Ok folks, we’re putting the last few touches on the new website, so hopefully by this time tomorrow you’ll be seeing a brand new PoolDawg. Not only will the site look different, but there will be new navigation functionality and a brand spanking new search tool! For those who can’t wait for another 24 hours or so, here’s a sneak peek at one of our product pages:
I got a really nice email today from Dave Cook over at TheFind.com letting me know that they’ve chosen PoolDawg as part of their “TheFind100″ list.
TheFind.com is a very cool shopping site, so needless to say we’re quite tickled to be included in their list (not to mention the fact that we’re the only billiards specialty retailer on the list). Not too shabby for a few guys schlepping pool cues.
Yes, PoolDawg has signed on to be an official sponsor for the APA Singles and Team Championships! Here’s the official press release:
LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO (April 16, 2009) — PoolDawg has reached a deal with the American Poolplayers Association (APA) to become an official sponsor of all APA National Championships. PoolDawg will be the official table spot sponsor of both the APA National Singles and Team Championships held in Las Vegas annually at the Riviera Hotel & Casino.
As part of the agreement, all participants in the national championships will receive a commemorative memento courtesy of PoolDawg.
“We’ve enjoyed a strong relationship with PoolDawg for years. They’ve been a major advertiser in our national membership magazine and an exhibitor at our National Team Championships. This agreement helps to further our relationship with them,” said APA President Reneé Lyle.
“When it comes to amateur pool leagues, there is no bigger name than the APA. We are extremely excited to come on board as a sponsor of the APA Championships.” said Mike Feiman, Director of Marketing for PoolDawg. “As the largest amateur pool league, the APA provides us with a unique opportunity to reach hundreds of thousands of poolplayers. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to further expand our longstanding relationship with the APA and its members.”
What does this mean? It means that everyone playing in the championships is going to get a special freebie in their registration packets. It also means that the playing tables are going to look a little different this year. As we’re officially the “table spot sponsor”, that means we’ll be designing the pool table spot that will appear on every table. Curious as to what its going to look like? Check it out:
PoolDawg To Be Presenting Sponsor of WPBA’s Live Streaming Matches
Lafayette, CO April 1, 2009 — PoolDawg, the recognized leader in online billiards and game room supplies, is pleased to announce that they have signed on as the Presenting Sponsor of the WPBA’s live streaming matches for the 2009 season.
“We are thrilled to be sponsoring the WPBA in this exciting new format.” said Michael Feiman, PoolDawg’s Director of Marketing. “Unless you are attending a tournament, the only way to watch live pool and billiards in the United States is through online streaming. There’s huge potential with this new format and we are extremely excited to have our name and brand associated with the WPBA and pool players such as Allison Fisher, Karen Corr and Jeanette Lee who have become household names for billiards enthusiasts everywhere.”
Mike Howerton, Founder of AZ Billiards and AZBTV added “The WPBA is working to embrace new internet technology and find new ways to let our fans be a part of the WPBA experience. We are very proud to be able to partner with a company like PoolDawg to make this internet streaming possible.”
The 2009 WPBA Classic Tour kicks off April 2nd in Alpine, CA with the San Diego Classic. Non-televised matches will be streamed live via the WPBA’s partnership with AZ Billiards, the leading supplier of online billiards news and information.
About PoolDawg.com, Inc
With over 3,000 pool cues, cases, and game room accessories, PoolDawg.com is the premier destination for pool players of all levels. PoolDawg.com offers one of the widest selections of cues, cases and accessories on the web and carries billiards products from over thirty manufacturers including Scorpion, Cuetec, Meucci, Lucasi, McDermott, Schon and Viking.
We’re hard at work over here getting the new version of PoolDawg up and running, so I thought I’d share some of the progress with you all. Here’s the latest design round for the front page:
As you can see, we’ve dropped the right navigation off to give a little more breathing room. In addition, we’ve changed the navigation a bit, so we now have options on both the top and the side for navigating, moving the most popular categories to the top and giving you more options to search for cues and cases on the side. Lastly, we’ve moved most of the customer service information and links down to the footer of the page.
Most of these changes are the result of talking to our customers, so we’re pretty pumped about getting this launched. As always, we want to hear what you think so let us know your thoughts.