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FoundLocally Mobile websites redesigned, LocalMap feature added

FoundLocally Mobile websites redesigned

June 13, 2014 FoundLocally.com Media Inc has redesigned its mobile version of its website, making its various features more accessible with fewer actions.

FoundLocally Mobile websites redesigned, LocalMap feature added

Using your devices GPS location, the LocalMap provides a person context for wherever they are. A realtor can see what schools, stores, and restaurants are close to a house they are showing. A traveller can see restaurants, sports/fitness facilities, and attractions that are close to their hotel, or conversely, what hotels and restaurants are closest to their highway off-ramp. And, unlike a lot of restaurant guides, FoundLocally.com includes fast-food and coffee franchises in its search results and maps, great for families!

FoundLocally Mobile websites redesigned

June 11, 2014 Calgary, AB: FoundLocally.com Media Inc has redesigned its mobile version of its website, making its various features more accessible with fewer actions. Many content pages have been reworked to provide better information to users, making it accessible with just taps instead of lots of scrolling.

Mobile Site: [since included in the Responsive Design, implemented summer 2015]

Each of the local sites has improved menus and navigation, and offers:

  • Search both business listings & site editorial info & stories (Search box is bigger & faster, bolder, & better!)
  • Most Popular Links like movies, school holidays, and 101 Kids Things To Do
  • LocalMaps, to view what FoundLocally-listed businesses are nearest to you
  • Local Weather, handy for travel planning, and
  • Recent Posts like new business listings and upcoming events

Many content pages have been reworked to provide better information to users, making it accessible with just taps instead of lots of scrolling.

FoundLocallys New LocalMap Launched

LocalMap is accessed by a button on each community’s Home Page (linked here for Calgary), as well as from every page within a community’s website.

Using your devices GPS location, the LocalMap provides a person context for wherever they are. A realtor can see what schools, stores, and restaurants are close to a house they are showing. A traveller can see restaurants, sports/fitness facilities, and attractions that are close to their hotel, or conversely, what hotels and restaurants are closest to their highway off-ramp. And, unlike a lot of restaurant guides, FoundLocally.com includes fast-food and coffee franchises in its search results and maps, great for families!

The functionality of LocalMap is also embedded into neighbourhood descriptions and maps in the Shopping >Homes & Gardens > Neighbourhoods section of each web site, enabling realtors and home shoppers to compare prospective neighbourhoods and their features, and the Travel > Nearby section, which shows travel-worthy communities nearby, to help plan your out-of-town excursion.

 

Our LocalMap uses Layered Google Maps

FoundLocally maps build on Google Maps technology by adding layers of data from FoundLocally’s database of businesses, community groups, and other features. The layers that can be shown for each neighbourhood include:

  • Attractions & Accommodations
  • Communities & Homes
  • Culture & Entertainment
  • Dining & Shopping
  • Emergency (fire, police, hospitals)
  • Schools (and libraries)
  • Shopping Areas
  • Sports & Recreation

When viewing any business listing, click on the Map button (in the grey stripe), to view the business location, as well as all nearby FoundLocally . This is a handy feature for travelers looking for stores, restaurants, or attractions near their hotel.

Mark Ruthenberg, FoundLocally.com’s General Manager, says we made a strategic decision three years ago to not force users to buy or download apps, but provide a device-agnostic website, which will work with leading smartphones and tablets. This made our business more efficient by eliminating the need for different app versions for Blackberry, iPhone, Android, Microsoft, and iPads. About 40% of FoundLocally’s web traffic is now from mobile devices.

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