Nearly 1,000 local listings have been uploaded to a new, free media application that allows users to have Nacogdoches right at their fingertips.
Developed by The Daily Sentinel, NAC 360 allows users to search local shopping, entertainment, apartments, financial institutions, churches, medical, and health and fitness services. Stores can be searched and favorites saved for quick access.
“Anyone can use NAC 360 as a quick reference to nearly 1,000 business listings in the area,” said Publisher Robin Land, the app’s developer. “Users can search by name and even save listings to their favorites. Each business listed has at least a phone number for easy auto-dial, while some businesses have upgraded their listing with more detail. This app benefits both our local community as well as visitors to our market.”
NAC 360 incorporates direct links to the City of Nacogdoches, Stephen F. Austin State University, the Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce and various emergency response office websites.
“It’s the only app dedicated to all things Nacogdoches,” said Main Street Manager Sarah O’Brien. “A great way for businesses and organizations to spotlight their offerings as well as provide residents and visitors a one-stop shop about everything related to Texas’ oldest town.“
One click can take users over to The Daily Sentinel website to begin their search for TV listings, up-to-date weather information, classifieds and photos, among other features.
Space for a business listing is free and would include basic information with a brief description. Listings can be upgraded at any point to include photos, video, a larger description and a connection to a GPS Google map.
“Nac 360 uses new technology to create opportunities for visitors and residents to learn more about Nacogdoches,” said Bruce Partain, CEO of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce. “We applaud the Sentinel for being a trend-setter and leading the way. It is important that all information providers take a look at apps, mobile websites and provide what consumers really want and need.”
Utilizing the phone’s current location, a Yelp!-inspired “Around Me” button finds nearby businesses with an upgraded listing that match the user’s search query.
“There are two users for this app — consumers and business owners,” Land said. “It’s a free upload for consumers, and businesses can get the basic listing for free. The application connects with Facebook, Twitter, email, websites, GPS and auto-dial.”
A custom-made postcard is a favorite, Land said, where users can snap a photo from any device, upload it to a postcard, and send it with a personal message.
“Send the Sentinel a custom-made NAC 360 postcard with a photo from around Nacogdoches, tell us what you like about Nacogdoches, and each week we will feature one in our Sunday edition and on Facebook,” Land said. “Send your postcard to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The application spent two months in production and design before launching in May.
“We had a soft launch at the first of May,” Land said, “quietly introducing the app over the summer while we added additional listings and made minor adjustments.”
A free download can be found in both Android and iPhone app stores.