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Here is an interesting niche that I had not thought of.

We just got a request to create a mobile wedding invitation. They say all their guests have smartphones but we can also use a simulator for those that dont.

They want us to send an sms to all guests.

Once the wedding is over they want to add a thankyou and some photos and a youtube video.

Now this would have to be something that could take off.



What do you think?

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  • Profile picture of the author rlhurst
    Originally Posted by Quentin View Post


    What do you think?

    Q
    Nice! Another set up might be putting a qr code on the wedding invitations that lead to a video of the couple personally announcing and inviting their guests to the wedding.. lots of possibilities. Thanks for posting Quentin.


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  • Profile picture of the author 4webmaster
    Quentin, you're a master mobile marketer. Great found.
    Mobile Wedding is a huge niche.
    I see in my area that some photographers do only wedding events and they do for a living.

    What's great too like lrhurst said QRcode can be a great way to send people to the mobile site. I know that most young people have qrcode readers and smartphones, so this is definitively going to work, standard website is outdated here.
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    • Profile picture of the author Damielle
      I love this idea, I just got an invitation from a cousin who did something similar with a regular website.

      It never crossed my mind to do it with a mobile site, but the more I think about it the more genius it is as a regular invitation can get misplaced but having a mobile site puts all the info at the guests fingertips.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    Quentin,

    A nice idea!

    With the divorce rate so high nowadays they could also get them on to an sms list so they can inform the guests of future weddings!

    Seriously though, a nice 'out of the box' idea. I think this could be a great idea for invitations in general, whether it be a wedding, birthday, christmas party, whatever!

    With the wedding idea you could also have a link to their bridal registry so people can easily then go and shop for the wedding gift.
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    • Profile picture of the author chrisnotes
      WOWZERS! This is insane Quentin!

      I am actually currently working on this very idea with my brother who is a photographer!

      Using your wonderful script I have been setting up templates to offer his customers, and yes, this is a real slick niche. Make that money.

      I will update our success in the near future.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mark_Austin
      Hi Quentin,

      What a great idea and a variation could be used for different types of events.

      Prehaprs we could JV with local wedding photograpers and offer this service through them as an upsell on their photo package?

      Very interesting....thanks for sharing.

      Originally Posted by WillR View Post

      Quentin,

      With the divorce rate so high nowadays they could also get them on to an sms list so they can inform the guests of future weddings!
      Vey funny Will, that made me laugh

      Mark
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      • Profile picture of the author quickrecognition
        That's exactly what I was thinking, Mark. I belong to a BMI networking group - most of the other chapters have photographers in them too - and most of them wouldn't have a clue how to implement this, but could upsell on it and not even necessarily need to disclose that they are subcontracting that out to me. Double thumbs up!

        Great idea Quentin!
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    • Profile picture of the author HypeText
      Originally Posted by WillR View Post

      Quentin,

      A nice idea!

      With the divorce rate so high nowadays they could also get them on to an sms list so they can inform the guests of future weddings!
      Why not? After all...They have already opted in!

      Then you could offer Lead Gen Services to Divorce Attorneys too! lol
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    • Profile picture of the author Robert X
      Originally Posted by WillR View Post

      Quentin,

      A nice idea!

      With the divorce rate so high nowadays they could also get them on to an sms list so they can inform the guests of future weddings!

      Seriously though, a nice 'out of the box' idea. I think this could be a great idea for invitations in general, whether it be a wedding, birthday, christmas party, whatever!

      With the wedding idea you could also have a link to their bridal registry so people can easily then go and shop for the wedding gift.
      That's funny Will,,, sad but true. Maybe even take over the greeting card biz all together,,, goodbye hall mark,, hello Mobile Cards Direct. Or,, offer a service to Hallmark and strike up a multi million dollar deal. Thank you very much,

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    • Profile picture of the author scsheldon33
      Originally Posted by WillR View Post

      Quentin,

      With the wedding idea you could also have a link to their bridal registry so people can easily then go and shop for the wedding gift.
      hahaha, sounds good! If that would be the case, then there would be no more hassles in looking for one.
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  • Profile picture of the author samaden2
    wow nice idea mobile wedding.
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  • Profile picture of the author adumpaul
    Great idea.Thank you for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author philboy uk
    Great foot in the door strategy for wedding venues / party venues / wedding photographers / wedding shops, offer a free mobile page for their next event.

    Perhaps realtors / estate agents could offer clients that have recently moved home a mobile page with details of their new address, directions etc. This could be free promotion for the estate agents if the mobile page is branded.
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  • Profile picture of the author Magnum1
    Quentin-

    Thanks for another great idea...Hadn't thought of this niche for mobile.
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  • Profile picture of the author marcos08
    Great Idea will be looking at the implementation of this thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author Kevin AKA Hubcap
      Originally Posted by Quentin View Post

      We just got a request to create a mobile wedding invitation. They say all their guests have smartphones but we can also use a simulator for those that dont.

      They want us to send an sms to all guests.

      Once the wedding is over they want to add a thankyou and some photos and a youtube video.

      Now this would have to be something that could take off.

      What do you think?

      Q
      Quentin,

      I think that's a great idea. Funny how its right under our collective noses yet it takes an "outsider" to come up with the idea.


      Originally Posted by rlhurst View Post

      Nice! Another set up might be putting a qr code on the wedding invitations that lead to a video of the couple personally announcing and inviting their guests to the wedding.. lots of possibilities. Thanks for posting Quentin.
      Originally Posted by WillR View Post

      Quentin,
      I think this could be a great idea for invitations in general, whether it be a wedding, birthday, christmas party, whatever!

      With the wedding idea you could also have a link to their bridal registry so people can easily then go and shop for the wedding gift.
      Originally Posted by philboy uk View Post

      Great foot in the door strategy for wedding venues / party venues / wedding photographers / wedding shops, offer a free mobile page for their next event.
      Originally Posted by Mark_Austin View Post

      Hi Quentin,

      What a great idea and a variation could be used for different types of events.

      Prehaprs we could JV with local wedding photograpers and offer this service through them as an upsell on their photo package?
      All great ideas. Another possibility is instead of going to photographers is to go to wedding planners.

      You guys have got my creative juices flowing now.

      Kevin
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  • Profile picture of the author filthy
    Really a different approach to marketing wedding parties.
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  • Profile picture of the author ElenaEn
    This is a great idea!

    and with some weddings being so boring, people would appreciate having something to do on their mobile devices : )

    But seriously, I could see how you could package this up and sell through wedding venues and planners.

    Nice! Another set up might be putting a qr code on the wedding invitations that lead to a video of the couple personally announcing and inviting their guests to the wedding
    If you are going to do the QR code, the custom QR code here is a must instead of the boring black and white one.. Here is how to create one easily:
    http://www.youtube.com/pijnz#p/a/u/0/rObFZ3aRPoQ
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    • Profile picture of the author Kevin AKA Hubcap
      Originally Posted by ElenaEn View Post

      If you are going to do the QR code, the custom QR code here is a must instead of the boring black and white one.. Here is how to create one easily:
      Pijnz's Channel - YouTube
      Thanks for that Elena!
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    • Profile picture of the author 4webmaster
      Originally Posted by ElenaEn View Post

      This is a great idea!

      and with some weddings being so boring, people would appreciate having something to do on their mobile devices : )

      But seriously, I could see how you could package this up and sell through wedding venues and planners.


      If you are going to do the QR code, the custom QR code here is a must instead of the boring black and white one.. Here is how to create one easily:
      http://www.youtube.com/pijnz#p/a/u/0/rObFZ3aRPoQ
      Great tips, I also found a nice QR code and will try to see how to do see attached photo (you can replace image by a wedding background)
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      • Profile picture of the author ElenaEn
        I also found a nice QR code and will try to see how to do see attached photo
        that's a really cute one!
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  • Profile picture of the author edumonsters
    It's a great idea. I was wondering how the costs of printing the high quality invitation cards could be reduced. However, with the introduction of smartphones I think many things including invitation will be taking place smartly!
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  • Profile picture of the author John Ruddy
    Hi Quentin,
    Its a great idea, i never knw it before. superb! waiting to hear your success story.
    Plz share with us.
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  • Profile picture of the author hotlinkz
    Quentin,

    Your on a profitable track! There are also markets for birthday parties, bar mitzahs, debutante events and more. Mobile is positioning to be bigger than the advent of personal computers.

    Best of luck to you!
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  • Profile picture of the author winston
    What would you charge to do something like this?
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  • Profile picture of the author Pmac721
    Great share Quentin..What a great idea! There are a lot of professionals to partner with in a venture like this.
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  • Profile picture of the author bigbuddha
    cool idea Quentin, but I'm wondering how we would find interested clients?
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    • Profile picture of the author javarog
      Which one of your scripts are you using to make the wedding site Quentin ?
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  • Profile picture of the author RussellRead
    That is one awesome idea.. Going to be talking to a photographer friend of mine tonight.
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  • Profile picture of the author bloggerd
    Fantastic idea I'm pritty sure it could take of being new trend once the words out and few people are doing it it will become the in thing to have

    Nice work
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  • Funny you should mention this Quentin...I was just looking into this very thing the other day -good call

    I was also thinking the mobile site could also incorporate a registry site / stores and pre-loaded QR links or apps from any brick and mortar they might want to incorporate...
    once the wedding planner is set up...a few updates keeps everyone informed...

    With all the businesses involved in the production of a large wedding, and cost involved, there are a lot of ways to go...weddings are huge revenue streams...

    Get hooked up with a high profile planner, and you would be BZ

    Also think about the Honeymoon planning...
    and the eventual baby shower?
    and who knows?
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  • Profile picture of the author bonn
    Nice work --- i love seeing mobile finally making sense to the consumer! They're starting to come up with their own awesome ideas -- and looking to pros to get it done. Love it

    its been the opposite for soooo long... Love to see where mobile is going!
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  • Profile picture of the author 4webmaster
    I've read and many comes with other events like baby shower, birthday..
    For me, these are not worth to target because spending on a mobile site will not be a priority, it's not like wedding where they have to show their friends something special and memorable, also they have a big budget.

    I'm going to launch a national site soon and I figure out that this is no game but serious business you can't make a single error or your reputation and business can stall.

    Some issues like scripts, forms, hosting... should work 100% if not you can be in a really bad situation the D day. That's why I'm planning to have a dedicated server and all will be hosted there.

    So again for people who get in this business you must have a serious background.

    When you have a company website, if something happens like an error in text or script... you can adjust it in time but for a wedding, you can't, it's like a live public performance.
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    • Profile picture of the author syncjam
      Good thoughts but I wouldn't think it would be THAT critical. It's not like thousand of users are going to be overloading the servers. And I don't think there's much interaction that will be happening as the wedding/event is happening.

      Plus, not EVERYONE will have a smartphone to interact, so there will have to be concessions for non-smartphone users.

      Just my 2 cents...


      Originally Posted by 4webmaster View Post

      I've read and many comes with other events like baby shower, birthday..
      For me, these are not worth to target because spending on a mobile site will not be a priority, it's not like wedding where they have to show their friends something special and memorable, also they have a big budget.

      I'm going to launch a national site soon and I figure out that this is no game but serious business you can't make a single error or your reputation and business can stall.

      Some issues like scripts, forms, hosting... should work 100% if not you can be in a really bad situation the D day. That's why I'm planning to have a dedicated server and all will be hosted there.

      So again for people who get in this business you must have a serious background.

      When you have a company website, if something happens like an error in text or script... you can adjust it in time but for a wedding, you can't, it's like a live public performance.
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      • Profile picture of the author 4webmaster
        Originally Posted by syncjam View Post

        Good thoughts but I wouldn't think it would be THAT critical. It's not like thousand of users are going to be overloading the servers. And I don't think there's much interaction that will be happening as the wedding/event is happening.

        Plus, not EVERYONE will have a smartphone to interact, so there will have to be concessions for non-smartphone users.

        Just my 2 cents...
        I disagree with you here. It's not thousand maybe but big weddings (regular ones) have like 100-300 invitations and that's why they have a budget for it.
        Now let say that during the dinner speech the bride says don't forget to see our photos and videos on your mobile just scan the QR code on the invitation card or a paper left on the table or log to the site written on the card for non mobile users. What happens if 100 out of 300 scans at the same time just to see it, you are on a hosting shared account with some videos and pictures (light of course), who knows a message display " Too many silmutaneous connection to ....or...exceed the quota of the server" YOU WILL GET POTATOES ON YOUR FACE!

        Also someone already found a solution about non mobile users with a mobile simulator (read above post)
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  • I did not go into specifics...but for me, I was thinking more of a "rental" page or similar for a smaller day site like baby showers, etc -

    you are right in that it would not be as big a moneymaker...I was thinking in the long term service relationship working such as a family photographer might have...

    Sort of like shutterfly with a local business registry? - only mobile
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    • Profile picture of the author 9999
      This is an amazing post, has my head spinning with ideas.

      How would you even price something like this?

      Say you added a QR code to a wedding invitation, shot a 30-60 sec video, uploaded the video to youtube or vimeo. How much could you charge?

      Same things goes for Thank you for attending our wedding video, etc....
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  • Profile picture of the author mjbmedia
    dont forget to invite Grannie the old fashioned way tho, you know she hates all these gadgets
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    • Originally Posted by mjbmedia View Post

      dont forget to invite Grannie the old fashioned way tho, you know she hates all these gadgets

      Grans will still have to be invited on her Facebook page
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  • Profile picture of the author tyrabelle
    I am sooooo loving this idea. I am currently involved in the wedding industry and this would tie into what I am doing. How much would you charge for something like this Quentin?
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    • Profile picture of the author midasman09
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      I just noticed this from Quentin and I thought I'd toss in my 2cents;

      Some years ago I was talking to a "Wedding Photog" friend and he was asking, "I'm the New Guy in this market. How do I break into the "Wedding Photog" market here?

      My suggestion was; "Offer Something NONE of your competitors are offering!"

      And....his response was, "Yeah! Like what?"

      So....as I usually do....I "put myself into the "body" of the Prime Prospects...... a "Bride's Family" (who usually pay for the Photog); So....the "Father of the Bride" (or the Bride and Groom themselves) go to a few Wedding Photogs and
      1) ask what they can do
      and
      2) what they charge

      Well....after talking to 3 or 4 Wedding Photogs.....and the Photogs show samples of what they've done, etc......they discover the "Talent" and Prices are pretty much similar for the service offered (which is a "Package" of X Photos and X #of Albums)

      So....I asked my Photog buddy; "WHAT can YOU offer that the others don't?" He didn't know so....I provided a suggestion;

      What if YOU could offer "INSTANT WEDDING PHOTOS"? Instead of waiting weeks for Photos of the Wedding and Reception....YOU could offer Instant Photos by having an assistant take "Digital Candids" that would be UpLoaded to a Special Web Page that wedding guests (especially those who could NOT attend the wedding or reception) could go up to the WebPage and SEE....Wedding Photos....the EVENING OF THE WEDDING!

      Would THIS SERVICE be Unique and Different from what the other wedding photogs were offering? You betcha! His business TOOK OFF because he could provide a service his competitors were not.

      So....by the same token...fast forward to 2011 with "Mobile" going bananas....what if YOU were to offer "INSTANT MOBILE PHOTOS" by providing a QR Code (and the Mobile URL) ....ON THE INVITATIONS......
      that would BRING UP the Wedding Photos on a Moble Website.... the evening of the wedding?

      Granted....some of the relatives of the Wedding Couple are elderly and may not have access to Mobile Devices BUT....MOST of the friends and relatives DO....have some kind of Mobile Device that would allow them to SEE...PHOTOS....of the Wedding and Reception!....the EVENING of the wedding!

      So....YOUR Target Market to provide "Instant Wedding Photos" is;

      Wedding Photogs
      Catering Cos
      Venues

      Along these lines....to give you an idea of the "Power" of offering something that competitors AREN'T....I gave this idea to a guy who owns a beautiful Wedding Venue; A Gazebo in a beautifu Garden with a Pool and Waterfall and Reception Hall.

      And....because there are 3 other competing Venues....I told him I could set up a "Mobile Website" so members and guests of the Wedding Party could .....crank up their Mobile Device THE EVENING OF THE WEDDING and SEE PHOTOS.....RIGHT THERE....IN THEIR HAND-HELD "MOBILE THINGEE"!

      The guy came "UN-Glued" and almost knocked me over....with excitement as he said; "THAT'S IT! YOU NAILED IT! I'VE GOT ONE SEASON TO GET THIS UP AND RUNNING....BEFORE MY COMPETITION GET'S WIND OF IT!

      Give prospects a "Unique & Different" Service.....Offer "Instant Wedding Photos on a Mobile Website"!....and....prospects will JUMP at it!

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    guess who owns InstantWeddingPhotos.com lol

    Great ideas....
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      "guess who owns InstantWeddingPhotos.com lol "


      Yaaa! Sooo! Yer point is?

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  • Profile picture of the author kosmo101
    i thought i was going to be cool and register it.. and you have it already! smart man!!

    FOr your idea above.. how does the photog get the pics onto the website fast for people to see?

    thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author syncjam
      Connected to a laptop or whatever. Send wirelessly to a photo sharing website, then give guests the link to that site.

      I actually just now tried it with Smugmug and it automatically sets up a mobile optimized site for mobile devices! Pretty cool!

      So, on your mobile wedding website, you could have one of the buttons be "Wedding Photos" and put a description near the link that says "Photos available after 7pm" or whenever he figures they will be uploaded.

      Cool idea, but 2 issues I see;

      1. If the gimmick is to show guests the photos when they're at the reception for instance, the photographer would have to have someone else do the uploading so that he can continue shooting.

      2. Most photographers that I've met do NOT like showing their photos until they've been retouched somewhat. That would be impossible for a quick turnaround like this.



      Originally Posted by kosmo101 View Post

      i thought i was going to be cool and register it.. and you have it already! smart man!!

      FOr your idea above.. how does the photog get the pics onto the website fast for people to see?

      thanks
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      Originally Posted by kosmo101 View Post

      i thought i was going to be cool and register it.. and you have it already! smart man!!

      FOr your idea above.. how does the photog get the pics onto the website fast for people to see?

      thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Mobileico
    Originally Posted by Quentin View Post

    Here is an interesting niche that I had not thought of.

    We just got a request to create a mobile wedding invitation. They say all their guests have smartphones but we can also use a simulator for those that dont.

    They want us to send an sms to all guests.

    Once the wedding is over they want to add a thankyou and some photos and a youtube video.

    Now this would have to be something that could take off.



    What do you think?

    Q
    very...cool
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  • Profile picture of the author kosmo101
    Nah im thinking of guests taking pics... and they email them to a specific email address..and a script grabs them and dumps the images in the folder which has its own script to rotate images. I have half of this built already..just trying to find a way to parse email for attachments.
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    • Profile picture of the author 4webmaster
      Originally Posted by kosmo101 View Post

      Nah im thinking of guests taking pics... and they email them to a specific email address..and a script grabs them and dumps the images in the folder which has its own script to rotate images. I have half of this built already..just trying to find a way to parse email for attachments.
      Not sure it's good because if they take a picture that is bad or like a bad joke, ummm.
      The instant photo is not really a great idea either because wedding photos must be nice photos, how many photos they will choose to publish... you need to take your time, choose correct photo from over 100 sometimes. Photographers don't shoots 10 photos but more like 100 and choose 10 from it. Doing instant will not give a + to guests because they are on the live spot they prefer to see live brides or some even have their cameras or smartphones and took pictures so why they should see instant photos from a mobile site?

      So as my website is going nationwide I won't be able to be in everyplaces at the same time.
      They will simply upload pictures or/and videos they have choosen from the authorized wedding photographer and it will be published after wedding has ended. (24-48 hours after).

      The mobile for wedding is not about photos but it's upfront, read Quentin first post.
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    • Profile picture of the author mrcouchpotato
      My wife and I also own a video production company which videotapes weddings. We have an appointment with a bride and groom tomorrow morning so I'm scrambling getting a mock up mobile wedding site up and running.

      I'll show it to them tomorrow and hopefully upsell it to them. Just not sure about the price yet.

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  • Profile picture of the author javarog
    I have a friend that does photo booths at weddings and they upload all the photo booth pics within 24 hours.. That seems like a fair turn around time..
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  • Profile picture of the author kosmo101
    i figured out how to do it ...anyone can send to a specific email address from their phone after they take a pic. Once sent, a CRON job will run a PHP script to parse the attachments (JPG) and dump in a folder. Then another script creates an array to make the pics rotate!

    I think its an option to have guests upload pics live and see them on the web automatically. You dont even have to be at the wedding.

    What other events would this be good for....any!

    One drawback is there is no filter.... but offer that as an option.

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  • Profile picture of the author ADukes81
    I made up a flier and sent it to about 10 wedding planners here in town. I just got a response back from one that said, "love it!" I set up a demo SMS and told her to text keyword to shortcode. I plan to put together 2-3 packages for wedding planners that they could white label.

    Any ideas on what to include in the 2 packages?

    I was thinking...

    Basic
    -Mobile Site
    -QR Code (on invitation to the mobile website)
    ???


    Premium
    -Mobile Site
    -QR Code (on invitation to the mobile website)
    -QR Code (on invitation pointing to YouTube page of couple telling them about the wedding)
    -Personal video
    -SMS
    ???
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    • Profile picture of the author mrcouchpotato
      Ok. Here's my mock-up that I just created. Took a couple of hours but once it's a template, I'm sure it will be easier.

      I'll be showing it to a bridal couple tomorrow morning to get genuine customer feedback. I hope they go for it because I think this is a cool idea.....but then again.....I've been married for 22 years.



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      • Profile picture of the author 4webmaster
        EXCELLENT! Great job.


        Originally Posted by mrcouchpotato View Post

        Ok. Here's my mock-up that I just created. Took a couple of hours but once it's a template, I'm sure it will be easier.

        I'll be showing it to a bridal couple tomorrow morning to get genuine customer feedback. I hope they go for it because I think this is a cool idea.....but then again.....I've been married for 22 years.



        You can see the real site on your cell phone at Save The Date

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      • Profile picture of the author syncjam
        Very nice. Just a few picky things:

        Less script-type font for headline or at least less soft shadow. Makes it hard to read, especially on smaller screens.

        Top image maybe half the current height so that viewers know there are actually buttons below the fold.

        All pages except the main page use either half-height image, or no image at all to show more of what they clicked for. (Info, map, etc.). The image is nice to see ONCE, but I don't want to see it on every page!



        I like the RSVP. How did you code the food choices in?


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      • Profile picture of the author agonce
        Originally Posted by mrcouchpotato View Post

        Ok. Here's my mock-up that I just created. Took a couple of hours but once it's a template, I'm sure it will be easier.

        I'll be showing it to a bridal couple tomorrow morning to get genuine customer feedback. I hope they go for it because I think this is a cool idea.....but then again.....I've been married for 22 years.



        You can see the real site on your cell phone at Save The Date

        Mike
        if thats the bride on the picture tell her I can do her .. a mobile site for free jk
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      • Profile picture of the author oildrops
        Originally Posted by 512 Designs View Post

        Ok. Here's my mock-up that I just created. Took a couple of hours but once it's a template, I'm sure it will be easier.

        I'll be showing it to a bridal couple tomorrow morning to get genuine customer feedback. I hope they go for it because I think this is a cool idea.....but then again.....I've been married for 22 years.



        You can see the real site on your cell phone at Save The Date

        Mike
        AWESOME mock up - many thanks for sharing!!!

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  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    Looks great on my samsung Galaxy and Iphone

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    • Profile picture of the author mrcouchpotato
      Originally Posted by Quentin View Post

      Looks great on my samsung Galaxy and Iphone

      Q
      Great. Thanks for checking Quentin.

      Originally Posted by 4webmaster View Post

      EXCELLENT! Great job.
      Thanks for the compliments.
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    Looks great on my phone! Nice work!

    Let us know what they think about it. Have a feeling they'll like it.
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      Originally Posted by ADukes81 View Post

      Looks great on my phone! Nice work!

      Let us know what they think about it. Have a feeling they'll like it.
      I hope they will. I also want to see what they think should be included on the site. So it will be an upsell + some field research

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  • Profile picture of the author ADukes81
    Mike,

    On the 'Reception Venue' page you misspelled 'ceremony' wrong at the top.

    I don't normally point out spelling errors in public, but don't want the future bride and groom to find it tomorrow.
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    • Profile picture of the author mrcouchpotato
      Originally Posted by ADukes81 View Post

      Mike,

      On the 'Reception Venue' page you misspelled 'ceremony' wrong at the top.

      I don't normally point out spelling errors in public, but don't want the future bride and groom to find it tomorrow.
      LOL. Actually it was a new word I created that combined reception and ceremony - "receremony". Thanks for pointing that out. It's all fixed.

      I guess that's what happens when you try to do a rush job after 1:00 am.

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  • Wow! an amusing idea indeed. I believe it will save a lot on printing wedding cards and posting (distribution). We are eagerly waiting for that moment. Of course, there will be some challenges at first, but they will encounter brains which shall smooth the way through.
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  • Nice job on the template CP!

    btw: If you're going to misspell 'ceremony' - spell it C-E-R-E-M-O-N-E-Y :rolleyes:

    As "in your pocket"...
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  • Profile picture of the author Julie851977
    How much are other warriors going to charge for this service roughly? I am trying to get some ideas on price. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    Here is another style you could try



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  • Profile picture of the author 1Constant
    loooove it!

    perhaps add in the couple's song, or even a playlist of their personal soundtrack

    how to price??
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  • Profile picture of the author 4webmaster
    Here is a mockup of my mobile wedding (no links to subcategories)
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    • Profile picture of the author syncjam
      Originally Posted by 4webmaster View Post

      Here is a mockup of my mobile wedding (no links to subcategories)
      Looks Nice!!
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    • Profile picture of the author ADukes81
      Originally Posted by 4webmaster View Post

      Here is a mockup of my mobile wedding (no links to subcategories)
      Looks AWESOME!!! I cannot wait to show a live example to a wedding planner. I am in a great town for this, I just need to capitalize on it!
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      • Profile picture of the author tyrabelle
        Originally Posted by ADukes81 View Post

        Looks AWESOME!!! I cannot wait to show a live example to a wedding planner. I am in a great town for this, I just need to capitalize on it!
        OMG ADukes,
        You sure are!!! You live in the wedding capital of the country. I say milk it for all it's worth :-)
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      • Originally Posted by ADukes81 View Post

        Looks AWESOME!!! I cannot wait to show a live example to a wedding planner. I am in a great town for this, I just need to capitalize on it!
        Yeah! Las Vegas is a killer place to do this...but - isn't Vegas a more "spur of the moment" wedding place? Couldn't you attack from that angle?

        Fast - Fun - Fancy - but memorable...with a little Elvis sparkle?

        or is that too kitschy? :rolleyes:
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  • Nice update screens Quentin!

    What do you propose (no pun intended) for the "gifts" button link?
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  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    Maybe link it to a gift directory

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    Quentin did you make that with your wp mobile cms script ?
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    • Profile picture of the author Quentin
      Originally Posted by javarog View Post

      Quentin did you make that with your wp mobile cms script ?
      Yes I did

      As for pricing we have done 2 now and the pricing was quite different.

      The first one was very basic so we charged $150 however the second was more complicated and included a video invitation, bridal shower invite and bucks night.

      Plus we will be add photos and videos of the wedding afterwards and so for this we charged $500

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      • Profile picture of the author tyrabelle
        Originally Posted by Quentin View Post

        Yes I did

        As for pricing we have done 2 now and the pricing was quite different.

        The first one was very basic so we charged $150 however the second was more complicated and included a video invitation, bridal shower invite and bucks night.

        Plus we will be add photos and videos of the wedding afterwards and so for this we charged $500

        Quentin
        Thanks so much for sharing Quentin!!!

        I have a couple of questions though...How did you go about marketing your mobile wedding invite to win over your second client?

        What features did your $150 mobile wedding invite include? Thanks again.
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        • Profile picture of the author Quentin
          Originally Posted by tyrabelle View Post

          Thanks so much for sharing Quentin!!!

          I have a couple of questions though...How did you go about marketing your mobile wedding invite to win over your second client?

          What features did your $150 mobile wedding invite include? Thanks again.
          Actually they came to me through my mobile business and the features I included was just the main pages and a custom photo they provided.

          As for added invites like bucks night etc we just added it to the site and the client send an sms with a link to just those pages.

          As for the SMS button remember the site will only be there for a month or so and a simple no index will stop it from getting in the search engines.

          Q
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          • Profile picture of the author tyrabelle
            Originally Posted by Quentin View Post

            Actually they came to me through my mobile business and the features I included was just the main pages and a custom photo they provided.

            As for added invites like bucks night etc we just added it to the site and the client send an sms with a link to just those pages.

            As for the SMS button remember the site will only be there for a month or so and a simple no index will stop it from getting in the search engines.

            Q
            Thanks so much for sharing the idea and for your help Quentin.
            Like some of the others on this thread I am currently working on promoting this idea. I purchased your script some time ago but decided to go in a different direction. The mobile wedding invites idea totally ties into what I am currently doing in the bridal/wedding industry and I am confident that I can really make a go of it. I am very thankful for your openness. I will update you when I get everything in place.
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            • Profile picture of the author midasman09
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              I haven't seen this mentioned as a way to "Make Money with Weddings" so here goes;

              A few yrs ago (2006) I noticed how many "Wedding Shows" were going on at the end of the year and in Jan. These are special promotions designed to provide info and vendors for folks planning on a wedding. Usually held in a large Hall or Convention Room.

              They're held in the winter because most weddings are in the Spring and Summer.

              Well....I went to a few of these Shows and....got one of my "Hot Flashes";

              "Why don't I put together a "Wedding Book" that has much info for brides and grooms AND....Vendor Ads?"

              So....I did (see below) I gave each advertiser a FULL Page and got a BUNCH of advertisers. I was surprised at the diffferent types of businesses that were interested in being seen by Couples getting Married.

              And.....because I had a Unique and POWERFULL method of distributing my Wedding Books....I was able to fill the spaces quickly AND....at a good price.

              So...here's how I distributed the Books;

              I gave a FREE Full Page Ad....in the FRONT of my Books....to.... ......JEWELERS! An EXCLUSIVE Ad to each one....for Freebies! And, the agreement was....they were to give a Book to each and everyone who bought a....get ready....you sitting down....OK....I won't hold you in suspense any longer.

              I had Jewelers give a Book to everyone who....PURCHASED AN "ENGAGEMENT RING!"

              The Jewelers were happy to do this because it made them "look good" and, they were the ONLY Jeweler in the Book. Their competitors weren't in the Book they were giving out. (I changed this later)

              So....that was back in 2006. Fast forward to 2011. Why couldn't you do this with a "Mobile Directory of Wedding Vendors". Create Mobile Sites for each Vendor and print up a nice looking Card that had a QR Code and the url of the "Mobile Wedding Site Directory".

              Because you'd NEED Jewelry Stores to hand the Card to people buying Engagement Rings....you'd not charge Jewelers.

              Now....one step further; The Wedding Vendor Mobile Sites also have "Discount Coupons" .....providing Motivation to "Engaged Couples"!

              So....I've already helped 2 people put this together and they are "Happy As Prunes". In fact....one gal has rented a space in 3 Wedding Shows where she'll be handing out her "Card" that directs engaged couples to her "Mobile Directory".

              All it takes is a little "thinking out of the box"

              Don Alm....never "boxed in"
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              • Profile picture of the author syncjam
                BUMP for anyone who has done anything with this topic lately.

                This thread just kinda died!


                I'd love to hear since I'm trying to break into this category.

                Thanks all...
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                • Profile picture of the author 4webmaster
                  Originally Posted by syncjam View Post

                  BUMP for anyone who has done anything with this topic lately.

                  This thread just kinda died!


                  I'd love to hear since I'm trying to break into this category.

                  Thanks all...
                  Was on holiday in Hawaii and 2 weeks without coming here, so I think same for others.
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              • Profile picture of the author DigiMan
                midasman09 -- Many Kudos for a Brilliant Piece of Thinking Outside of the Box

                Creating a MobiSite Directory of Wedding Services is a capital idea...which, of course, can be done for many other types of directories for various local biz categories.

                Thks for the great insight!
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                • Profile picture of the author midasman09
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                  Also....think about offering a "Special Service" to Wedding Photographers;

                  They (ONE in each town) can take digital photos at the wedding and reception....email them to you and you...will post them on a "Mobile Wedding Site" you make for the Photog....then...send wedding attenders a Link to the Mobile Site where they can see photos of the wedding...within a couple of days of the wedding...rather than waiting for the "Pro" shots to come out.

                  Make this exclusive....only ONE wedding photog in the area. That way you can charge a pretty good fee for your service.

                  This will help a Photog sell his service because ONLY HE (or she) will be offering this Mobile Photo Service.

                  Exclusivity always increase Income.

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      • Profile picture of the author tyrabelle
        Originally Posted by Quentin View Post

        Yes I did

        As for pricing we have done 2 now and the pricing was quite different.

        The first one was very basic so we charged $150 however the second was more complicated and included a video invitation, bridal shower invite and bucks night.

        Plus we will be add photos and videos of the wedding afterwards and so for this we charged $500

        Quentin
        Hi Quentin,
        when you create the bridal shower and bucks night invites for your clients will you do them as separate invites or will you add both as additional pages on the mobile wedding invite? Thanks so much
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  • Profile picture of the author Julie851977
    Any feedback on what anyone will be charging the client for a mobile wedding invite? I am trying to get some ideas on price points for the many options.
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  • Profile picture of the author LeeMark
    Thats a great idea. The couple who are about to get married can send their own video for inviting the guests.
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  • Profile picture of the author 4webmaster
    Here is my mobile site mockup for wedding including video presentation.





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    • Profile picture of the author syncjam
      Originally Posted by 4webmaster View Post

      Here is my mobile site mockup for wedding including video presentation.

      Nice! Although I had some loading issues on my DroidX. First it loaded with a little bit off the screen. Then it loaded correctly.

      And when I click on the icons (nice touch!), it takes longer to load than more basic mobile sites.

      (I assume there's nothing yet on the other pages?)

      I like how it kept the video on the same screen and didn't ask me to go out of the mobile site. Did you do that specifically or just do a normal embed?

      Lastly (and this is just a personal preference) I would lose the header photo on all pages except the homepage. It will give you more room for info above the fold on those other pages. My thought is why waste a half page of real estate for a photo that I've already seen on the homepage!

      My 2 cents...
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      • Profile picture of the author 4webmaster
        Yes nothing on other pages, no issues on iphone, video is embeded, there is one problem with video some old iphone not updated os can't read video, just a black screen in place of video.

        Yes, the header image is not a good solution for all pages.

        Originally Posted by syncjam View Post

        Nice! Although I had some loading issues on my DroidX. First it loaded with a little bit off the screen. Then it loaded correctly.

        And when I click on the icons (nice touch!), it takes longer to load than more basic mobile sites.

        (I assume there's nothing yet on the other pages?)

        I like how it kept the video on the same screen and didn't ask me to go out of the mobile site. Did you do that specifically or just do a normal embed?

        Lastly (and this is just a personal preference) I would lose the header photo on all pages except the homepage. It will give you more room for info above the fold on those other pages. My thought is why waste a half page of real estate for a photo that I've already seen on the homepage!

        My 2 cents...
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  • Profile picture of the author chanellno1
    I too think this is a great idea Quentin. I have two clients in the wedding industry, one a photographer the other in wedding hair and make up. Their mobile presence is very important to them and I can see how offering a service like this to them as an add-on product they could offer their clientele or wedding planners could be a perfect match.
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  • Profile picture of the author bryson
    Nice thread Quentin. Great idea and a very nice m site.

    Question: Do you update the sites when changes are needed and charge a fee or did you give backend access where the couple can login and do the updates?
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    Thats an awesome idea!
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    • Profile picture of the author mrcouchpotato
      4webmaster - Nice design. It loaded pretty quickly with my HTC Thunderbolt running 4G. Who's script are you using?

      Also, we had our meeting with the bridal couple yesterday and I showed them my mock up mobile website. They really thought it was a cool idea and liked it a lot. However, they said that most of their family is older and won't have smart phones. But their friends would.

      We didn't go over pricing (the meeting was kinda rushed) but I told them that I'd let them know once I "officially" offer this as a wedding add-on. They said to definitely let them know. I'm gonna send them an email to ask them some pricing questions. This couple didn't have a whole lot of extra money to spend on bells and whistles like this.....although we did book their wedding video (and got a call today from a friend she referred to book that wedding too). Gotta love referrals.

      One other thing.....

      The Knot (www.theknot.com) provides a free personal wedding website for bridal couples. Here's one of a bride-groom which we'll be videotaping next year.

      Welcome : The Knot Wedding Websites

      This may give some good ideas on what to include on the mobile site....BUT.....if it starts catching on, I'm sure The Knot will start providing free mobile sites as well.

      LASTLY.....I know, this is getting long but I'd rather pack it all in one post.

      I was at a Christmas party last night and met a woman who publishes a local magazine. I showed her the Wedding Mobile Site and she loved it. In fact, in a few months she'll be doing their Bridal Addition for their magazine and wants me to write an article about the mobile site. How cool is that?

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      • Profile picture of the author 4webmaster
        Originally Posted by mrcouchpotato View Post

        4webmaster - Nice design. It loaded pretty quickly with my HTC Thunderbolt running 4G. Who's script are you using?

        Mike
        I'm using Irene's (sunnygal) WP ez mobile generator plugin.
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        • Profile picture of the author bryson
          Originally Posted by 4webmaster View Post

          I'm using Irene's (sunnygal) WP ez mobile generator plugin.
          Are you offering both the desktop and mobile version as a package with hosting?
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          • Profile picture of the author 4webmaster
            Originally Posted by bryson View Post

            Are you offering both the desktop and mobile version as a package with hosting?
            I'm offering mobile only version with hosting, for desktop I add a mobile simulator accessible by guests that don"t have mobile devices. Why simply it's cheaper for clients and don't have to work on a desktop website that will be double task. They have option for desktop but will have to pay more.
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  • Profile picture of the author syncjam
    Great info MrCouchpotatoe!

    Just curious how you knew the bridal couple. Are you involved in their wedding? Or was it a wedding planner?

    I'm trying to figure out if it's better to pitch wedding planners or an actual couple getting married. I would think a wedding planner since they can give you future business and it makes them money too!
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    • Profile picture of the author mrcouchpotato
      Originally Posted by syncjam View Post

      Great info MrCouchpotatoe!

      Just curious how you knew the bridal couple. Are you involved in their wedding? Or was it a wedding planner?

      I'm trying to figure out if it's better to pitch wedding planners or an actual couple getting married. I would think a wedding planner since they can give you future business and it makes them money too!
      My wife and I also own a video production company (for the last 20 years) and we got this bride from our website. So luckily I'm able to sell mobile sites directly to brides and grooms myself. In fact, we've done a few bridal shows and the show's coordinator sends out a weekly email newsletter to all of their brides (over 4000). I'm going to contact her to see if she can add my new mobile wedding site service to her newsletter.

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      • Profile picture of the author syncjam
        WOW! Great position to be in for selling mobile sites!!

        Had you done any mobile stuff like this in the past, or are mobile sites new to you?


        Originally Posted by mrcouchpotato View Post

        My wife and I also own a video production company (for the last 20 years) and we got this bride from our website. So luckily I'm able to sell mobile sites directly to brides and grooms myself. In fact, we've done a few bridal shows and the show's coordinator sends out a weekly email newsletter to all of their brides (over 4000). I'm going to contact her to see if she can add my new mobile wedding site service to her newsletter.

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        • Profile picture of the author mrcouchpotato
          I've done a few mobile sites for businesses and I'm talking with a local computer company about doing some joint venturing together next year. He has a lot of business clients and he loved the mobile sites I've shown him.

          Originally Posted by syncjam View Post

          WOW! Great position to be in for selling mobile sites!!

          Had you done any mobile stuff like this in the past, or are mobile sites new to you?
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  • I have two clients in the wedding industry, one a photographer the other in wedding hair and make up. Their mobile presence is very important to them and I can see how offering a service like this to them as an add-on product they could offer their clientele or wedding planners could be a perfect match.
    Think of all the possibilities of "marrying" mobile wedding related sites to all the vendors that partake in coordinating a wedding...I may be being obvious here, but besides that, wow...
    not just the Wedding Planners
    (are there planners who help think of clever ways to get engaged?)
    Photographers
    Videography
    Caterers
    Floral
    Musicians
    Salon
    Gowns / Seamstresses /Tuxedos / Tailors
    Limo
    Hospitality
    Jewelers
    Realtors
    The ties to this one niche go on and on...almost unlimited possibility...

    (I remember reading a wedding announcement once, where the Bride's dress was described in extensive detail for several paragraphs...down to the stitches, and the thread used...
    The last line of the story said: "The Groom was dressed in a Black Tuxedo". That was it for him! He was lucky just to get mentioned! :rolleyes
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      • Profile picture of the author sunburn
        What do you think of this idea?

        Do you think its a good idea to give away a free but sponsored mobile site to the wedding couples?

        Sponsored by whom you may ask? How about from the services the couples engaged.

        Since the mobile wedding site will be going out to a lot of people, friends and family members, these wedding services might want to promote their products or services in-front of these people. What better way then to co-sponsor the mobile wedding site.

        Eg. You can charge $100 for each sponsors. Just add links to the navigation menu and create a simple one page for each of them.

        Or, just include one navigational link to the sponsor page and put all the sponsors in that one page.

        Example of co-sponsors, and imagine the possibilities from just one mobile wedding site. Maybe a good target is a minimum of three co-sponsors and you will already make $300.

        Photographers - $100
        Videography - $100
        Caterers - $100
        Floral - $100
        Musicians - $100
        Salon - $100
        Limo - $100
        Hospitality - $100
        Jewelers - $100
        Realtors - $100

        I was thinking of a win-win situation where everybody benefits.

        1. The bride and groom get to have a mobile wedding site with no money out of their pocket.
        2. Wedding services get to promote their products/ services to hundreds of people for very little money. Is $100 affordable & reasonable enough for them?
        3. And you got paid for your services, and maybe more!

        Think about it. If you were to just sell one mobile site, you will profit from only that one sale of maybe around $300. But if you get a lot of co-sponsors, you might make more than that.

        Here's an idea for an upsell..

        A neat trick would be to have a free link to their company's website.

        Once the couple's wedding site is done, contact or email the sponsors and briefly mentioned that their standard website is not mobile-friendly. From there, maybe we can upsell them a full mobile site.

        What's your take on this? Is it possible and will it be accepted by all party involved?
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        • Profile picture of the author PokerFace350
          Originally Posted by sunburn View Post

          What do you think of this idea?

          Do you think its a good idea to give away a free but sponsored mobile site to the wedding couples?

          Sponsored by whom you may ask? How about from the services the couples engaged.

          Since the mobile wedding site will be going out to a lot of people, friends and family members, these wedding services might want to promote their products or services in-front of these people. What better way then to co-sponsor the mobile wedding site.

          Eg. You can charge $100 for each sponsors. Just add links to the navigation menu and create a simple one page for each of them.

          Or, just include one navigational link to the sponsor page and put all the sponsors in that one page.

          Example of co-sponsors, and imagine the possibilities from just one mobile wedding site. Maybe a good target is a minimum of three co-sponsors and you will already make $300.

          Photographers - $100
          Videography - $100
          Caterers - $100
          Floral - $100
          Musicians - $100
          Salon - $100
          Limo - $100
          Hospitality - $100
          Jewelers - $100
          Realtors - $100

          I was thinking of a win-win situation where everybody benefits.

          1. The bride and groom get to have a mobile wedding site with no money out of their pocket.
          2. Wedding services get to promote their products/ services to hundreds of people for very little money. Is $100 affordable & reasonable enough for them?
          3. And you got paid for your services, and maybe more!

          Think about it. If you were to just sell one mobile site, you will profit from only that one sale of maybe around $300. But if you get a lot of co-sponsors, you might make more than that.

          Here's an idea for an upsell..

          A neat trick would be to have a free link to their company's website.

          Once the couple's wedding site is done, contact or email the sponsors and briefly mentioned that their standard website is not mobile-friendly. From there, maybe we can upsell them a full mobile site.

          What's your take on this? Is it possible and will it be accepted by all party involved?
          This is a win-win for all parties involved! A deal like this provides the couple with a free wedding site, great networking opportunities for your business, and a way for companies to advertise their services to the wedding party's guests. Out of the box thinking leads to greater opportunities!
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        • Profile picture of the author IMBlest
          Originally Posted by sunburn View Post

          What do you think of this idea?

          Do you think its a good idea to give away a free but sponsored mobile site to the wedding couples?

          Sponsored by whom you may ask? How about from the services the couples engaged.

          Since the mobile wedding site will be going out to a lot of people, friends and family members, these wedding services might want to promote their products or services in-front of these people. What better way then to co-sponsor the mobile wedding site.

          Eg. You can charge $100 for each sponsors. Just add links to the navigation menu and create a simple one page for each of them.

          Or, just include one navigational link to the sponsor page and put all the sponsors in that one page.

          Example of co-sponsors, and imagine the possibilities from just one mobile wedding site. Maybe a good target is a minimum of three co-sponsors and you will already make $300.

          Photographers - $100
          Videography - $100
          Caterers - $100
          Floral - $100
          Musicians - $100
          Salon - $100
          Limo - $100
          Hospitality - $100
          Jewelers - $100
          Realtors - $100

          I was thinking of a win-win situation where everybody benefits.

          1. The bride and groom get to have a mobile wedding site with no money out of their pocket.
          2. Wedding services get to promote their products/ services to hundreds of people for very little money. Is $100 affordable & reasonable enough for them?
          3. And you got paid for your services, and maybe more!

          Think about it. If you were to just sell one mobile site, you will profit from only that one sale of maybe around $300. But if you get a lot of co-sponsors, you might make more than that.

          Here's an idea for an upsell..

          A neat trick would be to have a free link to their company's website.

          Once the couple's wedding site is done, contact or email the sponsors and briefly mentioned that their standard website is not mobile-friendly. From there, maybe we can upsell them a full mobile site.

          What's your take on this? Is it possible and will it be accepted by all party involved?

          I love your idea!!!

          But I would combine it with Don Alm's idea to contact the jewelry stores that sell the engagement rings first.

          Then I will offer to give the jewelry stores free advertising on the mobile wedding website if the jewelry store will give my contact information & flyer to the future groom and bride.

          Then I would proceed as you had suggested above and offer the service free to the future groom and bride and ask the different vendors for payment to advertise on the wedding mobile website.

          You and Don are both giving me food for thought.

          Thank you to you both!
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    • Profile picture of the author wrestler
      Originally Posted by MoneyMagnetMagnate View Post

      Think of all the possibilities of "marrying" mobile wedding related sites to all the vendors that partake in coordinating a wedding...I may be being obvious here, but besides that, wow...
      not just the Wedding Planners
      (are there planners who help think of clever ways to get engaged?)
      Photographers
      Videography
      Caterers
      Floral
      Musicians
      Salon
      Gowns / Seamstresses /Tuxedos / Tailors
      Limo
      Hospitality
      Jewelers
      Realtors
      The ties to this one niche go on and on...almost unlimited possibility...

      (I remember reading a wedding announcement once, where the Bride's dress was described in extensive detail for several paragraphs...down to the stitches, and the thread used...
      The last line of the story said: "The Groom was dressed in a Black Tuxedo". That was it for him! He was lucky just to get mentioned! :rolleyes
      @MoneyMagnetMagnate

      That must have been my brothers wedding. Even in his video which was over 2 hours long he was only featured in the "I D0" portion. Had he purchased a mobile invite site as least his picture would have been featured ;-)
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      • Profile picture of the author proteinman2222
        cool idea as I am in the wedding industry as well!
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  • Profile picture of the author syncjam
    Was just thinking about NOT having a RSVP button.

    What if they wanted 50 people to their wedding and for whatever reason, their mobile site goes mildly viral.
    I think they'd be pissed if they got hundreds of RSVPs coming in!!
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  • Profile picture of the author tyrabelle
    I have been slowly working on a strategy to promote this business. I haven't started on the invitations as of yet but I have been working on Save the Date announcements. Here's one that I recently created.
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    • Profile picture of the author WillR
      Originally Posted by tyrabelle View Post

      I have been slowly working on a strategy to promote this business. I haven't started on the invitations as of yet but I have been working on Save the Date announcements. Here's one that I recently created.
      I like it. Really nice design!

      It's funny. Only yesterday my brother showed me an invitation he had just received to a mates wedding. On the wedding invitation it led you to a website that had photos, a story about how they met, a gift registry, and also the form to rsvp.

      I guess it won't be long before this becomes standard practice.

      Mind you, my mum also saw it and said to me... "Promise you will never do anything like that...".

      She thought it was quite tacky for a wedding.
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      • Profile picture of the author tyrabelle
        Originally Posted by WillR View Post

        I like it. Really nice design!

        It's funny. Only yesterday my brother showed me an invitation he had just received to a mates wedding. On the wedding invitation it led you to a website that had photos, a story about how they met, a gift registry, and also the form to rsvp.

        I guess it won't be long before this becomes standard practice.

        Mind you, my mum also saw it and said to me... "Promise you will never do anything like that...".

        She thought it was quite tacky for a wedding.
        Hi Willr,
        I must admit that I am in total agreement with your mother. I am more of a traditionalist when it comes to proper wedding etiquette, however, times are changing and so is the mindset of our culture. My 26 year old daughter gave me some additional insight over the holiday season.

        While preparing my Christmas/Kwanzaa card address list my daughter says "Wow mom, it just dawned on me that I do not possess not one physical address for any of my friends." So I asked "How do you plan on sending holiday greetings to your friends? " she replied "Oh I'll probably just send text messages or post something on Face Book." So with that in mind I shared my mobile wedding invite project with her and she looooved the idea. But it got me to thinking...If my daughter's communication arsenal consists of only mobile numbers, FB friends, and email addresses then I am sure that there are thousands of others that feel the same way. So I am going to pursue this and see where it takes me. I also agree with you in that I believe one day this will be standard practice
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    really like the idea
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  • Profile picture of the author punky
    Interesting idea!
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  • Profile picture of the author kfira
    Very cool idea.... When it comes to wedding people wants to be original
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    • Profile picture of the author tyrabelle
      Originally Posted by kfira View Post

      Very cool idea.... When it comes to wedding people wants to be original
      I totally agree.
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  • Profile picture of the author syncjam
    Not a good start today!

    I am going forward with wedding sites but had a few stumbling blocks today;

    I had some postcards made up in preparation of a bridal show that I went to today, hoping to talk to some wedding planners/consultants that had booths there. I figured I'd talk to them about how unique a mobile wedding site can be for their customers.
    Well, there were very few exhibitors there at all (maybe the economy or wrong time of year?). And the few people I spoke to seemed miffed that I wasn't a possible client, but a salesman trying to sell them. STRIKE ONE

    The few booths they DID have (maybe 15) were squeezed in a small room. They were to have a bridal fashion show later in the huge lobby (of a hotel) where there were a few hundred seats and a stage set up. Each seat had some brochures on them and I couldn't find anyone who knew about who was able to put these brochure on each seat. So I figured I'd put mine on as well! After maybe 10 seats the event coordinator came out of nowhere and told me to stop. STRIKE TWO! My "gorilla marketing" failed.

    Well, I won't give up. My next plan is to get all the names and addresses of local wedding planners/consultants and send them my postcard, then follow up with a phone call. I'll keep this thread informed on how that works!
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    • Profile picture of the author rlhurst
      Originally Posted by syncjam View Post

      Well, I won't give up. My next plan is to get all the names and addresses of local wedding planners/consultants and send them my postcard, then follow up with a phone call. I'll keep this thread informed on how that works!
      That's what I did...only I emailed about 20 planners so far, and I got one enthusiastic response! Not a bad ratio I figure for just emailing. I did have a flyer made up that I linked to in the email, so they can see the phone and get a visual of how it might work.

      Good for you though, for actually taking bold action!!
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      • Profile picture of the author syncjam
        Just curious - was your flyer a link to a pdf? Or a web page you created?

        Also, did your enthusiastic response lead to actual work?

        Thanks...


        Originally Posted by rlhurst View Post

        That's what I did...only I emailed about 20 planners so far, and I got one enthusiastic response! Not a bad ratio I figure for just emailing. I did have a flyer made up that I linked to in the email, so they can see the phone and get a visual of how it might work.

        Good for you though, for actually taking bold action!!
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        • Profile picture of the author rlhurst
          Originally Posted by syncjam View Post

          Just curious - was your flyer a link to a pdf? Or a web page you created?

          Also, did your enthusiastic response lead to actual work?

          Thanks...
          I had a large .jpg flyer created over at Fiverr. I then uploaded it to my site, linked to it and sent that link out. It was about 2 weeks later that I got the response from the planner. She was really excited about the idea (more than I had hoped for actually). She asked what I charged, and when I told her, and then asked her if that would give her a nice profit margin, she told me that she typically doesn't upsell her clients on any of the services. She gets her fee from her client and then finds various options for them to use. She told me that she had to get some current "time sensitive" work finished first and then would get back with me in another week or so. So, it has not resulted an any sales as of yet, but it sure is an encouraging start.
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          • Profile picture of the author syncjam
            Originally Posted by rlhurst View Post

            She gets her fee from her client and then finds various options for them to use.
            So then, she could have a Save The Date website in her list of services and if the bride likes it, then she could charge accordingly.

            You also reminded me of a good idea about calling them and saying that you're "thinking about getting into mobile wedding sites" and see if they would even be interested. Then it wouldn't seem like such a hard sell, but instead a survey of sorts.
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      • Profile picture of the author tyrabelle
        Originally Posted by rlhurst View Post

        That's what I did...only I emailed about 20 planners so far, and I got one enthusiastic response! Not a bad ratio I figure for just emailing. I did have a flyer made up that I linked to in the email, so they can see the phone and get a visual of how it might work.

        Good for you though, for actually taking bold action!!
        Hi Rlhurst,
        I plan to approach wedding planners as well. Are you offering a kickback to planners that refer paid clients to you? I was thinking of giving them 20% - 30% of sales they send my way. What are your thoughts?

        ~Tyra
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    • Profile picture of the author tyrabelle
      Originally Posted by syncjam View Post

      Not a good start today!

      I am going forward with wedding sites but had a few stumbling blocks today;

      I had some postcards made up in preparation of a bridal show that I went to today, hoping to talk to some wedding planners/consultants that had booths there. I figured I'd talk to them about how unique a mobile wedding site can be for their customers.
      Well, there were very few exhibitors there at all (maybe the economy or wrong time of year?). And the few people I spoke to seemed miffed that I wasn't a possible client, but a salesman trying to sell them. STRIKE ONE

      The few booths they DID have (maybe 15) were squeezed in a small room. They were to have a bridal fashion show later in the huge lobby (of a hotel) where there were a few hundred seats and a stage set up. Each seat had some brochures on them and I couldn't find anyone who knew about who was able to put these brochure on each seat. So I figured I'd put mine on as well! After maybe 10 seats the event coordinator came out of nowhere and told me to stop. STRIKE TWO! My "gorilla marketing" failed.

      Well, I won't give up. My next plan is to get all the names and addresses of local wedding planners/consultants and send them my postcard, then follow up with a phone call. I'll keep this thread informed on how that works!
      Hi Syncjam,
      Although you think things didn't go well at least you learned a few things about guerilla marketing (which is a good thing). The other thing that you may want to consider is contacting bridal magazines such as "The Knot" and finding out how much it would cost to purchases email/physical addresses for brides in your geographical area. That way you can send your message directly to your target audience. You may also want to consider joining some of the online bridal forms and present your message as well. Just my 2 cents.
      ~Tyra
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    • Profile picture of the author 512 Designs
      Originally Posted by syncjam View Post

      Not a good start today!

      I am going forward with wedding sites but had a few stumbling blocks today;

      I had some postcards made up in preparation of a bridal show that I went to today, hoping to talk to some wedding planners/consultants that had booths there. I figured I'd talk to them about how unique a mobile wedding site can be for their customers.
      Well, there were very few exhibitors there at all (maybe the economy or wrong time of year?). And the few people I spoke to seemed miffed that I wasn't a possible client, but a salesman trying to sell them. STRIKE ONE
      I can definitely see that happening. As a person who's purchased many booths at bridal shows for my wife's wedding video business (5 last year), I would also be "put off" by someone trying to sell me (a vendor) something....especially a person who got in by simply purchasing a ticket. I would suggest finding out who the different bridal show coordinators are and see how much it costs to set up a booth. Sometimes the small shows can be quite reasonable.

      Originally Posted by syncjam View Post

      They were to have a bridal fashion show later in the huge lobby (of a hotel) where there were a few hundred seats and a stage set up. Each seat had some brochures on them and I couldn't find anyone who knew about who was able to put these brochure on each seat. So I figured I'd put mine on as well! After maybe 10 seats the event coordinator came out of nowhere and told me to stop. STRIKE TWO! My "gorilla marketing" failed.
      The reason they told you to stop is because the vendor has to pay the bridal show coordinator money to put their info on each of the seats. That's why they said to stop.

      Originally Posted by syncjam View Post

      Well, I won't give up. My next plan is to get all the names and addresses of local wedding planners/consultants and send them my postcard, then follow up with a phone call. I'll keep this thread informed on how that works!
      To get the names and addresses, you could do a google search for bridal shows in your area to see who the coordinators are. They usually have a website in which the vendors advertise. You could then just look at that list and either go to the vendor's websites or find the addresses right there if they're posted.

      Or, like I said earlier, you could just become a bridal show vendor yourself and go directly after the brides. Since my wife is already in the "wedding" industry through video, I'm testing the waters myself to see if the brides we've booked are interested in mobile "save the date" sites.

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      • Profile picture of the author tyrabelle
        Originally Posted by 512 Designs View Post

        I can definitely see that happening. As a person who's purchased many booths at bridal shows for my wife's wedding video business (5 last year), I would also be "put off" by someone trying to sell me (a vendor) something....especially a person who got in by simply purchasing a ticket. I would suggest finding out who the different bridal show coordinators are and see how much it costs to set up a booth. Sometimes the small shows can be quite reasonable.



        The reason they told you to stop is because the vendor has to pay the bridal show coordinator money to put their info on each of the seats. That's why they said to stop.



        To get the names and addresses, you could do a google search for bridal shows in your area to see who the coordinators are. They usually have a website in which the vendors advertise. You could then just look at that list and either go to the vendor's websites or find the addresses right there if they're posted.

        Or, like I said earlier, you could just become a bridal show vendor yourself and go directly after the brides. Since my wife is already in the "wedding" industry through video, I'm testing the waters myself to see if the brides we've booked are interested in mobile "save the date" sites.

        Mike
        Great post Mike and thanks so much for sharing. I would like to participate in a bridal show but I am wondering if brides generally book services at the show or do they just come to look to see what services are available? What has been your wife's experience?

        ~Tyra
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  • Profile picture of the author syncjam
    Thanks for the tips Tyra!! I can always use more ideas.

    And thanks for correcting "guerrilla". I knew it didn't look right when I was typing it!!!
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    • Profile picture of the author tyrabelle
      Originally Posted by syncjam View Post

      Thanks for the tips Tyra!! I can always use more ideas.

      And thanks for correcting "guerrilla". I knew it didn't look right when I was typing it!!!
      You're welcome Syncjam,
      Anything to help out. I think attending bridal shows is an excellent idea because you want to be where your captive target audience is. Oh and by the way...you spelled gorilla correctly. "Guerilla" is a termed used in marketing
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  • Profile picture of the author NewParadigm
    With the HD quality of smart phone video you could now broadcast and watch the wedding live for cheap/easy using sites such as Qik. A great way for others to watch the wedding live who cannot attend. People could watch on desktop or on their mobile device.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mary Wilhite
    Originally Posted by Quentin View Post

    Here is an interesting niche that I had not thought of.

    We just got a request to create a mobile wedding invitation. They say all their guests have smartphones but we can also use a simulator for those that dont.

    They want us to send an sms to all guests.

    Once the wedding is over they want to add a thankyou and some photos and a youtube video.

    Now this would have to be something that could take off.



    What do you think?

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    Hi....this is a good one though this is not the first time I heard about eMob invites....

    Just have to make sure that you will come up with a "file" that won't eat much of the memory of the phones...

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  • Profile picture of the author cicolino
    Great Idea.
    I'm musician, and I have small wedding band. We have to play about 50 weddings for this year from april to october. I will try to sell mobille sites to my clients and I will put the advertisement for mobile wedding sites to my band site. For existing clients I'll make special offer.
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    • Profile picture of the author WillR
      Originally Posted by cicolino View Post

      Great Idea.
      I'm musician, and I have small wedding band. We have to play about 50 weddings for this year from april to october. I will try to sell mobille sites to my clients and I will put the advertisement for mobile wedding sites to my band site. For existing clients I'll make special offer.
      Make sure your drummer has a huge kick-ass QR code printed on the front of his bass drum head.
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  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    And of course build a mobile site for your band as a demo and let people find you.

    Q
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  • Profile picture of the author dannyogolo
    Nice idea going on here.
    So is the THEME or TEMPLATE ready for sale?
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  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    You just create the theme the way you want it using one of our programs below in my sig.

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      Or outsource the design...
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  • Profile picture of the author cicolino
    I've created a mobile version about 1 years ago for my band (is only a DUO..me and my singer...Duo Maximo-Hochzeitsband, Hochzeitsmusik, Livemusik, Tanzmusik, die Musikgruppe u. Tanzband) because I've seen how many people come to my site (google adwords) with iPhone and iPad...many... and than they can't doing nothing with my flash player for Demo. I've build my Joomla Site with mobile joomla component and integrate html5 player. I will build a new mobile site with my tools but right now I have no time for this, I'm building for other people and this Idea with mobile wedding site is realy great. I have direct contact to all of this people
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  • Profile picture of the author KCNL
    Hi,

    For people who are looking for a nice template for mobile wedding and valentine sites, take a look at this one, no aff. link: Site Templates - Happiness | ThemeForest

    Just $6

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  • Profile picture of the author 4webmaster
    Do you think it's too early to get on mobile wedding business? Because what I read above looks like all great ideas but when come to realty the average rate for YES wedding planners.... are interested is so low!
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    • Profile picture of the author rlhurst
      Originally Posted by 4webmaster View Post

      Do you think it's too early to get on mobile wedding business? Because what I read above looks like all great ideas but when come to realty the average rate for YES wedding planners.... are interested is so low!
      I have 2 enthusiastic "yes's" out of just 20 emails sent. I'm happy with that, so if it is too early, that means more yes's to come!
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  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    Early adoption is always harder but also can position you nicely in the marketplace.

    I was reading somewhere the other day.

    We are training people for Jobs that don't exist using technologies that have not been invented in order to solve problems we do not even know are problems yet.

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    • Profile picture of the author Young Samurai
      I'm intrigued by this whole idea.

      I intend to offer a free site to friends who are getting married soon on the condition I can use it as a demo.

      One question and sorry if this sound like a negative but given not all guests will have browser enabled phones and therefore paper/card invites are still required are we not just increasing the wedding costs?

      BTW brilliant quote Quentin.

      Originally Posted by Quentin View Post

      We are training people for Jobs that don't exist using technologies that have not been invented in order to solve problems we do not even know are problems yet.
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      • Profile picture of the author 4webmaster
        Originally Posted by Young Samurai View Post

        I'm intrigued by this whole idea.

        I intend to offer a free site to friends who are getting married soon on the condition I can use it as a demo.

        One question and sorry if this sound like a negative but given not all guests will have browser enabled phones and therefore paper/card invites are still required are we not just increasing the wedding costs?

        BTW brilliant quote Quentin.
        Yes given a paper card is still required because it's a a memory gift they keep as souvenir and also many don't have mobile phone with web enable. It does increase the cost but if your wedding want to be different then it's a good idea.
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      • Profile picture of the author WillR
        Originally Posted by Young Samurai View Post

        I'm intrigued by this whole idea.

        I intend to offer a free site to friends who are getting married soon on the condition I can use it as a demo.

        One question and sorry if this sound like a negative but given not all guests will have browser enabled phones and therefore paper/card invites are still required are we not just increasing the wedding costs?

        BTW brilliant quote Quentin.
        Yes, the people I have seen who have done websites for their wedding also send out a standard invitation so it IS adding a cost to your wedding. However people are already doing it. As you know people tend to go all out on their weddings and want it to be the best it can be and as memorable as possible. Sometimes having quirky little things like this will separate it from other weddings people have been to.
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        • Profile picture of the author Dexter AJ
          Wow! an excelelntidea indeed. Will save a lot on printing wedding cards and posting them to everyone.
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          • Profile picture of the author Young Samurai
            Dexter,

            Read the last few comments.

            Originally Posted by Dexter AJ View Post

            Wow! an excelelntidea indeed. Will save a lot on printing wedding cards and posting them to everyone.
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    • Profile picture of the author tyrabelle
      Originally Posted by Quentin View Post

      Early adoption is always harder but also can position you nicely in the marketplace.
      Hi Quentin,
      I totally agree with you.
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  • Profile picture of the author tyrabelle
    Hi Gang,
    Although I am moving along much slower than I desire to, I have managed to land a gig for a Vegas save the date. This is my mock up and I will be changing the date once I receive approval from the couple. I was pretty excited and wanted to share it with my Warrior Forum family and to extend a special thanks to Quentin for sharing the idea to begin with.


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  • Check out this presentation from DianaH's sister who is getting married...pretty nice! - might not work for mobile as is (flash), still very nice...and might inspire a few great ideas...it's in the offline thread -

    http://www.warriorforum.com/offline-...4-awesome.html

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    • Profile picture of the author elis
      great ideas and sharing
      wanted to ask if there is limitation of number of photos or videos you can put
      in such a mobile site?

      can i use gif or java animation in these sites ?

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  • Profile picture of the author bruceetz
    Wow, lots of great ideas here.

    For those of you talking about collecting photos. I came across a great app called Hipstamatic Disposable which aims to replace the "traditional" camera at each table idea for weddings and gives everyone a "roll " of film. Once the guest takes all 24 photos, it's uploaded and added to the collective of photos other guests took. This way, all guest can view all photos of the event, not just their side of things.

    I guess it'll work if you have a very hip, modern party... but grandma's not going to be happy.
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  • Profile picture of the author NewParadigm
    My cousin got married overseas and used adobeconnect for a virtual wedding.

    you could log in and view the live stream.

    I think this would be a great wedding upsell doing a virtual wedding. Who doesn't have friends/family that is out of town that would want to witness the wedding live on the net? or on their mobile?

    It could even be a mobile app since many smart phones have great video now and can do live stream video to sites such as Qik. It's also auto archived there and can be shared to FB/youtube etc...

    Great upsell opportunity for wedding videographers, photogs, planners etc...

    there is a big appeal for people to witness the wedding live rather than get a video link weeks later.

    Advantage to the bride/groom is the app could have a "gift" button
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  • Profile picture of the author grassiekuik
    How would one set this up technically? Just one .mobi domain name and use subdomains for every couple?

    If using wordpress that would be a lot of extra wordpress installs right?

    Or is there any simple and customizable script for this?
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    • Profile picture of the author Young Samurai
      Good questions.


      Originally Posted by grassiekuik View Post

      How would one set this up technically? Just one .mobi domain name and use subdomains for every couple?

      If using wordpress that would be a lot of extra wordpress installs right?

      Or is there any simple and customizable script for this?
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    • Profile picture of the author 4webmaster
      Originally Posted by grassiekuik View Post

      How would one set this up technically? Just one .mobi domain name and use subdomains for every couple?

      If using wordpress that would be a lot of extra wordpress installs right?

      Or is there any simple and customizable script for this?
      For Wordpress, you'll need a bigger hosting space / mysql and time consuming too.
      You'll set up a .mobi or .com and have subdomains, each subs will have WP installed with the plugin you have choosen to render the mobile site.

      In my opinion, it's better to have a non-WP plug mobile site if you have many clients to host. Coded mobile sites allows you to duplicate mobile themes with small customization and upload to the subdirectory, ready in minutes.

      That's what I plan to do.

      By the way, it's also possible to duplicate an entire WP site with backup plugins and re-install on all subdomains in minutes, but still have to do some work.
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      • Profile picture of the author grassiekuik
        Originally Posted by 4webmaster View Post

        For Wordpress, you'll need a bigger hosting space / mysql and time consuming too.
        You'll set up a .mobi or .com and have subdomains, each subs will have WP installed with the plugin you have choosen to render the mobile site.

        In my opinion, it's better to have a non-WP plug mobile site if you have many clients to host. Coded mobile sites allows you to duplicate mobile themes with small customization and upload to the subdirectory, ready in minutes.

        That's what I plan to do.

        By the way, it's also possible to duplicate an entire WP site with backup plugins and re-install on all subdomains in minutes, but still have to do some work.
        any idea what script you are going to use?
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        • Profile picture of the author 4webmaster
          Originally Posted by grassiekuik View Post

          any idea what script you are going to use?
          Don't know if I can post here it's not advertisement but I have 2 scripts from WSO members that could be used:
          WillR and Kevin Koop. I know there are other good scripts too but did not buy or tried it.
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          • Profile picture of the author grassiekuik
            Originally Posted by 4webmaster View Post

            Don't know if I can post here it's not advertisement but I have 2 scripts from WSO members that could be used:
            WillR and Kevin Koop. I know there are other good scripts too but did not buy or tried it.
            Could you pm me about the script?
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            • Profile picture of the author 4webmaster
              Originally Posted by grassiekuik View Post

              Could you pm me about the script?
              Search forum for these members.
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              • Profile picture of the author grassiekuik
                Originally Posted by 4webmaster View Post

                Search forum for these members.
                Oops. I misread I thought you were referring to other scripts Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Keith Green
    Interesting Idea Quentin. How much you charge for this? Please share your success with us.
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  • Profile picture of the author grassiekuik
    I don't know if anyone mentioned it but another idea is to partner with the suppliers of these small giveaways you get if the wedding is over. For example they will print a QR code on the card or small box of candy.

    They will get customers and you can maybe get a percentage of the order.

    Just some quick thinking. Some of you probably have some more ideas
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  • Profile picture of the author McCoy
    mobile wedding invitation? never thought of that. LOL.. I think this would be very effective since almost all people were busy and hardly at home.. this will work great.. genius man..
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  • Profile picture of the author dannyogolo
    I am advertising for someone who has mobile plugins to do a custom theme for me whose idea is partly based on mobile events.
    Access to more than one Plugin is an added advantage as well as Previous experience.

    U can PM me.

    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    grassiekuik for these site we can just use our HTML mobile site program in my sig below business mobile website tutorials and the just add them in a generic domain.

    MobileWeddings.com or Mobileweddinginvitations.com you get the idea.

    then it will be MobileWeddings.com/jenny&chris

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    • Profile picture of the author 4webmaster
      Originally Posted by Quentin View Post

      grassiekuik for these site we can just use our HTML mobile site program in my sig below business mobile website tutorials and the just add them in a generic domain.

      MobileWeddings.com or Mobileweddinginvitations.com you get the idea.

      then it will be MobileWeddings.com/jenny&chris

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      Better keep a domain short as possible if they type the url in mobile phone otherwise will have to use exclusively the QRcode.
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      • Profile picture of the author Young Samurai
        OK, here's my first attempt at a wedding theme.

        What think ye?

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        • Profile picture of the author WillR
          Originally Posted by Young Samurai View Post

          OK, here's my first attempt at a wedding theme.

          What think ye?

          Looks good Kyle! I find background images like that hard to negotiate on mobile sites because it's going to look different on different screen sizes. But that's a nice looking site for sure!
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          • Profile picture of the author Young Samurai
            Quentin & Will,

            Thanks for vote of approval.

            From memory the rings image is 320x320.

            I've only done the home page mock up and trial in Mobilizer.

            What I haven't done is testing in actual phones.

            I'm interested in Will's concern about image resizing in different machines.

            Will, why would a menu background image be anymore problematic than a header logo?
            Or, is the logo a potential problem as well?

            Is there a (relatively) safe minimum size?

            btw do we try to avoid .png?
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            • Profile picture of the author KingMedia
              Originally Posted by Young Samurai View Post

              Quentin & Will,

              Thanks for vote of approval.

              From memory the rings image is 320x320.

              I've only done the home page mock up and trial in Mobilizer.

              What I haven't done is testing in actual phones.

              I'm interested in Will's concern about image resizing in different machines.

              Will, why would a menu background image be anymore problematic than a header logo?
              Or, is the logo a potential problem as well?

              Is there a (relatively) safe minimum size?

              btw do we try to avoid .png?

              Very nice! Can you make the background pic "auto-stretch"? 100% - auto??

              This way it will work on all phones. Same goes for logo - on WP Mobile Pro the logo is fixed and looks great on an iphone, but terrible on everything else with smaller screens unfortunately as it couses frames to fire.

              Why should we avoid .png? It renders tranparent and is of smaller size of a jpeg (mostly).
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        • Profile picture of the author Legacy3
          Originally Posted by Young Samurai View Post

          OK, here's my first attempt at a wedding theme.

          What think ye?

          I think this looks great. I like the background but would raise the opacity on the menu items a bit to make them easier to read. You only really need a hint that something is back there.
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      • Profile picture of the author Benjam1n
        Originally Posted by 4webmaster View Post

        Better keep a domain short as possible if they type the url in mobile phone otherwise will have to use exclusively the QRcode.
        Not necessarily, if it was me, I would just enter the URL into a URL shortener (bit.ly etc) and use the shortened version in the text. This means there is more room for text and it looks neater.

        If people want to go back to the site, all they have to do is revisit the text and click on the link. Since it is a wedding invitation , I doubt anybody will be deleting the text.
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  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    Very nice Kyle. How did you do the background image.

    Quentin
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  • Profile picture of the author amjith57
    I am actually now working on this very good thought with my brother who is a photographer!
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  • Profile picture of the author syncjam
    Bump for anyone still trying this idea!!

    I'm going to send out 80 postcards Monday and see what happens...
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    • Profile picture of the author danifae
      Originally Posted by syncjam View Post

      Bump for anyone still trying this idea!!

      I'm going to send out 80 postcards Monday and see what happens...
      What do you mean? are you going to advertise this kind of service? Are you using postcards? Sorry, I don't really understand but I'm very interested in this kind of business so any tip is very useful to me!
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  • Profile picture of the author syncjam
    Yes, I made up some postcards to send to wedding consultants, organizers, etc. regarding my wedding mobile websites.
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  • Profile picture of the author chrisnotes
    I am working with a Wedding Planner on this very idea Pokerface. She thinks this is a great opportunity for everybody as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author BrandyM
    I love the idea and the mock up is beautiful. I like the idea of it replacing the traditional invitation as long as the customer knows that everyone they are inviting has a mobile phone. Even if Grandma doesn't have one it might be cheaper to just mail one to her.

    I could see this being marketed to wedding venue's, wedding planners, wedding photographers as an add-on to their service, You could easily target engaged couples directly through Facebook Ads. I just looked and there are 2,256,840 people who are engaged. Just setup a quick website with examples and place your ad on Facebook.

    As far as pricing goes, I might be inclined to start the price at around $299 - $399. Of course, I've seen people selling businesses these mobile websites for $500+.

    I'd factor in that It saves the Bride and Groom a lot of time and possibly money. I can remember trying to cut costs on printing invitations for my wedding and doing it myself and I guarantee I spent at least a week locating the invitations I wanted to use, then setting up the template on my computer, the printer jammed and ruined some invitations that I had spent at least $100 on. Purchased 100 Stamps. Purchased address labels, Printed up address labels. Ran out of ink, purchased more. Ugh!

    This is a much better idea. Just send out a group message containing your mobile wedding invitation and your done. You have all your friends and families phone numbers already in your phone. Wish mobile had been more popular in 2005. Its amazing how much it has advanced in such a short period of time.
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  • Profile picture of the author BrandyM
    Sunburn are you asking the Wedding couple what vendors they are using then calling that vendor and asking if they would like to be a sponsor for a mobile wedding invitation? Or are you going directly to the vendor first and negotiating that for each mobile wedding invitation you create they'll be added as a sponsor? I might be making this harder than it is.
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  • Profile picture of the author 4webmaster
    I really think that wedding and mobile will rock, I'm planning to launch my website soon, any new infos?
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    • Profile picture of the author jhaw22
      Just checking to see if there is a mobile template for sale for weddings? If I wanted to hire a freelancer to design a template that I could just modify myself where would anyone recommend finding a good freelancer that could do this?
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  • Profile picture of the author EddieBlog
    I do weddings for a living and this looks like a ok idea but i just can not see this as something any good wedding or bride will use.

    I work with brides everyday and they all spend a lot of money of rsvp cards or other items they send out. Doing it with a cell phone is just not something i think many will want to do it is to informal and low end.

    Most brides want to look at their wedding as a big event not a low end item that is sent out with a cell phone.

    I even asked a bride today about this and it was a flat out no way.

    When they are spending 10 to 40k l on the wedding the rsvp is not going to be on a cell phone.

    Most of them all use Facebook to talk with their friends and give more wedding info.
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    • Profile picture of the author 4webmaster
      Originally Posted by EddieBlog View Post

      I do weddings for a living and this looks like a ok idea but i just can not see this as something any good wedding or bride will use.

      I work with brides everyday and they all spend a lot of money of rsvp cards or other items they send out. Doing it with a cell phone is just not something i think many will want to do it is to informal and low end.

      Most brides want to look at their wedding as a big event not a low end item that is sent out with a cell phone.

      I even asked a bride today about this and it was a flat out no way.

      When they are spending 10 to 40k l on the wedding the rsvp is not going to be on a cell phone.

      Most of them all use Facebook to talk with their friends and give more wedding info.
      Totally right I agree with you. Last week I met with wedding entrepreneurs in a wedding expo, I did talk to some wedding service providers about mobile and 100% said they like better to use the paper card rather than mobile or web site. If they had to do online they use Facebook!
      So the idea of doing my mobile wedding invitation biz is down. Facebook killed the market
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    • Profile picture of the author xlfutur1
      Originally Posted by EddieBlog View Post

      I do weddings for a living and this looks like a ok idea but i just can not see this as something any good wedding or bride will use.

      I work with brides everyday and they all spend a lot of money of rsvp cards or other items they send out. Doing it with a cell phone is just not something i think many will want to do it is to informal and low end.

      Most brides want to look at their wedding as a big event not a low end item that is sent out with a cell phone.

      I even asked a bride today about this and it was a flat out no way.

      When they are spending 10 to 40k l on the wedding the rsvp is not going to be on a cell phone.

      Most of them all use Facebook to talk with their friends and give more wedding info.
      I wouldn't think it would be such a great sell as an "invitation", but there things like wedding and reception venue map and directions, schedules, rehearsal dinner info, click to call, hotels, etc. that could be included in something like this. That way out of town guests can just go to the mobile app (website) for everything they need. I don't think it would replace nice invitations but with everyone having a mobile phone these days, it could be very useful for delivering relevant information on the event.
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      • Profile picture of the author rlhurst
        Originally Posted by xlfutur1 View Post

        I wouldn't think it would be such a great sell as an "invitation", but there things like wedding and reception venue map and directions, schedules, rehearsal dinner info, click to call, hotels, etc. that could be included in something like this. That way out of town guests can just go to the mobile app (website) for everything they need. I don't think it would replace nice invitations but with everyone having a mobile phone these days, it could be very useful for delivering relevant information on the event.
        And the qr code/url could be included with the paper invitation.... either printed on, or a card included inside.
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    • Profile picture of the author Neil
      Originally Posted by EddieBlog View Post

      I do weddings for a living and this looks like a ok idea but i just can not see this as something any good wedding or bride will use.

      Most of them all use Facebook to talk with their friends and give more wedding info.
      I am old enough to have seen more that one or two shifts in the marketplace - in one industry or another. While I totally get what you are saying... a few things come to mind:

      1. When you are early to market there is lots of resistance. It's really easy to be talked out of a great idea, only to watch in amazement as everyone suddenly comes to believe that it's the bees knees... AFTER you've thrown in the towel.

      2. $10-$40K. This is the the fat center of the wedding bell curve. It is not where you will find most early adopters. They are on the fringes. They are either broke, bohemian & creative (the all-mobile wedding: pivoting off of Facebook with mobile video, audio, and stills); or they are well-to-do and love their expensive toys - which allow them the freedom to do something new, unique, & interesting (the video broadcast wedding - available on smart devices... of course).

      3. Facebook - half of all users log onto Facebook on their mobile device... this number is growing - not shrinking. Mobile optimized, unique, and well-designed web sites will increasingly flourish in every social arena going forward.

      And lastly, the iphone is a relatively new device (5-year anniversary just ahead)... as are it's 3g & 4g competitors. Ten years from now college graduates will have grown up with a smart phone being as ubiquitous to their childhood as cell phones were to their parents, and cordless phones were to their grandparents.

      Things are changing very rapidly. We can only speculate how this will all shake out - but personal mobile devices of some kind will clearly be at the center of everything that we do going forward for at least another 5 to 10 years. After that it may be implants... who knows.

      Weddings are fun, emotional, and social... a perfect fit for the immediacy of the mobile market. You can sit back and watch (always fun), or you can be part of the action as this all unfolds and stake your claim as best you can.

      As an aside, one of my fondest memories as a kid was watching my grandparents use their old hand-cranked wall phone - it was sooo outdated compared to my parents rotary phone!

      A second aside: we have a costume shop and we did a special promotion with a local movie theater for the premier of Alice in Wonderland. Big production, big expense. We are talking a dozen killer costumes and staff to wear them.

      Going in we envisioned people wanting their pictures taken with the characters, so we brought several photographers with video and still cameras.

      As soon as the doors were opened, people immediately gathered around our characters... and started snapping pictures with their cell phones! I totally cracked up, so much for supplying photographers. Our mindset was stuck in the past and had just been upgraded suddenly by reality itself.

      So... my advice is to get out there and see what's real in your world... your market.
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        Holy cow',, you remember hand cranked phones? Heysus Christo!!! How old are you? Was morse code the hot thing back then? Hahaha,, just playin
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  • Profile picture of the author AJ Warrior
    This could be a huge money maker I'm going to try this out thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    Absolutely fantastic post Neil.

    I did experience the same thing at a graduation where we had photographers and hardly sold a photo as everyone was there with pads and phones.

    Their photos were on facebook and google plus before we finished.
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    • Profile picture of the author Rymico
      Here is another niche for pretty much the same thing. I live in Texas and we have a very large Hispanic population. One of the biggest days for a young girl is her 15th birthday celebration or quincinera. This very much the same set up as a wedding. They get sponsors to help with costs, rent churches and have dances. Big party. There are shops in my town that all they do is sell or rent quincinera dresses.

      I am headed out to one of them this afternoon to see what they think. Working on a referral program for the shop.
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  • Profile picture of the author piney94
    Rymico - How did the talk w the shop owners go for the quincinears?

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    • Profile picture of the author Rymico
      Originally Posted by piney94 View Post

      Rymico - How did the talk w the shop owners go for the quincinears?

      Jim
      Jim, it went quite well. The problem right now was end of school parties and such.. Those are over now, so I am going back next week.

      I am going to be giving them a $50 finders fee if their customer buys my product. I am going to charge $300 for an invitation, so I will clear $250. This is for a 3 page max site. Only a one month site, unless they want to go for $50 more. I have three strong leads right now. They are just working on getting the sponsor money.

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  • Profile picture of the author Rojak Moon
    Thanks Neil ... good post.
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  • Profile picture of the author rezaafriadi
    That is a really nice idea! Saves a whole lot amount of paper too!
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  • Profile picture of the author seoconsulting1
    I use to work in the wedding industry for a big site that use to get 10,000 a day in traffic. This is a brilliant idea and i think it will work well. Its all about marketing this and possibly getting in partnership with some large companies, however they might rip off the idea and do it themselves. I think there might be a better strategy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Huskerdarren
    How about you look in the wedding announcements of the newspaper, look up and address for the mother and father of the bride, craft them a nice letter with a QR code or 'text to' that links them to your sample page. Give them your email and phone number so they can ask questions and tell them the many cool things a mobile wedding website can do for them. (Directions, picture slideshow, our story, registered at, and so on)

    Mail 100 letters at about 75cents per piece, first class stamp included. Get 10 responses, 4 to 5 sales, and make $1000 to $1500 in profit. I'm gonna try this. Hopefully I can find plenty of online announcements within a 300 mile radius.
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  • Profile picture of the author dennism70
    I already do something similair like this for companies in the B2B. Bigger money

    I send out personal invitations to their prospect with a QR code on it and only a QR code. This triggers the prospects since we all will stay curious as humans The QR code lands on a mobile landingpage with a detailed offer/message. This way the sender stands out from the crowd.

    The wedding invitation could be just like that. 60-80 cents for a card to send out and you can bulk upload the adresses to most postcard providers and still put a normal www as well... mobile also does show up on a desktop and even granny goes on the internet.

    BTW this is one of the personal invitations I send out to a client and its VERY personal to haha
    Sorry, but it's in dutch. But you can still scan the QR right.Do so and you'll understand why this became a client for BIG bucks! But you do need to understand dutch Maybe Google translate will do a proper job!



    BTW, I used the logo from the receiver and NOT from the sender. That really triggers

    Their are to many options in marketing today. If you really want you can invent a NEW and EXITING new business per day

    Hope you all like the knowledge. I believe in sharing and the receiving will follow or not. And you can see the QR code right? And its in a picture? Where can you upload pictures? Everywhere! Hope that teaches you all something to.

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    • Profile picture of the author 4webmaster
      According to a stat I ve read, 29% of people ignore rsvp.
      Can mobile web bring benefits or not? And how to increase these 29% lost.
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  • Profile picture of the author App29
    Killer idea!
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  • Profile picture of the author dennism70
    Originally Posted by MaisieOwens View Post

    This is a very good idea, but I think HughCassidy is right. Unfortunately, we the women prefer the old fashion paper in this case. I sincerely hope to be wrong and I wish you good luck! After all your solution is faster and cheaper and may work nicely. Keep us updated!
    To be more specific...GIRLS WANT IT ALL!!!

    So why not in combination with? Fancy QR on the invite since there is only SO MUCH SPACE on paper!!! And after the wedding there can be a VIDEO, PHOTO'S, THANK YOU PAGE, QUESTBOOK, etc. the works.

    Just like the "I DO" till death and beyond unless internet dies.

    Little tricky if they get divorced do

    Already purchased the domain INVITETO.nl so its not only for weddings
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    Originally Posted by MaisieOwens View Post

    This is a very good idea, but I think HughCassidy is right. Unfortunately, we the women prefer the old fashion paper in this case. I sincerely hope to be wrong and I wish you good luck! After all your solution is faster and cheaper and may work nicely. Keep us updated!
    I agree and it's the same feedback I have had from many girls.

    They see this kind of thing as cheapening their wedding day experience... and I can totally understand that.

    There are some things where technology is just not needed.
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  • Profile picture of the author rising_sun
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    It's a nice idea ,congratulation ,who think about this.
    Now I am trying to implement it for my sister marriage.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve1776
    One selling point would be that all the guests will have all the info they need with them at all times. From out of town, click on the location page to bring up Google maps for turn by turn directions to the wedding / reception. Whip out your phone to see where the gift registries are. Or if they want list the gifts they want on the mobile site.

    Sure some will consider it to be in bad taste. Some will love it. That's why some people get married in a cathedral and some get married by an Elvis impersonator.
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    • Profile picture of the author midasman09
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      Update - Here's someone who provides "Instant Candids".

      Instant Candids! - Lehigh Valley Wedding Photographer | Jenn Roberts Photography

      She charges $499 for 2hrs of snapping Candids. The photog then makes all the shots 4x6 and puts them into a CD.

      Now...why couldn't you....
      1) set up a Mobile Site for a wedding
      2) place a QR Code (plus the URL) linking to the site and print the Code on the back of Printed Invitations

      Charge the Bride & Groom $499 for 2 hrs etc?

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  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    Originally Posted by MaisieOwens View Post

    This is a very good idea, but I think HughCassidy is right. Unfortunately, we the women prefer the old fashion paper in this case. I sincerely hope to be wrong and I wish you good luck! After all your solution is faster and cheaper and may work nicely. Keep us updated!
    Hmmm I guess it will depend on what women you are dealing with as most we deal with have actually loved getting rid of the whole paper invitation thing or have just sent paper invitations to the older folk.

    Of course if your mum is involved and comes from the old school you are correct but things change and lots of young women are looking for convince and community over tradition.

    Some have used QR Codes to link to a specific facebook page so everyone can upload their photos and videos.

    The thing is there are no absolutes and every time you try to make them you will limit your possibilities.

    We women means you however there are a huge number who do not think like that.

    Quentin
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob28x
    I like the idea, but I think it would have to be in conjunction with paper invites for sure. You could have a small QR code and a web address on them for those w/o a smart phone. They could then scan the code or go to the site for more information on hotels, gift registry, directions, the ability to rsvp and more that would be seen as a help to the guests of the wedding. I don't see the bride seeing something like that as "cheap".

    I also would not charge them for the service, but instead like others have suggested charge a small fee for the places listed in it, such as hotels, the reception hall, the catering company, etc. So now it doesn't cost them anything to be more helpful to their guests.

    You could also build up a list of auto opt-in businesses that anytime someone has a wedding with anything to do with them they are automatically included and you can just send them an invoice with the link so they can see they are in fact included in that wedding site.

    I don't see it being a replacement for invitations, but an added bonus where you could put all of the wedding specifics in one place for the guests.
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    • Profile picture of the author SKO
      Sound like a lot of work for just one day.
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  • Profile picture of the author StuartM
    I think this is a great idea! Huge potential and I'm going to act on it. I'll let you all know how it goes
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  • Profile picture of the author 4webmaster
    Here is a easier way to capture these potential wedding couples.
    Build a free mobile site for them with all infos they want.
    The good thing is that as it's free you tell them that you add amazon and other affiliate link for gifts that their guest will buy on your mobile site for them. You earn comission and I can tell you it can go $$$ fast because when they love a friend they usually spend $$$$

    Now they have the option for no affiliate link and will be fee.

    Hope you get it!
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  • Profile picture of the author durseo
    this is a great idea. I am surprised no one thought of this before.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike McAleer
    Anyone havin luck ??
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  • Profile picture of the author attrecto
    Hi Quentin

    great idea, but not unique we already done most of the ideas with our service: Create your own wedding app now!
    Feel free to use it
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  • Profile picture of the author nealhart
    Certainly, mobile marketing is the next big boom in online marketing
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  • Profile picture of the author goendul
    Quentin
    You have a great idea...Hadn't thought of this niche for mobile.
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  • Profile picture of the author pkumar
    I love this idea, its in sync with the times. Now a days everybody is hooked to their smart phones so its a very sensible idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Hodge
    wow, this is cool, was it a success?
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  • Profile picture of the author srodoks
    interisting idea quentin. how much u charge for this?
    please share your success with us
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  • Profile picture of the author Hajar Ismail
    Wow very good idea,
    but I have been married
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    how did u do the background image
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  • Profile picture of the author Kishor Mhaskar
    Interesting. I like the idea.

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    • Profile picture of the author peter_act
      I've just discovered this thread, and done a mock-up of my own.
      I've done it as more of an information sheet, rather than a straight substitute for the traditional invitation.



      Header image came from Tyrabelle (post #103) Hope she doesn't mind - if so, Tyra, pm me and I'll delete it.

      Template came from Quentin's WSO (Premium blue, from memory)

      I figure I could do a deal with a hotel for the "accommodation" tag.
      Gift registry would link to an affiliate site, provided the couple agree.

      I'll use Don's idea of taking it to a jeweller's shop - offer them, say 50% to promote it via a brochure with QR code to the mock-up url.

      This is only my first attempt, took me less than 20 minutes, so I'm happy to accept feedback, criticism etc., as I know it isn't perfect.
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  • Profile picture of the author Virtualghost
    check this out and I believe a warrior member is owner or has something to do with it.
    pocketcouple(dot)com
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  • Profile picture of the author DexterGallagher
    Yes, but at $99 sell price, I would not entertain it, it is too much work for too little reward. Even if you got the upsell for both iphone and android at $199, I wouldn't look at it - however......

    An option could be to get the store that gift registry is located at to pay for their link say $99 and the location (hotel) $99 and you could even get the photographer to pay $99 for a link to their site....now we are talking! $397 upwards.

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  • Profile picture of the author GerardCoyne
    Excellent idea, thanks for sharing!
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  • If this is a profitable niche, I need to look into divorces and profit 100x more!
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  • Profile picture of the author ozlizard
    Not sure about the invitation thing. Weddings are still traditional, that is the very essence of why they still exist.
    BUT, I do like the idea of having a mobile site for a wedding (you could just host it on a sub domain temporarily on your own site). Good way for the guests to get all the info, date, location (Google Maps), and as others have mentioned, the gift registry etc. You could also charge the suppliers to advertise on the site (photographer/caterers etc.)
    Wouldn't brides (and even grooms) jump at the chance to have their very own wedding site?
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