Simple Tip To Get More Mobile Prospects

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I was just researching some local restaurants to see if they have mobile websites. If not, I'm adding them to my list of places to contact/visit.

I came across one website that had a flash intro. Flash is used a lot on restaurant sites. I guess it looks fancy and people love it. I don't know. However, as you may know, flash does not show on iPhones. Which is what I have.

When I checked the site on my iPhone the screen was just white for a 12 seconds (I counted). Then it went to another page. Which of course looked horrible on a mobile phone.

HERE IS THE TIP:

I looked at the bottom of the site and it had a "site designed by" link. So I clicked on it. It took me to a god awful looking website of a local web designer. And wouldn't you know, they have a "Portfolio" page.

So I clicked on it and there were several more prospects that are going on my contact/visit list.

Most sites will have this "site designed by" link at the bottom. And chances are, the other sites that designer made all will have a similar look/layout.

So, if you find one bad site, you find several.

Btw, I'll be walking into these restaurants with their site already to go on my iPhone and showing them. Then I'll show them what it could look like.


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  • Profile picture of the author FormerWageSlave
    Good tip! Thanks!
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    grrr...

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  • Profile picture of the author JToneyUK
    Simple but great idea!

    Myself and my brother are setting up a "design studio" hoping to get some local clients to create/update websites and we have been looking at our competition. Needless to say some of these sites are terrible, never mind the work they have done on their clients sites. But as you say, most of these designers have a portfolio and you generally see familiarity within most of their work.

    In this case, the excessive use of Flash makes for wonderful bait for us looking to do mobile wed sites.

    Great tactic!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mobileico
    @Vagabond007. Have you ever thought about when targeting these restaurants to add a "Press for Taxi" button. How nice would that be? I read your post and it just popped in my head. I'm going to utilize this brainwave and maybe it'll help you too. Be great in everything you do
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    • Profile picture of the author JToneyUK
      Originally Posted by Mobileico View Post

      @Vagabond007. Have you ever thought about when targeting these restaurants to add a "Press for Taxi" button. How nice would that be? I read your post and it just popped in my head. I'm going to utilize this brainwave and maybe it'll help you too. Be great in everything you do
      The issue I see with this is that the customer is already in the restaurant. Why would they need to go onto their mobile phone and back to the restaurant website when they are in there? Especially when you can just (usually) ask the business for a cab number, which they generally have a handful of.

      I do see where you may see the benefit to the restaurant and taxi firm, but probably not very practical. The user is more likely to come onto the mobile site to find the restaurants location, open and closing times, menu and costs. It may just happen that they see the call taxi function and keep a mental note to use it once they finish the meal. But again as I said above, most people are generally aware that they can ask restaurant staff for the number of a local taxi firm and they usually have a dozen or more taxi firm business cards to hand out.
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      • Profile picture of the author rlhurst
        A "tap for taxi" button may be pretty convenient for out of town diners who need a way to get TO the restaurant from their hotel..... (contact a local taxi company to become a client!!)
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        • Profile picture of the author JToneyUK
          Originally Posted by rlhurst View Post

          A "tap for taxi" button may be pretty convenient for out of town diners who need a way to get TO the restaurant from their hotel..... (contact a local taxi company to become a client!!)
          LOL, never thought about the getting to the restaurant part! Good point :rolleyes:
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          • Profile picture of the author Mark68
            And also sell a mobile site to the preferred Taxi company?
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  • Profile picture of the author JToneyUK
    Another tip for finding prospective clients, especially if you don't have a car to scope local businesses - Google Maps Street View.

    Earlier today I was the passenger in the car on our journey and I was looking at all the businesses that were around, especially those who had websites on their signs/displays/windows etc. However, we were going past all these businesses too quick for me to get them into my mobile phone notes app in time. Then I figured I could re-run the route using Google Maps street view and I've got loads of businesses to contact ready and waiting in my spreadsheet.

    If you do not know of Google Maps Streetview, just go onto Google Maps, find any place around your town and keep using the zoom function until you go right down. It will eventually turn into Street View. Enjoy.
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