As big as the internet is, it is often best used to bring together smaller groups of people. Users who find Local.com can access a great deal of information about their local area. The site offers a wide stretching collection of information for users. A newcomer can discover businesses in their local area and read up on reviews or share the business with others. The site also features various coupons, including online codes, special deals and grocery coupons that help users save money. Local.com also provides users with an events search feature that provides information on the event, with search options that include category, venue and date as well as keyword. The site also provides a few fun extras, including a small weather widget in the top, right hand corner and a list of articles which can be found by selecting from various topics, including fun, wellness, shopping, food, household and finance.Show more screenshots »
Local.com was founded in 1999 as a downloadable local search application intended for consumers. By 2003, the application had introduced its patent pending keyword DNA technology. The site began to grow dramatically with a position as fifth among local search engines in July of 2006. It was also listed by ComScore as the 79th most visited website that year. In 2011, Local.com bought Krillion, a location-based shopping data aggregator, for $3.5 million.
Local.com presents users with many resources to find out about anything in their local area. Users can read about businesses, check out reviews, see the current weather status, learn about local events and much more. Local.com has put together a single source that presents users with almost anything they could want to know about their local community.
Local.com welcomes visitors with an eye-catching homepage that features a grey and green color scheme. The stylish logo is complimented by a header featuring images of various people enjoying time in their community. Photographs span many different subjects, from beach scenes to families playing outdoors together. Three large, green buttons allow users to find local businesses, coupons and events. The site presents a great deal of information, but in a way that is well organized and easy to read.
New users do not have to register to begin using Local.com. The site may even auto populate the user’s location as soon as they arrive. Otherwise the user can click the location drop down box at the upper, left hand corner of the homepage and select a popular city or enter another location. The bottom, right hand side of the homepage includes an email submission form for those who wish to receive the Local.com newsletter. A blue button just below that invites users to connect with Local.com through Facebook.
Local.com offers a fun, helpful service that encourages users to become active and explore their community. Although there are many things that can be learned through Local.com, the site essentially centralizes a great deal of information and resources that are available elsewhere for free. It would be hard to justify a subscription fee for this service as it currently stands. Luckily, there is no fee for using Local.com. The user may purchase services or products as a result of coupons or deals they find on Local.com, but the site itself does not charge anything for use.
Local.com is a great resource for anyone who enjoys spending time in their community, or who wants to start spending more time there. The homepage updates so it is tailored to the user’s specific location.