Carl Bootsma, CEO at LocalBest.com, launched a business listing directory to help people find the best businesses, voted by locals. The company is initially targeting US cities in their directory and will afterward expand to include foreign cities as well. Currently, over 300 US cities have been added to the website.
About The Website
LocalBest is an online business directory in which millions of businesses are listed across different relevant categories. Each year locals vote for and review their favorite businesses. The votes help other users know how popular particular businesses are to locals in the community. At the end of each year voting is tallied and businesses with the most votes are recognized with the LocalBest Awards. It is a very simple process that gives users more accurate and up-to-date feedback on local businesses. Review websites often have outdated information and can be manipulated by people paid to leave fake reviews.
Locals love the yearly competition as it highlights the best LOCAL businesses and they use the results in their purchasing decisions. Tourist love the results as it shows local flair and options outside of national chains.
We wanted to know more, so, we met with CEO Carl in his office. He confirms that his complete team focuses on one thing first, i.e. to make sure voting and reviews are fully authentic. That’s the crux of LocalBest.com. The team goes through every feedback personally and tries to bring out only genuine local responses so that the website visitors see is representative of the local community.
The navigation and usage are easy to use
Before providing this post, we checked the website thoroughly for its usage and functionality. Simply type in localbest.com in your web browser’s URL bar and you will be directed to the website. The first page that opens is based on the IP address you use. For example, if you are in Omaha, NE the home page for Omaha will show up. You can click on any category to view the list of businesses included in that category. There, you can see the award winners and other businesses ranked by user votes. There’s a search bar on the top so that you can look for any city your traveling to. You can also log in to vote for any of your favorite business in your home city. Everything is pretty easy to do.
The bottom line
LocalBest has come up as Bootsma’s vision to provide locals and tourists with local favorites they need and are looking for in a city. True, there are similar websites already with a really decent reputation on the market; however the owner seems to be pretty determined with his bold move of introducing LocalBest. And to be frank on its future, we have seen a tremendously enthusiastic response in its social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter). Let’s see what the upcoming time brings to LocalBest and how Carl takes his project to great heights!