October 31, 2007
I just read an interesting article from Marketing Pilgrim labeled Local Mobile Apps from YellowPages.com.
It’s a good article, short, and to the point regarding YellowPages.com apps for the iPhone plus a bunch of AT&T devices.
I’ll be out of state for five days starting Friday and am at least going to check it out. I normally use the Google Maps function on the iThing while traveling to check out different restaruants, bars, or shops. It’s almost too useful, although the one thing that Google Maps does not include (on the iThing anyway) are ratings and user-reviews. This feature is included in the YellowPages.com app.
When going to YellowPages.com on the iThing, the local app automatically appears with the option of going to the main Web site. At the least, they certainly make it very easy for users.
June 29, 2007
A little over a week ago, I went on a skate with Ed Kohler (who is gonna’ rock SPIM). During the skate, he asked me if I was going to buy the new iPhone. I wasn’t sure at the time. I have an outdated cell with a T-Mobile service that works fantastic.
My current cell does need to go, and Aaron Weiche is hinting that I’m leaning toward an iPhone. Aaron, I think you’re right!
Apple has me.
Apple, I’m looking forward to synching your iPhone features with my Macbook Pro.
I’m looking forward to taking 2.0 megapixel pictures from the phone and have them be of decent enough quality to upload to my Flickr account on the fly, wherever I am.
I’m looking forward to use Google Maps to fingerscroll a seafood restaurant next time I’m in a new city.
I’m looking forward to use Google Maps “traffic” feature to decide my route home during my next Aware Web client visit during rush hour.
Technology Evangelist covered the crowd at the iMall of America today, along with a Pittsburgh visit from iJustine from the Tasty Blog Snack.
So, you leaning for or against the iPhone? Why or why not?
December 1, 2006
This has bugged me for awhile, and maybe I’m not up-to-speed as I’d like to be in mobile search marketing. 😉
I haven’t paid much attention to “click to call” technology until Google started using it in their map results.
If you find this listing, you see a phone number (intentionally blurred out) along with a “call” link. If you “click to call”, you enter your phone digits on your keyboard, hit enter, your phone rings, you answer, a voice says “connecting” and you hear the phone ring on the other end.
I haven’t figured out how this is easier than just pushing 10 digits.
A Mobility Today article surfaced with a YouTube video showing how Windows Live Local is now integrating with mobile (beta). A few minutes into the video, they showed how you could find something and click to call from your cell phone. That makes sense. It’s easier than remembering 10 digits.
A silicon.com article gave a good mention of this over a month ago, and the SEW Blog writes about Microsoft’s deal with Sprint, both articles showing how it’s monetized.
October 18, 2006
This didn’t take long, although they were already putting the finishing touches on it. Since a recent Citysearch post about an upcoming re-branding effort, they have now launched a new SMS-based mobile search feature. Just text a search term.zipcode (pizza.55401), and send it to CS411 (27411). I just figured they always had something like this.
I did try the standard “pizza” search and found some pretty relevant results along with their “best of” 10-point rating system.
Many visitors might search for a health club when in town, so I did a text for gym.55401 and sent it off. The first mobile result that came back was a 9.9 rated personal training studio that happens to have over 20 raving reviews on the Citysearch site.
That might not be the most relevant result for a visitor searching for a gym, but it kinda’ makes me want to join. It’s only 6 blocks from here… and I sit at a computer for much of the day. 😉 The 2nd and 3rd (of 4) results were for standard health clubs in downtown Minneapolis. The 4th was for a yoga studio just outside of downtown.
Hat tip to the SEW Blog.