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Citysearch

Localized Services Search Engine


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Published 09/13/2011 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Citysearch is a location based resource that assists visitors in locating various attractions and businesses in their city or town. The user can enter a location as well as keywords that describe what they are looking for. Citysearch shows the user the best matches sorted into categories that include special deals, restaurants, bars and clubs, spa and beauty and shopping. Each business listing includes an embedded Map Quest map, address, phone number, link to the official website, directions, owner’s message and business overview. Some also include a photo or image to go with the listing. Citysearch users can read and write reviews to help others decide which local businesses are worth visiting. The user can also access category links to other things to do in their chosen city.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Citysearch is based in West Hollywood, California. The site was designed to act as an online guide for visitors and residents of numerous cities. The site currently lists more than 14.5 million business profiles. The Citysearch team includes CEO Jay Herratti, CTO Christophe Louvion, Vice President of Human Relations Dena Grablowski, Senior Vice President Kara Nortman and board member Neil Salvage.

What are the differences to other apps?

Citysearch provides a great deal of information that is available through numerous online resources. What makes the website so appealing is the way it compiles all of the data into one convenient location. Visitors do not have to go far once they enter a city and find a specific listing or category they wish to browse. Citysearch shows them how to contact the business, where to find it and provides user created reviews to help them make a good decision before they spend any time or money as a new patron.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Citysearch website uses a blue and orange color scheme set against a pure white background. New visitors can find the search tool positioned directly at the top, center of the homepage. A black navigation bar is available to help users sort by popular categories, including restaurants, deals and bars and clubs. The user can also access the mobile app version from the navigation bar. Each business listing includes a wealth of information, with the basic contact and location details highlighted at the top of the profile page.

How does the registration process work?

Citysearch website visitors are not required to log in to search for a business or access the available data. The user can fill out the two search tools at the top with a keyword and location to begin looking. Those who would like to access all Citysearch feature can click the blue “Register” button nestled in the upper, right hand corner of the page. A pop up box appears with an orange and white “Create New Account” button. After clicking the button, the user is asked for an email address, username, first and last name, zip code and optional gender and date of birth.

What does it cost to use the application?

Citysearch is available to all users for free. There are no subscription fees or other charges for using the website. All users are given the same access and can search as often as they like. There is no cost directly associated with using Citysearch; however the site may make it easier for the user to find ways to spend money in their local community.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Citysearch.com is a great resource for anyone who would like to discover new businesses and money saving deals in their local area. The site is very easy to use and does not require a log in (although registration is available for those who would like to use the website frequently).

  • Read and post reviews for businesses
  • Search for businesses in your local area
  • Discover money saving deals
  • Log in with Facebook
  • Upload and view photos for businesses


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