Localist is an online calendar manager intended for schools, companies and other groups. The application helps users grow traffic and provides convenient integration with third party networks including Twitter, Facebook and FourSquare. White label features are available so the user’s site is branded in a way their users will identify. Automated curation ensures that the users event listings remain accurate and relevant. Single sign on is supported along with mobile access. Users can add widgets to embed content to other websites and blogs. Users can create and send newsletters to keep their audience updated. Users can add reviews, photographs and comments and synchronize their Localist calendars with Google Calendars, Outlook, iCal and RSS. Additional features include group events calendars, movie listings and trending intelligence.
Localist was founded by Mykel Nahorniak and Nate Mook in July of 2010. The application boasts an impressive list of clients, including Liberty University, DePaul University, Cornell University, Notre Dame of Maryland University, the University of Rhode Island and Hampton University. The application has become a popular option, although some students may not realize they are using it thanks to the professional white label features. The current version includes many features and notes a 5% growth in student retention among schools using it.
Localist is a unique application because it provides a convenient way to manage and promote events and activities for organizations and schools. The application is focused more on educational institutions however its services could be utilized elsewhere. Users can build a branded online resource that lets students stay aware of upcoming events and activities. The application also helps modernize some schools by making it easy for students to share information on social networks like Facebook.
Localist offers a professional interface and customization that gives users an experience optimized for their purposes. Schools and organizations can launch functional information hubs complete with their color scheme and logo, allowing Localist to blend seamlessly with the user’s branding. The design looks very modern, with simple buttons and a clutter free design. Localist helps schools and organizations create online calendars and information resources that they are proud to share with their audiences.
To get started, users can try a demo version of Localist. New users can click the blue “Try a Demo” button found in the upper, right hand corner of the Localist homepage. A form will appear at the top of the page and ask the user to provide a full name, phone number, email address and organization name. After submitting the form, the user is advised that Localist will be in touch soon. The site does not specify if they will call or email. Giving the user an option would be a nice touch.
New users must contact Localist to learn more about pricing for their organization or school. The website does not provide any pricing information and there is little to go on available to visitors. Users can sign up for a demo for free, but will have to wait for a contact from a Localist representative to learn more about how much they can expect to pay for the service. Prices may vary based on the needs of the user’s organization.
Localist is intended primarily for schools and similar organizations. Users can build web pages that provide a single resource for students and others to stay aware of upcoming events and activities. The application offers a number of customization options, including white label features. Users can create a social information hub that allows their audience to share information on social networks. The application offers a demo version, although pricing is not shown and may make or break the application for some organizations.