New! Filters & Map View for the Dining Guide

For the last month we have been cranking out some great new features for the Dining Guide edition. These features will also be coming to the main eDirectory theme in the next release a few weeks from now.

Filters:
Refine your search results by Category, Location, Price, Rating or if the result has an available deal.

Map View:
We have added an entirely new map view which allows you to show all results on a handy map – super simple.

In addition, there’s a huge list of fixes, enhancements such as an updated photo gallery, new search bar, new header, and more.

Go and see for yourself - www.demodirectory.com

 

 

Next Release – Talk about being Responsive….

We’re well on the way to releasing an all-new default theme…

  • A fully responsive design, looks just as awesome on a phone as it does on a desktop.
  • Fully integrated with our iOS and Android applications.
  • Built on the Brilliant Bootstrap framework.
  • Grid layout with ‘Blocks’ making customisation far easier across the board.
  • Did we mention it’s stunning? It’s gorgeous.

This (pretty awesome) new front-end will be available in a few weeks. Stay tuned, we just wanted to give you a sneek peek.

www.edirectory.com

Change logs are here…

For all our customers a little more involved with the platforms, we’ve added complete change logs to the main eDirectory site. Just so you can keep up with what we’ve been working on. We’ll be adding to it as time goes on.

Feel free to check them out here: https://www.edirectory.com/edirectory-changelog/

 

eDirectory Dining Guide Edition Available Now

With a beautiful, fully responsive design, and all new mobile apps, we’re excited to launch the new eDirectory Dining Guide edition.

On the Web

Here are a few of the great features in the Dining Guide edition:

  • Beautiful Design
  • Fields and Layout highly customized to function as a dining guide.
  • Responsive design – works equally well on the desktop, the tablet or mobile.
  • Brand new matching mobile apps, which are also gorgeous.
  • Tabbed Listing Detail pages which include sections for Menu, Videos and Reviews
  • New, “Best Of” page, showing the highest rated listings from across the site.
  • New “By Location” page, show all listings via a new customised search.
  • New “By Cuisine” page, browse by categories.
  • Like/Dislike system for reviews.
  • New fields for advanced search (rating and price range)
  • New theme Settings page within site manager area (listing price configuration and background image settings)

 

Mobile (iOS & Android)

Something as stunning (and quite frankly different) as the Dining Guide required us to re-approach how our mobile applications were working, end result – brand new apps just for the dining guide. This app is more heavily based upon category searches (Food Type), and a cleaner, clearer way of displaying information to your users. We also took the opportunity to spice up the user interface a bit. We think it’s really great, let us know what you think.

Available after next week on both Android and iOS.

 

What’s Next?

 

We’ll give you some time to sink your teeth into the new release, but before we leave, he’s a sneaky peek at what you can expect a few weeks from now – That’s right, a brand new members area, we’re already working on one of our most requested features it’s going to be amazing.

 

 

Arca Mailer – Send Gorgeous Email Newsletters

You’ve been asking for it, we’ve delivered – ArcaMailer is here. A full-featured stand alone email newsletter system – you don’t need eDirectory to use it, but of course we have eDirectory integration as well, and if this feature is enabled, it will allow visitors to signup for a newsletter right from the homepage.

Our system has a ton of great features including A/B testing messages, detailed reporting, complying with various spam laws, reporting on delivery and open rates, list cleaning, social monitoring, in fact it’s probably better just to check out the detailed features page: ArcaMailer Features.

It’s completely free to try, signup, create and account and have a play with it, we won’t charge you a cent until you actually send a campaign. Try it out here: ArcaMailer Trial

 

Designed to be Simple

 

Sign up, log in and get creating beautiful campaigns with the minimal of fuss. Everything is a few clicks away, meaning you can get your message across with the minimal of fuss.

Customer tracking, simple sign up forms, social integration, it’s a whole new beast. Check out the full site for all the information – we think you’re going to love it, we do.

See the Complete Feature List

 

Beautiful Templates

 

Beautiful Templates – No issue, visit our brand new templates page http:/www.arcamailer.com/email-templates/, download the one you want and then simply import into Arca Mailer -you’re done. If that’s too much, use our built in template builder and craft your own templates with the minimal of fuss.

 

Track absolutely everything…

Track your campaigns from the moment they are sent. Use our innovative world-view to view progress in real-time, see where and when people open your emails, where they clicked, what they shared all in real-time.

Complete oversight on your marketing – brilliant.

 

Does it work with eDirectory?

It sure does. Just login in to you’re eDirectory (9.82 or higher) and select Arcamailer from the sidebar – follow the instructions and import into Arca Mailer – nothing could be quicker or simpler.

Now you have a way to send targeted campaigns to differing sub-sets of your site clients, keep them up to date with what’s going on, offer promotions, or just spread the word – it’s your platform.

Have a look at what we can offer - www.arcamailer.com

These are the news – v.9.8.2

eDirectory version 9.8.2 is here,  and with it, some new funcionalities and layout changes that the Site Manager will  notice right away.
One of them is the new Dashboard, that now shows the important information just like you need it to – a click away to approve, edit or delete a new item. Keep track of your process with your Revenue and Visits numbers!

 

 

 Some other important feature that will impact directly your advertisers and visits is the new Signup Process.
 A new interface has been designed by our team to ensure that to add a new item or become a member of the site is simple as 1, 2 and 3.

 

 

Need more? We got it!
 In eDirectory version 9.8.2 you’ll also see a brand new interface to manage Accounts Permissions, SEO fields included in the import file for Listings and Events, Package reports with information about the account that bought the package and now is possible to have trackable url for newsletters campaigns.

 

Check all these features and much in our demonstration site:www.demodirectory.com. And to purchase version 9.8.2 to go Orders page or contact us – sales@edirectory.com.

eDirectory for iPhone now available

eDirectory has recently launched “eDirectory for iPhone” to help site owners create yet another way to generate traffic and ad revenue by publishing sites directly to the iPhone, who currently holds over 21 million users.

While eDirectory’s solution has always been mobile friendly, the app empowers site owners to produce a feature rich, easy to navigate application directly on their mobile phone.  eDirectory, who will assist their customers in publishing their site to the app store, are excited to bring their software through another medium in digital media

“Today there are an estimated 21 million iPhone users, and a private label iPhone application is a great addition to the eDirectory product line. The additional traffic generated through the iPhone apps will be a valuable asset to eDirectory site owners,” said eDirectory CEO, James Chubb.

To learn more about eDirectory for the iPhone, go to the eDirectory website https://www.edirectory.com/mobile/ or call us directly at (703) 914-0770 x1.

eDirectory 7.3 Launches

eDirectory has recently launched version 7.3, and with it come a variety of new interface features based on the feedback by our customers.

The most notable aspect of eDirectory’s release is the iPhone application, and the ability for site owners to now publish their site to over 23 million iPhone users.  Another source of search traffic and advertising revenue, coupled with Apple recently capturing their 1 billionth app download makes this feature most appealing to customers, and prospective customers alike.

In an effort to expand site owner’s demographic reach, all sites can now be translated into both Italian and German.While users only saw five levels, or subcategories deep on listings in the system before, they now have this same level of depth in both the events and classifieds section, giving users an arena for more organized and targeted echelon of content.  Other notable interface changes include a preview button for each listing template, as well as a new HTML editor with more robust features.  On the advertising end of the sitemanager system,  owners cna set up global banners, throughout the entire site and aren’t limited to posting them section by section.  Additionally, Ad Sense settings now give users the ability to choose whether users ads are only text, only video, or a random selection of both.

Finally, more minor and subtle features include verification pop ups when edits are made on the back end of the system to prevent erroneous corrections , as well as the ability to modify the layout or appearance of invoices sent through the system.

eDirectory at SMX East

eDirectory will be attending Search Marketing Expo (SMX) East on October 5th & 6th.  In addition to exhibiting alongside of companies like Bing, at&t, iContact and others, eDirectory will be giving a theater presentation on Tuesday, October 6th.  The session, entitled “Implementing an Online Directory: Strategies for Increasing Search Traffic,” will be presented by eDirectory’s CEO, James Chubb.   If you’re attending the show, be sure to visit us at booth #328 to learn more about our products and services.

eDirectory 7.0.15 now Live

The latest version of the leading online directory software solution is now live.  From improved site manager features to expanded social bookmarking settings, eDirectory’s latest version reflects feedback from our clients over the last several months.  Here is a list of the more notable changes:
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  • New Social Bookmarking - LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter
  • New Browse by Location layout: clean and organized.
  • Advanced Search box can be closed
  • The user can choose to show or hide the map on the results pages.
  • The site manager can enable/disable the google maps feature.
  • A color selector was added in the listing templates section, so now the site manager can choose the colors easily.
  • The site manager can choose the listing levels that will have promotions.
  • The site manager can refresh the Statistic Reports at any time.
  • eDirectory now works with Amazon Simple Pay payment gateway. This new gateway works with Amazon Simple Pay Standard and Amazon Simple Pay Subscriptions (the recurring can be monthly or yearly).
  • The charset was changed from ISO 8859-1 to UTF-8.

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PS.: If you’re a current client and have some suggestions on features we should include in our next release, I’d love to hear from you.  Please email me at  jared . elder @ edirectory . com

Visit eDirectory at SES San Jose, California Aug 11th & 12th

If you are on the west coast, come visit us at Search Engine Stratagies Expo in San Jose.    The eDirectory booth is #422.   Passes to the exhibition hall are free if ordered in advance, and just $50 at the door.   The conference program should be good as well.   If you are interested in signing up for the full conference, contact Owen Zhu at owen . zhu @eDirectory dot com to get the eDirectory discount on registration.  Also send Owen a note if you would like to set a time to discuss a project with a project manager.

We look forward to meeting you in person!

Hearing Michael Dell

This week, I was invited to an NVTC event in McLean, VA where Michael Dell was speaking. It was interesting to hear that in 1983, while he was a freshman, he noticed an opportunity to sell computers for less. He saw that when you bought a PC for $3,000, there were about $600 worth of parts in it. During college, he operated a business out of college dorm room had had people bring him their computers and he would put in some memory or a disk drive . By doing this inexpensively and giving customers exactly what they needed, he made close to $25,000 a month. Dell continued to sell directly to customers with his own company soon afterward and quickly made $6 million.

This background is fascinating given that Dell Computers is now on its way to becoming a $60 billion dollar company. A few things struck me aboutMichael Dell. He, obviously, had a tremendous amount of dedication to his vision. Despite all of the economic fluctuations, major changes in technology and a savvy yet ever-changing landscape of shoppers, he thrived due to his ability to adapt.

As more and more entrepreneurs create online businesses, It is good to keep in mind that if you understand your customer’s needs and remain committed to your company, you have a chance at being successful too.