I Got My First Mobile Website Client Today!

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I talked to the owner of one of those drive up coffee stands today. I asked her for a menu/price list (I planned on building a mobile site to show her later). She didn't have any, and asked me why I wanted one. That was the moment of truth...........

It's amazing how fast one can think in a second! I debated whether to tell her my plans, or something like I was just curious about the menu items. Now, this wasn't a "cold" call, as I see her from time to time, chat a bit about sports (she's a big sports fan). Well, what came out of my mouth was the plan I had. I asked if she knew what a QR code was....... QR what? I explained what it was and that I was planning on making a mobile site for her business. That's as far as I got and she was all over it!

I've checked to see if she has a fb fanpage..... only 1 like. No website. The possibilities are numerous. She's going to get me the menu, and a pic of her logo. I thought that getting some business type cards printed up with the QR code on them, with, check often for specials, thanks for coming by, etc. would be a good idea to have to pass out with each drink ordered.

You know, it's exciting to get the first client, but what I'm most satisfied with is the fact that I didn't shrink back when the opportunity was there. I actually stepped up and made the pitch.

I was up front with her that this was my first site, and that I'd give her a break on price in exchange for being my "guinea pig"!!

I think on those business cards, I'll put a line at the bottom promoting myself as the web designer. She has SO many folks driving through,... contractors, business folks, etc. Who knows who might like to have their own mobile site. Could be a great lead generator.

Finally, THANK YOU folks for the info that you generously share. I've learned a lot here, and have finally started my journey, with feet to the bricks! Ron
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  • Profile picture of the author greenovni
    Congrats! I think that it is a good idea to add your services to her business cards

    Or a QR code with your contact info somewhere in the card!
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  • Profile picture of the author MobileNatalie
    Congrats, time to sell him more mobile marketing services, like SMS texting.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay Moreno
    Nice one OP, congrats for taking action, i hope this is the start of many more new customers and up-sell opportunities for you!
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  • Profile picture of the author areevez
    Good job stepping up in the moment! Never be afraid!!! It feels good when you just DO IT without second guessing and it pays off!
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  • Profile picture of the author Nail Yener
    Good job Ron, I know how it feels when you get your first mobile website client because I got mine not so long ago. But the way you pitched it is very smart. I am sure that you will get more clients soon, just try to do a wonderful job for your first client.
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    • Profile picture of the author rlhurst
      Originally Posted by Nail Yener View Post

      just try to do a wonderful job for your first client.
      Yes, that is my TOP priority right now. It's a nice situation, the fact that she has no rigid expectations. This is all new to her too.

      I really like seeing people succeed in whatever they set out to do. So, the more customers I can help bring to her, and improve her business, the more satisfied I'll be.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adrian John
    Congratulations on your success and good luck building a business for yourself.

    If you even think to outsource the mobile website building and offer customized solutions to your clients so they can see the true value of an mobile website don't hesitate to contact me. I can give you qr codes too.
    Even you have a question just shoot me an email.

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

      Congratulations on your success and good luck building a business for yourself.

      If you even think to outsource the mobile website building and offer customized solutions to your clients so they can see the true value of an mobile website don't hesitate to contact me. I can give you qr codes too.
      Even you have a question just shoot me an email.

      Adrian
      Thanks Adrian. I just went through your WSO. Wow! You know, I'm going to learn to do this for myself, BUT, to get this rolling, I'm tempted to get the first one right away, and your sites look great. When I get the menu list and logo from my client, I'll contact you and see what we can do.
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    how u generate the QR codes?
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  • Profile picture of the author Swit 16
    We are happy for you.Keep it up and don't stop because you have just started.
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  • Profile picture of the author ASUService
    Congrats ... hope word of mouth takes over for you and it spawns a new client base!
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  • Profile picture of the author allegrity
    Congratulations! I hope to have the same luck as you in getting my first client soon as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author deesangels
    WooHoo! Congrats! -- Doesn't the sky seem just a litlle bluer, the grass a little greener, the air is just plain ole fresher!
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  • Profile picture of the author Bob Banfield
    Congrats, I'm really pleased for you. You an never replace the buzz from getting a sale. This will be one of thousands for you. Good luck with the lifestyle change.
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  • Profile picture of the author siwell16
    Very Awesome!! Keep up the great work and always stay positive!
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    • Profile picture of the author peter_act
      OK I've been around too long! Technology is getting beyond me!

      Since I make mobile sites for clients,I thought I'd better get a smartphone for myself
      I didn't even know how to answer a call on the damn thing, that's how out of touch I was.

      Anyway, I'd like to take my new phone into clients with a printout of a QR code.
      My problem is that when they ask me what they do with it, I can't tell them because I don't know myself.

      I've downloaded the QR scanning app, but what now?
      Do I just point the camera at the QR code, or do I have to press a "start scan" button or something?

      Thanks in advance
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      • Profile picture of the author Adrian John
        Originally Posted by peter_act View Post

        OK I've been around too long! Technology is getting beyond me!

        Since I make mobile sites for clients,I thought I'd better get a smartphone for myself
        I didn't even know how to answer a call on the damn thing, that's how out of touch I was.

        Anyway, I'd like to take my new phone into clients with a printout of a QR code.
        My problem is that when they ask me what they do with it, I can't tell them because I don't know myself.

        I've downloaded the QR scanning app, but what now?
        Do I just point the camera at the QR code, or do I have to press a "start scan" button or something?

        Thanks in advance

        Yes.Start scanning the code and you're good to go.
        Of course the code must point to something that the business can use as: video on yourtube, coupon page, their mobile website(most don't have one so get them one, using templates or contact me for a more customized solution to this), special offers etc.

        You could just search google for how a certain business can use QR Codes futures and how other niches are using QR technology and make a list for the specific niche you are targeting and talk about that when you meet the client.

        Hope it helps,
        Adrian
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        • Profile picture of the author peter_act
          Originally Posted by banditu View Post

          Yes.Start scanning the code and you're good to go.

          Adrian
          Thanks Adrian,

          Unfortunately that's the bit I need to know! What do I do to dtart scanning?
          BTW, I love your designs!

          Cheers
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        Originally Posted by peter_act View Post

        OK I've been around too long! Technology is getting beyond me!

        Since I make mobile sites for clients,I thought I'd better get a smartphone for myself
        I didn't even know how to answer a call on the damn thing, that's how out of touch I was.

        Anyway, I'd like to take my new phone into clients with a printout of a QR code.
        My problem is that when they ask me what they do with it, I can't tell them because I don't know myself.

        I've downloaded the QR scanning app, but what now?
        Do I just point the camera at the QR code, or do I have to press a "start scan" button or something?

        Thanks in advance
        Thats so great and funny.

        I remember when I showed my father how to use the mouse. He was looking for ages pn the screen to find it back again
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        • Profile picture of the author winston
          rlhurst,

          Congrats! Did you charge for it or did it create at no cost for them?
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          • Profile picture of the author rlhurst
            Originally Posted by winston View Post

            rlhurst,

            Congrats! Did you charge for it or did it create at no cost for them?
            I am creating it (or having it created) for her at no charge (no set up fee)
            I let her know that's a $149 value right there. As far as a monthly charge goes, I'm giving her the rest of the year at $14.99. Then, at the beginning of next year, she'll have the option to renew at $24.99 a month. That gives her time to check it out and see how much increase in business she gets, and if it's worth it to her, while I get some income from it, and the experience of handling a client.
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        Originally Posted by peter_act View Post


        I've downloaded the QR scanning app, but what now?
        Do I just point the camera at the QR code, or do I have to press a "start scan" button or something?

        Thanks in advance
        If you've already installed the app, just take a picture of the barcode, like you would a normal image. It should scan it automatically, then send you to wherever the code has imbedded in it.
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        • Profile picture of the author peter_act
          Originally Posted by rlhurst View Post

          If you've already installed the app, just take a picture of the barcode, like you would a normal image. It should scan it automatically, then send you to wherever the code has imbedded in it.
          Thanks for that, exactly what I needed to know - never thought it was as easy as that!
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          • Profile picture of the author rackman63
            Congrats on your first mobile sale ...one a side note I did a little investigating on my smart phone and the google first page results for a type of service provider in my area none of the web sites had a mobile ready page all were just their regular web pages at microscopic reading

            Good Luck

            phillip in san diego
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    where is you mobile related site
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    • Profile picture of the author Eduard Ruppel
      Congrats man, once the first client is there. The others will come as well...
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  • Profile picture of the author barache
    Getting your first client is the best! Soon it will be like falling off a log. Good Luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author bonn
    Great work! You should seriously consider using our mobile web marketing platform!

    No coding neccessary, qr code generation, mobile preview, analytics, custom CSS themeing, etc. Would really help you in your mobile sales and slash your mobile site build times!

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    Bravery has its price.... Congratulations and Good Luck To You!
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  • Profile picture of the author rotten72
    I have conducted real market research for my offline clients to see if their is any legitimate traffic. Through my research I have found that there is not enough traffic to legitimately charge them for a mobile site.

    As a prior "offline business owner" myself I can tell you that nothing will get you fired faster than a negative ROI!
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    • Profile picture of the author rlhurst
      Originally Posted by rotten72 View Post

      I have conducted real market research for my offline clients to see if their is any legitimate traffic. Through my research I have found that there is not enough traffic to legitimately charge them for a mobile site.

      As a prior "offline business owner" myself I can tell you that nothing will get you fired faster than a negative ROI!
      I'd be interested to find out more details about your research. How were the QR codes used? Coupons, daily specials, video greeting? How was the SEO work?

      My coffee shop owner would only need to sell a few drinks a month to cover the cost. Are you saying that she won't even get a few extra drinks sold from utilizing a mobile site?
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  • Profile picture of the author powerfulprince
    Hehehe congratulations Rlhurst. Keep it up. The mobile niche is bloomming. i'm working on it too.
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    So awesome! When you get 1 client, you know you can get another!
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  • Profile picture of the author Big Daddy
    Originally Posted by rlhurst View Post

    I talked to the owner of one of those drive up coffee stands today. I asked her for a menu/price list (I planned on building a mobile site to show her later). She didn't have any, and asked me why I wanted one. That was the moment of truth...........

    It's amazing how fast one can think in a second! I debated whether to tell her my plans, or something like I was just curious about the menu items. Now, this wasn't a "cold" call, as I see her from time to time, chat a bit about sports (she's a big sports fan). Well, what came out of my mouth was the plan I had. I asked if she knew what a QR code was....... QR what? I explained what it was and that I was planning on making a mobile site for her business. That's as far as I got and she was all over it!

    I've checked to see if she has a fb fanpage..... only 1 like. No website. The possibilities are numerous. She's going to get me the menu, and a pic of her logo. I thought that getting some business type cards printed up with the QR code on them, with, check often for specials, thanks for coming by, etc. would be a good idea to have to pass out with each drink ordered.

    You know, it's exciting to get the first client, but what I'm most satisfied with is the fact that I didn't shrink back when the opportunity was there. I actually stepped up and made the pitch.

    I was up front with her that this was my first site, and that I'd give her a break on price in exchange for being my "guinea pig"!!

    I think on those business cards, I'll put a line at the bottom promoting myself as the web designer. She has SO many folks driving through,... contractors, business folks, etc. Who knows who might like to have their own mobile site. Could be a great lead generator.

    Finally, THANK YOU folks for the info that you generously share. I've learned a lot here, and have finally started my journey, with feet to the bricks! Ron
    Congratulations! Way to not shrink. Keep the momentum going though.

    The easiest thing to do (and we all do it) is get involved in a a project without also lining up others.
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    • Profile picture of the author rlhurst
      Originally Posted by Big Daddy View Post

      Congratulations! Way to not shrink. Keep the momentum going though.

      The easiest thing to do (and we all do it) is get involved in a a project without also lining up others.
      I've created 5 more 4-5 page sites that I'm going to approach the owners of businesses with. A couple people I know, a few I don't. One is a Tattoo shop (I don't know them) I passed by the other day. The name sounded cool, so I looked and found they have a website, but NOT a mobile one.

      I recreated the theme of their existing one, created a cool looking decorated qr code with their logo embedded in it, and plan on walking in soon and show them what I have to offer.

      Even if I don't sell all of them, I look at the process of creating them as beneficial, cause I'm learning and getting faster at it. Pretty fun stuff!
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      • Profile picture of the author Big Daddy
        Originally Posted by rlhurst View Post

        I've created 5 more 4-5 page sites that I'm going to approach the owners of businesses with. A couple people I know, a few I don't. One is a Tattoo shop (I don't know them) I passed by the other day. The name sounded cool, so I looked and found they have a website, but NOT a mobile one.

        I recreated the theme of their existing one, created a cool looking decorated qr code with their logo embedded in it, and plan on walking in soon and show them what I have to offer.

        Even if I don't sell all of them, I look at the process of creating them as beneficial, cause I'm learning and getting faster at it. Pretty fun stuff!
        Excellent! That's the only way to be a success.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daret
    Congrats bro! Good to see you get that Sale!

    you know, Relationship is very important while selling to people, the plus point here was that you had a good relationship with her and she could trust you that you can do it!

    Very happy to know about your success

    Where there is a will, there are many ways!!

    Congrats once again!
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  • Profile picture of the author alcatrav
    Hey Ron - awesome work. I've just joined and and impressed to hear people like you sharing these stories. Very inspirational. I'm surprised how most people generally won't put their own time/effort in to create something first - they want a guaranteed sale before doing anything!
    I wish you more future success.
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    Many Congrats!!
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