“We wanted to provide a crisp, attractive online marketplace. I personally wanted to provide a site that was easy to navigate that would be freely available to our community, and packed with free features that other sites charge for."
Chesley, ON (PRWEB) May 5, 2010
Mid-Western Ontario (PRWEB) May 5, 2010 -- As record numbers of local residents are facing minimal employment opportunities and the prolonged crunch of an economic crisis, those who are entrepreneurial minded are leaving traditional employment and establishing their own small businesses. With a reduced family income, as is currently common in many Mid-Western Ontario households, the demand for alternative resources and support is increasing. In an effort to provide an asset to the general public and also accommodate small businesses with a tool to help them succeed in a competitive environment, David Winn, and Jason Eke a marketing executive from Evolve Creative Marketing an Ontario Marketing Agency announce the expansion of their online free classifieds website called BoogiBoard.com.
A simple idea, conceived by the two entrepreneurs, and originating in the Grey-Bruce area of Ontario in late 2009, has quickly grown into the premiere website: BoogiBoard.com. The founders, two very creative and competitive business owners knew the intrinsic value of marketing, networking and promotion, and realized a gap in the existing services offered in the community - especially for an affordable, feature-rich Buy & Sell.
After several months of planning and researching, the two had come up with an outline that would become their marketing plan. In early September 2009, the website BoogiBoard.com went live and online, with it’s official launch not scheduled until October, 2009. By the end of their second week of operation in September, the Free Community Classifieds had grown to close to 100 registered sellers, and had already reached over 1440 website visitors, the online structure for the partner’s classifieds website was well underway. Now, nine months after the lauch, BoogiBoard Free Classifieds is expanding to reach a larger audience and is now available from Wellington County to Simcoe County, Ontario. Adding these new regions means that the BoogiBoard Free Classifieds now extends from Barrie in the east to Kincardine in the west, and from Tobermory in the north to Guelph in the south, this area represents 20942.46 square km and a population of roughly 939,553.
The purpose of BoogiBoard was to create a simple site where both, local residents and business owners can advertise their goods, services, or businesses and develop reputations and relationships. To take full advantage of the site’s features, once registered, members can complete a Seller Profile, link back to their own website, post events, services and items for sale complete with photos, location maps and even stream video virtual tours. Whether visitors are registered and logged-in, or not, they leave comments for Sellers on Ad pages. Or, make a private email connection, right through the BoogiBoard operating system. Both Winn and Eke hope BoogiBoard.com will continue to evolve and support communities across Ontario, and that by expanding to these new regions will promote that growth.
“We’re two very creative and competitively minded people, we want to be able to promote and sell online, expanding on the social and community aspects of online classifieds sites, and be a part of innovative new marketplace,” says Winn. Eke adds “We want to provide a crisp, attractive online marketplace. I personally wanted to provide a site that was easy to navigate that would be freely available to our community, and packed with free features that other sites charge for, I think that BoogiBoard offers this. Other online classified sites charge a fee to add a link URL to another website, we recognize the high value of this to small business, so we offer this and more for free.”
After only a couple days of having his classified Ad running on BoogiBoard, Woodlot Management Business owner, Lee Thurston says of his free listing, “I can’t believe how many responses I have had in not even 24 hours, great stuff.”
The low cost of using the site is one of the primary objectives for BoogiBoard.com, because both Winn, and Eke want to provide a community resource and not limit the features available to members no matter how small their budget. "I found that other online classified sites had some of the features that I liked, but were priced to high for something as simple as including a link back to my own website," Winn says, "having to pay a weekly fee, is outrageous."
The success of the classifieds will come from the contribution of its users by submitting a free classified Ad and then sharing their Ads with their friends through social media like Facebook. BoogiBoard founders have built in a simple interface to allow this to happen with a single click. As time goes on, registered users will develop their Seller Profiles, develop their online reputation, promote their goods or services, get to know each other better, share and spread the word, and create a valuable local resource.
Founded in 2009 by David Winn and Jason Eke, BoogiBoard.com is a growing free classifieds community for local Mid-Western Ontario residents, serving Grey-Bruce, Simcoe, Dufferin, Wellington and Huron Counties. BoogiBoard.com provides area residents, and business owners with a free, feature-packed platform for niche specific advertising within a geo-targeted marketplace.
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