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Banyan Tree Infomedia Launches ExtraPrepare; A Review

Banyan Tree Infomedia, a web and software development firm has launched a local listings website focusing on education and hobbies : ExtraPrepare. It currently aggregates content from 8 cities namely: Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangalore,Kolkata and Chennai. The portal features listings across categories such as schools, adventure activities, dance, music,fitness, martial art classes and vocals among others. The look of the website is minimalistic and clean. Apart from city specific search, users can also run an area wise search for a specified city in the category of their choice. We found that the website does not have its native search mechanism but uses a Google custom search. It also allows users to list their institutions on the website without  any fee. On the whole, we could not find any distinguishing feature that separates the website from other local search engines, but it is the focus on hobby related content that might well work for the site, and distinguish it from the likes of JustDial, AskMe etc. Potential Monetization It's worth noting that ExtraPrepare has a 'What Are You Looking For' form on the right of listing pages, which require users to share their contact details alongwith their requirements (in less than 500 characters). This could well be serve as a mode of monetization, as a lead generation mechanism. Most local search businesses monetize by offering details of potential customers to clients. In addition, it could also monetize with featured listings. Some points of concern: - Lacks rating and reviews:…

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