One of the benefits of being a member of the MPBA is that you get to set up a profile for your business on our site. But not just a name and number kind of profile, a full profile that can serve as a marketing piece for your business. And one of the best parts of being able to create your own MPBA member profile is that you  have complete control over every part of it. It’s all yours. Plus, you can make changes to it any time you want, as often as you want.

So, here’s a step-by-step process of how to create your member profile.

Note: If you prefer to learn by video so you can see how to create and edit your profile in “real time”, scroll down to the two videos below this text.

1. Scroll over the Member Directory tab in the top navigation and select the drop down option, “Manage Account” (or click here to be taken directly there)

2. When you arrive at the Manage Account screen, you’ll want to select the second radial button “You are a member but do not have a password,” and follow the directions.

You’ll be sent a password to the email address we have on file. If you don’t receive your password shortly, check your spam filter. Once you receive the email with the password in it, you can log in to your profile.

Note: If you already have a password, you can simply log in using it. And if you forget it, you can simply reset it (as often as you need to).

3. Update your About information (if necessary).

Here you can update your name, address, email address, phone number etc.

Note: the field “Name” should be your business name and “Contact person” should be you. If you made any changes, click “Save and Continue.”

4. Click on the Profile tab.

Here you can update your “business card.” You can upload your logo as well as write out a tagline up to 80 characters. Note: Don’t put your name here. Instead, put a tagline in that’s keyword rich in order to help your search engine optimization.

Also, for each block on the profile page you’ll see a question mark with the words, “Learn more”. Click on the question mark to see a video explaining how to do each of these steps.

5. Create your Profile Gallery.

Here you can upload up to eight images about your business. We recommend you upload a picture of you first and then add images about your business.

6. Write your profile description.

The key to writing a great profile is thinking like a marketer. Don’t focus on you, focus on what your target market is looking for. Since the search engine for this member directory is content and context driven, you’ll want to use the key words that someone would search to find you.

In other words, if you do “wealth management for high net worth clients” or “incentive plans for key employees” or you offer, “event insurance” or you specialize in “reputation management,” make sure those words appear in your profile. Any words you think someone would search on to find you and your business, put those in your profile.

7. Make sure you add your social links (like Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.).

Just insert the URLs for your accounts and the ones you use will appear in your profile.

8. Make sure you click on “Save & Continue.”

There’s more you can do (like add a deal), but if you just get started here, you’ll be in the game.

Remember, this is an opportunity for you to market what you do to our membership, as well as to anyone in the Charleston and Mount Pleasant market who might want what you have to offer.

So, take advantage of this opportunity right now. It doesn’t cost you anything extra to do (other than your time) and the potential for more business is huge.

How To Create Your Profile (Click play button to watch)

How To Create a Member-to-Member Deal  (Click play button to watch)

Frequently Asked Questions About Profiles

Q: I never received a password. What should I do?

A: The plugin we use for your profile is set to automatically send you a password … to the email address we have on file. So, if you asked for a password and you didn’t receive one, there are usually two reasons for that.

1. We may have an old email address for you on file (not very likely, but it does happen occasionally)

2. Your business has a spam filter system in place that’s filtered the email you were sent with your password in it (a much more likely scenario).

So, check your spam filter first. If you can’t find it there, the best option is to send us an email with an email address you use that isn’t your work email (like a gmail email address). We’ll manually upload your new non-work email address and that should hopefully get past your business’ IT spam filtering system (i.e. check your gmail account at Google).

Q: Can I change my password?

A: The first time you log in, you’ll be given a password by the system. If you want to change that password, you can do so after you log in the first time. To do this, click on the Change Password link at the bottom of the About tab (just below your contact information).

However, even though you can change your own password to something that’s easy for you to remember, we still recommend that you consider using a password program. There are plenty of options out there from paid to free (for ex. a highly-rated free program is called Last Pass). Using a password program means you never have to “remember” a password (which means you can use more secure passwords like the one the system sends you). On the other hand, if you don’t use a password program, and you ever forget or lose your password, you can request a new password any time you want, as often as you want.

Finally, if you do change your password, please don’t use something simple to crack like, “password” or “ABC123″ :-)

Q: Why won’t the system accept my PDF image?

When you’re working on your profile, the system is looking for an image. A PDF format is not considered an image. To get around that, open your PDF “image” (photo or logo etc.). Go to the drop down under File and you should see an option for Export. When you export your PDF, most programs allow you to select JPEG as an option. Once you have your “image” in a .jpg (or .png) format, the system will accept it and you’ll be golden.