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Need some ideas to get started using SLN to promote your deals and promotions? Here are some that we came up with!

College ID Nights- College students are always looking for deals in their area. Offering a college ID night or college ID discounts encourages them to visit–and bring their friends!

Discounted Day- Offer a discount on any day of the week that you feel fit! This could be your most popular day or your least popular day (which can increase attendance on that day)!

Free Rental- If your activity requires a rental, offer a free or discounted rental to encourage your guests to come, have fun, and save money!

Have any other ideas? Let us know in the comments below!
This link is to a demo bowling alley we created, enjoy!

Check out this bike shop and tour center’s promotions!

Need some ideas to get started using SLN to promote your deals and promotions? Here are some that we came up with!

  • Title: Buy Three Get One Free Tires
    Description: Buy 3 Get 1 FREE Goodyear Tire special. Get the details here… 
  • Title: Spring Cleaning Special
    Description: You’ve cleaned your house, now your car needs a spring cleaning as well! Our Spring Cleaning Special includes a BG Better Oil change, Fuel-Induction Service, Multi-point inspection and tire rotation 
  • Title: Back to College Special
    Description: Get your student back to school safely with – – 5 Qt. Standard Oil Change – Tire Rotation AND Multipoint Vehicle Inspection All For Just – $34.95 (provide College ID to claim). 
  • Title: Leasing Deal on Chevrolets
    Description: $249/month plus tax for 39 months (after all offers). $500 due at signing and 10K miles per year.

Have any other ideas? Let us know in the comments below!

Need some ideas to get started using SLN to promote your deals and promotions? Here are some that we came up with!

Free Consultation: Provide free consultations for new customers! This helps to create a strong relationship right off the bat and helps to draw customers in.

Advertise Listings: If you have any new listings available, create a post advertising the newly available homes. Also, add a link to your websites that show them more details about their dream home.

Low Mortgage and APR Rates: If you provide low mortgage and APR rates, announce it! It gives you a competitive edge over other businesses.

Open Houses: If you have any local open houses coming up, create an event that advertises the location and time so that your customers stay informed!

Have any other ideas? Let us know in the comments below!

See a sample realtor company profile here:

At the most basic level, buying local ensures that more money stays in our community. In fact, for every $100 spent at a locally-owned store, $45 remains in the local economy. The Chamber of Commerce encourages all residents to shop small and support our locally owned businesses! Shopping locally provides you with the opportunity to discover something different; it’s unlikely that you’ll find the same thing at a local store as you would the mall. Save Local Now, the Chamber’s “Buy Local” program, highlights and promotes Chamber members and the deals and promotions they create. Locals and tourists alike can download the FREE Save Local Now app to access deals, events and accurate business information. Saving money and buying local has never been easier!

Save Local Now was built by a Chamber exec specifically for Chamber members (especially small to medium sized businesses). Many of us are confused by digital and social media marketing. Without spending a fortune, how are we supposed to compete with larger companies with a much larger marketing budget? Email marketing costs money. Search engine optimization costs money. Social media management costs money.

While these components of digital marketing cost money, they are also essential for survival in the online market place.

That’s why Chambers of Commerce choose to partner with Save Local Now; to bring FREE digital marketing tools to their Chamber members.

With Save Local Now every member has access to their very own digital marketing platform. This platform lets members publish business promotions like: “BOGO for First Time Customers!” – “We’re open late on Wednesday’s” or “Check out our new product now sold in store!”

The SLN platform allows members to 1-click share those business promotions to their own social media pages, including Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

With the SLN digital platform members are also able to share those business promotions through SLN’s free email marketing. SLN reminds us that SOCIAL MEDIA IS TO REACH MORE CUSTOMERS, EMAIL MARKETING IS TO GENERATE REVENUE.

Lastly, SLN provides FREE search engine optimization to each and every member’s profile. SLN will help place your members higher and higher on search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing, allowing local consumers to find their products and services more quickly and efficiently.

Note for members: Regardless of if you have a small business or big business, there is benefit here. Online marketing for your business that you can do quickly, easily and completely free of charge.

Check out a list of promotions made from other SLN business members and use them for inspiration!

Food and Drink Category:

  • Call Us Ahead for Fast Pick Up
  • Saturday Afternoon Wine Tasting
  • 1/2 Price Bottle of Wine with Entree Purchase
  • Happy Hour Pricing from 4PM-7PM
  • Tuesday Daily Specials!

Activities and Shopping Categories:

  • $25 Adult Paint Class
  • Ladies Night Out
  • Texas Hold Em Night
  • Help Local Charities
  • Ride for the Red Shield (event)

Health and Fitness Category:

  • 2 Week Free Trial
  • Teen Wellness Class
  • Wise Wednesday Stress Relief Session
  • Did you know? Exercise Improves Your Skin Tone and Color
  • A 1 Hour Work Out is 4% of Your Day – No Excuses

Hair and Beauty Category:

  • Great Haircut, Great Price
  • Free Blow Out!
  • New Bubble Wand In Stock Today
  • Back To School Special for Kids
  • What Are You Using On Your Skin At Home?

Home Category:

  • $500 Down and Quick Move In for Beautiful New Home
  • Your One Stop Glass Shop
  • New Design for Frameless Shower Enclosure
  • Stop By and Tour Our Three Model Homes
  • New Paint Colors in Stock

Automotive Category:

  • $24.95 Oil Change and Tire Rotation
  • $14.95 Wiper Blade Set
  • Get To Know Our Team of Experts
  • Your 1st Call For Transportation
  • Uh Oh! Better Get Maaco!

Keri Senderak, Director of Marketing and Communications at Save Local Now, was interviewed on the importance of supporting local. See her full interview  here.

Why is buying local so important to businesses and the economy as a whole?

At the most basic level, buying local ensures that more money stays in the community. In fact, for every $100 spent at a locally-owned store, $45 remains in the local economy. By shopping at the local “mom and pop” style store instead of these “big box” corporations, consumers can rest assured knowing that they’re doing their part at keeping their communities unique and thriving.

How does buying local save money?

Buying local saves people money in several ways. These small businesses are close to home, meaning that many people don’t need to travel far to get to them. Products (like fruit and produce) are made or grown at local locations, so they don’t have to travel far to get where they’re going. This means that, in many cases, there is no middle man. This translates to lower prices for the business owner and, of course, the consumer.

What are the current trends you’re seeing in local communities?

Saving money by buying local. I’ve noticed that many chambers of commerce (more specifically those that have partnered with Save Local Now) are encouraging “buy local” initiatives. Now more than ever chambers and their small businesses recognize that when consumers buy local, they are also assisting in the creation and retention of jobs.

Where do you see local businesses in the next few years? Few decades?

I only see communities and their local businesses growing stronger. Many of us concern ourselves with “what’s trending.” These “buy local” promotions are most definitely trending, but I also believe they’re here to stay. People genuinely care about their communities; they want a booming downtown area, safe streets to walk on, job opportunities and friendly atmospheres. Honestly though, who doesn’t? I don’t see small business going anywhere any time soon.

You partner closely with chambers of commerce. What are some things you do together?

We partner exclusively with chambers of commerce to help their member businesses. We discovered that many of these small business owners didn’t have the tools they need to ensure a successful business. We void that gap by partnering with the chamber. The chamber pays for SLN services, and their members get SLN as an added benefit for being a member of the chamber. Currently, Save Local Now is in 27 states, and more than 80,000 member businesses have received SLN as a NO-COST member benefit. Here at Save Local Now, we are all about the small business owner, and will do whatever we can to guarantee the success of that business, the community they’re in, and the chamber of commerce that supports them.

You can follow Keri and Save Local Now on Facebook and Twitter.

As you know by now, Save Local Now is a true “Buy Local” initiative. With the holidays now just weeks away (can you believe it?!), we wanted to highlight how easy it is to promote your business on the SLN platform. Throwing a special Thanksgiving event? No problem! Offering a Thanksgiving FEAST of savings? Even better! Drive consumer traffic by creating promotions on your Save Local Now platform. November_MP_Chamber_Newsletter

Consumers are looking to buy local this season; let’s make it easy on them! Use your Save Local Now platform to promote fresh produce, holiday décor, or where to buy the plumpest turkey in town; this will drive consumer traffic and encourage shoppers to keep their money close to home this season.

Last but not least, don’t forget to share the promotions you create with Save Local Now’s social sharing benefit; reach more consumers in just 1 click!

From our table to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

Save Local Now, a FREE chamber member benefit, is here to help small business drive consumer traffic. Now more than ever we see the value in supporting local business. At the most basic level, buying local ensures that more money stays in the community. In fact, for every $100 spent at a locally owned store, $45 remains in the local economy. By shopping at the local “mom and pop” style store, consumers can rest assured knowing that they’re doing their part of keeping their communities unique and thriving.

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This highlights the vast importance of Save Local Now’s “Buy Local” initiative. What we mustn’t forget is that buying local actually saves money. Small businesses are often close to home, meaning that you don’t have to travel as far to get there. Products (like fruit and produce) are made or grown at local locations, meaning that they don’t have to travel as far to get to you. This means that, in many cases, there is no middle man (which translates to lower prices for the business owner and, of course, the consumer).  

Save Local Now gives endless amounts of support to small businesses; more specifically the marketing tools they need to better promote their business. We know how busy the small business owner is; we know how little time there is for email marketing, social media, etc. The tools we give small business owners, such as free SEO services, deal and event publishing, email marketing, real-time analytics, etc. is so crucial to helping their bottom line. Essentially, Save Local Now created an easy way for small business to be everywhere consumers are today.

Interested in learning more? Schedule a time with Save Local Now: savelocalnow.com/training

Below is the Getting Started Guide to posting a deal on SLN with helpful hints from one of our Digital Marketing Consultants!

Once you log into your Save Local Now account use the green menu in the top left corner to access your Deals & Promotions. (HINT: You don’t always have to think of a deal as a discount, sometimes giving away a reward, letting people know updates about the business, or asking for more social media followers is a great way to use this section as well).

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Once on that page, you will see all of your active and inactive deals along with your deal inspiration. To create a new deal, click “Create a Deal or Promotion.”

Step 1: Image & Title

To add an image, hover over the image box and click “Change.”  If you want to change the image later, hover over the image and click “Delete.” We recommend using high quality images or bright colors to attract the attention of your customers. (HINT: This is not a great place to use your logo. You should put your logo in the business profile and then try to find a stock image or a great picture of one of your products for the deal. If you need help with this, reach out to us and a Digital Marketing Consultant might be able to give you a great image).

To edit any text, click into the dotted section. The first section is the title of your deal. We recommend using numbers to catch the attention of your customers.  For example:

  • $10 for $20 worth of____
  • All services 25% OFF
  • Buy 2 get 1 FREE

(HINT: The more you can discount or offer the better. Remember, we aren’t taking any portion of the proceeds and you can always remove the deal any time).

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Step 2: Describe your deal

Click into the section to edit any text. Once your cursor is inside the box you will notice several editing options. You can add a little flair to your description by using italics, bullet points, etc. We recommend keeping this section short, while still letting your customers know what this deal includes and/or excludes.

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(HINT: Be creative! Pair up with other businesses in town to offer package deals, encourage people to act fast or hurry to create excitement. Also, keeping it short and sweet will help to boost your SEO).

Step 3: Deal Type & Valid Dates

Select a type for your deal (you can select more than one). Then, edit the valid dates to let people know how long the deal is valid. Make sure you double check the dates when you finish.

(HINT: You are not committed to the end date, you can always re-post or take down a deal at any time. To create urgency, sometimes it’s better to have deals that look like they will end soon!).

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Step 4: Custom Button

You can add a custom button to your deal. This would be a good place to link your menu, a picture of the item on promotion, a registration form, etc. If nothing else, we recommend linking your website or social media page!

(HINT: “Click Here” gets the highest % of clicks over Go and Submit (Hubspot). If there is a site where customers can directly purchase, contact, or reserve something-that would be the ideal link to use).

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Step 5: Final Step

Customize your deal by adding a fun color to the border!

Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 5.15.59 PMPublish your Deal to make it live on the app and website! You can continue to edit your deal even after it is published, or take it down any time by sliding the button to “No.” You can always re-edit and re-post a past deal.

Share your deal on social media or via email. This is one of the most important things you can do to make sure your deal is being seen.

(HINT: I repeat from above: This is the most important part! You have posted the deal! Now TELL PEOPLE about it!).