Customize your store locator listings

Get creative with your store listings using the flexible Misc fields

Adding custom info about your stores

Blipstar provides standard fields for a store's phone, website, email and opening times. But every store locator is different which is why we offer four miscellaneous fields, appropriately titled Misc1, Misc2, Misc3 and Misc4. You can use these fields to add any extra details you like, and the best part is that you can use basic HTML code for full control over how it looks, including the ability to add elements like buttons.


How to edit the Misc fields

If you upload your data via a spreadsheet then you need to define columns called misc1 (misc2, etc) - if you downloaded the template spreadsheet those columns are already defined!

For those of you who edit your stores online, the misc fields are available in the advanced fields section when you add or edit a store location (click on the Show advanced fields button if required).

Editing the four misc fields
Editing the Misc fields (online mode)


Example 1: Adding an image

Adding a photo or illustration is really easy using the standard HTML image element. Entering the code below in the Misc1 field...

<img src='https://goo.gl/w8zVTu'>

adds this image of a pizza to the listing, like so...

Example image

If you want to add more images or text to the store listing you can either enter the info in the other misc fields, or use a HTML line break (<br>) to separate the various elements in the Misc1 field - it's up to you. For example to display two images you could use the following code...

<img src='https://goo.gl/g4r5LJ'><br><br><img src='https://goo.gl/w8zVTu'>
Example of two images

It's not just images you can use to add the wow-factor; why not embed a video, a set of links or even a mini-form?


Example 2: Adding a button

Let's suppose you run a pizza delivery company. You've set up your store locator so people enter where they live and it lists the nearest takeaway details. Wouldn't it be nice if you could add a large button to each result that links to the online ordering page for that particular restaurant? The good news is, it's easy (if you know a little basic HTML).

  1. In the Misc1 field of each store you could add:
    <br/>Feeling </b>hungry</b>?<br/><br/><a class='mybutton' href='https://order.mypizzashop.com/shopid=123'>Order online</a>
    Remember: the link should be tailored for each location; in our example it would point to the online ordering page for that specific takeaway location.
  2. Go to Settings > Styling and in the 'Define your own CSS' section add the following:
    .mybutton {background-color:red;border:1px solid #900;font-size:20px;color:white;padding:10px;}

Once set up the store listing will display the new red button like this...

Example custom button

... and clicking on it takes the user to your online ordering page. Ta da!


Using Tabs to display lots of information

If your stores have lots of extra text or images the listing can take up a lot of room, which can become cumbersome to scroll, especially when viewed on a mobile device.

Blipstar provides a solution in the form of Tabs. You can split the listing into two or more tabs, with different fields displayed in different tabs. This is a great way of making lots of information available, but keeping the results relatively compact.

For example to split the listing into two tabs...

  1. Head over to Settings > General and go to Results options
  2. Change the Field order for Results (and Tabs) option to Define field order manually
  3. Go to one of the empty 'slots' at the bottom and select >>> Start a new Tab
  4. Use the up arrow to move the slot upwards through the field list depending on what fields you want the second tab to show
  5. For example if you wanted the first tab to show Name, Address, Phone and Email, you'd move the Start a new Tab slot to below the Email field (see figure below) Defining tabs for your store listings
  6. Finally, using the text field below the field order list enter the tab names you want displayed. For example Address,About would give the first tab a title of Address and the second tab a title of About
  7. The listing will now be tabbed. When the user clicks on the About tab it displays the extra information (see figure below) Defining tabs for your store listings

Setting up tabs can be a little daunting but it's worth the effort if you have lots to show your customers.

Another option available is to use the compact results mode. You turn this on in Settings > General > Results options and it's called Minimize the results. When engaged, only the store name is displayed initially, and the user can click to reveal the rest of the information about a particular result.


Summary

We hope we've inspired you to add some zing to your store locator listings. If you need any assistance just drop us a message via the contact page.

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