Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Latest MerchantCircle release!

Huzzah! The new MerchantCircle release has just gone live. Here's what we're serving up this month:

1) Newsletters

Tired of paying $1,000/month to big companies to publish a simple newsletter to your customers? Well, we've released the first phase of our newsletter service. This month, you can quickly and easily create a web-based newsletter. In it, you can place your ads and coupons. No time? Then you can easily import blog articles you already wrote into your newsletter. Additionally, your fellow merchants can also place their ads in the newsletter to help drive shared customer referrals (you can always turn this off).

But wait, there's more.

Every time you publish a newsletter, we'll automatically update your blog, listing and RSS feed with links to your newsletter. That means that all your customers who are staying connected to your business via Yahoo and Google will AUTOMATICALLY get updated when you publish your new content. Check out the MerchantCircle Newsletter to get an idea of how this can work for you!

What's that you say? You like the web newsletters, but wish you had an email version, too? Stay tuned, truebelievers...

2) Categories

Now it's easier for customers to browse through our directory and find your business. We've imported all of the keywords associated with your business and done the best we could to match it up with the appropriate category. Very very soon, we'll let you customize this a bit further, to help make it even more relevant when people search or browse for your business.

3) Improved Email Templates

OK, we heard you. Our emails left something to be desired. We've updated almost all of our emails now with a nice template that's very clean, and inviting. It should make it even easier for you to invite all the merchants you'd like to join the service (so you can share customer leads). By the way, why don't you invite some more merchants right now to join your community?

Even more cool things coming up in the following month, so stay tuned. By the way, we're starting a beta program to give our most valued merchants an opportunity to help directly shape the future of your MerchantCircle. Interested in joining? Drop me an email and let me know....

Btw, want to learn more about the team that brings you MerchantCircle? You can get some interesting insights by clicking on our staff blogs...those links over there on the right-hand side of our corporate blog page. Pay us a visit. :)

Talk with you soon.

Mark Hull
Get Visible. Get Connected. Get Customers.

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