So what is an A-board?
A-boards are used on a pavement, usually outside a shop or venue to advertise businesses best products and services to try and draw potential customers inside.
Their success is difficult to measure, is limited by and largely dependent on passing footfall, location of premises and restrictions on use set by local councils.
And why do we need them?
Because many search engines struggle to provide the grass roots pavement level search that most of us are looking for. They provide a million and one options and a host of different websites to choose from, often resulting in many of us giving up searching before we've even begun.
Companies are struggling to find a simple but effective solution to cut through this confusion and shout about what makes their businesses special. To make that simple, but crucial connection with people at ground level.
This is why millions of businesses still use the manual A-board system today.
Why should we go virtual?
Imagine a virtual A-board that worked for you from further afield. Where you could discover everything businesses wanted to promote without even walking into their venues or walking past their A-boards outside their premises?
Here's the thing.
You see, unlike conventional A-boards, our virtual A-boards have reach, with the potential to double, triple or quadruple comparative footfall, working via geo-location or a selected area of choice.
Imagine all the A-boards in your area being visible from the train into town, the coffee shop up the road, or your front room at home when looking for something different to do or buy at the weekend?
A-boards that don't fold away at the end of the day but stay in the virtual world and remain prominent 24/7, not here one minute and gone the next.
A-boards that are purely based on what you are looking for, and how close they are to you. Nothing more, nothing less.
This is the power of the virtual A-Board.
But how does it work for me?
Simple, let's say you're feeling a little bored and in need of some inspiration, or just want to find something new to enjoy in your area, type exactli.com into your browser, click on near you now, tell us what you would like by selecting one of the options, and you will be shown via geo-location a selection of A-boards specific to your choice, nearest to you.
If you're not sure what to look for, click on show all and you will be presented with all the things that businesses and venues nearest to you or your selected location would like you to know about, whether it be offers, events, signature dishes or cocktails, live bands, open mic nights or special activities near you. A bit like walking up and down your high street, without actually walking up and down your high street.
If you want to know more about a specific A-boards, just click on the read more button and a more detailed summary will be provided.
If any of the venues have more than 1 board to show you, the more boards button will be highlighted. If you want to see more of what that specific venue has to offer, simply click on this button and you will be taken through to their own unique Board Space where you can browse through all their A-boards to your hearts content.
How do I find or contact the business?
It's easy, if you want to contact the venue via their A-board then click on the more options menu on any of the boards just to the right of the more boards button (shown as 3 dots) and it will take you through to all available contact details, including get directions via google maps.
If you know the name of the business and they're already on exactli, there will soon be a search by business option too.
Can I filter the boards?
Yes, you can. When you've selected what you would like and the A-boards have been presented, if you're interested in something more specific such as a type of food or drink, you can filter by clicking on the filter icon. You can find this top left of screen on any of the A-boards. This will bring down a list of more specific options to choose from. Click on any of these, see the number of boards available change, hit the tick button and away you go.
Seen something you like?
If you see something you like then don't waste any time. Go try it out, but be sure to let the venue know you found them on exactli.
How much does it cost?
For the consumer, our service is completely free.
Is there an app?
For the time being our platform has been designed as a web-app so be sure to save it to your home screen. This way it looks like an app and works like an app and you won't get any annoying updates too. For all those must have app addicts however, there will be an app coming soon.
Any new Features?
I guess we should keep that a bit secret for now, safe to say there are some exciting new features coming soon.
Why Should I Register?
More to the point, why wouldn't you?
Every business should have a handful of reasons why consumers should come and visit them rather than someone else.
So, if you're a lifestyle business and want to try and attract more customers, if there is one thing you should do today, take full advantage of your first free A-board, go virtual, extend your reach beyond the pavement outside your venue and shout about what makes your business special.
There are no paid for rankings, so no-one can pay more to jump the queue, just a simple search and discovery web-app, based purely on what the consumer is looking for and how close your business is to them. Nothing more, nothing less.
Remember, our A-boards are virtual and don't fold away at the end of the day, but remain prominent 24/7 at the click of a button.
And finally, they're council friendly too. Nothing to trip over, blow over or get in people's way.
Register today and claim your first A-board for free.
How much do they cost?
For consumers, viewing our service is completely free.
For businesses wanting to use our A-boards, we provide a range of fully interactive packages to suit all choices and requirements starting from 1 free board per month. No fixed term contracts, cancel anytime.
For further details, take a look at our pricing pages from our menu.
Who knows about them?
We are a very young business but to date have received tremendous feedback from consumers and businesses alike. So, if in business be sure not to miss out. Claim your free board today and join our growing community.
How do I manage them?
For businesses, managing your A-boards is easy. Just select one of the available packages and start building today.
With a huge list of fully interactive features coming soon, building, editing, archiving and planning ahead can be performed at any time, on any device from anywhere you desire.
Full integration with our stats packages will allow you to measure how all your A-Boards are being received 24/7.