Why An Events Site?
Like us, you’ve likely often come across events in and around the city that you would have loved to have participated in, only to find that those events were sold out, or worse, over.
We started to track city-specific events online, and quickly realized that covering everything properly required visiting roughly 20 different event listing websites. And that’s not including industry-specific websites, social media, or perusing email campaigns delivered to your inbox.
The local Kelowna news sites do a great job of covering these events as they happen, or, alas reviewing awesome gigs after the fact (and we do love them for that). Other sites are merely event aggregators, lacking a local personality as they are often a spinoff of a larger operation.
Many of these sites also tend to rely on some form of calendar application which is never as easy as you would like it to be particularly when you’re using a mobile device.
We recognized that Kelowna was underserved when it came to an easily filterable comprehensive local events site. A site that:
- is free to list events
- is a one-stop-shop minimizing unnecessary click-throughs
- is free of slide-shows and calendar applications
- is just plain easy to use across all devices
Where We Hope to Go From Here
Every day we will continue to populate hellokelowna.com with new event listings and inform you of certain events on social media and our weekly enewsletter. Our reach will often go beyond just Kelowna, and may include Kamloops, Vernon, Peachland, Summerland, Penticton, Naramata, OK Falls, and Osoyoos. We’ll even sometimes write about events happening just south of the border or in Vancouver.
You’ve probably noticed that we’ve moved beyond our original mandate of just listing events, with round ups and editorial in our OK Life section (formerly YLW Life), and we aim to keep you even more informed, with posts regarding new developments in and around the region that pertain mostly to lifestyle and culture, but there will no doubt be some political and civic banter during this election year as well.
A main goal of ours is to maintain hellokelowna.com’s local voice as well as the Okanagan region. Large multinational or national chains’ events will not be posted in our listings unless they are a strong benefit to the community. Basically if it’s good for Kelowna or the Okanagan, it’s good for hellokelowna.com.
We are here for both Kelowna event providers and event goers so spread the word, and visit often!
The Team at Hello Kelowna