Schools use our website to search for products and services. In order for your products/services to show up, you need to create a business profile. This quick guide is here to help you understand the process of listing your company.
Step 1: Sign Up
First, go to SchoolAdvisor.co.za and click 'List Company'. You will then be asked to login or sign up. If you haven't already, 'Sign Up'. Signing up is quick and easy, we just need your name, email address and a password. Once you have signed up, you will get a verification email so that we can make sure you are in fact you.
Step 2: List Company
Just next to the signup button there is a ‘List Company’ link (top right). Click on this and it will start the setup process. The steps include:
Searching for your company to see if your company is already in our system:
The SchoolAdvisor team is continuously loading new companies and schools are also adding new companies, so there is a good chance your company is already featured. Once you have found your company, select it.
If your company name doesn't show up, then enter it and click next.
Choose your listing type:
You have three options, the above comparison breaks them down into more detail. Remember, if you take a paid option, you can cancel anytime and go back to the free option. We don’t believe in burdening you with long term contracts.
The big benefit of the ‘Country’ listing is that, when schools ask us to send them 3 quotes, you will be at the top of our list. The ‘International’ option gives you more coverage in multiple countries.
Enter company details:
Well, this section is pretty simple. Enter your company details. A key thing to remember is that these details will be shown on your company profile.
Enter billing details:
This section is only for companies taking one of the paid listing options. If you are taking the free option, jump to step 3.
This is all your relevant billing info, don’t worry, schools won't see this. SchoolAdvisor requires it for payment details.
p.s. don’t forget to select your country at the bottom.
Load the credit card or debit order details:
Here, you have two options:
- Option 1) Load your bank details and we will directly debit your account every month. Simply add your relevant bank details. Remember, you can cancel at any time.
- Option 2) Load the company credit card.
Sign the e-mandate:
Legally, within South Africa, you are required by law to sign a mandate for a recurring payment. This is specifically if you are signing up with your bank details and not a credit card. Once again, just remember that you can cancel at any time and go back to the free version.
We have made signing the mandate super simple. It is an online form (you even get to sign it online), provided by our trusted payment partner, Direct Debit.
After signing, it will direct you back to our website. You will also get a PDF version of the mandate emailed to you for your records.
Step 3: The fun begins
Now, you can load all the details that schools need in order to choose you and your products and services.
All of your company and product information can be found after selecting the ‘Manage Listing' button. Click on the down arrow next to your name in the header of the web page to find the 'Manage Lising' button.
Within ‘Manage Listing’ you can:
Edit company details:
These are the main company details that show on your company page. To edit them, click the big ‘Edit button’. You can edit the following:
- Company Logo (optimal logo size is 200 x 200 px)
- Website Address
- Telephone Number
- Company Description
- General Email Address for queries
Here, you can manage your office/branch addresses. With the ‘free’ and ‘country’ options, you get to list 3 addresses. If you need to list more, you can then pay an additional R20pm per additional address loaded.
You can either add new or edit current branches (use the 'Edit View' button)
Once you have edited or added your branch/office, it will show on a map so that you can double-check that it is correct.
When schools search for products or services, a map will show what is around them, so, make sure you list all your addresses. This will your increase your chances of being found!
Schools need to find not only your company details, but also the details of your specific products or services. Within this section, you can add a new product/service or edit one that is presently there.
You might find that there is already a product or service listed. How did it get there? If a school has previously reviewed you, they would have added that product or service. These now show under your products or services. After ‘claiming your listing’ you will now be the only person who can add new products or services.
Pro Tip: By adding the following to your listing, it will greatly increase your chance of getting a quote request from a school.
Tags: These are keywords that describe your product or service. Add as many as you want. Remember, the more tags you use that describe your product or service, the easier it will be for schools to search for you.
Schools: Add the schools that you service. This is your trump card. You see, by revealing exactly which schools use your product or service, you are building trust with new schools. The school names will be visible on both your product page as well as your company page.
Product Pictures *only for paid listings: An image says a thousand words. Add images to your listing to show off your products and services. Once again, this will greatly increase your chances of getting a quote request.
If you've read this far, ‘good on ya mate’!
Once you have successfully listed your company by following the above steps, you can now start responding to reviews that schools have written about your company (if you have any).
Bonus Pro Tip:
Quick Maths - the more great (4/5-star) reviews you have, the more quotes your will receive. To get your current schools to review you, go to the 'Promote your listing' functionality.
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