CLAYTON -- Finding a place to eat or scoring discounts at local retailers is now just a click away thanks to a new app for smartphones being utilized by the Clayton Chamber of Commerce.
The “My Chamber App” categorizes each of their 400-plus member businesses, including listing contact information and location map, for those seeking area goods and services. It’s a win-win situation for business owners, residents and visitors, according to Chamber President Jim Godfrey.
“This adds value and is a benefit to our members” said Godfrey. “When someone comes to Clayton, they can find restaurants, hotels and hardware stores as well as other things they might need while in town.”
“My Chamber App” is a mobile directory built for the Chamber of Commerce community. Used nationwide by over 200 local organizations, it helps consumers find discounts, events and services within their own community.
Cindy Nanez, of Divine Marketing Group, said it took a year for the Clayton chamber to research the usefulness of this feature. They found it to be a great way to highlight and encourage shoppers to patronize local merchants. The chamber is one of the early adopters of this mobile technology.
“We’re always looking for ways to put the information back to local shopping and services,” said Nanez. “Now we’re giving people access to all of this right from the palm of their hand.”
A listing on the application is free for all Chamber members. It features their company name, category, primary number, address and one keyword. Additional upgrades include top placement, logos and a link to a website.
The “My Chamber App” is maintained by the company who runs the chamber’s website, ChamberMaster. Nanez noted the information on the Clayton Chamber’s website is synchronized with the app and will contain the same updates, including a “hot deals” section where businesses will offer coupons and special discounts.
“With this app, users can make a call, get directions and even share the information on social media sites,” she said. “It’s even GPS originated so you can pull up other chamber listings and find exactly what you need no matter where you are.”
“My Chamber App” is available to iPhone, iPod, Android and Blackberry users for free and can be found at www.MyChamberApp.com/download. Users can set their home location to Clayton to find area deals and discounts.