What is BestinBarrie.com?
Well for starters we are not your typical online directory. We built our brand and platform based on our mission statement which is to “source out the best businesses and services available in the city of Barrie”. We understand how hard it is to find reputable companies that perform quality services so we created a platform where we can promote and showcase these outstanding businesses. Our site visitors can feel reassured that the companies listed on our platform have been thoroughly reviewed.
How do you decide who the best is?
Each company that applies for membership is thoroughly vetted. We review all social media accounts, review websites and any pertinent news articles. We gather all the information we can on the company even what they are doing in terms of community support/charity.
No company is perfect but we want to see how a company reacts to a negative review or comment. Companies that have built long standing relationships with their community and customers will make it a point of trying to correct the wrong. These types of reviews and comments are more important than the fluffy comments and reviews that are left online. It demonstrates the companies desire to provide top level service and its an action that can be respected and admired.
We also look at professional memberships, various online review sites and if they have received any awards.
What are some of the features of your site?
BestinBarrie.com is easy to use and navigate. We have separated businesses in over 80 categories based on industry. We provide a sleek company profile with all the bells and whistles including social media links, logos, photo galleries and YouTube videos.
Our members can take control of their profile or we can do it for them. New videos, special offers, company updates are just a few items that members can post to our featured blog.
We have a review section on the company’s profile where they can ask customers to leave a review. We randomly publish these reviews online through our social media channels.
Our featured videos located on our home page rotates weekly so that each member has a chance to have their video message front and centre. Its another bonus that other online directories just don’t provide.
We want our members to have maximum exposure so we limit each category. Other directories will take any business which defeats the purpose of listing your company on a directory for exposure. Why compete against 30-50 other companies in your industry? We are an exclusive platform meaning we don’t just take any company that applies. You must demonstrate excellence in your profession and you must pass our internal review process.
What other services do members receive besides the company profile?
At BestinBarrie.com we promote our members and the services they provide. We believe this to be the most important part of our platform. Unlike other online directories who charge you an annual fee and never hear from them again until its time to renew.
We actively use our social media channels to announce new members and promote their business. A typical social media post would describe the business, how to reach them and more. We sponsor Facebook/Instagram/Twitter ads on behalf of the member and we will also periodically post company reviews. The frequency of these ads depends on the membership chosen.
Our members blog is a great tool for our members. Our blog is featured on our home page and it allows members to reach potential clients through company announcements, industry news, special offers, new hires to name a few. We promote these blogs as well. It’s a great tool to create more awareness of your brand and build your online presence. Promote what you want when you want.
We like to think we are an extension of your marketing plan. We can work together to get the best return on investment from your online advertising budget.
How can my company apply for membership?
Its rather simple. Email us at email@example.com and we will begin the review process. If you want you can also list your business through our submit a business link and we will review prior to publishing this listing.
Are there any other “Best In” cities?
We are always expanding and looking at new markets. We have just launched BestinNiagara.com and BestinToronto.com. We also have Kingston, Windsor, Kitchener and Ottawa slated for the first quarter of 2018.
What payment methods do you accept?
We accept all major credit cards and they are securely authorized through our business PayPal account.
Do you offer any discounts for prepayment?
We offer a discount of one month for any company that prepays their annual membership.