New App Helps Mobile Food Trucks Reach Mobile Customers
NEW YORK, Jan. 13, 2011 /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.
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.”
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