Archive for March, 2007

How to use Promotional Flyers effectively

March 20, 2007

flyer_sample.jpgFlyers are an incredible way to inform your customers about your ShowMeLocal.com presence that you don’t want to miss. ShowMeLocal.com can automatically create a printable flyer with information about your business on SML that you can hand out to your customers. These flyers are especially well suited to use as “bag stuffers” — that is, for those of you who manage a commerce-oriented business, you can stick them in the shopping bags of your customers. For those of you who own service businesses, you can pass out flyers along with bills you send to your customers or hand them out at the cash register with receipts.

Getting your customers to your ShowMeLocal.com profile is paramount to the success of your online endeavors. Having a presence on the Internet is useless if no one visits it. That means that beyond keeping it up to date and fresh with new content to engage your visitors, you need to work to get users to your site.

You might be wondering why it would matter to get customers you already have to your website. The reason is that your ShowMeLocal.com profile, when properly used, will help you to turn regular customers into loyal, repeat customers who really believe in your business and come to depend on your products and services. Further, the more active your profile is, the more exposure you will get across the ShowMeLocal.com network, which translates to more visitors! Also, just imagine what would happen if everyone in your local Business Network used flyers effectively to bring customers online!

To print out a promotional flyer, go to your Business Management Area, then click on ‘All Settings’ and navigate to the ‘Promotional Flyers’ area. From there you can print flyers quickly and easily.

Tip: If you upload your logo to ‘Photos’ and set it as your default, it will appear on your Promotional Flyers!

Introduction to ShowMeLocal.com Business Networks

March 20, 2007

ShowMeLocal.com has a very innovative and useful feature called “Business Networks.” Business Networks are one of the main features that really sets SML apart and makes ShowMeLocal.com the absolute best place to market your business online.

Business Networks allow you to create a local community feel for your customers online. The concept is simple: you forge online relationships with other businesses in your area and then share customers and promotions through ShowMeLocal.com. When you are part of a Business Network, your coupons, promotions, sales, and advertisements will appear on the profile of other businesses in your network, and vice versa. Business Networks are a powerful tool to utilize cross promotions, be affiliated with reputable businesses, and reach out to a broader customer audience.

Getting started creating a Business Network on ShowMeLocal.com is easy. Simply login to the Business Management Area and click on “Invite to my network”, search for businesses or plug in emails of businesses you want to invite to join your network. Remember: even if a business you are affiliated with offline is not yet members of ShowMeLocal.com, you can still invite them to your Business Network! Just plug in their email address, and they will be sent instructions on how to sign up at ShowMeLocal.com and join your Business Network.