Tasty Startups: Foodspotting

 

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The Craving it Satisfies

A mobile app for finding the best local dishes

 

Why it has a winning recipe

I am blessed and cursed to spend the next nine or so months living in New Orleans. Blessed because the city boasts an insane number of delicious restaurants and culinary delights. Cursed because, well, same reason.

 

This is a city rich with culinary history, where several places serve up their take on traditional dishes such as gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice. I could go on and on and on. Let’s just say that New Orleans is the perfect place to take advantage of Foodspotting.

 

Foodspotting is a mobile app that doesn’t just help you find great restaurants but  helps you discover the best dishes around. Wanna beeline for the nearest and dearest fried chicken joint in NOLA? Foodspotting will show you where to go – literally, in many ways.

 

The app gives you a wall of pictures so you can choose where to go based on what looks the most appealing. Whose banana foster steals the show? A picture isn’t the final verdict, but does provide info that’s a lot faster to swallow than descriptions… Which can be well written enough to tempt you into an establishment, only to encounter food that disappoints. See what looks worth eating.

 

Foodspotting also makes finding your way to the perfect dish a breeze with a handy map, so you can choose where to go based upon your preferred location as well.

 

Find the latest and best-rated dishes, follow the recommendations of community members you trust, share around and become an expert local foodie yourself.

 

There’s even a field guide to become a Foodspotting superstar. If you’re a diner more prone to follow your cravings than restaurant reviews, Foodspotting is a slick tool for satisfying your hankerings as fast as possible.

 

Of course, it just might be your civic duty to track down the the top 10 of any given dish and make a studied comparison. I, for one, intend to do my part (any Guinness records related to po boy consumption I should keep in mind before I set forth?).

 

Sink your teeth into Foodspotting at foodspotting.com or by downloading the app from the iPhone or Android.

 

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It’s the dish that counts @foodspotting. Find the best plates of what you love anywhere.

 

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Remote Marketing and Sales Teams

Small businesses and startups that rely on remote marketing and sales teams face a variety of obstacles compared to companies that have their sales and marketing staffers working onsite. National software provider Citrix is trying to position itself to meet this growing demand.

Remote working overall is trending upward, Forbes reported, noting that 2014 saw a 26 percent increase in open remote job postings compared to the previous year. In addition, 83 percent of hiring managers told Forbes that telecommuting will be “more prevalent in the next five years.”

Staffers working in or out of the office need not miss a beat thanks to the ever-growing benefits of technology. However, the very reliance on technology can create abrupt new problems requiring swift solutions, especially in cases involving the all-important efforts of remote marketing and sales teams, the ones dedicated to the company’s financial well being.

Citrix recently announced three scenarios in which its own products, particularly ShareFile and work-shifting” (the ability to shift one’s work habits geographically to achieve a better work-life balance) can impact small businesses in many ways.

Simple communications between remote marketing and sales staffers and their clients can grow into a challenge. In fact, even the most basic business processes can be impeded by sudden obstacles.

Solution: Software manufacturing company Digitech Systems uses Citrix’s GoToMeeting to address the common challenge posed by having key marketing and sales people working remotely. GoToMeeting allows participants to share computer screens and collaborate via on-screen editing. Additionally, the program allows for chatting via text messaging and/or audio communication by dialing someone from either the desktop or the telephone.

Digitech Systems turned to GoToMeeting, which enabled its employees to work from anywhere at any time. For Digitech, the result was improved overall productivity and better collaboration between dispersed team members. Lower travel-related costs were an additional benefit.

Citrix’s GoToMeeting offers a starter package designed for small businesses at a monthly price of $24 per organizer.

Mobile Teams See Lower Sales Numbers

Problem: Remote marketing and sales staffers can face a larger potential for an overall decrease in sales numbers. Specifically, they seem to have issues with post-sales retention, meaning sales following the initial sale to a client.

An email marketing service named Pinpointe On-Demand was struggling to deliver real-time customer service to improve post-sales retention, as well as generate new leads for its remote sales team. The company also faced a lack of brand awareness.

Solution: Pinpointe turned to Citrix’s GoToWebinar and was successfully able to build better relationships between staffers and their clients.

It used the platform to host educational webinars regarding best-practice methods twice a month. The audience was composed of prospective and current customers. The GoToWebinar platform allows presenters to record the webinars for later viewing. They also have the ability interact with their offsite audience via the ability to offer online Q&A’s, as well as polling. Also assisting the company was a GoToWebinar new features that enables participants to share meaningful content from the presentation.

Designed for small businesses and startups, as well as global corporations, GoToWebinar helps companies tell their story, reach their audience and build marketing strategies.

According to Citrix data, 63 percent of content marketers consider webinars to be one of their most effective tools to reach their audience.

GoToWebinar hosts 2.7 million webinars annually. According to Citrix, most companies that use it are able to generate more than 25 percent more qualified leads.

It offers three plans. For webinars including 100 or less, the price is $89 per organizer per month; for up to 500, the price is $199; and for up to 1,000, the price is $299.

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This article, "Citrix Touts Solutions for Remote Marketing and Sales Teams" was first published on Small Business Trends

Mobile Marketing in India Will See Less Social, More Loyalty Schemes by 2020Location-based targeting is now the premier mobile advertising strategy in India.

And that technology is only going to grow, according to recent research.

“The Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) and Warc found that location-based marketing was the No. 1 mobile technology currently in use in India, with 84 percent of marketers using it,” according to eMarketer. “It will still be tops in 2020, with little shift in usage, respondents believe — but a lot else will change.”

Those changes? Mobile wallets are coming on strong, as are QR codes and webrooming.

“This year, mobile wallets are virtually tied with augmented reality and mobile gaming, each used by around two in five marketers,” notes eMarketer. “But as mobile wallets rise 66.7 percent in usage, they will pull far away from the other two technologies, which will rise by 8 percentage points and fall by 3 points, respectively.”

The move to QR codes and webrooming are expected to be more or less equal, though in 2015 QR codes are now twice as common.

Interestingly, the research showed that the current most popular mobile format — display — will drop in use by 2020. Social marketing could be reduced from 49 percent to 42 percent and SMS marketing is also expected to take a hit as marketers put it lower on the priorities list.

What else is coming?

“Loyalty schemes will more than double in importance,” reports eMarketer. “Coupons and discounts, and app development will also make significant gains. Mobile content marketing, currently in third place, will rise to No. 2 as it surpasses social in importance.”