While most urban planners and urban designers won't be sought out by individuals, but rather business to business (B2B) because of the nature of their work, there are consultants who can benefit from advertising on the "good-ol' Internet." And, if you’re trying to discover ways to drive traffic to your urban planning or urban design business and website that are free, you’ve come to the right place.
Today I performed a search of the following keywords on Google.com: "urban planner directory," "urban planning directory," "urban design," "urban planning," and "city planner." And what I found were five directory listings that are sure to make your business surge.
Additionally, many of the sites listed below offer the option to list your individual urban planning or urban design company’s website. If you haven’t already established a website, or hopped on the Internet bandwagon, you’re trailing behind your competition.
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Go on and visit the links below for free, and almost free, ways to promote your urban planning or design firm on the Internet. Prices range from free to $349.00 annually (Left link is the homepage and right link goes directly to adding your firms’ listing to the directory).
1. American Planning Association: Find a Consultant - All consultant listings in the American Planning Associaiton must be consultant members. Contact Jparish@planning.org to inquire about costs for adding your online consultant profile.
2. BuilderSpace.com - Offers listing as either standard, featured, or category sponsor in their urban planning and urban design directory. A standard listing costs $99.00 annually. Visit their site for more details.
3. Google Directory: Urban and Regional Planning Consultants - Follow the following instructions to add your free listing to the Google Directory/Open Directory.
Of course, this list is just the beginning. You can also submit yourself, your landscape architecture firm, or landscape design company listing to local listings on search engines, such as Yahoo! Local (Add Your Business to Yahoo! Local) and Google Places and Google Maps (You must have a Google account to sign in and add your business).
And if you already have an individual website and/or a firm website, make sure you submit your website to all the major search engines, such as Yahoo!, Bing, and Google. That is, if you haven’t already.
Now, go out there and beat the competition!