A new tool is available to small business owners to market their events and promote their content. Localist, an interactive online calendaring platform, recently launched its ‘Localist Simple’ plan geared toward entrepreneurs with limited marketing resources that need an affordable and easy-to-use tool to promote their brand. Localist provides small businesses with a branded online calendar that integrates easily into their current websites to publish and promote their events.
Localist Simple deeply integrates with social media to help build communities around events and make them more interactive. It also keeps each event as an individual web page so that search engines are able to easily find the events and create visibility. Localist also has a news letter feature built in and a widget builder to put your events on other web pages
With Localist Simple, small business owners who don’t have a marketing team or only employ a small one, “We designed Localist Simple to meet the needs of small businesses that do not have a large marketing team but want a quick and easy way to display their events attractively and concisely,” said Mykel Nahorniak, CEO and co-founder of Localist, in a statement. “This new plan will provide streamlined event management, enhanced SEO and increased brand awareness to SMBs, including restaurants and bars, retail shops, artists and performers, local councils, meet-ups, law firms, independent realtors and insurance brokers, and more.”
Localist Simple lets entrepreneurs easily publish and promote events with features such as unlimited events, custom domain, custom color schemes, responsive design, widgets and email support, at a cost of $19 a month. The plan will focus on SMBs such as restaurants and bars, retail shops, artists and performers, local councils, meet-ups, law firms, independent realtors and insurance brokers, and more.The product is designed with small businesses that host at least one event a week in mind.
In a recent survey of Localist customers, 42% chose minimizing overhead as the top benefit of using the platform. Additionally, 44% listed audience submissions as the most useful feature, enabling calendar administrators to save time thanks to content being added by the community. Localist’s intuitive, cloud-based calendar takes the confusion out of managing events, turning event content into a powerful marketing driver that saves time, boosts attendance and increases overall brand awareness and SEO, added Nahorniak.
According to company reports, Localist has powered more than one million events and saved customers an average of 8,000 hours of work per year over other calendar software. It has shown to raise awareness and increase web traffic and event attendance by up to 70%.