Calgary, AB (PRWEB) October 20, 2006
FoundLocally.com Media Inc. has just launched two new community information portals catering to Hamilton and Oakville-Halton in Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe region. The 6-year-old company now has 21 sites servicing major cities and communities across Canada from Victoria, BC to St John’s, Nfld. FoundLocally sites consistently attract more than 12 million visitors a year.
The Hamilton.FoundLocally.com site covers the City if Hamilton as well as communities around it from Brantford south to Lake Erie. The Oakville.FoundLocally.com site covers the Halton Region and the municipalities of Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Georgetown, all of which are considered “bedroom communities” in the Greater Toronto Area (“GTA”).
These two sites double the number of FoundLocally communities covered in Southern Ontario, adding to Niagara.FoundLocally.com, which covers the Niagara region on both sides of the Canada-US border and Barrie.FoundLocally.com, which covers the vast cottage country around Georgian Bay from the Bruce Peninsula, through the Trent-Severn Waterway, up to the Muskoka Lakes region.
FoundLocally’s portal sites provide comprehensive information about each community including travel, entertainment, shopping, neighborhoods, sports, education and government. They are an excellent trip-planning resource for both business and leisure travelers. Site visitors can browse about a thousand pages of background information, pictures and maps about each community, and popular resources like weekly ski reports, movie show times and golf courses listings.
The sites also include a useful business directory where visitors can search for Hamilton businesses by name, category, or location. The free business listings are entered by businesses themselves and they provide descriptions, contact details and other marketing information. FoundLocally.com is a popular marketing tool for small businesses often run from a home phone or cell phone, and therefore excluded from the phone directory. And once registered, businesses can post jobs, events, special offers and news announcements as part of their listings. This service is free and well suited to those businesses without a web site. Local businesses in the Oakville-Halton-Burlington area may add themselves by going to Oakville.FoundLocally.com and clicking on “Free Listings.”
The site earns its revenues from traditional web “banner advertising” and optional “Logos & Links” in the business directory, which combines a web site hot-link, placement priority before free listings, and logo placement on all listing pages, for a small annual fee. Significant discounts are given to non-profit groups, and to organizations with multiple establishments.
Communities now covered by the portal include: Victoria, Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Okanagan-Shuswap, Banff & The Rockies, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, Niagara Falls, Barrie-Muskokas, Hamilton, Oakville-Halton, Ottawa-Gatineau, Fredericton, Charlottetown, Halifax, and St John’s.
FoundLocally.com Media Inc. is a Calgary-based company that creates community information portals, and provides web design and web marketing services. It also runs TransCanadaHighway.com (about travel along the world’s longest highway), and MovingInCanada.com (about relocations & real estate). The FoundLocally web sites are represented nationally by 24/7 Canada, the nation’s largest interactive ad agency.
For more information contact:
Mark Ruthenberg, General Manager
Taina Suomela, Manager
Affiliate Relations & Marketing, 24/7 Canada Inc.
(416) 966-2542 x300