Mabuhay and Welcome to the Puerto Parrot
Puerto means port and every port has a pier or muelle. The Philippines has a lot of ports and piers. Tourism is big business in the Philippines. It is in everybody’s interest as many as possible visit your communities. A place unknown to them if they were never in, let’s say... Puerto Galera.
So how does a visitor find out what services are provided? We created the Puerto Parrot to help visitors learn more about the communities they are about to visit!
Just imagine that there is a parrot sitting on every pier in the Philippines. A parrot is a talking bird. Every time visitors arrive in your community, he starts talking and explains where to find hotels, restaurants, rooms for rent, doctors, businesses etc.
The Puerto Parrot is a community service. We help people to find what they need and help the community to be more successful. It’s a win-win situation!
…..and it’s free!
What is for free?
- You can present your business on our pages with text, pictures and videos.
- Classified ads (with picture).
- City services (all services the public needs: hospitals, doctors, dentists, schools, gasoline stations, ATM’s etc.) are already listed for Puerto Galera. Adding more city services is easy and can be done by anybody.
- Additionally, we post articles that are related to the Philippines. You can add your own articles with text, pictures and videos. We hope that in the near future our articles will become a useful archive about many aspects of the Philippines
- An events calendar is available where anybody can post private, business or city events.
And there is lot more to come, like a beach guide, dive sites and hiking pads!
But if its for free. How does the Puerto Parrot make money?
We make money in two ways:
Most of the hotels and resorts on the website have direct links to Agoda and in the future, to Booking.com.. This is commission based.
You can become a sponsor by buying “Parrot ads”. These ads are time based (1, 3 or 6 months) and rotate to the visitors on the site.
The uniqueness about a “Parrot Ad” is, when somebody clicks the ad, your business presentations shows up.
If you have a “Parrot Ad”, visitors will find your business presentation easier than others who will be found only with the “search business” option.
A sponsor essentially buys space on every loaded webpage where your business is presented and easier to find. You may put a picture there or text ads. It is your space. It can be linked to everywhere on the web, including of course your own website.
If you don’t have a website, we will make a page for you on the PuertoParrot website.
We offer 5 different sizes and 7 prices. Parrot ads are cheap from 100 pesos up to 2000 pesos a month) and fits in every businesses budget. What you get is a higher exposure level for people interested in visiting Puerto Galera and to people who already live here.
As an extra offer, we can take pictures of your business with a professional camera that could be used in your business presentation.
Why 5 sizes but 7 prices?
Our goal is to provide a complete business directory and give “smaller” businesses the chance to show up in the form of online advertising.
The “Parrot ad” for “bigger” businesses comes with a picture slide show, the option to place videos, upcoming events and Google Maps.
The “Parrot ad” for “smaller” businesses comes with only 1 picture and no video or events. They do have Google Maps.
Only the two smallest “Parrot ad” sizes are available for “smaller” businesses. They are 50% cheaper than ads for “bigger” businesses. The downside is that “small” ads have a lower rotation frequency (about 50%) hence the price difference.
If you want to participate, the first month is for free. After that you can continue our service by opting for payed advertising. Your business presentation stays on the website. If you are sponsoring or not.
And we have BIR.
Sounds good, right?
What do we do with the money?
The “Puerto Parrot” is a work in progress. We use money for upcoming projects inside the Parrot (beach guide, dive sites, hiking pads and more) and for online expenses as the website itself.
Our target is to deliver high quality information in a unique way. And that cost’s not only time but also money…
The “Parrot” is a “feelgood” page. Some of our income will be used for donations and sponsoring in local projects and events in education, health and culture (Music, art, sport etc.)
As you can see, the “Parrot” is a win-win situation for everybody. And that’s exactly what we want to be!
Ah…and last but not least, we, Guido and Dimitri (the parrot team) work since 2 years on this project. We started from scratch. It was and is a learning process. We had expenses along the way and until now, we work without salary. Of course we would be very happy if our work is appreciated and becomes viral.