shmuuz

The visual marketplace

What is SHMUUZ?

SHMUUZ is a unique colorful directory, a visual marketplace. It is VERY EASY ADVERTISING for businesses, for organizations, for individuals, for you.

Very easy advertising?

SHMUUZ is a PUBLICITY ENGINE with easy-to-use tools. It gives you a full-time, full-color, full-screen online presence.

Can I advertise on SHMUUZ?

Yes. It's really cheap. You can join here.

Any search tips?

Search using the PLURAL form of your search term (e.g., 'events' not 'event'). Exceptions to the 'plural' rule are obvious: the name of something, etc. Try art, or maybe sports, or news.

Can I search by location?

Yes. Put its name in the box. Or check out the list here.

Tags?

Yes. Type a keyword in the box. Or use the list of common tags.

How does SHMUUZ work?

A person, a business or an organization creates a platform ...

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What is a PLATFORM?

Your platform is your PUBLICITY ENGINE. A platform drives your permanent presence on SHMUUZ. It gives you lots more visibility than a one-off event announcement. On it you can post many BLURBS, and you can tell your background STORY.

What is a BLURB?

Each BLURB is a full-screen image with overlying text and icons. With a blurb you can plug an event, advertise a service, showcase your skills, announce a sale, strut your stuff, reveal a secret, spread the word.

How many BLURBS can I create?

As many as you want. BLURBS can be temporary (e.g., for a one-off event), or permanent (e.g., describing an aspect of your business).

What is a STORY, in the SHMUUZ sense?

Your STORY is told through a continuous loop of captioned full-screen images: words and pictures that convey who you are, what makes you tick, what you can do, how you got to where you are.

What is a story slide?

Image + words = slide.

Should I tell a STORY?

Say you have a flowershop. A STORY shows your flowershop in action, or depicts a cascade of fresh blooms, or maybe presents the delivery guy and his truck.

Do I have to tell a story?

No.

Do I have to caption my images?

No. But if you caption one, you will need to caption all of them, for some technical reason.

What do I need?

Each BLURB needs a single big photo. Each STORY needs a few photos, the bigger the better. And you need the info that's in your head ready to spill out. Type it into the fields we provide, upload the photos (or take new ones on the fly, right in the app), and leave the rest to our magic SHMUUZ churner.

How big is a big photo?

Big is BIG. Your images should be at least 900px wide, even bigger if possible. Around 1500px wide is ideal. Photos taken with a cell phone are much, much bigger than that. Send them intact. We scale them automatically.

Why should we build a platform?

Because you want a full-time, full-color, full-screen online presence. Whenever someone is looking for someone (something) like you (or a business or organization like yours) they will find you (it) right here, all the time, in full-screen captioned living color.

How will we be featured?

Your events, announcements, advertisements, skills or services blurbs will each be tagged to appear in all appropriate searches.

How do I post an event on my platform?

To create an event BLURB (or any other kind of blurb) with a full-screen image, you will simply need the basic info [title, date and time (if relevant), place / address, a short description]. And a photograph --- send a big image, or take it right here with your cell phone. We will process it behind the scenes so that it loads quickly and looks great.

How do I post my shop on my platform?

To create any kind of BLURB with a full-screen image, you will simply need the basic info [title, date and time (if relevant), place / address, a short description]. And a photograph --- send a big image, or take it right here with your cell phone. We will process it behind the scenes so that it loads quickly and looks great.

Can I create a blurb without a picture?

Not really. Just keep a few large pictures around for when you might need one.

What does it cost to set up a platform?

An individual, a very small business, or a non-profit can get going for $29/YEAR for a single platform with unlimited posts and your visual story. For $69/YEAR a small business gets three (3) platforms, which means you would have three stories running behind an unlimited number of blurbs. We also have big multi-platform packages.

How do I join?

You can join here.

When should I start a second platform?

You should start a second (or third ...) platform when you want to tell a new background story. Each blurb on a platform is backed by the same multi-image story.

We're a non-profit on a shoestring budget

We have a soft spot for local nonprofit organizations and lone wolves. Talk to us.

How about a bigger business or organization?

Big guys will simply want to have more platforms: maybe one for each department, or one for each program (e.g., baseball, basketball, lacrosse, etc.), something like that. Or one for each person! We offer multiple platform packages. We can even create a 'directory' for you. Each entry in SHMUUZ.com appears simultaneously in your organization's 'directory' and in the public shmuuz site.

Should I shmuuz or should I yelp?

SHMUUZ -- because shmuuz is event-driven (and shmuuz-driven!) and dynamic, while yelp mostly gives a business a standing presence.

Is shmuuz like craigslist?

SHMUUZ gives an organization or a business a permanent full-color, full-screen platform; it doesn't just post temporary announcements.

Is shmuuz like groupon?

SHMUUZ is event-driven, not deal-driven. Lots of shmuuz events (and lots of deals), all the time.

Big picture equation please

BLURBS + STORY = permanent presence.

Sign me up

Excellent. You can join here.

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How to shmuuz

What is a PLATFORM?

A platform consists of BLURBS (events, announcements, publicity, offers, advertisements, services, skills) backed by your interesting image - rich STORY.

Building a PLATFORM

A platform gives you lots and lots of visibility. In addition to posting temporary EVENT blurbs, you can showcase your SKILLS and SERVICES. You can advertise SALES and OFFERS. You can use your platform as a PUBLICITY engine. And all this is supported by your visual STORY.

What is a STORY, in the shmuuz sense?

Your STORY is told through a loop of captioned images: words and pictures that convey who you are, what makes you tick, what you can do, how you got to where you are.

Equation please

BLURBS + STORY = publicity engine.

What do I need?

Just a few big, interesting pictures, and whatever you want to say.

What does a platform cost?

A SINGLE PLATFORM subscription is $29/year for an individual, a small non-profit, a small business. For $69/year a business or organization can run THREE platforms.

When should I start a second platform?

You already have a platform? You should start a second (or third ...) platform when you want to tell a new story.

How about a bigger business or institution?

Big guys will simply need more platforms: maybe one for each department, or one for each program (e.g., baseball, basketball, lacrosse, etc.), something like that. We offer multiple platform packages.

Who can work on my platform?

You can sign up helpers to edit your platform. All you need is their email address. You can assign each helper to one, two, or all three of your platforms.

I have more questions

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