Start with the basics
You can update your profile on hipages as many times as you like, so don’t let it seem daunting. It’s better to start with something, you can always add to it later.
Where should you start?
Going from a blank page to a professional looking listing is about updating four key elements:
Your thumbanil is what appears in any directory searches, but also is what is shown to potential customers when they are connected with you through the hipages Get Quotes Service. You could either use your logo as your thumbnail, but we find using your face works well as it gives people something to connect with.
Your headline should be a short summary of who you are or something about you. This shows in any directory search results, but also on your hipages profile.
Your description is your chance to tell people looking at your business who you are. Include some things about you and your business, like how long you’ve been in business or why you like doing what you do. Highlight your services and any specialities. Think of this as your online pitch, what would you to say to people you meet in person for the first time – add this to your description.
Your images can be sorted into numerous galleries, including multiple images of a single job or of specific themes i.e. for a builder you might have a gallery for; roof restorations, kitchens, bathrooms etc. These images are your chance to show potential customers the quality of your past work. If you don’t have any photos of past work, send in a few photos of you on the job or in front of your van. Adding a personal touch to your page really helps.
How do you update your profile?
You can do this all your self from your login area, but don’t forget our graphics team are always here to help. If you don’t have the time or the inclination to do it yourself, why not let us do it. It’s a free service and that is what we are here for. It’s as simple as taking a photo of your business card and SMS’ing it to us. Of course you can send us more than that. You can email, SMS or even post us any relevant photos, your logo or any text you want added to your page and we can care of the rest.
Why does your profile matter?
Your profile is your online representation of your business. It’s also the first thing we send to your potential customer when they are connected with you. So you should make sure your page represents who you are as a business.