This article was originally published on The Huffington Post A website is a website is a website, except when it’s a restaurant’s website. There’s something extra tricky about restaurant websites —…
- January 8th, 2013
As mobile and social technologies evolve, consumers are exploring new ways to find and compare local restaurants. Social search is taking on an increasingly important role in local discovery. People tend to trust the recommendations of friends, family and others in their circle and if those connections are on social platforms, that’s where they will go to find local eats. Companies are making it easier for people to tap into that knowledge, by gathering valuable information that’s circulating in the social world.
- December 10th, 2012
Stupid simple. That’s how we like to think about our Facebook ordering platform here at ChowNow. But, we also love a “how to” guide as much as the next guy, which is why we’d like to present this handy little guide on Facebook ordering.
- November 24th, 2012
“Pass the mashed potatoes please, wait, hold that pose and smile!” That’s what millions of Instagram users across the United States were saying during Thanksgiving dinner. That’s since this year the holiday marked Instagram’s busiest day ever with 10 million Thanksgiving-related words according to this Forbes article among many others.
- November 16th, 2012
That’s right, 30 million people ate out or got takeout for Thanksgiving last year. And, the National Restaurant Association projects those numbers to increase for this year.
To break those numbers down a bit further, 14 million Americans are expected to dine out while the other 16 million will either take out full meals or buy components a la carte according to this Time article.
- November 14th, 2012
Launched yesterday, Amazon.com now sells wine. Sourced from wineries from across the U.S., inventory is currently at about 1,000 different wines available only to residents of specific states.
But, Wine.com, a seasoned online warehouse, isn’t just sitting back. Instead, the 12-year-old website launched a new “marketplace,” offering rare or hard to find labels to help compete against Amazon’s giant launch. But selling wine is about where the two marketplaces’ similarities end.
- November 12th, 2012
Virtual stores are starting to crop up nearly everywhere—or at least everywhere that sees hoards of busy people who don’t like or don’t have time for grocery shopping. Ironically enough…
- November 10th, 2012
Announced yesterday, Yelp’s restaurant profiles now add user-generated photos into menus, next to a description of the dish and the price. The new technology boost is a huge update over…
- November 8th, 2012
In many ways, a brand’s presence in the App Store is one indicator of its overall value. In fact, the top three risers in 2012 in terms of value are three of the most downloaded brands in the store: Apple (whose value increased by 129% to $76,568M), Amazon and Samsung. Other top brands include Disney, Facebook, Google and eBay.
As this TechCrunch article about a recent Distimo report explains though, for brands like this who are already on board with the valuable impact of apps, it’s not whether they’re in the app store, but how. There are three main schools of thought relating to reasons brands create apps. 1) Marketing: the Apple Store provides a huge channel for brand visibility; 2) Product support: Facebook is a great example here, creating a mobile version of their existing website; 3) Profit: Disney creates games that are only available in the App Store, for a fee.