Archive for the ‘Local Internet Advertising’ Category

Twitter for Business

July 25, 2009

If you are curious what Twitter is and how to use it for your business, take few minutes to read “Twitter 101 A Special Guide” that explains how business owners can use Twitter to promote their businesses. Guide is nicely organized and contains various case studies and a slide show.

In the begging of this year we introduced a new feature called Tweet This! that allows you to post coupons and promotions to your Twitter account directly from business dashboard. As a logical evolution of this feature we have decided to put together “Twitter Dashboard” that lists all content you can post on one page along with dedicated pages for each post.

Take a look at our coupon posted on Twitter @showmelocal:
http://twitter.com/showmelocal/statuses/2839780908
Click on coupon link: http://tinyurl.com/ktws5k to see the actual coupon.

Login to your account to review “Twitter Dashboard” and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter

Business Profiles – Mobile Version

February 16, 2009

We have optimized your business profiles to be used on 260 + mobile devices including cell phones, smart phones, PDAs and etc.

There are 3 major versions that are available for mobile users:

iPhone: click to view

HTML Rich Version (G1, BlackBerry and etc.) : click to view

WAP Version (all smaller devices): click to view

When users search the web on mobile devices and discover your business profile through search engines they will be automatically redirected to the appropriate mobile version.

We have been tested mobile versions for a while, that is why you can see “mobile” visits on your statistic report.

If you have a mobile device and willing to see how your profile looks like, navigate to your main business profile and wait for mobile version to appear.

“Link your Blog” aka “External Blogs” feature is live now!

January 24, 2009

If you run blog separate from your ShowMeLocal profile you can use our new “external blogs” feature to blend your existing content into blog section of your business profile.

Feature supports most of the popular blogging platforms and mixes your content into one continues blog with subscription button available. We support wordpress, blogger, typepad, livejournal, tumbrl, xanga, twitter and other popular blogging and micro blogging platforms.

Feature works with your business profile and business website.

You still can blog using our internal,  easy to use,  blogging tool.

Happy Blogging!
The Development Team

5 Things about ShowMeLocal Coupons that you might not know about.

December 5, 2008

1. You can create “Appreciation” coupon and assign it to customer actions. When customer writes a review you can award him/her with the exclusive coupon that will only appear when customer finishes the review.

2. Your coupon is automatically converted to widget in form of HTML or javascript and is available for you to place on the website of your choice. Summary of all coupons is also widgetized. See “Content ToGo” section of a coupon.

3. You can email a coupon (as well as “Appreciation” coupon) to your customer base via “Email this Coupon to your Customers” feature.

4. We distribute your coupon to different websites including Google Maps.

5. Customers can send your coupon to cell phones and present them to you electronically.

These and other coupon features are standard and included with Free, Premium and Business Website services.

To start effectively utilize coupons with your Business Profiles visit your Business Dashboard.

Introducing Premium Profiles.

September 8, 2008

Dear Valued Customer,

After a successful beta launch, we are happy to announce the release of one-stop fully functional website with opportunities for you to find new local customers using the power of Internet marketing, web 2.0 tools, advertising, social networking and extensive content distribution.

Today we are introducing premium profile packages (press release), to help you stand out among the competitors and convert online visitors into returning and loyal customers.

Premium profiles are advertising free, have extended collections of features, unique splash pages and detailed statistics for each visit to a business profile. As usual it is free for a business to get started at ShowMeLocal.com and full subscription packages are priced up to the deluxe package at an extremely affordable price per month.

For those of you who joined before September 5th 2008 and have free beta account, we are offering you an extension of service until October 31st 2008. You will still be able to enjoy our premium features free of charge. After that date your account will be downgraded to a regular free plan. You can upgrade your account at anytime before or after that date.

We’ve proved to deliver great results to you, strongly establishing and dramatically increasing your business’s online visibility, driving your local profile to the top organic positions in all of the major search engines. Most of you are using your local business profiles as prime online presence for your business. As you have noticed we have the most advanced tools and features that any player in the local advertising market has today. With introduction of our premium packages we will help you grow your business even further by creating new and unique features, extending your premium distribution network and tremendously boosting your local online share.

We hope you join us in reaching this goal!

Eugene Belenky

Founder of ShowMeLocal.com

Your Local Business Profile

January 7, 2008

Today your homework assignment is to read Anatomy & Optimization Of A Local Business Profile by Chris Smith. This article comments on the importance of using or having a local business profile.

“Optimizing business listings and profiles can make all the difference in enabling potential customers to find you and in selecting you from your pack of competitors.”

Since you are reading this blog, I assume you are a member of ShowMeLocal, if not, join today. When I first found ShowMeLocal, I was immediately impressed with the site layout, content and marketing potential. (honest, no BS). Remember it is all about your business growing its visibility online. If no one can find you, what is the point?

Business profiles will add to your visibility, can be a useful tool to augment your website (if you have one), and can provide links to your website(s). In the article, Chris provides great details on what a business needs to pay attention to: maps, geocodes, zip codes, phone numbers, categories, keywords, etc. Most small businesses simply put the basic address, phone, fax, etc. on a profile but if they take the time to create an “optimized” profile, it can be a real benefit to them.

ShowMeLocal’s business profiles allows you to create a very through business profile and one that you can use with an existing website. Coupons, blogs, reviews, widgets are available at ShowMeLocal. Eugene Belenky founder of ShowMeLocal says “ShowMeLocal profiles are highly SEO optimized and that is why deliver top organic! results in the search engines for our clients (not only navigational results but discovery as well). They will not get those results anywhere on the web for free.”

Now results will vary but here are a couple of examples were ShowMeLocal business profiles are showing up:

Massage Therapy on Comcast.net

Massage Therapy on Google

Pharmacy results per zip code

Chris ends his article, “Take advantage of the free advertising through all the business profile directories out there, and you’ll start pulling your business ahead of the pack.”

Can’t agree with Chris more. ShowMeLocal currently is free so it represents one of the best avenues for a small business to promote itself. If you are not here sign up. If you are already here, take a couple of minutes to review your profile. Is there anything you can do to it?

Using Facebook to Advertise Your Local Business

November 30, 2007

Facebook is local! I have commented about this previously at LocalBizBits in these two posts: Local Business on Facebook and Local Search on Facebook. The reason we bring this up is that Facebook is now a very viable option for small business to advertise in/on.

Recently Facebook added a number of features for the small business. They were:
Social Ads
Beacon
Platform – be able to create applications
Business Profile page
Insights & Polls

If you want to read some more about it, you can see what Sebastien Provencher from Praized Blog had to say at Facebook Pages: Facebook Pages: The Return of the One-Page Microsites. and at Greg Sterling’s post Facebook Ads, ‘Beacon’ and Local.

ShowMeLocal, earlier this week, launched an application, Business Space, a very simple and useful tool that connects your business profile here at ShowMeLocal to your Facebook page. This application saves you the time and energy of not having to repeat your business information on your Facebook business page.

Business Space will easily allow you to mange such things as your coupons, links to ShowMeLocal blog posts, specials, job announcements, etc.

You might be asking yourself, “why should I even fool with Facebook?” The reason is simple, because “everyone” is going on Facebook. Being involved in Facebook via a profile page, local network (i.e. NYC, or Los Angelos, etc) or a niche group is a smart business move. It is very easy to create an account and now with Business Space you can take your information here and quickly put in Facebook.

As I will mention in future posts, the current and future wave of the Internet is communities. People are joining and participating in various group and network sites. “You can win, you are not in the game.”

The biggest issues for a small business are time and technical knowledge. At ShowMeLocal, the vision is to provide the resources, information, and directions you might need to get the job done. Regarding the time, look at that as an investment into your business.

Have a question, post it here and we can continue the discussion. See you on Facebook.