find exactly what they’re looking for, using various search and filter options. Some examples of search filters are region, address (location), category, tags and more.

We encourage Listing owners to fill out their Listings as completely as possible, in order to extend their reach. 

Business Details

Businesses can provide various details to help website users make better-informed decisions. The following details are available to all Businesses, regardless of their Listing Package.

  • Business Name
  • Director Name
  • Email Address (Not publicly viewable)
  • Region
  • Location (Map / Driving Directions)
  • Open Hours
  • One Cover & Gallery Image
  • Website Link
  • Related Listings
  • Tags

Built-in Contact Form

All Listings include a contact form so that people always have a way to reach out. In the interest of privacy, recipient email addresses are hidden.

Note: The email address you use to sign up for your AfroPlus account, will be the email used when people want to reach out to you. This email address can be changed at any time, by editing your account details.

Change your email address here.

Map Locator & Directions

Businesses can have their address shown for quick reference. Additionally, that location will be shown on a map, providing quick access to directions for customers.

Ratings & Reviews

Businesses can build up their reputation on AfroPlus, by accumulating positive ratings and reviews from customers. Ratings and Reviews are always moderated and can only be submitted by registered users of AfroPlus.

Logo

Listing owners can include an image of  their own branding into their Listings. 

Direct Contact Info

To help people easily reach you and to find you in search engines, below is some of the information you will be able to display. These items are actionable (ex. users can click-to-call) to make things even more convenient.

  • Phone Number
  • Address
  • Website

Social Media Links

Links to Social Networks can be added if you have either [Premium or the VIP Package] to your Listing. When a link is added the name of the network and the corresponding icon is automatically added. If someone chooses to click on one of your Social Networks, that network’s website will open in a new browser tab, so users can stay on your Listing.

Embed Video

COMING SOON: Listing owners can include a link to one of their online videos (e.g. YouTube), which in turn embeds the video into their Listing.

Video Examples:

  • Business/Brand Introduction
  • Testimonials
  • Product Overview
  • Demonstrate Services

COMING SOON:

Booking Integration

Calendly offers an easy, no-cost solution that allows people to schedule an appointment with you.

These appointments can sync up with your Google, Office 365, Outlook.com, Outlook, or Apple iCloud calendar.

It can take anywhere from 15-30 minutes to fully set up and test Calendly for one user, depending on your technical level.

For those that have Calendly set up and a qualifying Listing package, they can easily add the booking functionality to their Listing by simply copying and pasting in their Calendly profile link.

Note: For those that have a Listing package including Personalized Listing Support, we can help you get your Calendly link added to your Listing and answer questions for no additional cost.

If you would like to hire us to assist with the actual set up of your account, you can do so by scheduling an appointment via Calendly.

Link To Your Website

Those with a qualifying Listing package will be able to link directly to their own website, from their Listing. This allows your business to get even more exposure and run visitors through your own sales funnel if desired.

Image Gallery

Image Galleries are essential for showcasing your  products, services, and more. Up to 4 Gallery images can be uploaded to your gallery, for those with a qualifying Listing package.

Just 1 Cover images can be uploaded. This is the area at the top of your Listing that helps to quickly showcase what your Listing is about.

Website Consultations

For those who have purchased a qualifying Listing package, we offer 30-minute consultations to assist you with your Website. We cover elements such as design, optimization, security, maintenance, ongoing support, etc.

Get your consultation started by scheduling a Calendly appointment.

Search and Listing Prominence

Search Prominence
Your Listing will appear above all standard (i.e. non-Featured) Listings in search. The only Listings that are given more prominence in search, are Promoted Listings.

Listing Prominence
Your Listing will appear on the AfroPlus Home Page and on our Explore page,  for a time, giving it greater exposure.

Personalized Listing Support

For those with a qualifying Listing package, we will work with you, one-on-one, to make your Listing the best it can be.

Please note that there may be some features that aren’t available just yet. If you would like to find out prior to scheduling an appointment, please send us an email.

Otherwise, feel free to get started by scheduling a Calendly appointment.

Listing Fields

This is a required field.

In 52 characters or less, add a Title to help draw attention to or identify a product, a business or a brand. Include any of your keywords if they fit naturally, as this is good for SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

e.g. Snickers – Labrador Retriever

This is an optional, but highly-recommended field.

In 68 characters or less, add a Tagline to help draw attention to or identify a product, a business or a brand. Include any of your remaining keywords if they fit naturally, as this is good for SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

e.g. Snickers is highly-affectionate, kid-friendly, and super cute.

This is a required field.

Using a minimum of 120 characters, add a Description to highlight a product, a business or a brand. Include any of your remaining keywords if they fit naturally. as this is good for SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

This is a required field.

Categories are critical to the success of presenting your Listing throughout the website (e.g. Category pages) and having it show up accurately in search results.

If your Category isn’t listed, please select any Category to get started and let us know of any Categories we can add to the platform for you.

This is a required field.

Photos must be 600KB or smaller and for best results, should have square dimensions and be at least 160 × 160 pixels.

This is an optional, but recommended field.

Your image gallery also serves as your cover image, when viewing your full listing page, so it’s important for your images to be high-quality.

Upload up to 6 images that are 600KB or smaller and for best results, gallery images should be 1980 x 1042 pixels and have a landscape orientation (i.e. wider than taller).

If gallery images are not added, we will apply a default cover image with our branding. Let us know if we can help in this area.

This is an optional, but recommended field.

You can upload a video to services like YouTube or Vimeo and paste the link here.

e.g. https://youtu.be/xyz

Let us know if we can help in this area.

This is an optional, but recommended field.

Each listing has Click-to-call functionality and your phone number will also be displayed as text. It’s important to list your phone number accurately and consistently across all online platforms, for SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

e.g. (111) 222-3333

This is an optional field and is only required if you wish to have email sent to an address other than the address you used when creating your AfroPlus account.

Most users can ignore this field.

This is an optional, but recommended field.

Enter your website, without the “http://” or “https://” portion, as we will add that for you automatically.

e.g. afroplus.de

This is an optional, but recommended field to help build your Business overall online presence and increase customer engagement.

This is a required field. Regions are critical to the success of presenting your Listing throughout the website (e.g. Regional pages) and having it show up accurately in search results. 

This is an optional, but recommended field, that is only required if you wish to be located on various maps throughout the platform, and/or provide driving directions to potential customers.

The Region you specify for your Listing will give people the general vicinity of your Business location.

This is an optional, but recommended field, that is only required if you wish to provide your Business hours of operation.

Filling in your Open Hours is a good idea, as that information can help reduce repeated inquiries as to when your Business is available. 

This is an optional field.

If you use Calendly to schedule appointments or would like to start, you can enter your profile link in this field, which in turn, places a Booking Appointment icon on your Listing.

Calendly offers a FREE account to get started.

This is an optional, but recommended field.

If you have other Listings that are currently published on AfroPlus, you can specify those here.

This is an optional field.

Tags are like keywords and are potentially important to having your Listing show up accurately in search results.

If your Tags aren’t listed, please select any Tag to get started and let us know of any Tags we can add to the platform for you.

Our goal is to support & promote the economic development of black entrepreneurs. Therefore, this platform is intended to be a medium that both supports black companies in their marketing and sales activities and also offers the black society a virtual market that enables it to access relevant products and services for its needs.

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