Lextran & BCRTA Transit Operators Launch New Sites With “First Of Its Kind” GTFS+ Integration

Santa Rosa, CA, Release: April  7th, 2020. For Immediate release

Lextran in Lexington, KY & Butler County Regional Transit Authority (BCRTA) in Hamilton, OH have both launched new websites, designed and developed by Planeteria Media. These sites focus on riders, potential riders, and the rider experience. The sites offer practical information for trip planning, schedules, fares, and route alerts, along with real-time bus information. The result is a visually appealing, user-friendly and ADA compliant website for the mobile user.

Planeteria Media integrated GTFS+ for the bus routes and schedules pages of Lextran & BCRTA as well as a new approach to the layout of schedule information. Lextran & BCRTA are the first transit operators in the United States to incorporate this technology which allows for the automation of the visual display of bus routes and schedules on the Lextran & BCRTA websites. This technology not only saves Lextran & BCRTA website admins countless hours when updating schedules by leveraging the GTFS data already created by their transit planning software, but it also displays information to the public in a way that is easy to consume and understand on smaller devices.  Usually shown in large data tables common on printed schedules, this classic and long-standing approach has never translated well in the digital age of small devices and ADA regulations. 

The new sites developed by Planeteria Media and their revolutionary GTFS+ platform, show the times as an easily scannable list of bus stops.  These stops can be expanded to see the various times a particular route stops there, and can then be tapped/clicked to open up that specific bus run.  This allows the user to easily narrow down to the information they need on devices of all sizes. The visual display of the routes translates better to mobile devices, pulls information from the GTFS data already created by transit planner software and is also ADA compliant. Planeteria Media is currently developing the same technology for AC Transit (Oakland, CA), Gold Coast Transit District (Oxnard, CA) and Sun Tran (Tucson, AZ).

For more information about GTFS+ please visit www.planeteria.com/gtfsplus

Planeteria Media designs and develops websites for transit operators and authorities. Using dynamic design and strategic development, Planeteria Media is raising the bar for public transit technology. 

 

Contact Info:

Name: Tyler Coffin

Organization: Planeteria Media

Address: 110 Stony Point Rd. #225, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Phone: 707-843-3773

What Should Be the Top Priorities of an Inbound Marketing Campaign?

As you start to learn about inbound marketing, you may wonder how you are supposed to accomplish all those tasks along with having time for your other duties. It helps to step back and focus on the top three priorities.

SEO

The top priority should be to improve your site’s SEO. An active blog is a great place to start. Make a list of all the possible questions that your customers might be interested in, and start blogging about them. Blogging allows you to use relevant keywords in your URL titles so that Google has a better idea of what you do as a company. Blogging also allows you to use Schema markup and other techniques to prove that you are a professional.

Additionally, Google rates sites higher that have content added to them regularly. Regular posting to your site encourages others to link to you. When a site that places higher than you do links to your site, then Google sees this as a vote of confidence that you are relevant.

Creating Relevant Content

Inbound marketing relies on relevant content for conversions at a more cost-effective rate. Create relevant content that people want to read. Write for real people while trying to incorporate your keywords into your subheadings and headlines. Link your different blogs to major blogs on your site so that they rise to the top of the hierarchy naturally. Use the number of words that you need to cover a topic entirely without becoming fluffy.

Social Media Marketing

Social media marketing should be another priority in your inbound marketing scheme. Sharing your blog posts on social media allows customers to see you as an expert in your field. It also encourages others to share your content, so your company gets introduced to more people.

If you are going to use social media as part of your inbound marketing, then think about what type of content will perform well for your company.

Consider sharing do-it-yourself content on Pinterest to encourage sharing there. If you have a visual business, then using influencers on Instagram can be a great inbound marketing technique. You should also consider posting on social media sites that are outside of the “big five” to see where your customers are hanging out. For instance, if you market to a younger demographic, then Snapchat may be right for your inbound marketing program.

You need an excellent inbound marketing strategy to drive people to your site. When you combine it with superior products and excellent customer service, then your business will thrive. At Planeteria, we plan, design and build websites that will make you feel proud of your online presence. Start working with us today!

How to Create a Positive Image of Your Construction Company

Creating a positive image for your company is essential for a number of reasons. Everything from bringing in new customers to retaining old customers and meeting your revenue goals depends on your construction company’s image. If your company has a negative public image or no image at all, it’s more likely to be passed over in favor of construction companies that have a well-established, positive reputation in the community. So how do you build a positive image for your construction company? This may sound like a daunting task, but it’s easily achievable if you break it down into different steps.

Create a Clean Website

In today’s digital era, most potential customers will make first-contact with your business via your website instead of stopping by your brick-and-mortar location. You can make sure that they love what they find by investing in your website’s design. The key is having a crisp, clear website. Your site needs to be easy to navigate since not all of your customers will be tech-savvy. Include vitals about your business, like your hours of operation, your location, and plenty of call-to-actions like pricing request forms and click-to-call phone numbers.

Better SEO

To be found online, you should structure your website for both human eyes as well as search engines like Google. That means writing helpful, fresh, and keyword-rich content for the types of searches you want to show up for. Your website is most likely to get the kind of attention you’re looking for if it ranks on the first page of search results. The better your SEO strategy, the more likely you are to appear as one of the first results.

Earn Positive Reviews

Having a positive reputation is key to a business’ success. Never underestimate the power of good (and bad) reviews. Platforms like Yelp, Google, and Angie’s List provide a public forum where your clients can share their personal experience with your business. Not every customer will hop online to share their reviews, so we recommend encouraging your clients to do so. The more positive reviews a potential customer sees, the more likely they are to form a good first impression of your construction company and choose you for future work.

Reduce Your Footprint

Building a positive image for your company isn’t all about marketing. Customers will quickly be able to detect if your reputation is genuine or if it’s just built on marketing. In today’s eco-conscious world, potential clients want to know that your business practices are environmentally-friendly with steps to reducing your carbon footprint, as well as that of your clients.

Featuring eco-friendly equipment is a great place to start. For example, a bottom dump hopper leaves a smaller footprint than others. Demonstrating how your company is decreasing its carbon footprint and increasing sustainability is a great way to build a positive reputation among your clients.

Respond to Complaints

Construction companies that have a reputation for taking customer concerns seriously and resolving them promptly tend to have better reputations than companies that don’t. It’s reassuring for potential clients to see that you’re committed to doing a job well-done and fixing anything that was initially done incorrectly. This is especially important in the construction industry, where clients are investing a huge amount of money into building projects; they understandably want to feel like they’re getting their money’s worth!

Understand Your Audience

Every construction business has a target audience. If you’re unsure who your audience is, you can ask yourself a few questions to narrow it down. Start with the basics. Think about what kind of clients you usually serve: residential, commercial, or both? Does most of your business come from a certain geographic area, or is it widely spread out?

For the best results, all of the content on your website and your social media posts should be tailored toward your target audience. Doing so will make sure your message is heard by the right people at the right time during the sales process.

Empower Your Employees

Some of your most powerful brand advocates come from within your construction company: your employees. When your employees and contractors love working for your company, they’re more likely to have positive interactions with your existing clients and prospective clients. They’re also more likely to make business referrals from their personal networks.

Unhappy employees, on the other hand, can have the opposite effect of satisfied staff members. They may voice complaints to clients, stop calling back sales leads, and perform poor-quality work on construction sites. This will immediately become apparent to your clients and potentially lead to negative online reviews. This is why it’s so important to include your entire organization, not just your marketing team. when building a positive image for your construction company.

Start a Blog

In the past, blogs were more akin to electronic diaries than marketing tools, but a lot has changed since them. Nowadays, having a company blog is an essential piece of an effective marketing strategy. Blogs are a low-cost way to stay in contact with previous clients as well as reach new audiences. Plus, sharing free content with your clients, including helpful listicles, how-to guides, newsletters, and DIY articles, demonstrates that your company sees your clients as real people instead of just potential sales.

There’s also a very practical reason to run a blog from an SEO perspective. The more often your website’s content is updated, the more likely it is to appear on the first page of search results. Updating monthly or weekly blog posts is a great way to ensure your website stays relevant and competitive.

Prioritize Customer Retention

Bringing in new customers is great, but retaining your existing clients is even better. Did you know that the cost of acquiring a new customer is up to seven times more expensive than getting new business from an existing customer? Construction companies with positive images have high customer retention rates because they love the service and are loyal to the company.

Creating a positive image for your construction company doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, it can be a fun and exciting opportunity to craft your company’s brand and bring in new business. Plus, having a good reputation in the construction industry will lead to clients who are proud to do business with you!

SEO for Municipalities

SEO For Municipalities

Pro Tips

Own Your Google Listings – Google listings aren’t just for businesses.  Having your various campus and department hours along with a photo of the building is very helpful to the public and a common channel they are used to using to get that information.  Street view images are especially helpful for nondescript buildings that are hard to find.
Make Sure Page Titles And Metas Are Accurate & Succinct – Titles and descriptions are what shows on google results, so they should very quickly describe what public need is addressed on that page.  If you have a content management system that lets you edit page titles and meta descriptions, make sure they are both accurate and succinct.  Meta descriptions for departments for example, should really just list out what that department does.
Put A Robust Search Feature On Your Site – Lots of people aren’t interested in reading / researching and just want a search tool to immediately enter their inquiry.  A robust search tool on your site can help citizens to ask their questions and find their answers.

Why SEO Is Important For Municipalities

People Use Google – Often people Google an issue before they ever come to (or find) your site.
Saves A Phone Call – When your information on Google is accurate that often saves a phone call.
Reinforces Your Authority – When your meta data is accurate and clear it helps your pages show up before other pages / sites that may not be where you’d like citizens go for information.