What is ShopIOM?

ShopIOM is an online local directory – a website that lists businesses within specific categories. Online local directories allow business owners to get their information to their customers quickly and simply, focusing the World Wide Web on local communities and places, and helping to make local businesses more accessible and more visible to the customers that use them.

Details provided in our online listings will vary depending on the package you choose, but will typically include

  • The business name
  • Address
  • Telephone numbers
  • Products or services sold
  • Photographs
  • Menus
  • Blog posts
  • Advertising opportunities

Is ShopIOM just another search engine?

Not really. We may – on the surface – seem to function in similar ways, but there are many differences. Search engines (Google, Bing, etc) will search the entire web to find any mention of what you’re looking for. If you type “Chinese Takeaway Aberdeen” into google, you’re likely to be presented with results as far apart as Scotland and South Dakota. With ShopIOM, the word ‘local’ is key, bringing your customers straight to you.

Why should I be listed in ShopIOM?

Studies suggest that up to 8 out of 10 customers will use online directories when searching for local businesses. From that group, 8 out of 10 are likely to end up buying something now or in the future from businesses they found within the directory.

This is why it’s so important. If customers are already using online directories, they have established a need for your business or service. If your business isn’t listed in ShopIOM, it’s harder for them to find you. Also, the chances are good that the competition will be listed – meaning customers may well turn to them instead of you.

Is it difficult to sign my business up to ShopIOM?

No! Signing up for ShopIOM just takes just a few minutes, using our online contact form and is a simple process that includes filling out some basic information about your company then letting us do the rest.

What's in it for me?

If you're a business, then the answer is pretty simple. Visibility. ShopIOM puts you right in front of your customers - wherever they are. Even if you don't have your own website or physical shop, they can still see what you have to offer. And they can find you quickly and easily, anytime.

As a customer, you get the very best of Manx businesses brought straight to your screen, to browse at your leisure.

Can ShopIOM help me develop my business’ brand image?

It’s easy to think of online local directory entries as just several unengaging lines of text and a dead link to a business which stopped trading three years ago. And that’s often true – so how is ShopIOM different? Good question. ShopIOM is different because we actively maintain our directory listings, making sure there are no dead links and no closed businesses. Depending on the listing package you’ve chosen, ShopIOM gives you the chance to include pictures, downloadable menus, videos and blog posts, all of which will advertise your business through content that users will remember easily, helping to develop your brand image.

Can I buy from the retailers if I don't live in the Isle of Man?

Many of our retailers are only too happy to ship internationally. Check their listings or contact them directly for further details. Shipping charges will vary depending on destination and carrier.

If I don't want to buy online can I visit a business in person?

Many of the businesses featured on ShopIOM also have physical premises on the Island and would, no doubt, be delighted to see you. Some of our retailers only have an online shop but their individual listings will make this clear.

How do I take advantage of an offer?

Simply contact the relevant business through their listing on ShopIOM, and they'll be able to help you.

How do I update my listing or offers?

As part of your chosen package, our staff will be contacting you regularly to get details of any changes or upcoming offers or special deals you're planning. If you have any changes to make which are more urgent, just contact us.

Sounds great! How do I sign up?

It's very simple. Signing up for ShopIOM just takes just a few minutes, using our online contact form. Just fill out some basic information about your company then let us do the rest.

How can I find out about the latest offers featured on ShopIOM?

Obviously, checking back with us regularly is one answer, but you can join our mailing list and follow us on social media to ensure you're kept up-to-date on all things ShopIOM,

You can join our mailing list by clicking HERE

Do you have a mailing list I can sign up to?

We certainly do! You can sign up to it HERE

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