In Truth, Has Anyone Made Money Selling Mobile Sites to Offline Clients?

by jorgemv 73 replies
Hello everyone,

I just bought a well known mobile site creating software, Mobi-o-Matic, which I intend to use in order to create mobile sites for offline businesses. Of course, with my luck, the software will either turn out to be impossible to figure out without a degree from MIT, or the mobile sites I create with it will be of inferior quality - as compared to what others who are experienced in this field can turn out.

So, some of the things that I'm wondering, and your insights into them would be very welcome, are, is it still possible to make money creating these mobile sites, or has this all been taken over and saturated by more experienced factions - meaning web and graphic designers?

Also, if there's still an outside chance that, even at this juncture, I could venture into the field and sell some of these, is Mobi-o-Matic a good weapon of choice for this task? On the surface, it appears to be easy to figure out, almost push button easy, without any coding knowledge required (and, this is a vital feature for me). But, I could be all wrong about it. Any input about this software specifically, good or bad?

Thanks for any help.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kenster
    I don't do it at all but have met many people who do quite well doing it! Not sure it's as scalable as other models, but it's absolutely a feasible model! Don't know anything about the mobi-o-matic though
    • Profile picture of the author MobileMarketingMogul
      You should be able to sell mobile websites, just start small and approach local businesses or people you know to start with and show them what their competitors are doing
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    • Profile picture of the author jorgemv
      Kenster,

      Many thanks for taking the time to reply to my query with your advice.

      Jorge
      Originally Posted by Kenster View Post

      I don't do it at all but have met many people who do quite well doing it! Not sure it's as scalable as other models, but it's absolutely a feasible model! Don't know anything about the mobi-o-matic though
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  • Profile picture of the author steffanmax
    i tried, i had a prof website (trust me)

    I contacted over 100 local business, maybe 10-20 with an pre-made post website..

    Like -> Hi i saw your website and visited your resturant -> i made this pre-made -> are you interested..

    I did not make a single dime, not saying their is no money there, because where their are a market there are money..

    But i will never do that again, i spend a month not earning shit..

    Most other business i have tried, i have made a little amount..

    But this was a walk in a desert..
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    • Profile picture of the author jorgemv
      Hello steffanmax,

      Your version of this is discouraging, to say the least. But, I thank you for giving me the other side of the coin. Maybe, you did not have good luck because of your location, not than I know where you reside, may not be a heavily populated area, and that there aren't that many potential clients there?

      Originally Posted by steffanmax View Post

      i tried, i had a prof website (trust me)

      I contacted over 100 local business, maybe 10-20 with an pre-made post website..

      Like -> Hi i saw your website and visited your resturant -> i made this pre-made -> are you interested..

      I did not make a single dime, not saying their is no money there, because where their are a market there are money..

      But i will never do that again, i spend a month not earning shit..

      Most other business i have tried, i have made a little amount..

      But this was a walk in a desert..
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    • Profile picture of the author WillR
      Originally Posted by steffanmax View Post

      i tried, i had a prof website (trust me)

      I contacted over 100 local business, maybe 10-20 with an pre-made post website..

      Like -> Hi i saw your website and visited your resturant -> i made this pre-made -> are you interested..

      I did not make a single dime, not saying their is no money there, because where their are a market there are money..

      But i will never do that again, i spend a month not earning shit..

      Most other business i have tried, i have made a little amount..

      But this was a walk in a desert..
      One of the quickest ways to fail in this business and any is to do exactly what you did. You approached 100 businesses and then just gave up?

      Why waste all that hard work? The reality is most people do what you did and just give up when things get a little tough or don't work right away.

      I would say get straight back on the horse and keep going. If you are not getting the results you want then take a step back and look at things. The chances are it's something you are doing or could be doing better that is causing the non-existent response rate.

      So test and tweak things and you will get there. But if you give up the only thing you guarantee is that you will make no sales.
    • Profile picture of the author Steve Solem
      Originally Posted by steffanmax View Post

      I contacted over 100 local business, maybe 10-20 with an pre-made post website..

      Like -> Hi i saw your website and visited your resturant -> i made this pre-made -> are you interested..
      I think trying to sell mobile websites, or anything for that matter, like this is a mistake when business owners don't really know how they can BENEFIT from a mobile website.

      Sure, if you cold call a few hundred people you may get a few that happen to have a clue what they are and how they can benefit from them, but most business owners don't care about the technology - they just want more customers or diners in their seats, and you need to be upfront with What's In It For Them and help educate them to the benefits a mobile website can provide.
    • Profile picture of the author jsoli
      Originally Posted by steffanmax View Post

      i tried, i had a prof website (trust me)

      I contacted over 100 local business, maybe 10-20 with an pre-made post website..

      Like -> Hi i saw your website and visited your resturant -> i made this pre-made -> are you interested..

      I did not make a single dime, not saying their is no money there, because where their are a market there are money..

      But i will never do that again, i spend a month not earning shit..

      Most other business i have tried, i have made a little amount..

      But this was a walk in a desert..
      No offense but your approach doesn't seem right at all.

      Don't try and put people off of this just because you had a poor approach.
    • Profile picture of the author NjPanther4Life44
      Originally Posted by steffanmax View Post

      i tried, i had a prof website (trust me)

      I contacted over 100 local business, maybe 10-20 with an pre-made post website..

      Like -> Hi i saw your website and visited your resturant -> i made this pre-made -> are you interested..

      I did not make a single dime, not saying their is no money there, because where their are a market there are money..

      But i will never do that again, i spend a month not earning shit..

      Most other business i have tried, i have made a little amount..

      But this was a walk in a desert..
      Did you just do e-mails only? What other forms of communication did you use when you contacted these businesses? Did you follow back up with these businesses? I am trying to figure out, out of 100 businesses you did not get 1 !
  • Profile picture of the author davehayes
    The Short answer is no, I havn't gone anywhere near this area, as I don't Consider it my strength

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  • Profile picture of the author PaulintheSticks
    Mobile is exploding as shown here: and the market is going to be MASSIVE.

    But for now its still in its infancy like any other new advertising format. It takes a while for business owners to figure out how valuable it is. Its just like selling websites was when the internet started exploding.

    I'm just getting started and so far, I've sent out 2 mockups to businesses I already have a relationship with (via e-mail) and sold 1 - 13 page mobile site for $500. Just a fluke? Maybe but I think the key is finding the right prospects....businesses that could really benefit like restaurants, locksmiths, etc.

    And personally, I'm only going after ones that are already spending money on advertising/marketing and are doing well. So if I drive by a restaurant and its busy on Tuesday evening and I see they are already advertising and have a nice site, etc. they are a prime prospect.
    • Profile picture of the author jorgemv
      Thanks you PaulintheSticks,

      What you're sharing here gives me sufficient confidence and impetus to look upon this business as more than just a "maybe," and more like what I want to make it: an actual, workable, profitable business model. Many thanks to you.
      Originally Posted by PaulintheSticks View Post

      Mobile is exploding as shown here: The Mobile Movement: Understanding Smartphone Consumers - YouTube and the market is going to be MASSIVE.

      But for now its still in its infancy like any other new advertising format. It takes a while for business owners to figure out how valuable it is. Its just like selling websites was when the internet started exploding.

      I'm just getting started and so far, I've sent out 2 mockups to businesses I already have a relationship with (via e-mail) and sold 1 - 13 page mobile site for $500. Just a fluke? Maybe but I think the key is finding the right prospects....businesses that could really benefit like restaurants, locksmiths, etc.

      And personally, I'm only going after ones that are already spending money on advertising/marketing and are doing well. So if I drive by a restaurant and its busy on Tuesday evening and I see they are already advertising and have a nice site, etc. they are a prime prospect.
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    • Profile picture of the author alritch.merin
      This is a very informative and inspiring post. Thank you very much for this.

      Originally Posted by PaulintheSticks View Post

      Mobile is exploding as shown here: The Mobile Movement: Understanding Smartphone Consumers - YouTube and the market is going to be MASSIVE.

      But for now its still in its infancy like any other new advertising format. It takes a while for business owners to figure out how valuable it is. Its just like selling websites was when the internet started exploding.

      I'm just getting started and so far, I've sent out 2 mockups to businesses I already have a relationship with (via e-mail) and sold 1 - 13 page mobile site for $500. Just a fluke? Maybe but I think the key is finding the right prospects....businesses that could really benefit like restaurants, locksmiths, etc.

      And personally, I'm only going after ones that are already spending money on advertising/marketing and are doing well. So if I drive by a restaurant and its busy on Tuesday evening and I see they are already advertising and have a nice site, etc. they are a prime prospect.
  • Profile picture of the author Social Guy
    Yes, last year I started my business and started with mobile sites/social media, I then moved to responsive sites (bigger clients, 'bigger needs'). My company is a two men show now (third person is coming into play). My focus for 2013 will be back to mobile sites. (in combination with the responsive sites we are building now) The third person who will be working with us will be 100% mobile focused (design/building)
    • Profile picture of the author jorgemv
      Thanks Social Guy,

      I'm not sure what a responsive site is, but what you're telling us about how things are going for you with the mobile sites business is very inspirational, at least from my end.

      You're not only making this work for you, but are obviously doing well. Much luck to you.
      Originally Posted by Social Guy View Post

      Yes, last year I started my business and started with mobile sites/social media, I then moved to responsive sites (bigger clients, 'bigger needs'). My company is a two men show now (third person is coming into play). My focus for 2013 will be back to mobile sites. (in combination with the responsive sites we are building now) The third person who will be working with us will be 100% mobile focused (design/building)
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    • Profile picture of the author tim205
      Sounds like a good strategy. Let us know how it is working out for you this year!
  • Profile picture of the author Jarrod
    Answer to initial question: In truth, yes I have.

    Reply to above post by steffanmax and anyone who may have been discouraged by the outlook it offers:

    My experience was not all too different. Contacted well over 100 businesses in November, sold literally one, and for dirt cheap. The got a couple more in December. Then a few more in January. Now referrals are starting to come in as well.

    Am I banking big time? Heck no, but each month is better than the last!

    By the end of 2013 over 50% of all web traffic will be mobile. There is money to be made and I will get my chunk of it!!!
  • Profile picture of the author sirox
    I'll chip in here with some different view that has been largely ignored when it comes to marketing to "offline" clients, be it selling mobile sites, or in the early days, selling websites/designs, or social media, or any other services.

    And that is that you must treat it, set it up, and operate it as a local business yourself.

    You need a local presence. You need a sales person to go out and get orders, you need a guy/gal to actually full the orders (i.e. making the sites), and then you need a guy/gal to do the support.

    You will most likely fail if you:

    1) Think you can do all these by yourself.
    2) Think you will make enough money fast
    3) Not prepared to stick it out for at least a good amount of time for the local businesses to take notice, while making no money
    4) Think your "making mobile sites for local businesses" business is no different than any other local business, such as a restaurant, a shop, or a local dentist.

    So, before you jump into any such business servicing local clients/businesses, you should use the above as your "yardstick" to see if you are going to make it or not.

    The bottom line, you must be prepared, both mentally and financially, for a good stretch of dry spell, i.e. working hard without income, before your "own" local business can take off.

    You can certainly shorten this dry spell by being well-funded to afford hiring good face-to-face salesperson(s) (if you are not one yourself) going at it aggressively, persistently.

    Just like any other local businesses you plan to make money from, set up yours like one first.

    So, are you an online marketer or are you an offline business owner?

    IMHO, you can't be both at the same time as a one man operation.
  • Profile picture of the author cshilling22
    Mobile websites are an easy sell if you can get in front of the decision maker with a mock-up and have a reasonable price. Here is your website on a phone now, here is what it could be. This is a powerful demonstration. I usually use a QR code as well to pull it up so they can see more possibilities. I am selling the website but I really want to sell them on all of the ways my company can help their business make more money. That is how you build long-term success and loyal clients.
    • Profile picture of the author jorgemv
      Since you make it sound so easy, would you be able to share with us what types of businesses, in particular, you are successfully targeting with this approach? Are you going after dentists, car dealers, real estate pros, etc.,?

      Jorge
      Originally Posted by cshilling22 View Post

      Mobile websites are an easy sell if you can get in front of the decision maker with a mock-up and have a reasonable price. Here is your website on a phone now, here is what it could be. This is a powerful demonstration. I usually use a QR code as well to pull it up so they can see more possibilities. I am selling the website but I really want to sell them on all of the ways my company can help their business make more money. That is how you build long-term success and loyal clients.
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  • Profile picture of the author mgoddo
    I sell at least one a month ... Not bad. I usually sell them for around $600 to $700.

    I don't use any software to make them tho, all custom
    • Profile picture of the author WealthPro2
      Originally Posted by mgoddo View Post

      I sell at least one a month ... Not bad. I usually sell them for around $600 to $700.

      I don't use any software to make them tho, all custom
      Hi mgoddo

      Can you please share with us how you develop these mobile site without using any software?
    • Profile picture of the author jorgemv
      Thanks for your input. You provide me with hope and encouragement. You're right pulling down $600 - $700 each is "not bad" at all.

      Unfortunately for me, I'm not skilled enough to be able to create them from scratch as you're able, I'll have to stick to using software, but you prove that there's a market out there for them.

      Jorge
      Originally Posted by mgoddo View Post

      I sell at least one a month ... Not bad. I usually sell them for around $600 to $700.

      I don't use any software to make them tho, all custom
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  • Profile picture of the author Tyler S
    This forum makes it seem a lot easier than it actually is. However, when there is a will, there is a way.
    • Profile picture of the author jorgemv
      I'm sorry, Tyler, forgive my ignorance. Can you elaborate on your comment?

      Are you saying that, based on your own experience in this field, you think that some of the respondents to this thread on this Forum make things sound easier than you have personally found things to be marketing mobile sites?

      Or, is your statement your own general opinion?

      Jorge
      Originally Posted by Tyler S View Post

      This forum makes it seem a lot easier than it actually is. However, when there is a will, there is a way.
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