Former Victoria resident launches discount website WizHunt.com
Oct. 16, 2013 at 5:16 a.m.
A former Victoria resident hopes his up-and-coming website will save people some money.
Scott E. Hunt, CEO of Wizhunt Locals, Inc., recently launched WizHunt.com, a site that posts business deals, such as discounts on services.
The idea came following Hunt's work as a business consultant, he said, in which he assisted companies ranging from medical facilities to coffee shops, on to clothing stores and others.
"I've always found the cost of advertising is back breaking, especially for small businesses," Hunt explained. "I found a huge opportunity to help people."
Money, he said, is one element that separates his site from others.
The site is free for customers, Hunt noted. And rather than take a percentage of each deal sold, as others do, he said businesses purchase packages that cost pennies per online deal.
One package, for instance, includes 150 offers for $25.
A social media element is another aspect, he said, explaining the website prompts customers to share their deal with friends on Facebook and "like" the business' page either on the deal page or on the WizHunt business directory.
Afterward, he or she is automatically updated about any promotion that company advertises, he said, and it keeps customers connected to the business.
Social media is a vital aspect of business promotion, Hunt said, explaining the average number of Facebook friends people have is 303, but that number jumps to 510 for the 18 to 24 age range.
And that means businesses getting their information out to larger audiences - not just their own Facebook friends - who might utilize their services.
"If I like something and I'm friends with you in Victoria, chances are you'll like it, too," said Hunt, who attended Victoria High School but now lives in Lewisville. "If you see I've liked something on Facebook, you might wonder what it is and check it out for yourself."
Hunt said he looks forward to seeing his endeavor really take off.
"The object is to help people," he said.