Category Archives: Mobile Computing

Location, Location, Location…

This has always been the mantra for brick and mortar businesses. Well, guess what, it’s the same for your business on the Internet. If you are in front of the right audience, you get traffic, and the opportunity for new business.

The difference on the Internet, Geo Location, Geo Location, Geo Location. And it is a lot easier to make this happen than with actual real estate. This is why I am still surprised at small businesses not jumping on these systems

Two recommendations. Put your business on Google Places and Foursquare. Both are free and simple. Now how does it get any easier than that?

If you are in Google Places, when anyone uses Google Maps to locate a business, and you match the search criteria, your listing will appear. I can not tell you how many times I have found a great restaurant, coffee shop or other business using this technique. Whenever I travel I use Google Maps, and I have found some great places to stop such as The Horse’s Mouth Bookstore and Coffee Shop in Buffalo, Texas (link is example of Google Map listing). I just wanted a good cup of coffee, and thanks to THM being listed on Google Places I found this great little coffee shop.

Foursquare is a little different, and it is catching on fast. Foursquare mixes Geo Location, Social Media and a gaming element to make it one of the most popular new applications available. If you don’t add your business someone else will. While this is not a bad thing, I would rather be ahead of the curve. As a business owner you can all add incentives for people to visit your business by offering specials to frequent visits. You can also offer tips, like specials and selected recommended items.

Examples :

With these systems being free, and really simple to join, what are you waiting for?

Mobile Websites

If you have an online presence, do you have a mobile website? If not, you should.

Next time you are in public, glance around and see how many people are using a smart phone.

The U.S. Open golf tournament had over a 500% increase in traffic to their mobile site this year. Now think about this. Golf is not exactly a game for the kids, who were these people using their mobile devices to check on a golf tournament?

I love my iPhone, and the apps are great. But I think the mobile website gets more bang for the buck as it gives you visibility on more devices. And depending on what type of site you have, a mobile website is not that hard to do.

Mobile Plugin for WordPress

I highly recommend the WPtouch Mobile Plugin for WordPress if you want your WordPress site to have a compatible mobile touch version.

This plugin is as simple as most plugins to get installed and you can have your Mobile Version up and running in minutes.

For more information visit the BraveNewCode Inc. WP Touch page.

Disclaimer: This is NOT a paid or coerced post, just my opinion!

Verizon Wireless

I finally decided to try a Netbook and I wanted one that had Wireless service. After researching the options I decided to give Verizon Wireless a shot. I have been on AT&T for over 10 years and although I have always been happy with their service I have noticed some weaknesses in their 3G coverage on my iPhone.

I went to the Verizon Wireless store in Flowood, Mississippi and I was extremely pleased with their customer service. As expected they wanted to talk me out of my iPhone, but they respected my stance to leave that out of the process, I just wanted a good Netbook. I will be going back this Friday to look at the new Android offerings they have.

For the Netbook I settled on the new HP 311 Mini, which I will cover in a later post.

For now I just wanted to say thanks to Verizon Wireless and let everyone know what excellent service I received.