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Below you’ll find answers to the most commonly asked questions:

How old is TheLocalProject?
Early 2016, ENet Technologies commissioned its team to take on the “web localization challenge” and harness the 20 year old company’s resources to formulate TheLocalProject. TheLocalProject began field testing in July of 2016, with the official public launch occurring in July of 2017. You can learn more about our formation by watching the Back Story video.

Why a background check and will I pass?
We screen backgrounds to insure the quality of our team. The likelihood of your application being approved is high; we are not indifferent towards those who have made mistakes in their past and have since bettered themselves. Feel welcome to apply or contact us to discuss your particular situation.

What skills should I have to join the team?
Regardless of experience we welcome most everyone to our team. To us, the most important traits are characteristics such as honesty, integrity, good cognitive skills, and a warm personality. At TheLocalProject, we are in the PEOPLE business. If you enjoy working with people, are reasonably out-going and have a willingness to learn, you likely qualify. Those interested in serving as Area Directors and Vice Presidents should have business, management or sales experience that prepares them for those roles.

Do I have a protected territory?
This answer does vary somewhat by position. For City Partners, Editors, and Digital Specialists; you will work within your “Local Area Network” alongside your Area Director. Both Area & Regional Directors are assigned territories where they focus their efforts. Other than for a breach of contract such as fraud or other negligence to the territory; we have no basis, incentive or intention to remove a successful Area or Regional Director.

How do I get training?
Training consists of on-demand video lessons conducted over the Internet through GoToWebinar technology. This self-paced training allows you to watch and review the information as quickly as you’re able. Training is supported by weekly web meetings and direct home office support where you can get the answers to your questions.

Am I an employee?
All TLP positions are independent contract positions. You will receive a gross paycheck and are required to submit your taxes directly to the IRS. Typically, you will be able to deduct expenses such as your cell phone bill, some automobile costs, and others, as a legitimate tax deduction.

The video said there is “Vesting” what does this mean?
Vesting continues to pay you on the business enrollments you make, after you retire from our program. The longer you remain on the team, the longer we will continue to pay you on your enrollments after you have left the TLP program. Partners with 10 years or longer on TheLocalProject Team will continue to receive compensation for their enrollments for “Life” after they retire. More on this subject will be covered during training.

I see similar opportunities, why TheLocalProject?
There surely are many local web-services in the marketplace. Most could be divided into one of 2 classes: 1) large national players such as Craigslist, Yelp, and the Yellow Pages, or 2) small independent players. Regardless of the number, none have succeeded in becoming an all-encompassing local service that adequately covers and captures the local market. Several key differences position TheLocalProject to excel in the web localization space: 1) we are building a better platform, 2) we are equipping the business members with better technology and 3) our crowdsourcing program involves and rewards local people to participate in the effort like no other offering. The residual component of our compensation plan will create unparalleled incomes for those who choose to build with us. Better PEOPLE produce better content, better community relationships and better growth.


The Dashboard is a secure location for managing all your CONNECTLocal applications from your desktop or favorite tablet. This includes:

  1. Your Company Profile
  2. You VIP Subscribers
  3. Offers & Specials Builder
  4. MobileCONNECT Message Creator
  5. MobileCONNECT Inbox
  6. Mobile Connect Sent Messages
  7. MobileCONNECT SMS Setting
  8. Access Help Videos
  9. Access How-to Information for building and using your VIP List
  10. Access print collateral to promote SMS Subscriber signups.
  11. And Much more…

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Desktop Inbox

Your MobileCONNECT Inbox is the place to view, manage, and reply to, inbound messages.

When a User sends a text message to your business it appears in the Dashboard Inbox. This allows you to respond to messages from any desktop PC.

Simply open your Dashboard to the Inbox and let it run in the background. Your computer will audibly ring every 7 seconds whenever a new message arrives.

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VIP Subscriber List

The VIP Subscriber List is where you can view and manage your Subscribers.

There are 3 ways Users can join your list:

  1. Clicking the Connect Icon on your company profile.
  2. SMS Keyword Signup
  3. Direct Entry

Clicking the message icon next to a particular Subscriber allows you to send a 1to1 message to that Subscriber.

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Free In-App Messaging

MobileCONNECT allows you to send unlimited In-App messages absolutely free.

In-App messages can be sent with Push Notification so that Users are notified of the new message regardless if they have the CONNECTLocal App open or closed.

Be sure to encourage your new Subscribers to download the CONNECTLocal app so they can access all the features in their community.

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Broadcast Messaging

Regardless if your list has 10 Subscribers or thousands, you can broadcast a message to the entire list at once.

You choose if you want to send to the list In-App only which is 100% free or if you would like to send via text message. (SMS message rates apply)

In-App messages have the option to send with a Push Notification so users are notified in a similar manner they would when sent via text message.

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1to1 Messaging

MobileCONNECT allows you to send 1to1 messages to any Subscriber on your list.

This is perfect for service industries such as:

Mechanics – send a message letting your customer know their car is ready to be picked up.

HVAC or Plumber – Let your customer know the service tech is on their way.

Lawyer – Let your client know their papers are ready to be picked up or a court date has been set.

Or maybe just wish your best customer a Happy Birthday.

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Connect Icon

The Connect icon is show in the CONNECTLocal app on your business profile.

Clicking the Connect Icon allows users to join your VIP list without having to SMS text your keyword.

Once connected, your business is immediately added to the User’s Connections List inside the CONNECTLocal App.

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Keyword Signup

The keyword signup allows Users to join your VIP List by texting your Keyword to either 844-307-3500 or 866-866-7109.

For example, if you were a pizza shop your keyword might be “PIZZA”. Whenever a User texts the word PIZZA to 844-307-3500 or 866-866-7109 they are automatically added to your VIP list.

New Subscribers are auto-sent your custom “Welcome Message” and are also invited to download the CONNECTLocal app. When Subscribers download the app they receive better access to their community and you are able to send them in-app messages for FREE!

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Direct Signup

The Direct Entry function of the VIP Connect List allows you to manually add a new member to your list.

Are you a mechanic? Why not ask your customer if they would like to receive a text message when their car is ready?

Retail Shop – Ask your customers at checkout if they would like to receive your specials and discounts.

Service Tech – Ask your customers if they would like to get a text message when the repairman is on the way.

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After-Hours Message

As much as we would like to service our customers 24 hours a day, we all need to sleep.

The After-Hours Autoresponder automatically sends your custom “after-hours” message whenever a customer tries to reach you outside your business hours.

The After-Hours Message provides an immediate response letting customers know you will be getting back to them on the next business day.

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Message Pause

There will be times during the course of the work day that you will be unable to immediately respond to new customer messages.

In those cases, you can set the “Pause” feature to manage your incoming messages and automatically send Users a custom “Unavailable” message. Your custom message let’s users know you have received their message and you intend to reply back soon.

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Number Cloaking

Reasons we can’t text most businesses include business owners do not want to give out their personal phone number or carry two different phones.

MobileCONNECT keeps your personal phone number private. When you send customers a text message it is processed through our system and delivered from a phone number in our pool. When the User responds, our system keeps track and relays the message back to you.

This allows you to receive and send messages without revealing your personal number

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In-App Text Icon

CONNECTLocal Users simply browse the directory to find businesses they can message in their area.

Businesses that accept inbound messages are identified by the “Text US” icon notifying Users they can receive a text.

Users simply click the Text Icon to open the message window.

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Individual Addressing

When sending out broadcast messages, each message can be personalized to each Subscriber.

This personalization lets the Subscriber know you are communicating directly with them.

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No Cross-Talk

No Cross-talk prevents Subscribers from seeing replies from other Subscribers.

When sending out broadcast messages, each message is individually sent to each Subscriber.

Unlike standard group messaging, this insures when recipients reply only you will receive a copy of their response.

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CONNECTLocal Placement

As a MobileCONNECT business your company will be listed in the category of your choice inside the business directory of the CONNECTLocal App.

Your FREE listing allows you to create a business profile with your logo, images, hours of business, social media accounts, company descriptions, Google map results and promotion of 2 special offers.

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