NORTH MYRTLE BEACH (WBTW) – To find the best place for online business–and results of online business marketing, sales, and customer service–look no further than the north end of the Grand Strand.
Google named North Myrtle Beach as one of its 50 eCities–places where online business is proving successful in each state.
“This is, I think, a testimony of how strong the business community is and how well they have adopted Internet as a way of growing their business,” said Antonel Neculai, information technology and database manager for the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce. “It is, probably, the best way for the small businesses to cater to their clients to make themselves known to the public and to business.”
On Tuesday, chamber president Marc Jordan, Mayor Marilyn Hatley, and other city leaders will have a press conference to talk about the Google designation.
Neculai said his understanding of the process for selection was: Google selected the top five cities in each state for online business activity, and then, for each city, Google examined random businesses of all sizes, and assigned scores based on website design, online accessibility, and overall web presence. It is from that combined score that North Myrtle Beach came out on top.
“We have the infrastructure, we have the companies to do this, (and) we have the state of mind,” said Neculai. “Probably all of this combined have put us on the map as one of the leading business communities in South Carolina.”