By John Boyanoski
A new app just launched that aims to help businesses and consumers come together in the Golden Strip as well as serve as a tool to aid non-profits.
Locally Epic engages local consumers via a mobile platform that allows them to enhance their ability to find local offers and promotions from a wide range of businesses in real time, while allowing businesses to effectively reach new audiences, said Chase Michaels, the company’s CEO and founder.
The app, which can be downloaded here or found on iTunes or GooglePlay, offers numerous functions that will serve Golden Strip residents, he said. It has about 40 business categories. Of them, 30 are business categories such as restaurants and stores, while the others will be about job offers, non-profit organizations, schools and more, he said. So far, 100 local businesses have signed on to promote their products and services on the Locally Epic platform.
In a nutshell, Locally Epic works in real time metrics as opposed to days in advance, Michaels said. For example, if a restaurant wanted to offer a lunchtime special, it does right then and there on Locally Epic. In addition, a hungry patron can learn about that offer at lunchtime when they are looking to making a decision.
“Locally Epic will enable Greenville area consumers to engage with homegrown businesses, which in turn helps to drive the local economy,” Michaels said. “We are taking the think and buy local motto to a new level. We want people to focus on what makes Greenville truly epic.”
Locally Epic also is creating mass way for small business to get noticed, Michaels said. A lot of people are deleting apps from their phone, while many small businesses don’t have the resources to create new apps to meet market needs. Locally Epic allows companies to share the app, and by creating value to consumers the app is more likely to get added – not purged.
While helping the local economy is one part of the platform, the company also has plans to expand into working with non-profits to help find volunteers; event organizers to track crowd movement during major events; bring together job seekers and companies with openings and more uses, said Dave Ropes, the company’s chief marketing officer. Locally Epic also allows a business better and stronger ways to build a trackable customer loyalty program.
Locally Epic chose the Greenville area to launch because its team believes the region’s economic growth and high number of small businesses make it a perfect fit for the platform.
“We want to celebrate what the Greenville area has to offer,” Ropes said. “People love Greenville and the Upstate for a reason. We want to celebrate and enhance their experiences here.”