Just over three months ago, I announced a joint venture with Knoxville Page, with a mission of supporting local businesses. So much has happened during those three months, and I felt the time had arrived for an update. The site is better than ever. Businesses have joined the venture and we’ve got a wonderful staff helping move us toward the next step.
We can’t begin to fully express our appreciation to the nearly fifty businesses that have signed up to help us create a network of local businesses joined for the cause of making a more even playing field as they compete with national and international companies. You’ll notice a new “Shop Local” tab at the top of this page. Click it and you’ll find a listing (with links) of all the businesses who have purchased a business page and/or keywords on KnoxvillePage. That list will be expanded as new businesses are added.
But we also want to thank them on the front page. So, great thanks on behalf of myself, my co-founder Anthony Ragland, and our entire team to the following current business partners:
Art Market Gallery, Aubrey’s, Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria, Beautique Medical Anti-Aging, The Bodywork Collective, CitiFid-O, Coffee & Chocolate, Dott Baker Insurance, Downtown Wine + Spirits, Earth to Old City, Escape Game Knoxville, Fieldhouse Social, First Century Bank, The Golden Roast Coffee, High Resolutions, Home Federal Bank, The Inn at Christmas Place, Janice Ann’s Fashion, Knox Brew Tours, Knoxville Soap, Candle & Gifts, The Lost Tavern, M.S. McClellan, Marc Nelson Denim, The Mattress Place, Melinda Grimac, Merchants of Beer, Old City MedSpa, Old City Wine Bar, The Phoenix Pharmacy & Fountain, Preservation Pub, Rala, Robin Easter Design, Scruffy City Hall, Stefanos Pizza, Sunspot, Tennessee Theatre, Theatre Knoxville Downtown, The Tomato Head, The Tree & Vine, Tommy Trent’s Sports Saloon, Union Ave Books, Visit Knoxville, WideLens, and Wildwood Land Design.
All of these local businesses deserve your support, and we hope you’ll give it to them. Again, you’ll find them linked on the “Shop Local” tab at the top of this page.
KnoxvillePage is on a mission to help solve a big problem. We are passionate about building an online network of locally-owned businesses and making it easy and convenient to find and shop local. Since June, we’ve made dozens of feature enhancements and upgrades to KnoxvillePage that help in that effort. We’ve been fortunate to collaborate with some incredible young graduates from the University of Tennessee and with many local business owners who share our mission. They’ve all made KnoxvillePage better today than we were in June.
Here is a list of improvements we’ve made:
upgraded the KnoxvillePage local search engine algorithm to produce more relevant results
upgraded the KnoxvillePage “Find Local” page to include browse by locally-owned personal services, business services, home services, and auto services
upgraded the search results page to include full-width and mobile-response sponsored banner advertisements
upgraded the search results page to include a business logo/photo and phone number
upgraded the local business page listings to automatically include Facebook posts for each business
created a social media marketing department to promote locally-owned business, special offers, and local events
created a video production department and produced 6 videos promoting KnoxvillePage and locally-owned businesses
We are particularly pleased with our increased social media presence (thanks to Chloe!) and our video production efforts (thanks to Tara and Cody!) You see a couple of the initial videos included here introducing KnoxvillePage and highlighting High Resolutions, one of our partners. You can view additional business videos here. As we’ve begun our soft launch, we’ve greatly increased our social media presence and we’d love for you to like our pages and help support local businesses while finding great deals and contests. You’ll find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
As we gear up for our official launch in October (we’re already open for business, but October will be our Grand Opening!), to provide the best possible experience to visitors to KnoxvillePage, we want to add as many locally-owned businesses as possible.
To that end, we are offering two promotional offers to locally-owned businesses who join us in the next month:
A local business can add their business to KnoxvillePage for only $1 for the first month to see if they like the web page we create to promote their local business. After the first month, it’s only $49 per month for KnoxvillePage to provide supplemental marketing and social media marketing support for your business.
When a local business sponsors a keyword and pays for the year, KnoxvillePage will create a free 60 to 90-second video commercial to promote your business. The video will be promoted on your KnoxvillePage local business page, on YouTube, Vimeo and on social media. Also, keyword sponsors receive a full-width and mobile-responsive banner advertisement which will be displayed whenever someone searches for your keyword.
So, if you love and support local businesses, click the links above and give us a like or follow us on the various platforms. If you know a local business owner, tell them about KnoxvillePage. If you own a business, we’d love to have you on our team. If one of the deals above appeals to you, you can email Anthony (Anthony@knoxvillepage.com), myself (Alan@Knoxvillepage.com) or our ace salesperson and the guy everybody loves, Keegan (Keegan@knoxvillepage.com). You may also add your business directly by following the simple directions here.
Watch for upcoming features such as increased marketplace items (search and order local online!) and an online marketplace for local gift cards!
Update: Thank you to Geo Hair Lab for signing up over night!