Everything you see on this page is reality, not vaporware.. Every screenshot you see on this page represents a BizLocal template that’s preconfigured with default content, widgets, social media links, images, slider widgets and more.
BizLocal installer takes care of everything for you with a simple click to activate it into your client demo site.
You simply upload Bizlocal.zip to your site’s plugins directory and activate it. That’s it. It installs your BizLocal templates with preset content, widgets, links, images, social media icons, and more. It even comes with preset email opt-in forms for hooking up to your client’s lead capture system. And you can demo it in real time with a < 30 second setup of the entire demo!
If you are doing daily demos for clients, you will quickly appreciate the power of BizLocal’s revolutionary setup process. Its so fast, you could actually build the site right in front of the client if you didn’t care about spoiling the fact that it takes you mere seconds to accomplish what would otherwise be hundreds of hours worth of work.
The birth of the Local Internet Consultant’s dream system
Over the past couple of months, I’ve received a fair amount of requests for offline Internet Consulting tools. My customers have been asking for me to refer them to products that would help them create websites for local businesses in their communities.
After hearing so much interest in this field, I’ve decided to build just such a solution. But rather than offer it as a standalone product, I’m going to reward my CE4 customers by leveraging what they are already using, ClickBump Engine.
Built on top of CE4, The fastest, cleanest, most optimized SEO theme available for WordPress or any system
After all, the CE4 platform already has everything you need to build fast, clean coded, high ranking, user friendly, easily maintained websites for monetizing traffic. This same familiar infrastructure can be leveraged for creating business sites that rock your clients expectations and establish your credibility as the “Goto” internet consultant to business owners in your local communities.
Above: “Biloxi” a new premium template made for the BizLocal Package for CE4 (click for full size)
I’m calling it “BizLocal” and I expect to release version 1.0 at the end of April with a special early-bird discount release for existing ClickBump Engine owners set for mid April.
When added to CE4 it enables you to quickly and easily build business websites for local businesses in your community as easily as CE4 now enables the creation of monetized product review and informational websites.
The CE4 BizLocal package will consist of…
- Three Premium Business class site templates that install with one click into CE4 (ClickBump Engine) via theme options “Add New Template”. (additional BizLocal site templates will be available for purchase shortly after the product launch and will be affordably priced for quick payback)
- BizLocal Custom Widgets for Splash graphic sliders, Opt-in lead generation, lead capture, and social media integration.
- A special member’s only BizLocal support and resources section on the ClickBump member forums.
I got my start doing local Internet Marketing and Consulting, and still maintain a few key local clients here in Birmingham, so its a service that’s close to my heart. There’s a special feeling when you can take the skills and knowledge you’ve acquired through hard work and self education and apply it to good works in your own community. And its especially important in this economy where local businesses are struggling to expand their reach, maximize profits and most importantly, retain workers.
With this package, you could literally set up a client presentation a few minutes before your meeting and be ready to demo in seconds.
Above: “Austin” from the BizLocal Package soon to be released for CE4 Owners.
With the experience of having built hundreds of sites for local businesses, I’ve found that if you present three strong options, all different and unique in their own way, but each equally compelling in terms of function, aesthetics and quality; you can almost guarantee that they will pick one out of the three and you will leave the meeting having made the sale.
As the launch date draws near, CE4 owners will get a time-limited, special early bird discount offer on this system at a substantially reduced price not available anywhere else. Make sure you sign on to follow my Twitter feed to get the early bird discount notification and instructions. The discount window will be very limited and those who get the Twitter alert stand the best chance of getting the discount.
Above & Below: “Chicago” for the BizLocal Package soon to be released for CE4 Owners. (Note: Chicago will be offered at a later date. It has been replaced by “Seattle” in the BizLocal package.)
With my “BizLocal” package and CE4, you will simply…
- Install CE4 with BizLocal into WordPress
- Choose from 1 of 3 premium bizlocal templates already pre-installed
- Upload a custom logo (or use the default sitename/tagline)
- Choose your custom colors (or use the defaults)
- Demo the site to the client, make the sale and move on to the next one.
Cool! So what’s next?
BizLocal is still in development and nearing release, but I would like to share some information about it and hopefully get you as excited about the product as I am.
The first thing to know is that the only prerequisite to run BizLocal is a licensed copy of the latest version of my theme, ClickBump Engine (aka “CE4”). The “BizLocal” package will consist of a set of premium templates, along with drag and drop widgets that come with each template to allow you to quickly add sliders and social media integration to each site you demo and sell.
As an Internet Marketing consultant with a proven online track record for getting sites quickly ranked in the search engines, you can charge a premium fee for these sites
Whatever you decide to charge is completely up to you, but your profit margin should be boosted tremendously with my tools in your toolbox. And with CE4 & BizLocal, I’m providing what I expect will be the key ingredient to turbocharge your consulting practice and help you put more money in your pocket.
With CE4 and BizLocal, I want to insure you will have the tools you need to concentrate on the business of making money, not building technology.
The BizLocal templates will all feature cutting edge, business-friendly design elements along with top-level flyout menus that are user defined. The latter made possible by the new “Custom Menu” functionality that was introduced in WordPress 3.0
I’m adding “Custom Menu” capability to CE4.1 and the rollout of this function will coincide with the release of the BizLocal package. If you are unfamiliar with the new custom menu functionality in WordPress, it allows some really cool things. You can basically build your own navigation menus consisting of a combination of pages, categories or even tags by picking from a list of your existing pages and categories and simply dragging and dropping them into place on a virtual canvas inside or WordPress. CE4 will be programmed to check for the presence of your Custom Menu and if present, will load it up and apply mouseover flyout behavior to your nested menu items. This augments the existing “top-menu” flag that you currently use to designate a custom menu item.
For the first time you can have pages and categories in the same menu!
I’ll spill more details and info over the coming days and weeks, but I wanted to get the conversation started here to get your feedback and suggestions for the product rollout and features and functions you are looking for. I’m thinking that the ability to “roll your own” menus will be a killer feature for CE4.1, especially considering that they will be automagically styled to match the currently selected template and they will be enabled with rollover flyout behavior if you’ve nested them.
All BizLocal Premium templates will be named after US cites. This is one way you can tell them apart from other premium templates, since they will be optimized for offline consultant projects. They will all feature the pure xhtml/css you’ve come to expect from my premium templates. This enables you to over-deliver to your clients for maximum speed, SEO and the ease of use of WordPress and CE4.
All background colors can be instantly switched with the visual colorpicker in CE4 theme options. The splash graphic is a PNG file with transparent background. Using a PNG file with a transparent background allows the customizable background (shown here in sky blue and configured by “CE4 > General > Color 2”) to shine through.
The “lens flare” effect that creates the halo behind the image is a semi-transparent PNG image (set with a translucent opacity of 50%) that overlays the background and sits behind the splash graphic. You can easily upload a custom splash graphic to suit the character of the business and it sits right in place and merges with the background and halo effect without you having to do anything special at all.
I get all of my stock photos from iStockPhoto.com. You can get a striking photo that really captures the emotion of the site for as little as $10-20 bucks.
With the consulting fee you should be able to command for building these sites, you could easily pass that cost along to the customer or build it into your fee.
Above > Here’s a shot where I’ve simply uploaded a different header PNG and picked a few different background colors from the CE4 color swatch selectors. If you’ve read my blog much at all, you know I’m a huge fan of the free online “Photoshop Lite” clone, Pixlr.com. I simply uploaded these stock photos to pixlr, unlocked the background layer and selected the area outside the faces and clicked delete. This left me with a great image with transparent background to allow the image to merge perfectly right into the scene as you can see.
Tip: I always like to crop photos like you see above, especially when using people. I feel that this gives the shots a more polished, professional look and helps lend even more credibility to the site. By eliminating any headroom above the male character, it helps blend the photo into the overall layout and glues the scene together in a more inviting and engaging way.
Above > Here’s another shot, showing a slightly different color scheme. You can make changes like this in mere seconds with the CE4 colorpicker. And with the unique way of how I’ve designed these templates to be chameleon-like, you and the client can sit side by side if need be to instantly test an unlimited variety of color palettes until you’ve got the perfect one to suit the site. The various color combinations you see on this page, though slight, only took mere seconds to apply.