Marketing Opportunities

Marketing your business through the CEP is a proven and cost-effective way to attract new customers. Many business owners are using online and email advertising to market their goods and services to their target audiences. These forms of advertising prove to be economical ways to market to prospective buyers. Our marketing opportunities are designed to be both business-to-business and also consumer focused. Our goal is to provide CEP partners with cost-effective solutions to their marketing needs. The majority of our marketing options are part of your CEP partnership investment and the remaining advertising options are available for a nominal fee. For more information on marketing your business and CEP advertising opportunities, contact the CEP’s Director of Communications Sadie Fitzpatrick at Sadie@OcalaCEP.com or call 352.629.8051.

Partner News & Press Releases

Investment: Benefit for all CEP partners

A new feature on the CEP’s website includes a Partner News page. Partner News is a special section exclusively featuring the latest news from CEP partners. Content ranges from new hires to acquisitions and industry awards to grand openings. This section is highlighted in the CEP’s weekly Fast Forward e-newsletter. Submitting company press releases for inclusion in Partner News is an effective and convenient way to maintain a company’s visibility in Marion County’s business community while gaining recognition for its achievements. Businesses are responsible for creating the press releases. Sorry, the CEP does not promote products, services or events in our Partner News. Please see the Event Calendar, MarketSpace, or Hot Deals features for promotion. 

Online Business Directory Listing

Investment: Benefit for all CEP partners

Every CEP partner receives an online business directory listing so that visitors to the directory (approximately 15,000 a month) can easily search for your business by category, keywords and alphabetical listings. Partners are able to login and update their information at any time. As soon as their new information is saved, the information is automatically updated in the CEP's database and the online Business Directory listing at the same time.

Online Informational Brochure

Investment: Benefit for all CEP Partners

Each partner receives their own informational brochure page which can include your business description, hours of operation, location information, and up to eight keywords (these help identify your business when a website visitor does a keyword search on the Business Directory).

Enhanced Online Business Directory Listing

Investment: $800 per year per Business Category | Benefit for partners at Legacy Level and above

An enhanced partner listing in the CEP Business Directory provides priority listing and web search results over basic listing. Added features for your company listing include:

  • Logo placement
  • Increased space for company descriptions
  • Map link
  • Photo gallery with capacity for eight photos and one YouTube video
  • Bullet points to draw the visitor's attention
  • Eight additional key words
  • Priority placement above Basic listings

Online Partner Events Calendar

Investment: Benefit for all CEP Partners

Do you have an upcoming event? Are you trying to generate additional traffic to your store? Do you want your event to reach an audience outside our area? CEP partners have the privilege of promoting their programs, seminars and events held at their location, and the calendar is available for any visitor to see and learn about the variety of programs, seminars, and events being offered.

Online Job Postings

Investment: Benefit for all CEP Partners

Do you have a job vacancy that must be filled? Looking for new employees? Do you want to reach an employee pool from outside our area?  As an added benefit of CEP Partnership, we provide an area on our website for CEP partners to post job openings in their companies. This section of the website provides members another venue to find the best and brightest employees. To have your company’s open positions listed on OcalaCEP.com, simply log into your CEP Partner Portal to list your employment opportunities!

Discounts and Hot Deals

Investment: Benefit for all CEP Partners

Do you want to move slow-moving merchandise? Do you have a special to advertise? Do you want to grab the eye of visitors on the CEP’s web site?  Log into your CEP Partner Portal to advertise your own store special! Upon approval, your Hot Deal will appear multiple places on the CEP’s website including: next to your name in the online Business Directory, on your Member Information Page, and by category in a special listing of all Hot Deals. Visitors to the CEP’s website will be drawn to your deal by its prominence. Hot Deals may be open to the public or can be restricted to other CEP partners only.

MarketSpace

Investment: Benefit for all CEP Partners

Do you have equipment to sell? A property to lease?  Do you have a criteria specific discount such as Military member discounts? The new CEP MarketSpace provides a customizable environment for partners to market a variety of items or discounts. Common offerings include military discounts, university discounts, auction items, real estate listings, or other items for sale.

Relocation Center Brochure Display

Investment: $200 per year | Benefit to CEP partners at Business level or above

Bring your business brochures to the CEP office for display in the Relocation Center. It’s a great way to market your business to anyone who visits the CEP!

Weekly FastForward E-Newsletter Advertising

Investment:

  • Headline “Events Section” Ad (558 x 180 Pixels/7.75” x 2.50”)—$400 per month or $1000 per quarter
  • Body “Program Section” Ad (558 x 108 Pixels/7.75” x 1.50”)—$250 per month

The CEP’s weekly emails place events and business opportunities directly in front of more than 2,000 potential customers. This is an economical way to have your message delivered in a trusted and easy-to-read email format. Specifications: Print-ready materials will be accepted in JPEG format.

Monthly Partner Connections Magazine Advertising

Investment: Contact Tina Atha for more information. 

Reaching a targeted market of more than 2,000 CEOs and business professionals is easy when you advertise through the CEP’s monthly magazine. Partner Connections features CEP news and events, business tips, and showcases our new and renewing CEP partners. Produced in partnership with Best Version Media, advertising is exclusively for CEP partners.

Online Business Directory Banner Advertising

Investment: $600 per Year | $180 per Quarter | $75 per Month

Online Business Directory banner ads may be placed at the top of any category listing. Banner ads are 500 x 60 pixel, GIF or JPEG format images, and are displayed near the top of the web pages. The ad features a link to your website or email address with the ability to monitor click through activity.

CEP’s Printed Relocation Guide & Business Directory

Investment:  Varies based upon ad size and type—Contact Dean Blinkhorn at Ocala's Good Life for more information. 

Produced annually, this popular publication lists CEP partners, provides important statistical data, includes colorful community pictures, highlights important phone numbers and much more. Thousands of copies are distributed to hotels, libraries, new residents, businesses, government agencies and other interested parties. Advertising opportunities range from full-page colored ads down to bold business listings. Advertising sales generally take place during the fall to meet a February publication release.