eDeals Update: Saved homeowners $188k so far

Last June (2010) we launched a new money saving program for our Kansas City neighborhoods called eDeals. Through eDeals, neighbors agree to buy products and services in bulk allowing us to secure discounts from local merchants.

Since the beginning our goal has been to help residents save money on products and services, while at the same time, helping local merchants thrive.

I’m happy to report that we’ve already saved homeowners $188,101 and helped to generate $100,271 in revenue for local businesses.

To date, we’ve run 30 deals from local merchants such as:

  1. Sprinkler Blowout
  2. Lawn Fertilization
  3. Window Cleaning
  4. Furnace Tune-Up
  5. Dry Cleaning
  6. Restaurants
  7. Tree Trimming
  8. Mulch

If you’re a Kansas City merchant interested in offering an eDeal to our neighborhoods, please visit http://www.eneighbors.com/edeals/.

Here are some examples of our deals:

Learn more about eDeals at http://www.eneighbors.com/edeals/.

This is what it’s all about

From the beginning our vision has been to connect neighbors online to create stronger communities, so when I found the following comment it made my day:

“I’m so impressed with the effectiveness of the eNeighbors system, and the care and concern of our neighbors. Using technology to strengthen a community and to help neighbors is a good thing!” – Janet G.

(A screenshot of the full comment is below.)

Update: Our KC Neighborhoods

I received a request to publish a current list of neighborhoods in Kansas City that subscribe to eNeighbors.

The list below is for neighborhoods in the Kansas City metro area only (Kansas and Missouri). To see if your neighborhood is online, go to www.eNeighbors.com and search for your neighborhood by zip code. 

Amber Hills Estates
Arlington Park
Autumn Ridge
Berkshire
Birchwood
Bradford Gardens
Briarcliff Community Alliance
Briarcliff West
Brighton’s Landing
Cedar Creek
Cedar Ridge Park
Coffee Creek Crossing
Communities of North Brook
Coves
Coves North
Crimson Ridge
Deer Creek
Deerwalk
Eastbrooke
Falcon Valley
Fieldstone
Forest View
Grey Oaks
Hampton Place
Hawksbury
Highlands Ranch
Hills of Walden
Homestead Woods
LeaBrooke
Links at LionsGate
LionsGate
Maple Brook Park
Mills Farm
Newberry Commons
Northwood Trails
Nottingham by the Green
Nottingham Forest South
Oak Park Homes Association
Oaks Ridge Meadows
Oxford Pointe
Park Crossing
Parkhill Manor
Parkhurst
Ravenwood Place
Regency By The Lake
Riss Lake
River Ridge Farms
Santa Fe Hills
South Hampton
Staley Farms
Steeplechase
The Pavilions of Leawood
Tiffany Greens
Tuscany Reserve
Villas at Parkside
Villas of St. Andrews
Wakefield Estates
Wedgewood
Western Auto Lofts
Westwoods
WhiteHorse
Wilshire Farms
Windham Park
Windsor Hills
Woodland Creek
Woodland Reserve

Neighborhood Photo: New Favorite

Some neighborhoods just have unfair advantages – “Mt. Bonnell Shores / Colorado Crossing” in Austin, TX is one such neighborhood. Resident Carrell Grigsby was Austin’s PPA Photographer of the year in both 2004 and 2006 and snapped the shot below for their neighborhood website.

Mother and child playing in lake at sunset (C) Carrell Grigsby Photography

Below is a screenshot of the Mt. Bonnell Shores / Colorado Crossing sign in page where the above photo is featured:

View other cool neighborhood photos.

FCC: Local or community news second most common type of activity online

The FCC recently conducted a survey called “Broadband Adoption and Use in America” that found getting local or community news was the second most common type of activity online, just behind buying a product. Using a social networking site was fourth. (See chart below.)

Of course, I’m happy to see that “local or community” news is listed second but it’s hard to believe that using a social networking site is fourth given that Facebook now has over 350 million users and is listed as the second or third most visited site on the Internet. This seems to highlight the problem with human reported surveys versus computer counted statistics.

As a measure of online activity for local and community news though, this survey may be the best data we have given the fragmentation of local publishers, which makes it difficult to measure this type of activity on a national level.

Will the eNeighbors value proposition work in your community?

We claim that:

  • the vast majority of your community will register and use the online communication system on a regular basis.
  • you can communicate more effectively, virtually at will, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • your community will actually lower the cost of communication – the logical result of replacing current methods newsletter, layout, print, copy, mail

BUT, as a Board Member, your #1 concern is:  “WILL THE MAJORITY OF OUR RESIDENTS ACTUALLY READ THE INFORMATION?”

A resident in an eNeighbors community wondered the same thing and posted a news article to find out “is any body really out there?” Screenshots below:

Neighborhood Watch and Social Networking

From TechNewsWorld: Neighborhood Watch 2.0:

City budgets are straining police forces in many cities, and in some cases citizens have seized upon social networking technologies to help guard against crime in their own neighborhoods. It’s unclear whether neighborhood watch efforts actually make people safer, but statistics indicate that neighborhoods with high levels of resident cohesion typically have less crime.

This is another example of how better communication (or cohesion) in a neighborhood can help make it safer.