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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

New Mobile Tool Gives an "Inn" to B&B Owners

NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Bed & Breakfasts have a

new way to reach customers. Mobile Meteor has announced the launch of Show Me Inn, a new product designed specifically for inns. It's a web application that seamlessly transforms an inn's website into a mobile-friendly version, allowing customers to easily see rooms, learn about the area and contact the inn to make a reservation. It's built to the specifications of the innkeeper, and it works on iPhones, Androids, BlackBerrys and others.

Mobile accessibility is crucial to inns, as more people look for information from their smartphones. "As a travel-oriented business, it's important to reach customers on the move. My Show Me Inn website provides directions and an easy phone link to my business - which brings guests to my door," says Paul Breitenbach, Innkeeper at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn in Sharpsburg, Maryland.

Mary White, owner of BnBFinder.com, agrees about the importance of adapting to the mobile web. She used Mobile Meteor to build her mobile-friendly site, and she's enthusiastic about what Show Me Inn offers B&B owners. "Innkeepers need an easy and economical way to "go mobile" and Show Me Inn provides just that," she says.

Word got out about Show Me Inn in the development phase, and early adopters are already pleased with the results. "Our mobile site has definitely paid off. We've already had many new bookings because guests were able to connect immediately to information about our inn," says Sandra CH Smith, Innkeeper of the Cliff Cottage Inn in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Show Me Inn also provides access to a dashboard so innkeepers can see how users are interacting with their sites. This intelligence can help B&Bs better understand their customers' needs. And while most businesses charge a premium for access to such analytics data, Show Me Inn includes this with the base price.

Making Show Me Inn useful and affordable is central to founder Denis Hurley's vision for the tool. "Our goal is to help grow small businesses. We make it easy for B&B's to paint a true picture of what they are offering - and better connect them with their customers," he says. "A mobile site shouldn't be crazy expensive - it just has to be smart. And look good."

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Introducing the Truck Tracker & Map Widget


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

(New York, NY, June 8, 2011) — Food trucks have a more reliable way to tell their fans where they are thanks to Mobile Meteor's newest features, the Truck Tracker & Map Widget.

The Truck Tracker is a mobile web application that Mobile Meteor customers can access from their smartphones to quickly update their location. It's not reliant on Twitter, which means trucks can use tweets to engage with customers - instead of using it to post their locations. (It does, however, give users the option of sending an automatic tweet each time there's an update.)

The Map Widget pulls a truck's location from the Truck Tracker and creates an easy-to-read map that can appear anywhere (truck chooses!) - their website, their Mobile Meteor mobile website and even their Facebook fan page. When the truck is not on the streets, a fun "standby" image is displayed to let customers know it will be back soon.

"We're excited to try these new features," said Ali Beydoun, owner of the popular Frites N Meats food truck (whose return in August is eagerly awaited by thousands of fans). "We've been running on Mobile Meteor's mobile site for months, and our customers love it because they can quickly get our menu, location and contact details."

Customers who sign up for a Mobile Meteor website will get the The Truck Tracker and Map Widget set up for free. The Mobile Meteor website includes the ability to display menus, images, blog feeds and contact information. It also integrates with Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and other social media tools and lets Food Truck owners easily update their mobile sites through a dashboard.

Ben Goldberg, owner of The Frying Dutchmen, said, "We can update the maps on all of our sites - desktop, mobile and Facebook - with the tap of a button. So, even if Twitter goes down people can find us. That's good for customers and good for business!"

Setup for Mobile Meteor costs $299, with a 30 day money-back guarantee. Maintenance is $9.99 a month. Use the promo code "MOBILE" and you will only have to pay the setup fee - no monthly cost! Contact Mobile Meteor for more information. You can also view a detailed presentation here.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

BnBFinder Launches First Mobile B&B Directory to Feature Location Based Search

Top-rated bed and breakfast directory launches mobile version of website. BnBFinder-Mobile lists thousands of B&Bs/Inns/Boutique Hotels, and is fast, lightweight and loads quickly on any smartphone.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Apr 26, 2011 – Driving through Southern Illinois Wine Country and need a place to stay? Planning a trip to British Columbia on your phone? Looking to contact an innkeeper in Albuquerque while you’re on the go? With the newly launched BnBFinder-Mobile, these tasks and more can be done easily and efficiently from any smartphone (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, etc.). This is the first bed and breakfast directory to offer location based searches (LBS).

“People expect information in the palm of their hand and we’ve always tried to make that possible,” said Mary White Founder and CEO of BnBFinder.com, a top ranked bed and breakfast online directory. “Eleven years ago we were the first to make B&B information mobile when we partnered with AvantGo on an application for Palm Pilots; today we are the first bed and breakfast directory to offer a mobile site with LBS.”

Gone is the notion that staying at a B&B is like staying at Grandma's house and BnBFinder-Mobile uses the ubiquitous smartphone to allow guests to search for all the bed and breakfast information they need in a way that is faster and more convenient. The site includes features never before seen on a bed and breakfast directory.

BnBFinder-Mobile is optimized to automatically work with smartphone features, no download necessary. LBS allows iPhone and Android users can take advantage of the GPS on their phones to determine the exact location of bed and breakfasts nearest to them. Simply click "Find an Inn Near Me" to see a list of bed and breakfasts starting with the closest one. Guests can take advantage of common smartphone features like "tap to call,” Google Maps, and e-mail integration. Just like BnBFinder.com, BnBFinder-Mobile lists thousands of bed and breakfasts, inns, and boutique hotels around the world. The site automatically detects that a user is visiting via smartphone and presents the mobile version. IPhone users can add the website to their homepage, where it appears and runs likes a native application.

Using the expertise of creators, Mobile Meteor (www.mobilemeteor.com), BnBfinder-Mobile is fast, lightweight and loads quickly.

About BnBFinder.com

BnBFinder.com is a comprehensive bed and breakfast directory, providing site visitors with more than 130 search categories, including availability, price, location and local attractions. Founded in 1998, BnBFinder.com was the first directory to offer advanced interactive technologies, including RSS feeds, a blog, downloadable content for mobile devices, location based mobile website and guest reviews. BnBFinder.com is a 5-Star Rated directory with thousands of B&Bs, inns, and small hotel listings from all over the world.

About Mobile Meteor

Mobile Meteor ensures mobile customers get the business information they need while leveraging phone capabilities and social media tools to enhance users’ experiences and increase sales. Learn more at mobilemeteor.com

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Austin Businesses Offered Free Mobile Websites for SXSW

25 Sites Will Be Custom Built and Given Away to Eligible Austin Restaurants, Bars, Clubs, Coffee Shops, Food Trucks, and More


02.14.2011– In less than four weeks, tens of thousands of out-of-towners will be visiting Austin, Texas, for the wildly popular music, film and interactive conferences. Many, if not most, of these visitors will be bringing web-enabled smartphones. Small business owners in Austin can now prepare themselves for the barrage of mobilized customers by setting up a free mobile website on MobileMeteor.com

The Brooklyn-based company is offering it's service free of charge for three months to the first 25 businesses that sign up. After that time, there is no obligation to buy.

"It was a no brainer," said Mehul Patel, owner of Dominican Joe Coffee Shop, which went live on Mobile Meteor in time for SXSW 2010. "We were able to get our critical information optimized for mobile users, upload some great photos to show the place off, and include our Twitter feed."

During SXSW 2010, Mobile Meteor customers experienced a 200%-300% increase in mobile website hits. Mobile Meteor includes more features than it did last year, so even existing customers can give their mobile visitors a better experience.

"Since last year, we've released integration with Foursquare, Facebook SeamlessWeb and more," said Denis Hurley, founder of Mobile Meteor. "We've also included a feedback and polling feature, so businesses can get direct feedback from customers or put things up for a vote."

In order to be eligible for this offer, a business must be within Austin city limits and have an existing website. More information is available on Mobile Meteor's site.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Bark Hot Dogs - Delivery Simplified

Want some delicious hot dogs delivered to your door? Why bother getting off your couch to look through your menu drawer when you can just type "barkhotdogs.com" into your phone?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

New App Helps Mobile Food Trucks Reach Mobile Customers

NEW YORK, January 13/PRNewswire/ -- Food trucks from NY to LA have a new way to reach hungry customers: through their smartphones.

In the past, food trucks relied mainly on word of mouth to get the word out about their location. However, with half of all Americans expected to own smartphones by the end of 2011, it is crucial for all businesses – especially those on the move – to maintain a mobile presence.

Now, customers can find their favorite trucks just by going to their websites thanks to Mobile Meteor, which optimizes businesses' websites for smartphone users.

In addition, Twitter-savvy food trucks who already tweet their locations to regular customers can now reach new customers thanks to a new Mobile Meteor application that works with a food truck’s existing Twitter account: By sending a tweet with “#open” plus the truck’s address, a map automatically appears on the business’s mobile web site with a link to their location on Google maps.

In the first week of using the feature and their new mobile site, New York's Frites 'N' Meats truck got more than 300 hits.

“We move our truck all over Manhattan, and we’ve been using Twitter (@FritesNMeats) for a while to let customers know where we are," says Frites N Meats owner Moe Beydoun. "Now, people can go right to our own site (http://fritesnmeats.com) and see our location. This makes it easier for customers, especially those who aren’t on Twitter, to find us.”

Although it’s an important tool, only 6% of American adults use Twitter. Thus Mobile Meteor's new feature drives sales and lets food trucks do other things with their Twitter accounts.

“Thanks to Mobile Meteor, we can Tweet about things other than just our location, like specials, food news and other bits of information that will help build our brand,” says Frites 'N' Meats co-owner Ali Beydoun.

The response from customers has been extremely positive. Even Twitter users are seeing the benefits of a mobile site with real-time updates.

“Love that @fritesnmeats gets it: their site http://fritesnmeats.com is perfect on mobile devices. Oh, and their burgers ROCK. #WIN” - tweeted @lacreid.

“Our goal is to make it easier for businesses to communicate directlywith their customers, and ultimately increase revenue,” says Denis Hurley, founder of Mobile Meteor. “Frites ‘N’ Meats’ mobile site offers even more: their fans can check their menu, read their blog and give them direct feedback. This is also helpful for keeping customers happy while they’re waiting in line or for their order.”

This service is a web application that works on iPhones, Android devices, BlackBerry, Palm and more. There’s nothing to download - it’s activated from a business’s existing website.

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Mobile Meteor provides a service that helps small businesses develop and maintain a presence on the mobile web. Learn more about the Food Truck Feature here: http://bit.ly/a0QjEn

Thursday, December 16, 2010

FAB Alliance Mobile

The Fulton Area Business Alliance in Brooklyn has made it very easy for mobile customers to shop local in their neighborhood. Residents and visitors of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill can use their iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Palm or Windows Mobile phone to access a directory of over 200 small businesses. Smartphone users can select an area by tapping or clicking on a map and/or select businesses based on category. With tap to call and a quick link to each business on Google Maps, Mobile Meteor makes it easy for you to find the information you need about each small business.

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Just go to http://faballiance.org on your phone to see for yourself!