You wanted it, so we made it – CoinGate merchant directory is now available for everyone to explore with nearly 100 shops on-board on day 1!
Keep in mind that it’s still in an early development stage, thus expect changes here and there along the way. At this moment, your feedback is most important as we plan to develop and add more features to it.
Let us know on a Twitter post below what you think and what you feel is missing – your idea might shape the directory’s further development!
All about Merchant Directory in this new blog: https://t.co/Dnm75gU56H
— CoinGate (@CoinGatecom) May 18, 2020
The idea to set up a place to showcase CoinGate’s crypto-friendly stores has been circling in our minds for quite a while. How couldn’t it? Twitter and Reddit users never let us forget how difficult it was to find these online stores.
Besides, our business clients would also hint that it would be nice to have a place where they could showcase their brands and, in general, establish a connection with their crypto-loving customers.
Well, we’re happy to let you know that your voice has been heard. Our team has been working on a merchant directory in the background for quite some time, and now it’s ready for both merchants wanting to be listed there, and shoppers wanting to find them.
What to expect from the CoinGate merchant directory?
In essence, CoinGate merchant directory is made to connect crypto-friendly online stores with crypto-loving shoppers with ease.
But there’s way more to this merchant directory than meets the eye.
Once you enter the website, you can simply narrow down merchants by an industry that’s relevant to you. However! We’ve also implemented the Smart Search feature.
What is Smart Search?
Smart Search allows you to sort out relevant online stores by searching for a specific service or product.
For example, typing in “VPN”, “consumer goods”, “hotel” and similar entries, the search results should quickly match you with appropriate shops.
As long as merchants provide a list of keywords associated with their industry, service(s) or product(s), Smart Search will match them with shopper’s search inquiries.
It means that the Smart Search will keep evolving and in time, it will be capable to narrow down stores more and more precisely by a wider variety of keywords.
CoinGate merchants can list as many keywords as they want on a business account dashboard (Account->Manage Business->Merchant Directory).
Optional rating system
One of the ways how CoinGate stores can establish a good first impression is by choosing to show the rating. Merchants can enable or disable the 5-star rating system on their account dashboard.
If enabled, shoppers will be able to rate their experience after the purchase is made, or use the rating as an indicator of service/product quality when visiting the directory.
The overall rating will show next to a merchant’s profile at all times. For the vast majority of merchants, we recommend turning it on as higher ratings might pose additional benefits in the near future.
How to list a shop in a merchant directory?
Note that only those merchants that have a KYC-verified CoinGate business account can make use of merchant directory. That way, we can ensure shoppers that a particular business is trustworthy and legitimate.
For starters, head to your business account dashboard (Account->Manage Business->Merchant Directory), or click here.
From here on, it’s entirely up to you to decide how your profile will appear in the merchant directory:
- Upload the company’s logo (max 3MB file size, 165×260);
- Choose the title of your store;
- Select the website to display;
- Write down the description of the company (max 190 characters recommended);
- Select countries that can purchase the product or service;
- Pick from available industries that the business operates in;
- List keywords that are most relevant to your business;
- Check whether the list of accepted cryptocurrencies is correct (currencies will be pulled out from currency settings automatically);
- Choose whether you want the rating to be visible (shoppers can rate and change their ratings for seven days after the purchase is made);
- Agree to be listed and sit back!
You will be able to edit this information later at any time. For changes to take place, they will have to go through an approval process.
More news coming soon!
We’ve launched a new website design, went live with a merchant directory, and now we’re getting ready for even more product updates, coming right at you in about a week.
Can you guess what it is?
Which CoinGate feature should we release next?
Do you want us to focus on expanding products for popular #crypto like $BTC, $XRP, or $Nano? Or perhaps develop new features like #cryptodirectory or email invoicing? Maybe integrate the #binance chain?
What would be your choice?
— CoinGate (@CoinGatecom) May 14, 2020
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