New website debuts for tourism, weddings; MyEurekaSprings.com is only all-inclusive site with free listings for Eureka area businesses

Friday, June 13, 2014

Lovely County Citizen

EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Eureka Springs area now has a new website to promote tourism and wedding planning in town, and it's the only all-inclusive site that will include every single business in the Eureka Springs area -- and for free.

MyEurekaSprings.com, which went live recently in a "soft launch" test run, also will have the most comprehensive events calendar on the internet, including not only the major tourist events but also local meetings and other, smaller events that may not be listed online elsewhere.

Anyone can submit their information for inclusion on the website by emailing all the details and a contact for more information to MyEurekaSprings@gmail.com.

MyEurekaSprings.com is packed with all kinds of useful information and interactive functions such as those found on UrbanSpoon.com and Hotels.com in its "Dining" and "Places to Stay" sections, plus it will have an "About Eureka" Visitor Guide section, a "Things To Do" guide to local attractions, an "Outdoor Adventures" guide to the region's outdoor activities, and a "Wedding/Honeymoon Planning" section.

Each page is linked with the social media marketing power of Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon and Google, and it will soon also feature links to TripAdvisor.com so that potential visitors can see -- without ever leaving MyEurekaSprings.com -- the Trip Advisor ratings and reviews of every local restaurant, attraction and accommodation.

MyEurekaSprings.com contains the following sections:

* About Eureka Springs & the area

* Local Events Calendar & News Links

* Articles about featured events of each month, culled from The Visitor magazine

* Places To Stay (all types, including vacation rentals, campgrounds and RV Parks; listed by type of accommodation and by location)

* Places To Eat (listed by type of food, location, and price range)

* Things To Do (attractions, activities, Eureka's springs, shopping, spas, galleries, etc.)

* Outdoor Adventures (an area outdoors guide on hiking, fishing, golf, floating, caves, lakes, trails, etc.)

* Plan a Wedding/Honeymoon (complete wedding planning, from ideas for where to hold the wedding/reception to finding wedding attire, florists, wedding cakes and reception music, and more)

MyEurekaSprings.com will not only tell Eureka visitors, potential visitors and local residents a little about your business -- and every local business will be listed with a link to their website, regardless of whether they advertise on the site -- but MyEurekaSprings.com also will offer local businesses the opportunity to use cross-promotional tools to harness the power of the website's built-in social media marketing.

For example, MyEurekaSprings.com may soon offer placards to local restaurants who advertise on the site to encourage guests at each table to visit the site on their smartphones and "Like" their page for an instant discount -- instantly spreading the word about your business to their hundreds (if not thousands!) of social media friends.

Restaurants, hotels and attractions could also send customers to MyEurekaSprings.com and ask them to leave positive reviews there via our TripAdvisor links, perhaps in exchange for an instant discount or coupon as well. MyEurekaSprings.com can help encourage this, thereby helping local businesses spread the word through social media about their guests' positive experiences.

"The possibilities for working with us to promote local businesses through this new website -- which will be promoted through Google and other popular search engines by our Search Engine Optimization and web-building team -- are endless and uber-exciting," said site creator and editor Kristal Kuykendall. "We hope local businesses who are tired of being asked for money to be included in local and even 'official' websites will be as eager to partner with us as we are to get their business listed in our free informational sections.

Links advertising the new site will be permanently placed on the websites of both the Citizen and the Carroll County News, helping drive traffic to MyEurekaSprings.com; those sites together reach more than 150,000 unique users per month. Facebook ads also will be utilized soon to help spread the word about the new website.

"The future of marketing and tourism growth is clearly in the Internet and in social media, and with MyEurekaSprings.com, that future has arrived in Eureka Springs," she continued. "Let's put our city in the palm of every hand that's interested, so that every resident, visitor and potential visitor can refer to Eureka as 'My Eureka Springs!'"

MyEurekaSprings.com listings for local restaurants, hotels and outdoor activities are still being completed this week and are expected to be finalized by next week. Any local business that finds an error in their free listing should email MyEurekaSprings.com with the details so it can be fixed online.

"Our goal is to be the go-to website for Eureka tourism as well as for residents trying to decide where to have dinner, what to do this weekend, or where to book a room for their visiting family," she noted. "There is some competition, but since most other websites charge businesses to be included, none of them are all-inclusive and none of them are linked so closely with social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter and TripAdvisor. It's time for Eureka Springs to enter this century of technology and make the most of free, interactive, online tools that social media offers us for marketing ourselves."

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