Yesterday, iZimbabwe, the new portal by Umuntu media announced the availability of a business directory platform on their website. Business directory means online classifieds in the mould of the Zimbabwe’s leader of online classifieds classifieds.co.zw.
In an announcement of the launch of the iZimbabwe portal to the media yesterday, Umuntu invited businesses to list in the company’s online business directory:
We are bringing Zimbabwe online. We are focused on a big drive to list every single business in Zimbabwe on Zimbabwe’s newest portal. This will enable our audience to find your establishment, connect with you and bring you more revenue.
We will be loading your establishment as a free listing, with one image and your logo included in this package. No commission fees and no listing fees!
Umuntu also offers premium listing where businesses pay an annual fee for more prominence of their brand on the platform.
Many companies locally have tried their hand at online classifieds (business directories). Webdev’s Classifieds however remains the undisputed leader in the business. Webdev has been in the internet classifieds business since the early days of the introduction of the internet in Zimbabwe (more than a decade ago) when it had platforms such as cars.co.zw, properties.co.zw and others. The separate platforms were discontinued and the services combined to form the current www.classifieds.co.zw.
Recently and new startup launched a classifieds site for mobile devices called Tengesa.com. Tengesa’s visibility on the market has increased significantly as the company used online and offline tools to aggressively market the platform. Tengesa is so far the only company offering a classifieds platform designed primarily for mobile devices.
The classifieds platforms by both iZimbabwe and Webdev do not have a mobile friendly version yet.
Disclosure: Techzim and iZimbabwe have a content sharing and advertising arrangement.