By Christine Salvador
Your Website, the iPhone, the iPad and Droid
How are they related?
With the release of iPad, Apple’s newest offering in the world of mobile computing, the trend for touch screen computers is sure to pick up and in a couple of years, it will become the standard just as iPhone has changed the world of mobile phones and made smartphones the new norm. The iPhone set the trend for mobile web browsing and usage. With just a few taps, any user can access your website, order your products, get your services, pull out your contact info and call you right there and then. That is of course, if your website is iPhone ready.
Already, over a thousand new apps have been developed for iPad and the number is growing every day. iPhone has over 100,000 apps. Droid is quickly catching up.
So why is this important to you and your business? Here’s why:
- Having an app developed for your business that can be used internally amongst your employees and partners is a good idea if you want to automate or synchronize the applications you are using with your iPhone, Droid or iPad. Think of the FedEx guy that delivers your packages. They carry a handheld device that logs the time and place the package was delivered just by pointing it to the laser tag in the labels and all the information is updated to their main system including FedEx’s website. Imagine having that capability right in your own pocket! You can update your timesheet, log in to your Inventory system or make a quick entry to your Accounting records in just a matter of seconds. And you don’t have to be in your desk to do this!
- On another note, building apps that directly targets your products and services is also a cool way to bring in a new set of customers faster. It’s basically a tool and an ad at the same time.
- So whether you want to build an app for your business’ daily operations or for your customer’s, as they say… there’s an app for you.
- As the sale and market share of these brands increases, the potential number of visitors to your website increases along with it. It’s a simple equation: Sales in iPhone, iPad & Droid = Number of people having access to your website.
The higher the sales are in smartphones such as iPhone and Droid, the greater your need to develop a mobile ready website to reach and tap in to these end users. Anyone can pull up your website using a smartphone, but it won’t necessarily display it in the manner it is displayed on a standard desktop. Difficulty in searching for content and navigating to the correct pages are the main reasons why a visitor abandons your site and goes to the next one.
iPhones and other smartphones have smaller screens, thus, the need to adjust and reformat your content for these devices. Navigation is not controlled by a mouse, it is controlled by our fingers. Flash images are not displayed, and the need for alternate images for flash files arises to properly showcase your website. Info 2 Extreme will bridge these gaps for you.
Make your website mobile ready! Open up your market size and demographics. This is a mobile world. Everyone is always on the go and this is why new technologies are being developed day in and day out to accompany us as we move. Every day calls are made, business deals are closed, information is checked and read, articles and books are published and thoughts are shared. What has to be done in a couple of days can now be done in a couple of minutes. All because of the internet and the tremendous growth of mobile web.
Don’t rest your laurels on having a standard website. Optimizing your site now will ensure you are ahead of your competitors. Don’t get left behind, be a part of the mobile internet revolution!
Khristine Salvador , Info 2 Extreme, Inc. , http://www.i2x.net
By Alan Gardner
We all have been there, the first date. You look forward to it all day long, getting more and more nervous as the time draws near. Thoughts race through your mind like, “What if they don’t like me?” “Are we going to have anything in common?” What should I talk about?” “Should I pay for our meal?” We have all thought the same things and dealt with the sweaty palms and racing hearts.
The most common advice people give when it comes to first date advice is, “Just be yourself and you will be fine.” Well that is good advice, but for a first date you need to “step it up a notch.” Be yourself and then some. The first date is your chance to really “sell” yourself. Convince your date that you are worth a second date. But don’t over do it either.
When first meeting your date, try to remain calm and cool. If you are nervous and jittery, chances are you will say or do something that will embarrass you or your date. It is ok to greet your date with a hug but avoid the urge to kiss them, remember this is just the start of your first date. If you are lucky you will get a kiss at the end of the date. It is a good idea to have your date planned out ahead of time, know when you’re going and where. You don’t want to be standing around saying, “Well now what?”
If you are going out to eat make reservations ahead of time, it shows that you took the time to actually plan the date. This isn’t necessary if you are having a very casual date, but I recommend having a more formal date for your first one. When I say formal, I mean a nice dinner, not fast food from the local greasy spoon. When at dinner it is very important to make conversation, after all communication is the key in any relationship. If you can’t think of anything to talk about, ask your date questions about them. Asking questions will tell your date that you are interested in learning more about them. Avoid questions that are too personal, if you think that a question is maybe too personal chances are that it is, best to avoid it. On the other end of the spectrum, don’t talk too much; let your date also talk. If you talk too much your date will think you only care about what you have to say.
Use your manners! Having good table manners is very important. You don’t want your date to think that you are a slob or a messy eater. Arms off the table and chew with your mouth closed. What I’m getting at here is basically be at your very best behavior. Also be polite to the wait staff. Being rude or obnoxious will be a second date killer. When it comes time to pay the bill, guys, step up to the plate here, unless you agreed before hand that you were going to split the bill. Also guys, never, ever, let your date pay the entire tab! Everything you do on your first date will be a reflection of how you are in the future, at least to your date, remember that.
When the date is coming to an end, be sure that you let your date know how much you enjoyed their company (even if you didn’t, be polite). Do not ask for a second date outright. Exchange your phone numbers. Guys, chances are the girl will not call you first; they will be waiting for you to call them. Don’t make them wait days either. Call them the next day to thank them again for the date and to reassure them of the good time you had with them. This is a good time to let them know that you are interested in seeing them again. If they want to have a second date, now will be the time to set up a time and date.
As you have more and more dates with the same person, you can become less and less formal, to the point of both parties being themselves and comfortable. Just remember that the first date is your sales pitch for the second date. If you can “sell” yourself you will be on your way to a relationship in no time. Have fun and remember guys, be polite!
Alan Gardner has been writing articles on many diverse subjects for over a year now. Although he specializes in diet, fitness and weight loss, you can also check out his latest website at www.lecreusetoutlet.net which reviews and lists the best Le Creuset Outlet.