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Get Listed in the Best of CT directory for as little as a $1 a day. Something any business can afford, and something any business CAN NOT afford to NOT do.

More than 1 million searches are performed monthly for CT business's, products, and services online. Are you part of those searches? If your customers can not find you, you are missing out on huge revenue potential.

Normally, the worst reason for doing anything is "because everyone else is..."

However, if you're marketing a product or service and you are NOT advertising where your competition is, you'll find yourself left behind very suddenly.

The Internet is one of the first places a person who has access to a computer will go to get information. As one source put it, "the Internet 'IS' information." Whether it's information on Hepatitis C or a specific product or service, the World Wide Web is *the* place your customers look to for information.

In the past, when your customers were looking for a product or service, their easiest option would be to pull out the Yellow Pages to search for a store or company in their area that provided the product or service they were in need of. Sometimes this supplied a name and phone number. Sometimes an address. On more rare occasions, a picture advertisement with a list of services or products.

With the Internet today, that same customer can go to a search engine or index and be presented with a list of businesses that fit their needs. Have you ever done a web search and receive back 1.8 million results? And then not be able to find what you are looking for? With Best of CT. We take the guess work out of it. Do a search online and see where you rank? Best of CT advertises in local papers, on the radio, on TV, and of course on the Internet.

Do you already have a website? Those web pages should be loaded with product pictures and price lists, maps and phone numbers, and even online Shopping Cart system's which allow the customer to order products and services--all without ever having to leave the house or office. But what good are they if no one can find them?

Perhaps you have a "service" oriented practice such as accounting, law, or medicine that's already doing well and you're wondering why you should burden yourself with the added expense of a listing. Simply put, not having a listing will soon be like not having a listing in your local Yellow Pages. In the Web world, this is referred to as a "corporate presence." Even if your best business comes by word-of-mouth, your potential customers may want to check you out. BestofCT incorporates all of this into 1 package. How? By placing your mailing address, phone, mobile and fax numbers, business logo, email, website link, map to your business, coupons, and reviews. Best of all our site is submitted to and spidered by 650,000 search engines daily. Making searches more relevant. By placing a listing you get added visibility and credibility. Especially if you provide a public service and your gold is to get information to a large number of people almost instantaneously. Additionally, the cost of our listing is probably the most cost effective advertising you'll ever do.

BestofCT is a highly targeted way to extend your marketing reach throughout Connecticut. The special combination of our Web Site Directory, Event Listing, Photos, articles, and Email Newsletter gives Bestofct and our advertisers a unique ability to reach potential customers seeking the best that Connecticut has to offer. If you consider your business, product or service, lacking the exposure it so much deserves. Sign up today or for a free quote
contact us at info@bestofct.com or call 203-315-8004.

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ARE YOU AN AWARE BUSINESS OWNER?
Do you realize that more and more people are going online to find what they are looking for? The traditional yellow pages might not be the first place that people turn to when trying to locate or reach a business.

Already have a website? That is just a first step in getting your business reachable online. How do people know how to get to your website? Hopefully you have multiple avenues of driving customers and potential customers to your website. If not, you may have wasted your money developing and hosting your website. Let BestofCT.com, be another layer of advertising that drives people to your website and ultimately, your place of business.

Don't have a website? Though we highly recommend getting one developed with an up-to-date look and feel, and pertinent, up-to-date information, having one is not necessary to advertise with BestofCT.com.

The 1 question we are asked most from business's
Bestofct.com is great, BUT how does the general public know to visit Bestofct.com if they are seeking to locate or reach a business? Simple - we spend a significant amount of money on advertising ourselves. Check out Where We Advertise link to get a recent snapshot at where we are currently advertising.


Affordability - BestofCT offers it’s members EVERYTHING a business needs to effectively market their products and services online, and we do it for a fraction of the cost of our competitors. There are no hidden fees or expensive add-ons.

Marketability - We continually work to drive visitors to our website. We have been and will continue participating in several trade shows, golf tournaments, and various charity events to promote our website. We will also be advertising on billboards throughout the state, as well as through radio, newspaper, mass emailing and much more.

Ease of Use - Each business member of BestofCT is provided with a password-protected login to an online content management system. Members may login 24/7/365 and make unlimited modifications to their account. This backend database has been designed with our clients in mind and the result is a user-friendly interface that requires no technical skills above and beyond those used in every day word processing.

Community Enrichment - BestofCT is dedicated to the growth of Connecticut’s economy. Not only have we built a state-of-the-art web portal that will bring Connecticut communities together, we will also be participating in many community events and charity functions throughout the state.

The real question - Where do you rank in portals like Yahoo and Google, and the like? Sure they are great search engines and you should index your website within them, but how does that local individual who is looking for your products and/or services find you buried within their search results? Be a BIG FISH in a smaller pond. Showing up as one of only a few "local" greatly increases your chance of earning a new local customer, thus resulting in a potentially high return on your investment.

HOW MUCH MONEY HAVE YOU SPENT RECENTLY in local newspaper advertising, yellow page print advertising, coupon books, etc.? These items have a limit on "potential" audiences they reach. How much can you portray in the small space provided with this means of marketing? Our services have virtually no such limit on who it's potential audience will be. AND, how long did the local newspaper run your advertisement? Your ad on BestofCT.com will be here 24/7/365 during your membership. With how inexpensive our services are, how many customers would it take to drive towards your business for this expense to be justified. We are finding that the typical answer is one!

Keep in mind however, that we do not ask you to replace all of your print advertising as we also feel it to be a very useful and powerful means of marketing your business. We simply ask to add an online marketing layer to your marketing budget.

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The following excerpt was taken from inc.com.
Remember, many consumers prefer to do business with a local company. If you let local customers know they're welcome to stop by your office or call, customers who are uncomfortable doing business online or who aren't sure what kind of service to expect from an online transaction will be more likely to do business with you than a company located 2,500 miles away.

Whether you recently launched your site or you have been in the biz for years, establishing a customer base within your local community is a must for any small, online business owner.

Local portals in particular are an especially viable option for small, online businesses. They provide direct access to local consumers wanting to do business locally.

Nielsen NetRatings statistics from May 2001, indicate that portals, search engines and community sites are the most popular types of sites among American Internet users. Portal/search engine reach is currently surpassing Internet service sites and entertainment sites by more than 20%.

"Search engines, portals, and community sites have established themselves as a mandatory part of every surfer's online habits," NetRatings vice president Sean Kaldor said in a statement. "Nine out of every 10 Web users go to such a site every month and are going there more frequently, nearly five times monthly."

Portals Get Personal
The reason behind portal popularity is simple: personalization. People look for news and information relevant to them. Local portals are gateways to community members. By grouping Web sites of businesses located in a specific area, local portals offer a great opportunity for small businesses to reach their markets.

 
                     
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