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The smart Store Locator that's simple to add to your site
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We've just introduced an easy way to customize the search distances available inside your store locator so that you can define precisely which search distances your customers can choose from when narrowing down their search for your locations.

The new setting is available on your Settings page. You can choose new search distance values from the suggestion list, delete existing values or define your own completely custom values.

As always, if you need any assistance getting this new feature to work please get in touch!
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2016-10-03
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Are you a web design agency or web developer who have one or more clients that need a store or dealer locator service? If so, we are offering all agencies a 20% discount for their clients from the fees for all our Plans. You can choose whether you would like to pass this discount onto your clients or receive the difference as a commission for referring clients to our service.

Once you're registered as an agency we'll set up all your client accounts so they can be managed from a single login. You'll be able to switch between them at the click of a button.

As an additional benefit, new agency accounts benefit from an extended 60 day free trial period. This gives you more time to get sign-off from the client to proceed with the service. As always, if you need a longer trial period we are happy to oblige - until the client is happy, we won't charge you for our service!

Please get in touch with us at support@storelocatorwidgets.com so we can set you up as an agency on our systems.

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Today we're excited to announce the launch of our REST based location management API.

There's a number of possible uses for the API including automating your location management workflow, integration into your website or ERP system.

Full documentation can be found here: https://www.storelocatorwidgets.com/api/

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Do you want to allow store owners to submit their own location to your store locator?

We've added a new feature which allows store owners / stockists / independent location owners to submit a request to have their location added to your Store Locator.

This can work great for you if you sell your product through a distributor or some sort of intermediary and you don’t have a complete list of which retail locations carry your product. You will be notified if a store is submitted by one of your vendors and will be able to review the information that has been provided for accuracy and completeness before deciding whether or not to add it to your store locator.

Adding the store submission form to your website couldn’t be easier – it’s a simple matter of pasting the HTML code found under ‘Embed Code for Store Location Submission’ on the Setup page here: http://www.storelocatorwidgets.com/admin/setup.

As always, if you need any help with enabling this feature, please drop us a line!

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If you manage, or are building a website for any kind of business with physical premises, then adding a store locator is a great idea. Alternatively, if you sell products through a network of partners, distributors, retailers, stores or stockists and need your customers to be able to find those store locations then it’s can be potentially incredibly valuable to your business to add a store locator facility to your site.

A store locator widget embedded in your website will allow you to bulk upload or enter the details of multiple stores or offices and then make it very easy for your website visitors to find the one nearest to them either automatically using the GPS built into their phone or based off their computer’s IP address) or by the customer entering their current location as an address or zip code / postcode.
However, even if you aren’t running a website for an online store, our location finder plugin can still be used to enhance the usefulness of your site. By adding the locations of interesting landmarks, places of local interest, or businesses related to your site’s topic, you can help your readers find the information they are looking for. If your site features any kind of list or directory of service providers of any type (for example, doctors, gyms, opticians, plumbers, the list is endless), then our plugin can be really useful.

Now your website has a useful location finder and listing feature to help the visitors to your site find their way to your stores, restaurants, place of business, or other notable locations. Our plugin is completely flexible and allows you to add the details of any kind of establishment or landmark to your listings; it isn’t just limited to stores. So whether you are running a website for a store, or just want to list the locations of any notable places on your site and them make them easily findable by your audience, you can hopefully see that our store location service is very simple to add to your website and can really help drive customer business to your store locations.

Adding a store locator to your website is incredibly easy – there are just 3 simple steps required once you have created an account with us:

Step 1: Import locations

First, download the sample store format by clicking on the Bulk Import button at the top of your Stores page: Then in the window that appears, click on the 'Excel' link to download in Excel format (preferred) or on the 'CSV' link to download in CSV format. Open the downloaded sample file in Excel or your preferred spreadsheet application.

You'll see columns for each of the types of data that can be imported into Store Locator Pro. The only required information that you must provide are the Store Name and some address data. Alternatively, if you prefer, our friendly support team will be happy to do this for you (completely free!), just email us the list.

Step 2: Customize and brand

The next step is to adjust and personalize your store locator using our admin console - no need to touch any code. You can customise everything including the text used in all the store locator buttons and hint text, the language used and the appearance of everything. When it comes to customising how the integrated Google Map is displayed on your site, you have plenty of options for setting it up the way you want. This includes setting the start location of the map , editing the map’s dimensions, choosing the default map type, and selecting a map marker from the bundled icons.

For example, you can upload any number of custom map markers to brand your map with you own custom colors and logos as shown below:
 
3: Embed on your site

Simply cut and paste the widget code into your site and you're set up to drive customers to your closest locations. Once that page loads, your visitors will be presented with the search field to enter their address or current location, along with the ability to set a maximum distance from where they are. Once the user has carried out a search, the store locator will sweep to their location and any stores within the entered radius will be displayed.

As the plugin uses Google Maps, all the functionality of this application is available, such as zooming in, changing the view, and getting directions to the stores shown in the search results. Furthermore, the stores located within the specified radius of the user’s location are listed by the side of the map, displaying the details that were entered when adding the store. These locations are sorted by distance from the user’s specified location.

That's all for now. As always, if you have any questions regarding this blog, let us know in the comments section below.
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