Visit NW Montana.com
INSPIRE A Tourism Website Showcasing Northwest Montana
PROMOTE A Co-operative Advertising Group
BUILD A Premier Business & Artist Directory
SUSTAIN Your Reliable Resource
What if there was one website where visitors and residents could get information about our community? Sandi Hall, Robert Good, Matthew Rumble and their "team' have created just that. visitNWmontana.com offers area information, available activities, a community calendar, and individual business pages promoting Visit NW Montana members in the Tobacco Valley. "We have set up the business ‘Splash’ pages to look and feel like a small web page that is managed by Visit, helping those businesses that can't afford the expense of a company website. Our goal was to create a page for each business that contains only pertinent content, with no additional ‘outside’ advertising on their page," says Robert Good. Hopefully, the other shops will reciprocate and we can keep more business local."
For example, this Christmas season Visit designed and distributed 2,000 brochures for “Bazaar Weekend” which had a listing and map to each local bazaar AND a dozen coupons for local businesses. Also, they have united businesses who offer a “package” of discounts that may include a day of shopping, pampering, golf, etc., when they stay at participating hotels/cabins/bed & breakfasts. In turn, those shops have promoted and directed customers to these places.
Another way Visit hopes to build cooperation and enhance the growth of businesses in the Valley is through a series of Small Business Symposiums free and open to everyone, not just Visit NW Montana members. They begin with a half hour in which you can socialize and/or network with your fellow business owners and operators. Then a featured speaker presents information about topics that will help to develop, improve and enhance business skills. The presentations are filled with tips about marketing, advertising, self-promotion and fostering the small business mentality. They are a great opportunity for businesses owners and artisans to interact. You never know what great things will develop when people work together," says Ms. Hall.
Hall closes by saying, “The most important thing we must do in our community is build our own infrastructure and that can only be accomplished by working together.”