WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Citysearch, a CityGrid Media property and operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI), today announced the launch of Guides by Citysearch, highly visual lists built by Citysearch's expert scouts to help users easily find new favorites in major cities or must try places from across the country. From Philadelphia's "Soups So Good They're Almost Worth Getting The Flu Just to Use Them as Medicine" to spots "Where Beer Nerds and Foodies Collide" in Houston, the new guides offer users a photo centric way to browse and explore content based on the criteria most important to them. Guides by Citysearch will be available through the web and Citysearch's new iPhone app, which was released today.
"We know people want a quick, visual snapshot to help them scope out the coolest local businesses -- everything from the most unusual new bars in their own neck of the woods to the best spa treatments in a city where they're traveling," said David Israel, Director of Community, Citysearch. "Our new Guides by Citysearch combine expert recommendations with a visual Pinterest-style layout so users can easily get a feel for destinations, dishes, or décor without sifting through lengthy reviews by who-knows-who."
Expert Citysearch scouts, from mayors in major cities to well-known food writers, bloggers and photographers showcase their favorites local spots together by category, from tattoo parlors to funky and fabulous restrooms. Each Guide features a brief intro, a photo from each location and a description on why the business made the list. In addition, each listing in the Guide features a map with the location and directions, making it easy for users to find all the info they need in one place, without having to click through for more details.
Citysearch has already amassed over 500 Guides since they quietly rolled out the product this fall to an enthusiastic user response, with over ten times the industry average for Facebook engagement. Starting soon, Citysearch users will also be able to create and post their own Guides with photos of the can't-miss picks in their town or across the country.
For more information or to view Guides in your area, visit Guides by Citysearch.
Citysearch is the leading online local guide that enables consumers to stay connected with access to neighborhood restaurants, bars, shopping, beauty and professional services across every zipcode in the US. When you are on the road, Citysearch offers mobile applications for iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Android and Palm. Citysearch is a property of CityGrid Media, the online media company that connects web and mobile publishers with local advertising organizations by linking them through CityGrid®, its local content and advertising network. CityGrid Media is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI). For more information, visit www.citysearch.com
Brandi Willard for Citysearch