Meetlocalbiz.com, a new social media platform, launched this week, connecting local businesses and consumers nationwide.
Meetlocalbiz.com helps companies establish an online presence to communicate deals, provide company information, and let consumers know what is happening within their community.
Businesses create their free micro-sites and can then upload company information, photo galleries, videos, and online promotions. Company updates can be seen via the live news feed on every business' page as well as those the business has partnered with.
The Web site shows region-specific results, categorizes each business by industry service, and is optimized, allowing all micro-sites to appear in search engine results.
Consumers can create user accounts, where they can search for companies by ZIP code, follow their favorite businesses, and receive discounts just by using the Web site. Job openings, business announcements, and community events are also broadcast on the Meetlocalbiz.com homepage by city.
"Knowing how to communicate with the community has been an ongoing problem for local businesses across the country. Oftentimes they are outshined by larger chain corporations and don't have the marketing budget to compete for more business. Meetlocalbiz.com was designed as a solution to this problem. Now small businesses have the ability to instantly communicate with potential consumers in their community, for free," said Todd Sachs, founder of meetlocalbiz.com, in a statement.
"Social media plays an integral part in how consumers connect with the brands they love and the businesses they patronize. Meetlocalbiz.com removes the aggressive advertising element found on other social media sites, allowing consumers to search for local businesses on their terms, without feeling inundated by unwanted ads," Sachs added.