Siri, the traveler’s and restaurant’s new best friend

January 24, 2013 Ronda Mobile Marketing

Siri, the “personal digital assistant” that responds to voice commands, is an entertaining way to search the Internet and open apps on Apple devices.

First available on the iPhone 4S, Siri is now available on the latest generation of Apple iOS6 devices, including the iPad 3 and iPad Mini. If you have just met Siri, you may need to know a few things before you begin. Today’s iPhone gives a good overview, along with noting some of Siri’s strengths and weaknesses.

Whether you are a hungry traveler trying to find local restaurant choices or you are a restaurant that wants to be found, Siri can be your new BFF.  In addition to helping with directions or checking the weather, Siri can locate restaurants (or other types of businesses) upon request. Not only will Siri offer a list of area restaurants, it will also pull up reviews and ratings and can give directions from one’s current location.

Huff Post writes that Siri will begin to be integrated over the next year into newer vehicles for eyes-free browsing with the push of a button on the steering wheel. As Siri becomes more popular, small businesses need to make sure they are listed where Siri can find them.

Since Siri is integrated with both Yelp and Open Table apps, restaurants and other businesses should get on board to get listed and start getting customer reviews.

If you want your customers, and Siri, to be able to find you online, ASBTDC’s new seminar “Boost Your Business with Great Customer Reviews” can help. The workshop will be offered Jan. 29 Feb. 20 in Little Rock and Jan. 31 in Fort Smith. Thanks to special funding from the SBA, the Fort Smith seminar is offered at no charge.





About Ronda Hawkins

Ronda Hawkins, training coordinator for the ASBTDC at Arkansas Tech University, has experience in sales, business administration, business management, business education, and small business ownership.

iPad, iPhone, mobile, online marketing, small business,

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