Getting your business listed in the 411 directory is a vital part of the business building process. You may heard that in order to get a 411 business listing you had to have a dedicated business phone line because VoIP wouldn’t work. That’s a myth! Here V1 VoIP explains how you can get your VoIP number listed in local directories so customers can find you.
Having your phone number listed as a business is so important. A key factor for getting a 411 listing is in driving customer sales for your business. Don’t ever let a customer call Directory Assistance to find your company and find a dead end because it wasn’t listed. Below, V1 shows you the steps for listing a VoIP number in some of the biggest online phone books.
411: Call “Directory Assistance” and explain your current situation. This may not work but it’s worth the attempt. The 411 directory reports to numerous other services such as White Pages.
Google: Add up 100 listings on “Google My Business,” each complete with a physical address, phone number and photo/video. To confirm your listing, though, you must wait for a phone call or postcard, which can take weeks. Secure VoIP numbers with local area codes to avoid signup problems. Doing so on similar search engines, such as Bing or Yahoo, follows relatively the same procedure.
List Yourself – This is a free 411 listing service and once you submit your business information it offers several options for you to validate your business phone number. Once your number is validated then your information is sent to the directory assistance databases used by all of the major carriers.
Verizon Business – There are four main Verizon offices with each servicing several states. You will need to call and say that you want to get a “foreign listing”. You will need to provide them your name, company name and business phone number. The cost varies in each state and if you’re located in California it costs a $30 set up fee and $3.25 per month.
Wireless Listings: You can now get your business cell phone number listed in the 411 and the print directories no matter which wireless carrier you use. There is a monthly fee for this service and you can also select which Verizon print directories you want your number to appear on.
Yellow Pages: Locate the “Listing Management Center” once logged in and enter your business’ virtual phone number. Either fill in or correct the rest of your profile, clicking “Finalize” to complete the request.
Yelp: Create a free account and “unlock” or add your business to the website. You will need to enter a series of credentials before the site asks you to locate and verify your business. This means that following registration, Yelp will give you a call and recite a confirmation code. Keep this code safe moving forward.
Keep in mind that because this is a free service it may take you several attempts to get your number successfully submitted and listed. It will not only legitimize your company but also help potential customers find you. Don’t let a non listing cost you business credit and potential sales for your company. Contact V1 VoIP today to find out more.