All of Tyler — retail, dining and tourism information, along with city services, education and local news — now is available in your pocket. The Tyler Morning Telegraph is launching a free smartphone app, Tyler HubCiti, now available at the iPhone App Store and Google play for Android phones.
For a limited time, everyone who downloads the app will be entered in a drawing for a new iPad.
"We are pleased to partner with Tyler HubCiti to provide this leading edge mobile solution for our customers," Publisher Nelson Clyde said. "People do everything with their phones in today's world as a matter of convenience and opportunity. The Tyler HubCiti platform offers a simple way to locate every business in Smith County, including defined niches for shopping, dining, lodging and city and school district information for every entity in the county."
It's really all about convenience, he said.
"At the touch of a fingertip, users can access a wide range of news and services to simplify their lives," Clyde said.
Looking for a meal? Tap Dining, and a list of nearby restaurants pops up. Some also list specials. The app provides directions, phone numbers, even menus and websites.
An events calendar is regularly updated by the Tyler Paper, and it lists dozens of area events.
Recreation opportunities are listed and categorized by interest. Want to see a movie? Get fit? Spend some time enjoying the outdoors? Tyler HubCiti can help.
"The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce is our presenting sponsor of this exciting new app," Clyde said. "Chamber members will have an opportunity to receive discounted pricing for enhanced listings and services with Tyler HubCiti's robust product line."
Chamber Chief Operating Officer Henry Bell said the chamber is excited to be a part of the app.
"The app will help us assimilate all kinds of data and make it convenient," Bell said. "Also, our members will be designated as such on the app, which is an added benefit. So we're looking forward to this."
Participating businesses can see a substantial increase in traffic.
Developed by ScanSee, an Austin-based firm, Tyler HubCiti is unique in that it gives back.
"We believe that education changes lives — so much so that we donate 3 percent of our profits from the mobile and digital services to be used for post high school education scholarships," said ScanSee Vice President Penny J. Merian. "The monies stay in your community for your residents. The more you use the app and/or advertise in the app, the more money is generated."
To download the app, visit the App Store on your iOS device or Google Play on your Android device. Search for "Tyler HubCiti."
Also on Sunday, TylerPaper.com launches its new and improved search function. Featuring a cleaner look and faster, more accurate results, the new search function is also mobile-friendly.
For information about how Tyler HubCiti can enhance a business's mobile presence, contact the Tyler Morning Telegraph's advertising department at 903-597-8111.