Local Search: Looking for a “cortadito cubano”? Listas Locales claims to know
Listas Locales, the company founded by Hispanic Yellow Page veteran Jeff Devin and who just named Jesus Machuca as its CEO, is one of the few companies, another one being Yasabe, specifically catering to the needs of Hispanics in local search.
Listas Locales just launched a new app and strengthened its teams in its Tampa headquarters as well as in its field operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada and New York and Texas. We talked with Jesus Machuca, CEO, Listas Locales, about his company and the Hispanic Local Search Sector. One of the key questions when talking about local search is what can local search companies provide that Google doesn't? According to Machuca, Listas Locales provides a true "bridge" between general market advertisers and the ever-growing Hispanic communities. "Technically, we also utilize a proprietary technology that allows our users and our businesses to search and be searched by proper, regional and slang Spanish terms, like tinto Colombiano , café Venezolano or cortadito Cubano. We consider this to be the ultimate advantage as we have multiple nationalized Spanish languages in the US. We specialize in the Hispanic community and Hispanic is all we do."
We utilize a proprietary technology that allows our users and our businesses to search and be searched by proper, regional and slang Spanish terms.
Machuca notes that Listas Locales' data for business listings about local businesses in the major DMA's comes from multiple assets to ensure each listing is up to date and optimized. "We utilized API's from companies like Google (places) and Factual to ensure reliability and usability within our platforms." Listas Locales currently has DMA local data for most markets where Hispanic population is either prevalent or emerging. We focus primarily where Hispanics live and markets that have a propensity of Hispanic growth." That amounts to where 80% of the Hispanic consumers live. "We are a national brand with a hyper local audience," Machuca asserts.
Listas Locales offers multiple advertising opportunities within its platforms. "We provide optimized listings, display ads, email and mobile blasts, website builds and mobile applications, as well as a full digital agency that can handle the customers social media and reputation management. Our pricing is extremely competitive within the industry, with packages as low as $45 per month."
For national advertisers, Machuca claims, that Listas Locales has the ability to reach every Hispanic in the U.S. that has either a mobile phone, a PR or a mobile tablet. " We have the ability to optimize our packages, geo target our campaigns and include our national advertisers in our own grass-roots initiatives," he concludes.
Listas Locales just introduced a new app, free on iTunes and Google Play, that assists users in finding local businesses in their community and in their own language. The app is powered by AWS servers and has GPS capabilities to find local services, contact info, map directions and suggestion for similar businesses, all within the users’ location, whether at home or on the road.
The application proprietary search algorithms are not limited to basic Spanish. Users can find nearby businesses using proper, informal and slang Spanish from many Hispanic countries like “tinto Colombiano” “café Venezolano” or “cortadito Cubano.” By using “Mi Listas” option, users can save their search history and add favorite categories for a personal and unique experience. They can also review local businesses for other users to see.