Online business directory Top4 is a new marketing platform to promote your business or brand.

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A new Sydney startup is on a mission to help Australian businesses grow their online presence.

Top4 founder Michael Doyle says the social media business-brand directory is out to solve a common problem.

“It doesn’t matter where we come from in the world we all have the same problem: finding and retaining customers,” Doyle tells StartupSmart.

Doyle, a specialist digital marketing manager with nearly two decades of experience and a knack for starting up award-winning web marketing solutions, says businesses should list on as many platforms as possible to develop a strong online presence.

“In Australia, there is a very small choice of options for your average business to list online,” he says.

In addition to sites like Yellow Pages and True Local and Google AdWords, he says Top4 creates another avenue to get noticed.

An interactive directory

What makes Top4 unique in this space is it’s an interactive directory incorporating smart digital marketing features for businesses to promote themselves more effectively, Doyle says.

Businesses can sign in to Top4 through multiple platforms, create listings and generate leads.

Doyle says Top4 provides a valuable marketing platform that drives website traffic, sales and growth for Australian businesses with the latest in digital marketing techniques.

“The problem with other social media platforms like LinkedIn and Facebook is their pricing is not really fair for small businesses that are cash-poor when it comes to marketing spend,” he says.

Top4 also features communications tools like press release forms and content curation so businesses can use more creative marketing strategies to promote themselves.

Within a week of launching, Doyle says Top4 has already helped listed businesses boost their online presence and make it into Google’s top four organic listings.

“Say you want to be one of the top four plumbers in your area, you can bump up your ad for $2,” he says.

Advice on digital branding

o build a strong online presence that escalates leads, Doyle says businesses should adhere to keeping their listings and profiles updated on a regular basis.

To create a great brand and image, Doyle encourages businesses to show they are real people.

“You should have a decent logo and use photos that are relevant,” he says.

“Use pictures of your business, your team and yourself.

“Don’t use stock-type images – people see right through that.”

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