Heat pump not working? Got a flat tire or a car that just won't start in the frigid cold? Looking for a new hair stylist, a dress shop, doctor, dentist, pharmacist or just a good place to eat?
The place most of us start looking when we need this information is in the old-standard -- the telephone book. But, if you're like a large majority of the population, you probably have at least five old phone books laying around the house and once you actually find one it is probably outdated.
Beginning Jan. 28, phone numbers and other important information will now be just a click away as Areawide Media launches their new Areawide Marketplace Web site. Simply by logging on to www.areawidemarketplace.com, residents will have access to over 1,500 businesses located in Sharp, Fulton and Izard counties in Arkansas and Oregon County in Missouri.
Niki de Soto of Salem is the Marketplace coordinator for Areawide Media.
"This system is so simple the everyday person can find what they're looking for," Niki said. "Plus, the businesses listed on this site have the ability to go in and manage the information on their site, add a picture or post a sale or special coupon along with many other special features we're offering. The initial business information -- the address, phone, hours, a Google map to the location, and even a picture of the business is all free of charge."
Cindi Fink is the account executive for Areawide Marketplace and will be available to explain expanded packages to businesses who wish to develop their business listing further.
"We have four packages ranging from the free listing to a complete mutli-media package to help you develop your business," Cindi said. "We also offer one hour of training to each business so they will be able to use this site to its greatest benefit. The business owner will be able to make their own changes everyday if they want to, as well as changing photos."
Niki said that one of the most popular online tools being used today are online only coupons.
"This is a great way to entice a customer into your business so they can be introduced to all you have to offer," Niki said.
"If you have a Web site that's not getting the action you want, or if you don't have a Web site, this is a low cost way to develop a real Web presence," Niki said. "Links to current Web sites are also included in the basic listing which can increase traffic to your Web site and we have a link on all three of our Web sites -- The News, The South Missourian News, Villager Journal -- to direct people to the Areawide Marketplace."
Niki said that all a customer has to do to make changes to their listing is to go to areawidemarketplace.com, click on their business and "Claim your site" by following a few simple instructions. Businesses that are not listed on the site are invited to add their business listing at no charge. This can be done by clicking on the "Add your business" link at the top right of the page.
"We're really excited to offer this new service to our business customers," Areawide Media Publisher Janie Flynn said. "In today's economy, we're all looking to save money and increase our business revenue. We believe this will be an excellent tool to do so, as well as a convenient way for your present and future customers to find you. We're really looking forward to watching the listings grow."
Anyone or any group interested in learning more about Areawide Marketplace can contact Niki or Cindi at 870-895-3207 or 800-995-3209.