FoundLocally interface improvements: JUMP Feature
This week, we updated our look & feel, adding some colour. Everybody's doing a "simple" (but bland) white interface now... we wanted to keep ahead of the curve. See www.FoundLocally.com as well as each of the community websites.
As well, we made our JUMP feature more prominent. We've had it for the past year, but it seem ed largely lost and ignored. By replacing a word-description with the "Bunny" icon, we figured people will discover it, and be amused by the self-explanatory pop-up window, and is "boing" sound effect.
The JUMP feature works for any page on the site, whether content or a search results page. Check out movie listings in nearby FoundLocally communities or search for a store or restaurant located nearby.
FoundLocally says Bilingualism is dead in Canada!
June 19, 2012 Calgary, AB. FoundLocally.com Media Inc, which has long been asked about making its site bi-lingual, is excited to announce that it has added omni-lingual translation to all its websites. Statistics Canada says there are almost as many non-official language speakers as there are French speakers Now, FoundLocally’s websites are available in not only French, but a total of 57 languages, adding innovative programming to integrate with Google’s Translation capabilities.
These languages are now supported on all FoundLocally websites: Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Basque, Bengali, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh, and Yiddish. It not only translates, but displays the content in the correct foreign keyboard/fonts.
Are you ready for Facebook's New Timeline View for your Business Page?
Facebook just finished revamping individual users’ pages to the new “Timeline” view. Now its time for all the business Facebook Pages to get a new design, which will be forced upon you by On March 30, 2012, whether you are ready or not.
The biggest advantage of this new look is you get to have more control of the appearance of your business page than before, where the “facebook” logo and blue stripe dominated the page. Now you can use a graphic or photo to take up most of the part of the screen. On the minus side, those who do NOT update their Facebook Pages will have a crappy looking page, with their old Profile Image chopped to 180 pixels square. Those that invested in taller vertical images under the old look & feel, will need to re-invest into a more flexible wider banner.
This presents an significant product promotion and brand building opportunity—even opportunities. Why just tell people you are launching an new product, when your Facbook Page’s Profile Image can be updated, and you can comment about the new photo, making your Status Update newsfeed more interesting and relevant?
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What should I use for my Logo?
There’s no longer any excuse to not have an image with your logo & link listing, as opposed to the default blue ‘click for more info!” button.
FoundLocally’s search results display 20 at a time, each with their logo. You should try to stand out as much as you can, to improve the odds that your listing is looked at first, or at least among the first.
Adding a Business in the Greater Toronto Area
FoundLocally.com has a number of directories serving the Greater Toronto Area (The "GTA") for a few years now.
Which Toronto Directory should I add my business to? While many directories lump everyone from Belleville to Brantford north to Barrie as “Toronto”, we—as FoundLocally—like to help consumers find businesses and services right in their own community or neighourhood.
When we were implementing ZIP Code blocking for US-based businesses not close to one of our featured cross-border communities (Niagara Falls, and Sault Ste Marie) , but still trying to add themselves (or by their SEO professionals, add their clients to our high-PageRank directory), we realized we had a similar issue with Toronto-area businesses.
U.S. Business Listings on FoundLocally?
FoundLocally is designed to help find community information for a number of cities across Canada, and so we are a perfect marketing opportunity for Canadian businesses.
The fact the directory is free, and covers a broad spectrum of economic activity from Business to Business (“B2B”) and Business to Consumer (“B2C”), as well as governments, non-profits and community groups.
Some FoundLocally sites are cross-border, including Niagara Falls (also featuring Niagara Falls & Buffalo, NY) and Sault Ste Marie (also for Sault Ste Marie, Michigan and the “U.P.”). These sites cover both sides of the border (or river) because that’s the way those communities actually function.
We welcome listings from US businesses, community groups and governments in those cross-border communities!
Are the Telcos a Fraud on Smartphones?
Apparently, nothing has changed over the past year.
Here. You try it:
If you are looking at this on your desktop, cut and paste the above URLs into an email to your smartphone (typically to your own email address) and click on the links there, and compare the screens you see!
New Navigation improvements added to FoundLocally
FoundLocally has made the LOGIN more accessible by making it a pop-up (rather than directing users to a LOGIN page), and made it easier for most users, especially those with a single business listing or a single resume by taking them directly to their info.
We also added a number of small navigation features to enable users to go to the Canada home page, back one page, or send us feedback (by adding a new icon to the Social Media icons grouping).
New Look for FoundLocally.com
The new site design makes the site search more prominent, and moves all menus and actions in to the black, grey and white stripe at the top of the page, replacing the old "tabbed" interface for site navigation and for viewing & updating business listings. We also made the Add Free Listings option and the Login (to update listings) more accessible. We also improved Social Media integration, making it easier to "like" individual pages in over 300 Social Media sites, as well providing as easier access to our Facebook, Twitter, RSS feeds, and Blog.
We've also added site-wide capabilities including the Popular Links (in each city),. This Page > Nearby (to jump to same feature, feature or search results in nearby FoundLocally communities) and the pop-down Table of Contents which had used the right site panel pretty well since the website's inception. On the FoundLocally.com home page, the white stripe provides a number of pop-downs for the most popular pages around the website.