is a multi-media on-line magazine designed for the modern web traveler.
In it, readers can find progressive businesses with moving virtual tours
that can be sent to new customers via tell-a-friend sharing.
TowneDigest.com is the original product of the creative minds at CJSWebWorks.
It began in the summer of 2003 as the natural outgrowth of work we were
performing for local merchants.
TowneDigest combines the easily understood qualities of a high end glossy
magazine with the web-enabled features of search engine placement, immediate
delivery to any global net surfer, on-line printable coupons, easily launched
sales, news and reviews, recipes, music and on-line games.
The moving virtual tours allow readers to take a sneak peak at businesses
from the comfort of their own homes. Distance melts away as people search
Google or Yahoo, for example, and then come across advertisers who have
virtual tours that take the reader on a tour of somewhere that they have
never been before. We have seen traffic from as far away as Osaka, Japan
visit local merchant's TowneDigest web pages.
Because of the amount of traffic from long distances to the magazine (as
of September 2003, there have been readers of TowneDigest.com from all
50 States and 142 individual countries) a new feature coming into use
is the mini secure-payment e-commerce store. These stores are built along
with the individual merchant ads in the magazine. Some merchants such
as ForceOne Big Discounts Salon Hair Care Products offer over a hundred
items for purchase and shipping to anywhere in the United States.
Paper advertising can always inspire you to pick up the phone or drive
into a store to purchase something, but these ads, because they are web-based
actually allow for secure immediate purchase of goods and services "right
off of the ad" itself.
There are also various columns including restaurant reviews, health news,
recipes, on-line games, and a community events calendar that can be freely
added to by the readership. Readers can also play pop or classical music
while browsing all the different advertisements and news columns.
Special features such as Tell-A-Friend allows readers to send the ads,
news columns and recipes to their friends via e-Mail. Another unusual
feature is that all pages are individually coded and submitted to search
engines. Because of that many ads and recipes, etc. are listed in the
top ten listings of Google, and Yahoo Search.