Be Advised: The Bridal and Event Networking Group (BENG) website has TWO (2) Directories the Public Business Directory (which we will discuss below) and the Private Membership Directory (Updating Private Membership Directory tutorial).
The tutorial below is for the Public Business Directory. This directory has been online since BENGMC.com website has been online and has gained credibility with the Search Engines, especially Google. So if for no other reason you should place yourself/website in this directory are the benefits your website (thus your business) will receive from SEO.
To add your business to the Public Business Directory, you must be a Member of Bridal And Event Networking Group (BENG).
You will need to login to your BENG Account by clicking Login. Once you have logged in you will want to click on Public Business Directory.
On the resulting page About page as it appears below, simply click on Business Directory
On the resulting page, look in the Public Business Directory box and click the blue link that says “Add a NEW Public Business Directory Listing (only one per Membership)“.
You will land on the Add Listing page for the Public Business Directory.
A) You will want to add your Business Name and Personal Name (to build the “know like and trust” factor. (The vertical bar ‘|’ is normally found on your keyboard above the return/enter key)
B) Select the category for your business from the drop-down list. (This might not be exactly the same as the Private Membership Directory). Then click the “+ Add More” button if your business needs to be in an additional category.
Adding your business location address to this listing.
(Note: even though you select to not have your address shown in your Profile, that is for only the Private Membership Directory, no effect on this directory)
A) Place the address of your business in the blank field.(remember if you office from home, simply place in your city and state instead, example, “Magnolia, TX”)
B) Then click on the ‘Find on map’ button. (Alternatively, you can locate a position on the map (zoom in on the map if you have too) and then click the ‘Get from map’ button and the location you found on the map address will be placed in the blank white field above the map).
C) Your Address you select will show up as a marker on the map. NOTE: If you do not wish to show your address, then just type in the town/area you are located, like for an example “Tomball, TX”
Contact Info – Provide the information you would like the general public to contact you. These will be listed in our public business directory listing as forms of contact. This can be different than what you have in your private membership directory.
Correct Formatting for email is as follows: email@example.com
Correct Formatting for a Web Address is as follows: Start out with https:// (unless your site is still on http:// “not secure”) then followed by the URL, aka web address, like for an example: https://www.bengmc.com
Note: Any field left blank will not show on the listing.
Special Note about Social Accounts (Social Media): You have the option to add the listed Social Media properties to your account and we highly suggest you add as many as you have accounts. You will need to add your Social Media properties as shown by the example in each field.
Note: Make sure to use https:// for facebook and Google+ URL, the example shows the insecure http:// protocol.
UPDATE NOTE: Coming in the future is the new updated Business Directory, and it will have much more options for social media properties. At this time we can not add more in this area.
Listing Description – Your online sales letter!
This is the “meat” of your listing! What you place in here will either connect with the reader or not. So make sure you are adding information on what problems you solve, not so much about who YOU are (Private Membership Directory is about you)
You can have “hyperlinks” to other pages on the internet, use keyword text, and link that text to a specific page on your website. Example: Let’s say you have fruit and vegetable stand and you have a page on your site about yellow bananas.
A) Well highlight “yellow bananas” and click the
B) Little chain link image on the toolbar
C) Paste in your URL (web address to your specific page on the internet)
D) Then click the blue return button to save/activate the link
Watch my Video – Add and YouTube video or Vimeo video about your Business marketing information regarding your product.
The only thing to remember you are not copying the entire URL to the video page, just the video ID in the URL, examples are shown on the page. Just make sure if you select a YouTube video, to select YouTube, if Vimeo, select Vimeo, otherwise this will not work.
Photos – PREPARE YOUR PHOTOS BEFORE YOU UPLOAD THEM! (see Tip Below) Hope that was clear.
The maximum file size of a photo is 2 MB (2048 KB), and we can only upload .gif, .jpeg, .jpg & .png images, (sorry no PDF files), if you attempt to upload another file format extension or your photo/image is larger than 2 MB your photo/image will not upload. And you will receive an Error message that your file is either too large or you are attempting to upload the wrong file format (extension).
PLEASE NOTE: Even if you can upload a 2 MB file (Image below will show 1 MB), you should try to avoid it at all cost. Consider those on cell phones that have limited data plans larger pictures will “eat up” more of their data plan. Plus your directory will load quicker with the file size of your images being as small as possible. Recommended Width of image: Width no wider than 350 pixels. To Upload an image click the “Choose Files” button and upload the file from your computer or device you are using.
The last image below will show what a successful upload will look like.
Note 1: The First image you upload will be the first image shown and the image shown on the directory summary page. So choose wisely.
Note 2: One the image has uploaded you will see the original file name. The directory has already renamed the file, so you can change the name to something different that make sense to humans and describes the image to a “blind man”.
TIP 1: The FIRST IMAGE you load up is the image that will be used as the picture to the left of your text.
TIP 2: If you need to resize your image (which will automatically resize the file size) I recommend this online tool to help you out, its called WebResizer. Here is the direct link www.WebResizer.com For your Business listing page I would HIGHLY recommend your images be no wider than 350 pixels wide. Just select 350 (or less) on the “New Size” when using the WebResizer tool.Other Online Tools for Images: These two sites will not allow you to change the physical size (width and height) but it does an awesome job of lowering the actual file size and keeping quality at a high level. For JPG images go to www.TinyJPG.com and for PNG files (NOT PDF) go to www.TinyPNG.com
Another great resize tool is Kraken.io https://kraken.io/ the Free file resize is located on this page: https://kraken.io/web-interface but with the free version you cannot change the physical size just the file size. You will need to purchase the Pro version. If you plan on working with pictures for the web, a good investment.
Trouble Uploading? I have found an intermittent issue if you are using the Chrome Browser (not 100% sure it is related to Chrome) if you attempt to upload the correct size image in one of the allowed formats, the system will say “Forbidden” or some other non-standard Error. If this is the case, go ahead and Submit your listing without loading any pictures, then close your web browser and try again and it should work. Also try another web browser as well.