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SA Summer News

Posted by: Marina Herring
Email: marina@numedia-sa.com
Phone: 210-212-5600
URL: http://www.samarketplace.com


Say Hi! To Our New Stores…

Adriana Perfume - This is a fantastic store that offers all of the most popular and famous names in perfume at a discounted price. Proprietor: Enrique Palacios

The Lion and Eagle Antiques - The first antique store to join SAMarketPlace displaying beautiful and elegant antique furniture, rugs, lamps and more. Proprietor: Billy Gardner

Kiss My Glass - This store offers a wide selection of stained glass creations such as sun catchers, night lights, votive candle holders, nativity scenes, angels, flowers, doves, clocks, key rings, holiday gifts and desk sets.

Cats, Cats, Cats – This feline friendly store will soon be coming on-line with their very popular array of items for and about cats! Items for sale will include T-shirts, mugs, cat toys, and gift items for everyone who loves cats! Proprietor: Mark Quigley

New Sites for our Community

If you’ve visited Heart of San Antonio lately, you’ve noticed it’s been completely redesigned and new areas to attract visitors added. As before, SAMarketPlace is prominently displayed and linked in several places on the front page and on almost all other pages on the site.

Our latest major addition to Heart of San Antonio is a new "Arts & Entertainment" section. We are providing an entertainment portal for several local arts and entertainment publications and are hosting their sites. Joining us in this new venture are: Rooted.com, an on-line entertainment magazine; SA Scene, a print magazine; and, two major Tejano music publications, Planet Tejano y Más and Planet Musical. This is a great place to promote restaurants, clubs, concerts and events happening around town. Let us know if you’re interested in promoting yourself on the site or in the publications themselves.

Be sure to check out the other new areas including a new "Just•4•Fun" area for the kiddos. We have a completely new Weather site, a Party Pics area, and a News & Sports section with over 2,000 articles each day.

Marketing Services

Since marketing your store is the most important thing you can do to promote sales, we thought it might be a good time to review some of the free and low cost marketing and advertising services we offer our clients. Please take advantage of as many of these services as possible. Just like you, we want everyone to be a success in SAMarketPlace!

Special Tourism Packages

TexasTourism is offering 3 day/2-night packages as low as $215, which includes hotel accommodations and entertainment vouchers. Participating are: The Crockett Hotel, Red Roof Inns, Hilton Palacio del Rio, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Yanaguana Boat Tours, Via Trolley, Fiesta Noche del Rio, Pico de Gallo Restaurant, Villa d’Italia, Que Pasa Magazine, U-R-Here Maps, and much more. If you would like to include a special offer coupon for your business in the package, give us a call. Participation is free for our clients. This site is a great place to advertise businesses that cater to tourists such as convention services, hotels, rental cars, restaurants, retail stores, etc.

Expert Forums

If you’d like to have a forum to talk to your customers and give them a place to meet and talk about your particular business, let us know and we can set up a forum in our Ask the Experts area just for you. So far, the following have signed up:

Fertile Garden, formerly Gardenville, has an "expert" on-line to answer gardening questions.

…And Sew On Needlepoint has an "expert" to answer customers’ needlepoint questions.

Free Coupons

Thanks to the San Antonio Area Tourism Council, Heart of San Antonio now offers coupons for every major attraction in the city. Tourists can print out their coupons while they are planning their trip to San Antonio.

Add your own coupon to promote your store, restaurant, or service for incoming travelers. It’s another free service from SAMarketPlace.

Counter Cards and Window Stickers

We have full color SAMarketPlace counter cards for you at our cost of $20 per 250 and free window stickers to remind shoppers they can come back and shop your store anytime, from anywhere.

The counter cards are printed with your store’s name, address, phone, fax, email and SAMP address, and your site URL if you have another website. So, these cards work not only for your on-line customers, you can use them for regualr business cards.

Whether you have another website or not, you should go ahead and get your own dotcom (domain) name before someone else does. Once it’s gone, it’s gone and it’s only $35 a year. Remember, we also design, build and host websites, so if you need any other Web services, just give us a call.

Special Promotions: In the Spotlight

During the month of May, SAMarketPlace highlighted a "special collection" of Mother’s Day Gifts. Since Father’s Day is just around the corner, June 20, each store in SAMarketPlace can feature up to three items in a special Father’s Day promotion. The fees for adding items to this promotion have been waived for our current on-line stores. Please contact the office by phone or email to let us know which items you would like us to feature.

If you have an upcoming event involving your business, send us your press release or a brief description of the project, event, special sale, new location and we’ll feature it "In the Spotlight."

Free Listing in Business Directory

The Heart of San Antonio’s Business Directory has been expanded and greatly improved. For a limited time, businesses can create a free display page, list themselves in three categories, add a logo and make changes anytime.

We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity - if people can’t find you, they can’t shop you. Be sure to list your business in the directory - it’s FREE to list.

NEW! Guaranteed Viewer Advertising

We are now providing advertising space on our sites at cost/thousand (cpm) rates. CPM rates allow you to pay only for the people who actually see your ad! Let’s see other advertising medias match that!

Our rates are priced right, and the ads are very effective. We can place your ad in a wide variety of locations to ensure you’re in front of your audience.

New SAMP Features

We’ve just added a feature for tracking shoppers coming to your on-line store. You can see how many people came into your store and what they were interested in looking at. If you see some things not being perused, maybe it’s time to redo the descriptions or categories in your catalog. Using your backdoor key, you can not only add or change any item from a quick and easy list, you can view shopper statistics for your store.

Another feature we’ve added is the ability to sell an item with several attributes such as colors, sizes, materials, etc. One image is diplayed and pull-down menus allow shoppers to pick the color, style, size, etc. they want.

If you can think of a feature that you would like to have, let us know. If it can be done, we’ll add it. We’re here to make you successful and need your feedback and suggestions to make SAMarketPlace even better.

Till next time...

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