Of all the cities in the world, why the focus on the city of Charleston and the nearby Lowcountry?
First, a brief introduction to Charleston, South Carolina.
Why is the City of Charleston, South Carolina So Fantastic?
If you’ve been to Charleston, you’ll understand why this city warrants so much praise.
People who live here are here for the quality of life they can enjoy and many choose to live here of all the various options available to them.
Charleston is rapidly shaking-off a staid, insular reputation it had somehow gained over the decades (possibly centuries). It is now rapidly establishing itself as a city that punches well above the belt for cultural and influential clout.
Not sure what that means?
Charleston, South Carolina, is a relatively small city (only about 130,000 as of 2014, though it continues to grow). That said, it has quite the influence as both a foodie city and a tourist destination (with a $3 billion impact on the local economy).
When other cities in the South like Richmond are being called, “the new Charleston for foodies”, keep in mind that imitation is the highest form of flattery. Charleston is very influential on Southern culture in general.
Why Do You Need to Visit Charleston Soon?
If the reasons above aren’t enough for you, there are plenty more. Historic downtown Charleston is a sight to see for anyone. For Northerners, think of downtown Charleston as Beacon Hill in Boston stretched over an entire city. Beautiful historic buildings line the streets, inviting visitors and locals alike to meander through the streets and discover some new, hidden, quintessentially Charlestonian spot.
But there’s more to do than wander around downtown, there are:
Charleston tours to take
Charleston historic homes to explore
Charleston, SC, restaurants to savor
fantastic South Carolina state parks to wander through
the best beaches near Charleston, SC, are only a short drive away
But most importantly, the locals are friendly to visitors and newcomers. It seems like everyone could be a tour guide here, or at least are able to make-up a fairly fanciful story of what happened historically in any building here. And if you’re already living here, you should definitely be taking advantage of all there is on offer here.
Alright, Fine, But Why Are You Writing About Charleston SC?
There are two main goals with this blog all about the best of Charleston.
First, for visitors, locals, and newcomers alike to our area, I hope to highlight all aspects of our area that we consider the best of Charleston SC. When you’re planning anything from a week-long Charleston vacation to just a night on the town, you’ll be able to get all the resources you need to make informed decisions about the best restaurants, shops, hotels, inns, and all the other best attractions and activities in Charleston, SC.
Second, for small businesses in Charleston SC, I want to help you highlight you as the best of the city of Charleston. I love this city as much as you do, and want to help the myriad businesses that help make this so great help themselves in increasing their exposure to all the visitors, newcomers, and locals in this spectacular city.
Free to contact us for more information.
A Quick Lesson in Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Emphasizing to Google and the other major search engines that you are an enterprise in a specific location helps those search engines recommend you to other locals looking for your services. Being recognized as a local business helps bump you up Google et al.’s rankings, even getting you ahead of chain stores that cannot offer as much of a local feel as you.
If Google can determine that you’re a business in a specific area, that also makes you more legitimate and authentic in its eyes. Some ways to achieve this for your Charleston business include:
creating domains that make mention of Charleston (notice our domain: bestofcharlestonsc.com)
updating your business listings on the major directories like Yelp, Yellowpages, Facebook, and Google+ to ensure that your basic information (Name, address, and phone number at least) are all correct and accurate
encouraging your customers to leave reviews on those directories
getting your business listed on credible local directories
Easy, right? Check out this blog for more information on getting your business ranking well on local listings.
About the Writer of Best of Hipster Charleston
I moved to Charleston, South Carolina, after bouncing around the East Coast of the United States and around the world. Born and raised in Connecticut, I have lived at various times in:
After a few visits to Charleston, and being shown some of the best parts of the city by local friends, I decided to settle in Charleston and make it my home. Years later, Charleston is still one of my favorite places I’ve lived. The Best of Hipster Charleston is my opportunity to show the best parts of the city to locals and visitors, just as others had done for me.
As mentioned earlier, I really friggin’ love helping small business owners in Charleston. I offer free small business consulting when I’m not working my full-time job at Q4Launch, a hospitality marketing company based in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Get in touch with me if you’re interested in learning more!