Andrew, CEO at Bizness Apps
Andrew Gazdecki’s goal is to develop and create solutions that support small and medium size businesses. He is the founder and CEO of Bizness Apps, a do-it-yourself mobile app and mobile website platform for small businesses, and Bizness CRM, a CRM tool designed to make selling to small businesses easy. A graduate from CSU Chico, Gazdecki has been an entrepreneur for as long as he can remember. At the age of 10, he was selling baseball cards to neighborhood friends, and at the age 15, Andrew created his first for-profit website. In 2009, Andrew founded and bootstrapped Bizness Apps into a global enterprise all while he was a senior in college. Since then, he has gone on to help more than 100,000 small businesses engage with their customers on mobile devices. Today, Gazdecki is the authority on mobile marketing for small and medium sized businesses. He has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Entrepreneur Magazine, as well as prominent industry blogs such as Mashable, TechCrunch and VentureBeat. A firm believer in education, Gazdecki offers frequent presentations and donations to his alma mater, and contributes to the school’s Entrepreneurship Week, which gives students the tools and resources to bring their businesses to fruition.
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With the fast paced hustle and bustle of today’s world, it’s no surprise that so many people are feeling overwhelmed, pressed for time, and stressed out. According to expert Kevin Kowalke, who is a mortgage broker and business strategist, the key to getting out from under that heavy weight is to learn how to be more productive. These tips can be applied as you begin to start your mobile app company or as you successfully land your 1000th client.
According to Kowalke, “You have to make the choice to want more control of your business and your life.”
He suggests starting with a new thought process and implementing different courses of action that will achieve a more productive outcome. Some of these changes may be uncomfortable, but they are necessary.
Kowalke has a five step plan for learning how to manage your time better.
1. Eliminate Unnecessary Tasks. Kowalke suggests making a list of things that you need to get rid of, or let go of. These will include things like busywork, distractions, unnecessary tasks, and other little things that take your time away from more important things. Kowalke says that many people make the mistake of filling their day with little mundane tasks, so as to feel more productive, but in actuality, they are simply making tomorrow even harder.
He suggests delegating smaller tasks to other staff, outsourcing, and learning to prioritize little jobs that can wait. He also suggests putting people on the ‘get rid of’ list – anyone who brings unnecessary drama, who steal your focus and your time.
2. Visualize Your Ideal. He suggests that you should imagine exactly what you want from your business and your life. Even those things that you don’t believe are achievable – visualize them anyway. He says, “This thought process refocuses your mind to gain energy and momentum. So you can identify the reason why you want to put forth all the effort. “
3. Learn to Narrow Your Focus. Kowalke suggests that many business people waste time by attending events and accepting invitations that will not move their business forward. He suggests “qualifying” people, to determine whether or not spending time with them could lead to beneficial relationships.
He goes on to say that in his business as a mortgage broker, he has made a conscious decision not to do business with customers who are simply shopping around. Instead, he chooses to focus on developing long-term relationships with clients who are in it for the long haul. He suggests not wasting time on every possible prospect, but instead cultivating loyalty and trust with longstanding clients.
4. Evaluate Your Wins and Losses. Kowalke says, “Document your wins, so you can duplicate your efforts faster and with more predictability, which will cut down on prospecting time.” You will be able to see a pattern, once you start evaluating your successes and drawbacks.
5. Take Time for You. Kowalke suggests that you take frequent breaks from technology and business, “turning off” at least once a week for three or four hours at the very least. He also suggests turning off from a time consuming project and starting a new one, taking time to shoot the breeze with clients, or doing small tasks you’ve been putting off. Just to give yourself a break from the really big projects that are causing you stress.
As a mobile app reseller or starting any new business, t’s important to know when to take a break and how to schedule your day to be as productive as possible. With the tips above, you’ll be able to make more apps sales and eliminate any wasted time spent on unneeded tasks.
If you’d like to learn more about how to become a successful Bizness Apps reseller, check out this article here for advice from our most successful resellers.
If you’ve recently decided to develop a mobile app for your business, you’re likely considering all the costs involved. There are definitely many costs, but the good news is that you can save money when you choose to build your own apps with the Bizness Apps platform.
What are the most costly parts of building a mobile app for a business?
If you choose to have an outside company design and build your app for you, you must pay them for their time, labor, and everything that entails – the design, building, and implementation of your app.
Depending on their hourly rate, you could be spending into the tens of thousands. A few things you’d have to pay an freelance app developer for include:
• Hourly Developer Rates. Some developers may even charge over a hundred dollars an hour, depending on their skills and availability/demand.
• Design Costs. Depending on the size and complexity of your app, this could range well over a couple thousand dollars, even into tens of thousands of dollars.
• Development Time. You never know how long it will take a developer to design and build your app.
• Availability. If a developer is in high demand and has a busy schedule, their rates could go up.
• Quotes and Reviews. It will take time (and cost money) to review apps, tell developers what you need changed, and signing off on the finished product.
• Bug Testing After all the above, you will need to pay to bug test / QA test your mobile app to ensure it works as advertised.
This all sounds pretty fun, huh? Probably not.
There can also be unexpected costs, too, and then of course there is the small risk that the end result is something your customers aren’t satisfied with. With Bizness Apps, you’ll be designing, building, and previewing your own app before it goes live into the app stores, which will save you time and money.
Most importantly, we ensure that the app your business ends up with is an app you & your customers will use. This in the end ensures you see a high return on investment from your mobile marketing.
Biznesss Apps can save any business tens of thousands of dollars when developing a mobile app.
With Bizness Apps, you can avoid all of these added costs and the extra time that is involved with hiring an outside app developer. You’ll have hands-on control over the building process of your own app, adding the features & functions you want, at a fraction of the cost.
You can build the app at your leisure, with our easy to use platform, in which you have total control. The mobile app you build will be specific to your business and vision. Avoid the headaches of mobile app development and get started with Bizness Apps today.
If you own a nightclub or bar, you definitely should be looking into going mobile. Getting a mobile app could mean serious revenue for your business.
A mobile app can do all sorts of things for your business, because through a mobile app you’ll be able to engage your customers right from their mobile phone. You can then use the powerful features and functions of your mobile app to communicate with users and draw them back into your business — creating customer loyalty.
1. Event listings.
A patron is looking for something fun to do on Friday night. Do you think they are very likely to take the time to Google your club and see what’s going on? Probably not. But they are tuned into social media, and if they have your app, they’ll be able to find out what’s going on tonight with a couple of taps of their screen. Friends can share events with them and even invite them.
2. Reservations and Bookings.
Customers are much more likely to purchase tickets or make bottle service reservations via an app than coming to your location in person, or placing a phone call. This will save your employees time, too.
3. Social Media Sharing.
Patrons will share events, specials, and upcoming promotions for your night club with their friends, which will recruit more business. You’ll also be able to share information with your customers yourself.
4. Push notes.
Target those who are in the area with special ads, promotions and incentives. You can also send regular customers special deals and rewards for their loyalty, or simply get in touch with your followers to let them know about specials or up and coming shows/events.
5. Drink and food menu listings.
Customers are always looking to find a menu or drink list easily online. Having one available on your app will save them time and ensure the come to your establishment to get what they are looking for.
A survey from eMarketer, more than 50% of bars, clubs and restaurants in the US have adopted a social media presence, with 5% having mobile optimized websites and 3% having mobile apps. The report also showed that a vast majority (75%+) of the nightclub are looking to go mobile this year, creating a huge opportunity to help nightclubs go mobile!
The data also showed that location based marketing was growing rapidly.
Bizness Apps offers affordable, do it yourself apps that are easy to use and show a high return on investment for small businesses. The best part is that you’re in control of the entire design and building process of your mobile app. Get started with Bizness Apps today and watch your nightclub grow.
Bizness Apps does more than simply offer easy to use, DIY apps at affordable prices (not to mention mobile-optimized websites)! We can actually put you in the driver’s seat, and allow YOU to form your own mobile app company!
Here’s how and why becoming a reseller is a great idea.
Mobile is the fastest growing industry, period. If you provide mobile solutions to your customers, you will ensure that you are entrenched in a growing market, offering your clients top of the line apps that will benefit their business. It will set you apart from your competition and add value to the services you already provide.
And adding some hefty revenue to your business, which is a win-win for everyone.
As a reseller, you can serve all kinds of businesses. Spas, restaurants, auto repair, entertainers, sports clubs, real estate agents, dentists and other health related services, lawyers, bars and clubs, hotels, and more. All of these industries are joining the ranks of companies who are utilizing apps and mobile websites. Be the FIRST to offer your clients an easy to use, mobile app that they can afford.
What does the reseller program entail?
As a reseller, you’ll have access to a great number of features and tools, all at your disposal to make your job easier. When you subscribe to our program, you’ll have access to:
- tools to preview apps and mobile sites
- the best customer support
- business leads with Bizness CRM
- mobile app sales and design training
- website templates with Bizness Web
- hands on training with our team
- and much more
Most importantly, you’ll have access to our full white label reseller solution. Bizness Apps offers a complete white label reseller solution for our clients, so you can build multiple apps per month for your customers. You will be able to up sell our apps, enabling you to make a large profit from your clients.
You will be able to offer your small business clients custom built apps that include all the features and functionality that they require of an app, at a fraction of the cost they would pay elsewhere.
Becoming a reseller can really pay off.
If you want to add revenue to your business, while being part of a rapidly growing industry, keeping your customers are at the forefront, and offering them affordable apps, Bizness Apps Reseller Program is the right place for you.
No one can deny the rapid rate in which Mobile Commerce is growing.
A recent report from comScore showed that online retail spending had grown by 14% last year, while total consumer retail spending had only grown by single digits. At the moment, most online spending is still happening over desktop and laptop computers, but that is expected to change, and soon, according to recent data from the U.S. Census and other sources.
Mobile Online Spending is the Way of the Future.
People might still be using their computers to buy online, but they won’t be for much longer. According to Digiday, commerce is one of the industries that will be most affected by growing mobile platforms. According to a forecast by Goldman Sachs, global e-commerce is expected to grow to $638 billion by 2018. Goldman also asserts that it will be tablets rather than smart phones that will be the primary source of online spending.
Currently, 32% of all online purchases are made with a mobile device.
With something like 86% of mobile time being spent on apps, it only makes sense that many of these purchases are being done through apps. More and more companies are utilizing apps and mobile-optimized websites to allow their customer to pay for goods and services.
Should You Join the Trend?
Yes, you should. Allowing your customers to purchase via an app, rather than in-person, over the phone or even from a computer, will allow them ease of access, be more convenient to their schedule, and fast and efficient. In-app purchasing can be customized to your business, through promotions and incentives, rewards programs, geo-fencing (to recruit and reward customers through their location), and more.
U.S. Residents are currently spending on average around 2 hours and 42 minutes a day on their devices.
It stands to reason that these people are doing some shopping. Why not offer them an app that can help them do it easier? It could really benefit the growth of your business.
Contact Bizness Apps to find out more today.
One of the main reasons so many companies are choosing to offer apps is so they can promote and market their business to draw in more customers. One really great way to utilize your app for that is to offer coupons for your customers. Bizness Apps gives you the capability to send coupons, push notifications, offers, rewards and incentives to your customers, to draw in and retain their business.
How do I get started?
It’s simple. Just visit Bizness Apps and create your own mobile app, using our convenient DIY platform. You can customize it to include push notifications, so you can contact your customers to offer them the best deals.
What are some tips to create a great coupon?
First of all, make sure the coupon you offer has real value. Offer discounts (at least 10% or more) on items that are in high demand, that customers can’t get enough of. Make it worth their while to buy it, and make it a limited time deal, so that customers act quickly. If you make open-ended coupons, customers are more likely to plan to use it later, then forget all about it. The best way to ensure they use it right away is to either make it for a small, limited amount of time, OR to make the item in question in limited supply. If customers think they’ll run out of time, or miss out on an item that is flying off shelves, they’ll be more likely to buy right away.
Advertising is important, too. Just making a coupon isn’t enough. You’ll also want to have corresponding signs, ads in local periodicals, follow up emails, tweets and status updates, to remind customers to use those coupons.
Another great way to ensure you’re getting all the business you can is to use geo-fencing. It targets customers by their location, and you set it up to alert you when a customer is near your business (or whatever location you choose – maybe a competitor or related business). You can send them a push notification when they enter that area, with a special promotion or offer.
Make it app-exclusive.
A good way to ensure that customers who haven’t yet downloaded your app will do so, is to make certain coupons and reward systems exclusive to the app. You could advertise a certain deal for app-users, with an extra added incentive to those who sign up before the coupon expires. You could also offer reward/loyalty programs, where users can collect points or credits to apply towards future purchases.
Timing is important.
It all depends on what type of business you run. Monday mornings are good for libraries or salons, but not so much for bars or restaurants. Food service businesses might want to send a push notification coupon before lunch or dinner. Find the time that brings in the best business from your customers.
Customers love seasonal coupons and promotions. Design them to coincide with the holidays, or with the seasons.
It is also important to not be too heavy-handed with the promotions. Don’t send the coupon over and over, spamming your customer’s phone with reminders. If you send them too many emails or push notifications, you could lose their business. Keep regular communication, as it pertains to the type of goods and services you offer, but don’t overdo it.
If you haven’t already created an app with Bizness Apps, contact us right now! We’ve got all the tools and resources you need to create an incredible app for your business, and we’ll help you create a great coupon to bring business your way.
Do you have a drawer devoted to restaurant menus somewhere in your house? When it’s time to order dinner for your friends and family, do you find yourself rifling through the mess, looking for something specific, only to find that the number doesn’t work, the line is busy, or your menu is outdated? Do you hate having to call in orders?
You aren’t alone, and restaurants know this. They are only one of the many industries that are joining the app revolution, offering online and mobile apps to appeal to their patrons.
Recent studies show that restaurants who do not have mobile optimized websites or apps with mobile ordering available are actually losing out on money.
It is time to equip your business with an app, or you could actually lose revenue.
Get an App to Make Ordering Easy for your Customers.
Offering an app or a mobile optimized website for your restaurant is just good business. Statistics show that customers order more often from businesses that offer apps, and when they do order, they order more. Having a menu at their fingertips makes it easier for them to browse items and order more food. They can also customize orders, request extra, and all of it is easier than having to place a phone call and talk over the din of a loud restaurant.
When you have an app, you can easily update your menu, post about specials, offer two for one deals or other promotions, loyalty incentives and rewards programs, and more. Your customers will never have to worry about ordering an item that is out of stock or no longer on the menu, because the app will always be updated. They can also see pictures of the food they are ordering, so they know exactly what they are getting. This will cut down on customer complaints.
There are many other great perks to offering a restaurant app.
Customers can also make reservations through the app, which will save precious phone time for you and them. It also eliminates the possibility of errors or over bookings.
You can also promote your restaurant through the app or website. Use geo-fencing to offer deals to customers who are in your area, or to advertise seasonal specials or new menu items. Allow customers to enter their birthday or anniversary date to receive a free drink or dessert. The possibilities are endless.
You can even link to Yelp reviews, so customers can read about your establishment before they ever walk in the door.
Restaurants are jumping on the trend.
The food service industry is already participating in mobile apps and online mobile sites. As of right now, 20% of restaurants are allowing customers to submit orders via mobile phones, with a handful of those using apps, while 70% of restaurant owners think that it is an up-and-coming innovation that they may take advantage of in the future.
Studies show that restaurants who have mobile apps simply have more frequent business, which means they make more money. You’ll also save precious time by not having to field so many phone calls during business hours. Many businesses are even hiring extra staff to deal solely with online and app orders. The numbers speak for themselves.
Grow your restaurant with a mobile app today – contact Bizness Apps to get started.
Do you have an appointment- or reservation-based business? If you’re still making appointments for your clients and customers by phone, by hand or from an appointment book, that’s okay. Companies have been doing this for decades, and it seems to work well enough.
But what if you could save your office administrator time, while boosting your business? You’d want to do that, right?
The world has gone mobile, and people are using their smart phones and mobile devices to do everything – including making appointments. If you and your competitor are alike in most ways, but they offer mobile appointments/reservations and you don’t, well – there’s a pretty good chance that they are going to go with your competitor. People like the ease and convenience of being able to make a reservation on the go, without having to call and speak to someone, or stand around waiting for someone to look at a calendar.
According to a recent report, restaurants are getting 12% of their bookings online, and a third of that comes from mobile devices.
It isn’t just restaurants, either. Realtors, health related services, salons, and a huge selection of other industries are jumping on board, offering mobile appointments and reservations to their customers. It allows a person to take their schedule into their own hands, choosing and booking their own time. A person is much more likely to log in quickly to an app and make an appointment than they are to dial a number and spend five minutes or more on the phone, trying to book a reservation.
It’s all about ease and convenience.
By offering mobile reservations, you remove several obstacles – customers won’t have to spend time googling or looking up phone numbers, dialing, waiting for an answer, waiting on hold, having to find a quiet place to make the call, etc. It might not be a big deal to everyone, but some people really are that busy. Taking those obstacles out of booking an appointment will give you a distinct advantage to those people.
However, did you know that one-fifth of real estate searches are done on mobile devices and smart phones? In recent years, mobile searching activity for property has quadrupled, and this year, mobile searching is projected to overtake searching via a desktop computer completely.
So what does that mean for my business?
If you’re a realtor, you’ll want to get while the getting is good. Mobile searching is exploding in just about every industry, and real estate is no exception; in fact, it is one of the main industries to utilize mobile web and mobile apps. Those realtors who start integrating mobile into their businesses will see it pay off in dividends. Creating a mobile app and having a mobile-optimized website will throw you light years ahead of your competitors.
What are the benefits of going mobile?
There are many. You can utilize mobile apps for your business in a variety of helpful ways. Through a mobile app, you can connect with your clients like never before, offering them the ability to stay in touch with you at all times via email and private message; you can send them push notifications and messages based on their needs and interests; easy to use email and contact forms for potential new clients to state their needs; property listings at their fingertips; price and other comparisons so your clients can shop via their phone, and more.
Gain an advantage over your competitors in the real estate market.
In the past, when shopping in the real estate market, potential buyers have had to trek around town, meeting with realtors, viewing homes, and spending days on end touring homes. Them comes the price comparisons, and all the other extensive research that goes into buying a property. Now, with optimized mobile sites and apps, your clients can do most of that legwork right from their own home or office, with their smart phone. You will eliminate all the running around and time consuming, exhaustive searching that comes with shopping for real estate. Your clients will appreciate being able to browse at their leisure, and having you available to be contacted via phone, email or text any time they need you. It is a win win for both you AND the client. You can also use QR codes on “For Sale” signs in your areas, so that when a potential client sees a home they like, all they have to do is scan the code to find out more, rather than taking the trouble to call.
It could mean a world of difference for your real estate business.
Listings are the main reason that real estate companies develop apps, but that isn’t all. You can use them for marketing and promotion, too. Using geofencing and push notifications, you can recruit new clients right from the app, based on their own needs, interest and location.
Still not sure?
A recent study showed that 68% of those polled had reached out to a realtor during mobile searching. 68%! That is staggering, and it only goes to show you that having your realty company mobile compatible is not only a good idea – it’s a necessity. Get in touch with Bizness Apps today to start building your own app.
Hate cold calling? We would too without the right training. Sometimes, however, it is necessary to make mobile app sales appointments. We have some helpful tips that will make calling for mobile appointments a snap.
Cold-calling is an art, and it takes a lot of practice, but you can do it.
Phone sales take careful preparation and research. Yes, research. If you call a business to sell them a mobile app without bothering to research what they do or what their needs are, you aren’t going to get very far. The more research you do about a business, the more likely you are to get that mobile reservation with them. You don’t have to delve into years’ worth of business history or know the back story of every employee, but you DO need to have a basic idea of who is in charge, what goods and services they offer, what kind of web presence they have, and what their needs are. All these bits of info are crucial to making a sale. You need to be able to chat with a potential client about their business needs and know, without a doubt, how you can improve upon them. The client needs to know that you are aware of their specific, unique situation and can offer them a needs-based service they will benefit from. Take the time to research the company – it will help you form a bond with the client, and make the cold call so much easier.
Grab their attention.
But all of that means nothing if I can’t get them to listen to me, you might be saying. That is true. When cold calling, it is important to get the attention of the person you’re speaking with, and grab their interest before they shuffle you off the phone. Everyone is busy these days, and most companies screen sales calls out. Try to catch the potential client off guard if you can, by offering them figures that are relevant to their business. Be as specific as you can, even by pointing out errors or glitches you may’ve seen on their website, or giving them key numbers about a competitor’s success with a mobile app. The info you give them has to be eye-opening, and pertain to their business, or it won’t be effective. Avoid boring generalizations that they’ve heard a million times. The key to getting that mobile app appointment is to grab their attention and keep it.
Instead of flash, give them substance.
Find out what issues or problems the business is most concerned about, then tie it in with the mobile app. Don’t bother telling them about bells and whistles and perks that don’t apply to them, that they don’t need. A potential client won’t be impressed, they’ll be annoyed. Hook them with real, honest solutions that apply to their business. Again, this goes back to research – you need to find out what those needs are. If you have to ask the potential client, ask! But make sure that they know that a mobile app can deliver the features they need to make their business grow. No matter what the business, a mobile app can only help them – it’s up to you to find out how.
Stay the course.
Some clients are going to say no. They just are. Don’t get discouraged. Never harass a potential client, and accept their “no” every time. But it never hurts to place follow-up calls. Sometimes the needs of a business can change, or a client might suddenly decide they do want to try out a mobile app for their business after all. In addition, Bizness CRM is free to resellers, so be sure to use it. After one or two follow ups, if the answer is still “no”, move on.
There are over 100 million small businesses to sell to worldwide.
Cold calling can be fun when done correctly. Once you get the hang of it and are closing appointments left & right, it can definitely be easier on your day. So follow these tips and get to work, because cold calling is a numbers game. The more calls you make, the more appointments you are bound to get. Good luck with your potential new mobile app clients!