CHICAGO May 21, 2012 http://www.mapsnshop.com
"Our new features connect to Facebook and Twitter effortlessly, so it takes a business less than 10 seconds to introduce all the products that it’s featured on MapsNshop to Facebook followers, for example," said MapsNshop CEO Dare (pronounced "Derry") Ajala.
MapsNshop accounts now feature Facebook and Twitter icons that send users to their respective social media sites. The Facebook tool provides businesses with a menu of product photos from their MapsNshop page so that users can simply select which products they want to display and then press the "Post to Facebook" button. Their Facebook Page will immediately display the selected product photos along with the product names and descriptions. Consumers can use MapsNshop’s Facebook application to recommend a particular product to their friends.
MapsNshop’s Twitter application lets businesses click on a product in their account and automatically send a promotional tweet to that business’ Twitter followers. The tweet identifies the selected product by name and includes a link to the item at the MapsNshop account page.
"As of now, no other product out there has these features," stated Dare. "We are leveling the playing field for small businesses by enabling them to put their products in front of their consumers without having to worry about the typical costs that go along with it. Instead of a ‘mom and pop shop’ that’s making quality products getting shut out of the market because no one knows about them, MapsNshop enables customers to find you no matter where you are. At the same time, we are providing large retail stores with a channel through which they can coordinate the merging of product display and social media on a large scale."
The geo-social platform has been steadily adding tools that make businesses known to customers in their area. For example, MapsNshop.com’s Product page includes a "Search by Product" dialog box that displays a map of relevant, local businesses within a 10-mile radius of the user’s location. Consumers can find basic information such as business name, address and ranking from the map or click through to that business’ MapsNshop account where they can see a slideshow of products.
"Consumers are looking for ways to answer the questions of where and how to buy what they need easily, quickly and locally while businesses are looking for the most direct options of putting their products in front of the ideal consumer," said Dare. "MapsNshop helps both parties answer their questions."