GoLocal247 Re-Launches 32-Site Platform with Fully Integrated Social Network

From: GoLocal247.com
Published: Wed Feb 10 2010

The User-Friendly Phone Book, LLC today will begin helping small business owners connect with local consumers via social networking with the re-launch of its GoLocal247 platform.

The second version of the site upgrades the look and feel of the 32 hyperlocal Websites located in eight states, and also adds a completely integrated and locally focused social networking section to each site. Users who register with the site can become fans of their favorites businesses, rate and write reviews about local businesses, post free announcements and events, upload and view photos and share their thoughts in a blog.

Business owners benefit from the social network by being able to update their business’ profile and coupons whenever they want, communicate via the social network’s internal messaging system with the fans of their business, offer professional advice in the “Expert Tips”, and spread the word about a new product or service the business offers. Through the sites internal messaging system, business owners can offer exclusive discounts to their fans, alert fans about an upcoming event at their business, and ask their fans to take their word-of-mouth reviews to the Web by writing positive and thoughtful reviews on their business’ profile page.

“In most of the markets our sites currently cover, we are among the first truly local social network joined with an internet yellow pages directory,” said Mary Beth Brendza, VP, Operations at The User-Friendly Phone Book and GoLocal247.com. “We are excited about the volunteer, business, and social opportunities this virtual network brings to the community.”

The GoLocal247 network of sites is a one-stop shop for all things local ??" local business information, local events calendar, local job listings, local classified listings, local news, sports, weather, announcements, a place to connect with your family, friends, neighbors and favorite local businesses on the Web.

About GoLocal247.com

The GoLocal247 network is one of the fastest growing community-focused website companies in the country with Web sites in parts of California, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas. The company took the hyper-local approach by building community portals with a robust Yellow Page business directory. The first site launched in June 2008 and is now comprised of 32 local sites in eight states.

The heart of GoLocal247 is a robust Yellow Page business directory. Users can locate thousands of in-depth profiles on local businesses, rate and review them, and utilize money-savings coupons. They also can browse and post free classified ads, view and add events to the community calendar, and catch up on the latest news, entertainment and sports happening in the community and around the world.

Golocal247 is the internet division of The User-Friendly Phone Book, a portfolio company of VS&A Communications Partners III, LP -- the private equity affiliate of media industry merchant bank Veronis Suhler Stevenson. Learn more about GoLocal247.com at www.golocal247.com. For more information about The User-Friendly Phone Book, visit www.ufpb.net.
Company: GoLocal247.com
Contact Name: Andrea Mooney
Contact Email: andrea.mooney@golocal247.com
Contact Phone: (877) 235-0708

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