One of our goals for this past year was to engage our members in utilizing the new management software we have implemented. This software allows you to update your listing in our printed membership directory (also available on our website), and it allows you to update your information on your website listing.
To say that our website (www.centervilleia.com) has been very successful in its first year is an understatement. Since going live with the site in mid-February, our online business directory alone has received more than 37,400 searches. Please take a moment to make sure that your listing is up to date and that you are taking advantage of all the tools that are available to you.
You should have received your log-in information earlier this year. If you have misplaced this information, or if you need help logging in, we would be happy to assist you. We will gladly walk you through the process. When you log in you will be able to see how many people were searching for businesses in your category and how many clicked on your information page.
In addition to our business directory, we also offer a calendar of events. Our events calendar received 409,236 searches since February. Please know you are welcome to add events and meetings to our calendar. It’s a simple procedure. Click on “Area Events Calendar” in the blue box on the right side of the homepage. Then click on the “Submit New Event” link at the top of the calendar. You can easily input your event or meeting. We will receive a notification you have made a submission and approve the listing. Non-members can also submit information this way.
A couple other notable statistics from our website are 10,168 people searched for coupons on our website. We have offered the “Hotdeal” coupon option to our members for free this year and plan to do that again next year. We have not had many members take advantage of this benefit. Some Chambers are experiencing incredible results with this type of promotion, and we hope to grow this tool in the next year. We have also had 6,680 people search our job listings. This is available for free to you as a member as well.
There are some exciting new features that will come out in 2014, including a webpage option for those businesses that do not have one. We will keep you informed as new options become available.
If you are not a Chamber member, but are interested, please contact me at 641-437-4102. I can give you more information about the benefits of being part of the Chamber.
Centerville Chamber of Commerce, 128 N. 12th St., Centerville, 641-437-4102, www.centervilleia.com.