Since we last posted. With the holidays and a busy January things got a bit.. well, busy.
We have been hard at work on our first iPhone/Android apps. While we had to switch development platforms, we still plan on launching apps for each city where we have at least 20 businesses listed. Stay tuned on timing. If you would like to be in our beta group to help test the apps let us know! Send a note to email@example.com
This week we had four new businesses join FoundTown! Please welcome:
Law Offices of Richard Barkin in Boca Raton FL
Trent, Tyrell & Associates in Las Vegas, NV
Tate Law Offices in Dallas, TX
Harris, Wyatt & Amala in Lake Oswego, OR
Welcome to FoundTown! We look forward to your updates!
Did you hear that Google+ launched Pages today? Here is a TechCrunch article that provides a great overview. We just added our profile and it only took a few minutes.
We will research adding Google+ as one of the options for posting once the adoption among businesses takes off. In the meantime, make sure you visit our profile and add us to your circles!
You can visit our profile here
Great article on shopping local at GTR Newspapers. There are many reasons to support local businesses, but the article cites Tulsa-Centric:
“For every $100 you spend at a local merchant, 68 of those dollars return to the community. When spent at a national chain, only $43 stay in the community.” This doesn’t even take in to consideration how much we’re lessening our carbon footprint by cutting down on shipping, hauling and packaging.”
A great article on the growing support to find and support our local businesses
Read the full article here Shopping with Local Merchants Benefits Economy, Environment
FoundTown, a keen supporter of Buy Local campaigns, announces that Cinda Baxter (founder of the nationally-renowned 3/50 Project) will speak at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater in Old Town Lewisville on October 5th. Sign up to hear Cindy Baxter speaking at noon with a Q&A session to follow. There will also be a panel discussion regarding ‘Buy Local’ campaigns.
For more information go to http://otbalewisville.org/350Project.
We are excited to share some details of the FoundTown iPhone app that we are hoping to launch in the next few weeks!
We always felt that users will get the most out of updates that local businesses are adding to FoundTown if they can review them on their phone. So, we have been working to create our first iPhone app. Over time, we hope to have an iPhone app dedicated to each city on FoundTown. The first iPhone app we are building is for Southlake, TX and then after a brief beta period we will quickly launch the Keller, TX and Colleyville, TX apps. This made a lot of sense for us because we happen to be working with the cities of Colleyville and Keller to possibly customize the app for their “buy local” campaigns and this will give us some time to work out those details.
Here are the goals of the app:
- Share updates, deals and events from local businesses
- Provide community news specific to the city
- Allow for users to share this content on Facebook, Twitter or via e-mail
- Provide social features that allow users to comment and “like” content from within the app to create a community
How does your business add updates to the iPhone app?
All you have to do is continue publishing your updates on FoundTown.com All of the updates from your city will automagically be pulled into the iPhone app!
We are excited about launching and will share more details soon. In the meantime, here are some screenshots of the app in development to give you an idea of the look/feel. Please let us know if you have any feedback – send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are obsessed with making local businesses successful and we had to share some news from Jack Dorsey’s startup Square
Have you heard of Square? No? Square allows you to accept credit card payments with your iPhone, iPad and/or Android phone. Initially founded to help mobile small businesses that could not make use of standard point of sale devices, it now hopes to replace the purchasing process in a store all together.
Square recently launched Card Case which allows consumers to keep “cards” of their favorite businesses in the app and streamline repeat purchases.
Why would small businesses want to use Square? Well, you get simplified fees, next day payout and a way to engage your regular customers.
But, beyond the basic value props for local businesses (all of which you can read about on their web site) Square might open up some additional selling opportunities for you.
For instance, what if you could sell some products at the local 5k/10k race booth that you setup buy accepting credit cards on site? When you setup a booth at your local art fair, Oktoberfest, etc.. you can start accepting credit cards!
Well, if you are intrigued – check out some additional articles on Square using the links below.. we are big fans!