WoodenCRATES.org is a member-managed web site for the wood shipping crate and pallet industry. Companies that provide products and services to the industry can add for free a basic listing or at a very small cost, create a full page Sponsor advertisement.
You may wish to use a link to your ad on WCO as your primary web page if you don't have a website or create your Sponsor ad and put in links to your own website to get the most online benefit.
Member managed means that you create and maintain the information in your listing or ad by logging into your member control panel. Membership is free and there are other benefits beyond your listing and advertisement.
Listing your business in WoodenCRATES.org is easy and profitable! It provides you with the best exposure possible to other companies desiring your services within and around the crating industry.
Customers who have Crate Pro 6 crate design software with active maintenance receive a free Ad Spot for the duration of their maintenance plan.
Log-In to Your Member Control Panel - Check if you already have a basic listing on the site?
Log in if you already have a member account or if an account has been created for you.
If you do not have a log-in or are not sure:
1> Check if your company already has a basic listing by clicking on the Companies/Services tab located on the left side of the home page then selecting what should be your primary service Category and geographical location your shop is in. If someone already created a Sponsor ad, your company will appear at the top of the page.
2> If your company already has a listing , click on the listing to see all the information. If you have the option to 'create your account to manage the account ' it means there are no administrators associated with the listing. Select that option to create your first administrator member log in and password.
3> If your company is not listed, go back to the Home page and select to Sign Up to enter your information and add your company
Creating your member account and Adding Your Company
As shown previously, if your company is not on the website you will Sign-up on the Home page so you can add it
Enter your complete contact information and enter your company information. Click on Submit
Learning Your Member Control Panel
Once you have an account, you'll see your Member Control Panel when you log-in. The options in your Member Control Panel allow you to create and modify your listing and/or Gold-Sponsor advertisement
Company Settings > General Settings > General Information
The General Information tab contains your company contact information and the Category your company will be listed under.
Your company information should appear. Make any corrections as needed.
1> Select your primary Service Category that will allow prospects to find you when they select from the Companies/ Services on the website. For free basic listings , this is the only tab that you will need to enter information.
Feel free to continue to create a Sponsor advertisement and preview what it will look like.
You don't have to pay anything to preview how it will look.
At the end of this article are some great options to Get More Business - even if you opt for a free basic listing.
Basic listings appear below the Sponsor ads. Basic listings are in alphabetical order. Basic listings will only appear in one Category and one Geographic Zone. Even if you select more in your member control panel. If you're previewing what a Sponsor ad looks like, make sure you uncheck any additional Categories and Geographic zones you may have selected.
Prospects that contact the webmaster will be forwarded to Sponsor ad companies.
Company Settings > General Settings > Sponsor Ad Information
1> Enter a sales contact person, their email, your own company website URL and contact phone numbers
2> Appear in All Range Searches - Prospects might enter a ZIP or Postal code to limit their search results from the main page to a specific area, however you might service a broader area. If you select to "Appear in All Range Searches", when the prospect searches by zip / postal code, your company will appear in results if the zip / postal code is included in the the same Zone(s) you select. Example: Your physical location is in Raleigh, North Carolina but you provide service to the entire state, many locations in the state. By checking this box, when a prospect searches by zip/postal code, your ad will appear if the zip code is anywhere in the zone California. When a prospect searches by State, Province or Country, Gold ads always appear at the top of the individual lists.
3> Service Area: In some situations when you service a wider geographical area, you would prefer to display a description in place of your street address. An example might be "Tri-County Area" or "Servicing Florida and Georgia". If you leave this field blank, your street address will be listed.
4> Advertising tag line: If you have a tag line for your business enter it here. An example would be ' Family owned and operated for 50 years' or 'Proud Veteran Owned Business"
5> URL: Copy paste the URL from any on line MAP application if desired. If you don't support local traffic to your location or you select multiple geographic locations, you will want to leave this blank
6> Company Logo: Upload a png or jpg. Best images are no more than 150 w x 75 h pixels
Don't forget to click on SUBMIT when done.
Selecting Company Settings > Sponsor Ad Categories
You may select additional Categories here.
For each category you select, check ALL options that reflect products or services you offer in that Category. Each option you select adds a unique icon on your advertisement page when viewing your ad in that Category.
1> The primary Category will be already checked based on your selection in the General Settings. If you want to have your company appear in additional Categories, go to the tab and check the top box. There are additional costs for additional Service Categories. (see yellow box on left as you add/remove Categories)
2> For each Category you selected, check ALL the service-product options that apply to you. [ISPM-15 Category is for companies that provide inspection services to crating and shipping companies]
3> Check if you accept credit cards
Click on SUBMIT to continue
Selecting Company Settings > Sponsor Ad Geographic Zones
A single Zone can be a state, province or even a country depending on the country.
If you have Flash player you will see the map and can click on the Zones you want your ad to be in. One geographic Zone is automatically pre-selected based on your physical address. At additional cost you may select multiple Zones. (see yellow box on left as you add/remove Categories)
If you are unable to turn on flash and want additional zones, click on TOGGLE option on the screen. This will add all available Zones in that tab to your account and have them appear in the list below the map. You can uncheck those that you don't want. Or y contact us at Support@CratePro.com with the zones you want added. Once I put them in your account you will see them listed and can change or remove as desired.
1> To add more geographic Zones check the box(es) that contains the additional zones.
2> Click on each zone on the map. To select all zones in a country use the 'TOGGLE [country] ' option. You can remove individual zones as desired from the list. (Canada, USA and Australia are the only countries with individual zones)
Note- Until payment is made and your ad activated - on the website your company will appear in only one zone which is the first one in the list you see in your member support portal. If you intend to keep a basic listing be sure to remove extra Zones or your company will appear in the wrong Zone.
Click on SUBMIT
Company Settings > Sponsor Ad Creation
This site uses the WYSIWYG editor. (What You See Is What You Get)
If you're familiar with using Word or a word processing application, you'll find this to be the same.
You can add hyperlinks, images and even videos to your page.
Need help? Scroll below for information if you already have a website
DON'T FORGET TO SAVE!
Balance Due? If you selected additional Service Categories and/or Geographic Zones
A Gold-Sponsor ad allows you to add additional Service Categories and/or Geographic Zones.
1> To see how inexpensive it is to add more Categories and/or Zones select View the yellow Sponsor Ad Pricing Table
2> Shows the selected number of Categories and Geographic Zones you selected
3> Check out link: The current payment method is via Pay Pal. If you do not have a verified Pay Pal account, payment can be delayed as they have a verification process with several steps. Payment is made to Deploy Tech Services when you use the link. For safety do not enter our company name in Pay Pal without the confirmation link as there are other companies with the same name. Pay Pal allows for international payments.
If you prefer to pay via credit card, send a request to Support@CratePro.com with your company name and address and I'll send an invoice that can be paid online. We accept major credit cards or ACH business checks. Contact Support@CratePro.com.
THIS COMPLETES CREATING YOUR GOLD / SPONSOR ADVERTISEMENT = Continue below for more ways to manage your ad, and get free exposure
Consider inexpensive banner ads. There are two sizes that rotate through the website: Click Here for more information.
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Your advertising investment will not only increase your companies exposure to qualified buyers, it also helps us provide you and the rest of the community with these service.
Do you have a web site? If so, we ask that you consider adding our logo to your site along with a link to the WoodenCRATES.org home page or to your Sponsor Ad page. By doing so, you let your visitors know that you care about, and are a part of the wood box and crate community.
Select the logo below that best fits your site. Simply click on the appropriate button underneath the desired logo. This will copy the required code to your clipboard then you can paste it into the html code for your website.
Or you can right click on any graphic to cut-and-paste it to your web server.
PRESS RELEASES: In your member control panel you have the ability to submit press releases. Accepted press releases are those that also appear in additional resources such as industry magazines, newspapers and industry websites. Press releases are not sales advertisements. After submitting a press release, send an email to Support@WoodenCRATES.org and we'll check it.
ARTICLES: In your member control panel you have the ability to submit industry educational articles with links to your Gold-Sponsor Ad and website. These should be designed to provide information to others in and out of the industry. For longer subjects, its suggested to break up your articles into parts and submit them weekly or monthly. This provides greater exposure to your company. All articles must be authored by a WCO member. Accounts are free. After submitting an article, send an email to Support@WoodenCRATES.org and we'll check
Thank you for your support of WoodenCRATES.org! Your wood box and crating community.