Congratulations to our winning retailer!


Aphrodite Art and Fashion takes home the title! Canada’s best independent retailer for 2015 is Aphrodite Art and Fashion in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. The shop was chosen as the winner of our latest “Loved in your ‘Hood” contest by a panel of Vicinity judges, based on product quality, customer service, and community involvement. The contest attracted over 11,000 nominations of
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Happy employees help you attract loyal customers


Your employees are the face of your brand. Maybe you started your business with a dream: to serve the best espresso in town, or the best burger. To revolutionize spa services, or become THE place to get awesome organic products. To find your tribe of loyal customers and cater to them, exclusively. You made your passion into a business –
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Yes! You Can Now Schedule Your Promotions and Announcements


Great news! We heard your feedback and made a huge improvement to promotions and announcements: You can now create your messages ahead of time and schedule them to send out at a later date. How? After you create your message in the Vicinity dashboard, select, “Schedule it for later,” and choose a date and time. That’s it! Why is this so great? No
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Is your retail shop ‘The Best’ in your neighbourhood?


We wanted you to discover the love customers have for your shop. So we’re hosting another “Loved in your ‘Hood” Facebook contest – this time for independent retailers. We have officially invited Canadians to nominate their favourite local retailers as “The Best” in providing: Quality products Customer service Community involvement If your store earns “The Best” title, you’ll win $500 in
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New AutoPilot features make the Vicinity Dashboard even better


Our most successful merchants use Vicinity at maximum velocity. They’re firing on all cylinders and making the most of the platform’s powerful communications, marketing and analytics tools. If you’re not using Vicinity to full advantage, now is a great time to get started. Because we’ve added new functionality to AutoPilot, one of our most effective marketing tools in the Vicinity
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4 ways to get social without getting swamped


Social media is the shiny new marketing toy everyone wants to play with. As a small business owner you can see its potential for customer engagement and generating new leads. But the fast-moving flow of social media can overwhelm time-strapped entrepreneurs and interfere with your focus on running the business. So we’ve pulled together a social media tip sheet to
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