Restaurants love latest Specials & Deals App Buddy.

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Restaurants across South East Queensland jump on latest food discovery App Buddy!

Since launching last week, Our app has taken an uncontrollable amount of enquiries, questions and business listing creations on the app.

For years frustrated restaurateurs have fallen to the control of online review websites and apps. This has now finally come to an end as the restaurant industry has come together as a community to take control, to put themselves first and create a revolutionary app the industry can be proud of. A platform they can officially call their own.

With no method what so ever for eateries to showcase themselves to the maximum, no ability to push out exclusive special promotions or show off their creative daily specials, its no wonder the buddy app has taken off, right off!

Hundreds of small business owners love the idea of having complete control of their digital presence, love the idea of having live analytics of views, customers and followers, owners can even create a specials board for all to see on their business profile, send out exclusive announcements via ‘push notifications’ to all their followers and heeps more crazy epic features!

Founder & CEO Danny Simmonds with Restaurateur Rio Capurso of Locale Noosa

With some of the most popular eateries in and around Noosa already on the app, buddy has received thousands of downloads already and counting, lets just say “buddy” is the buzz word of the town right now!

“Starting in the town I live in was always going to be exciting” Danny said, “but to receive enormous enquires from Melbourne and the majority of Victoria is also very exciting, we are working tirelessly with small business owners to help create their business profiles to be ready for launch by Christmas down there” he said. “what this will do for small towns like us across the country, will bring thousands of buddy users in to their cafe’s & restaurants to enjoy searching and popping in for a bite”.

Users Can enjoy searching daily Lunch & Dinner specials, endless happy hours and follow new favourite places within the buddy app, giving business owners the opportunity to send exclusive deals and event updates right to their mobile device! Thats only one of many features users can enjoy, with the Buddy App being the first tech company to bring Beacon Technology to Australia. Restaurants will now have the opportunity to send/broadcast any special promotion they wish to buddy users devices as they walk right by the front door! Digitalising the physical world!

No thats epic! We will never ever miss out on anything ever again!

 

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Create your free business listing on buddy today.

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Join thousands of restaurateurs today by creating your free business listing on buddy.

Buddy has finally arrived to provide the future of marketing for the restaurant industry.

With millions of people on their mobile device every day, we had to put you right in the palm of their hands, now we have. Imagine replacing your chalk board sign with a buddy beacon, sending out your daily specials as notifications to passers by right to their mobile devices. What if you could receive bookings and control your tables for your restaurant seamlessly, or send exclusive push notifications to all your followers hitting them all 100% every time.

Well now you can with ease. It takes five minutes to create your listing to join thousands of small business owners enjoying the most exiting app yet.

 

 

Buddy App progresses into Beta testing phase

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The hugely anticipated new eatery finder app moves into Beta testing.

Today marks a milestone achievement for founder Danny Simmonds and his team, as his revolutionary marketing software platform buddy hits the last 200m sprint.

As the excitement draws greater for restaurateurs Australia wide, the buddy app development moves into its final production stage, Beta testing.

“Getting to this stage in App Development is a lifetime achievement, as many startup founders do not even reach past the seed round” – said founder and CEO Danny Simmonds. Danny has not exactly done it as most other startup founders would, he has still very much maintained a full time job as well as building his Company/startup from working behind a bar. Now with huge nationwide demand from industry leaders and the potential to shift an entire industry on how they market their business, Danny is ‘appreciative’ of how far it has all come.

“to have a validated idea, funding and backing from the industry you seek to get customers, it is a startups dream come true for everyone here involved”. – Said Danny as he recognises a once in a lifetime milestone, being not only a founder but building an app that will shape the way of the future for restaurant search. He [Danny] very much is still keeping his feet firmly on the ground.

“we haven’t even started to achieve what we have set out to do, We know we have many years ahead of old fashioned hard work, 18 hours days and sleepless nights”, “but I honestly cannot wait to begin, we just need to be patient and provide an outstanding service to our community” – Said Danny.

To read more about our startup journey, join today here.

Costa Noosa Espresso excited to use buddy app

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One of The Sunshine Coasts most prestige Coffee Shop boasts about buddy.

The Sunshine Coast is booming with innovation and industry change, one of which is the Sunshine Coasts latest innovative new startup, called buddy.

We went and met with Gav, the owner of Costa Noosa Espresso to receive feedback on the revolutionary new app, the app the industry can call its very own.

After being controlled by overseas online review giants such as Tripadvisor and Zomato, Gav reckons having an app for the Hospitality industry to actually use to their advantage in a new digital age is a powerful ‘gift’.

So what is buddy?

The innovative new app called buddy, has been custom built from the ground up to provide a platform for the hospitality industry to call its own. The platform itself is flawless in terms of design, user friendly and is exceptionally attentive with eye catching content on every swipe or flick.

The buddy app will provide each business who joins, with a free app for their restaurant, cafe, bar or popup. Each business app will have its very own dashboard providing useful analytics such as, how many views the restaurant has had by weeks, months or even years. Thats literally just scratching the surface, with the ability to create community on each business profile, restaurateurs can send out exclusive in-app notifications of whatever special or draw card they desire. Not to mention the ability to receive bookings through its own booking system also provided within their app.

With Danny Simmonds receiving enormous backing from the food industry in Australia, a huge presence in the startup ecosystem and also now friends with some of the most successful restaurateurs across Australia, it is no wonder this ‘must have’ app is creating a buzz coming up to launch! Danny knows what the industry needed and can finally be proud to say its finally nearly here.

 

Launching Nationwide first with planned moves into two foreign markets by 2020, its safe to say buddy will be a new era for users and restaurateurs alike!

Want to checkout the app before its launched! Join here.

 

CEO aims for 5% market share of a $16.4 billion Industry by 2020

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Danny Simmonds believes setting targets high is the only way to grow, with confidence.

Founder & CEO of the latest marketing software platform buddy, believes setting the ‘bar’ high is the only way to grow not only your business, but also yourself.

“Before i moved from the UK to Australia with just a backpack and myself when i was 22, I had already set my vision to become the very best person I can be”. “This was no way easy, as I only had $500 in my back pocket and a one way ticket i just used up.”

Since then almost a decade ago Danny Simmonds has faced many challenges, from learning how to face tough times without family and friends, how to survive one day to the next and even being homeless. Each challenge put forward, Danny not only managed to overcome them, but to squash them so they never happen again. Not to mention building a business from the back of a camper van for many months, now his company Buddy & Co.

Prior to the launch of the latest eatery discovery app Buddy , Danny has received endless enquiries from restaurants and from large companies not only in Australia but also Miami, New York and Italy. “All of the enquires have been fantastic”, he said “knowing some large restaurant groups from around the world are interested in buddy gives us great confidence on our growth plan”.

Danny Simmonds aims to consume a piece the market for ‘restaurant advertising and marketing’ in Australia by the end of 2020, as he said “bringing something completely new to the industry instantly puts you centre stage, as appose to another ‘agency’, or ‘another magazine’ to advertise in, with the introduction to our buddy beacon™ 

Buddy will be first to market with Beacon technology in Australia, and will be working closely with a number of marketing agencies providing another tool for them to use, which aims to takeover at least 5% of the advertising market for restaurants by 2020, “This might sounds outrageously confident, but having seen the growth of the food and beverage industry and knowing $2.6b last year was spent on ‘original methods’ breaths nothing but confidence in our company“.

‘original methods’ | buddy.world

Hitting your targets

For Danny & Co to hit the target of 5% in two years, industry professionals are claiming it will be ‘extremely difficult’ to achieve. But Danny has other opinions, saying “having learned from extensive research, un measurable amounts of interest and also seeing where the market is heading thanks to tech, I cannot see how it is not possible for us to achieve.” He goes on to say “After three years we will need to have our 5% in order to grow and look into expanding into the European market, which will involve setting up another office in the UK”. “So it is a target I am absolutly set on hitting, but first let’s just begin”

Want to learn more about buddy? see here.

 

 

Hospitality Industry Backs New Restaurant App

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The Hospitality Industry in Australia is raving about the new app they call their own.

Its been years in the making, but its finally nearly here. The Hospitality Industry in Australia can stop holding its breath with online review apps and websites, having felt like they have been held by strings for years and being completely controlled by the internet, the time has come that they can have an app of their own.

A former restaurateur was sick and tired of being controlled by digital hero’s behind reviews and also not having the ability to showcase his restaurant to its full potential with the platforms available today.

CEO of Buddy Danny Simmonds & Rio Capurso of Locale | Noosa Heads, Queensland

Times are changing.

Buddy is paving the way for a new digital era for the industry, it has been built by the best software developers in the country and has been brainstormed by many successful restaurateurs across Australia over the last eighteen months. With phenomenal support and with huge backing by some of the biggest restaurants across Australia, its no surprise the startup company can boast a staggering two thousand business registrations so far. It is safe to say that this is an app every business owner will be joining over time, not to mention its free.

Rio Capurso is one of Australia’s most successful restaurateurs, from humble beginnings in Italy, Rio has owned successful restaurants from London, Greece and now Australia with a skill of conquering every local market he has founded his restaurants in.

Due to Rio having been in the Industry since the early 80’s, he has seen many things in his career spanning nearly thirty years. Rio believes buddy has been a long time coming, with social media dominating and bookings for his restaurant coming through his online booking system, he knows if your business is not on mobile devices you simply cannot grow your business.

“buddy puts you right there, effortlessly” He said, After Danny Simmonds was discussing the technology available through the buddy app, Rio was blown away by what the buddy app can do, especially the introduction of the buddy Beacon™

buddy Beacon™

The buddy Beacon™ is new technology that allows a low power bluetooth in-app Notification to be sent directly to buddy users from 100 metres to the centimetre of the restaurant/beacon, this allows tourists or even locals to be notified of that particular restaurants happy hours, lunch or dinner specials, the top five places to go for coffee when entering a street, or even live events happening that weekend at different bars within their vicinity. Rio Capurso was stunned by the opportunity the buddy app provides to really showcase a restaurant or eatery. The app is designed for all types of vendors from higher end restaurants, deli’s, cafe’s, bars, coffee shops, roasters, brewery’s, and even street carts and market stools.

Users to indulge

The user experience for the buddy app is so seamless to use and packed with valuable information, the slick modern design is focused on impact imagery for the user, to really capture what the restaurant is all about.

With important information such as opening times, happy hour times, location map and even the ability to view special dishes with image carousel menu’s! The app also allows users to book tables in literally four clicks! time, date, how many people and book!

 

Community

Each individual restaurant on the app gives the ability for users to ‘follow’ the restaurant, what this does in return gives the user (us) exclusive in-app notification of insider information of local deals, updates on events, new menu launches, lunch and dinner specials and even loyalty exclusive discounts to followers only. Each eatery anywhere in the world has its very own community, buddy allows businesses to harness this into a new digital world for customers to really know what’s happening before anybody else does!

 

“Buddy is a Fantastic weapon

for the industry and the user”

– Rio Capurso

Want to be kept updated on anything buddy? join today here.

 

 

 

How we are brining the future of marketing to Australia.

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The past is behind us, this is the future of marketing.

The world is moving fast, very fast and so is marketing. Thanks to Apple and google the majority of how we live is decided through our mobile device, over 85% of Australians decide what they will spend their hard earned cash on ‘after’ they have checked ‘or’ purchased on their phones. Wether its online reviews, checking out where to go out to eat on review websites, ordering online, mobile food delivery apps you name it we do it on our mobile device first.

So, why are people still choosing to market and advertise their business in magazines, newspapers, huge billboards, leaflets and posters? What exactly are the benefits of using these out of date methods today? I’m not sure what the benefits are but i can sure tell you the points of how they simply cannot compete with how the world is heading today.

  1. Completely unmeasurable
  2. Have no idea who your targeting
  3. No ability to make an action ie, ‘add to cart’ or ‘book now’
  4. Takes too long ie, add needs to be designed, print approval, goes to print, then dispatched, then delivered, then it needs to be read, then the right customer needs to see it, then maybe remember it.
  5. Outrageously too expensive

So whats the future then?

The future is mobile, and I’m not talking about posting colourful pictures on social media either.

We are talking about proximity marketing, location based marketing through our mobile app, targeting the customer at the right place, at the exact right time of hunger.

We use Beacons, Beacons are the future of marketing. Proven already in the retail sector in the US, we have created the perfect user friendly mobile app for the food industry to take complete control of and enjoy.

No more chalk boards and leaflet drops, window stickers or posters, everything you want to promote or showcase can all be done through your buddy beacon™.

What is a beacon?

A buddy beacon™ is a small bluetooth device which once connected to the buddy app from within the businesses account, will send any chosen message to anyone who has downloaded the new buddy app within 2-7 metres of the beacon itself.

What this technology can do for small business is exceptional valuable and somewhat priceless if used at its full potential, Imagine walking right by a restaurant and you receive a notification of its happy hour’s about to kick off in 5 minutes? or maybe you are already in the restaurant and are getting carried away with time, so buddy reminds you that last orders are about to be called or the kitchen is about to close in half an hour?

I think we all need reminding at times, So let ‘mission locating beacons’ adventure begin.

Want to know more about our buddy beacon™ see here.

 

New Foodie App to locate over 2’000 Beacons across Australia

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In preparation for launch, we are locating over 2’000 Beacons across Australia.

Our mobile app soon to be launched on both Apple & Google play stores will be Australia’s very first restaurant app introducing Beacon technology.

In order to connect the physical world to the digital world, we are locating thousands of beacons across the country each one in a very specific location, each location will be carefully thought out in order to make the user experience above and beyond exceptional.

In Todays world we believe it is very important for small restaurants, bars, cafe’s and many other kinds of eateries to offer a unique experience for their customers. We have provided the ability to do just that, as many current and potential customers user their mobile device for just about everything these days. We believe connecting restaurants physically to their mobile device is instrumental in order to grow and run a successful business.

What is a Beacon?

A Beacon is a small bluetooth device which once connected to the buddy app from within the businesses account, will send any chosen message to anyone who has downloaded the new buddy app within 2-7 metres of the beacon itself.

What this technology can do for small business is exceptional valuable and somewhat priceless if used at its full potential, Imagine walking right by a restaurant and you receive a notification of its happy hour’s about to kick off in 5 minutes? or maybe you are already in the restaurant and are getting carried away with time, so buddy reminds you that last orders are about to be called or the kitchen is about to close in half an hour?

I think we all need reminding at times, So let ‘mission locating beacons’ adventure begin.

Has your business joined the buddy app yet? why wouldn’t you. Its Free.

Buddy to connect digital world with the physical world.

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Buddy to be first ‘IoT’ Software company to connect physical restaurants to the digital world in Australia.

Buddy Australia are launching Australia’s first restaurant app that actually connects restaurants to the digital world, through the buddy app.

What this means is that when walking right by restaurants and other eateries, the buddy app will alert you of their special’s board in digital form right to your mobile device including images, price and description. It will also alert you when entering a city or small town of the best spots for coffee, steak or where the best pizza places are that have all been curated by you.

Whats IoT?

The “Internet of things” (IoT) is becoming an increasingly growing topic of conversation both in the workplace and outside of it. It’s a concept that not only has the potential to impact how we live but also how we work. But what exactly is the “Internet of things” and what impact is it going to have on you, if any? There are a lot of complexities around the “Internet of things” but I want to stick to the basics. Lots of technical and policy-related conversations are being had but many people are still just trying to grasp the foundation of what the heck these conversations are about.

Let’s start with understanding a few things.

Broadband Internet is become more widely available, the cost of connecting is decreasing, more devices are being created with Wi-Fi capabilities and sensors built into them, technology costs are going down, and smartphone penetration is sky-rocketing.  All of these things are creating a “perfect storm” for the IoT.

So What Is The Internet Of Things?

Simply put, this is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). This includes everything from cellphones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of.  This also applies to components of machines, for example a jet engine of an airplane or the drill of an oil rig. As I mentioned, if it has an on and off switch then chances are it can be a part of the IoT.  The analyst firm Gartner says that by 2020 there will be over 26 billion connected devices… That’s a lot of connections (some even estimate this number to be much higher, over 100 billion).  The IoT is a giant network of connected “things” (which also includes people).  The relationship will be between people-people, people-things, and things-things.

How Does This Impact You?

The new rule for the future is going to be, “Anything that can be connected, will be connected.” But why on earth would you want so many connected devices talking to each other? There are many examples for what this might look like or what the potential value might be. Say for example you are on your way to a meeting; your car could have access to your calendar and already know the best route to take. If the traffic is heavy your car might send a text to the other party notifying them that you will be late. What if your alarm clock wakes up you at 6 a.m. and then notifies your coffee maker to start brewing coffee for you? What if your office equipment knew when it was running low on supplies and automatically re-ordered more?  What if the wearable device you used in the workplace could tell you when and where you were most active and productive and shared that information with other devices that you used while working?

On a broader scale, the IoT can be applied to things like transportation networks: “smart cities” which can help us reduce waste and improve efficiency for things such as energy use; this helping us understand and improve how we work and live.

The buddy app.

The buddy app will connect physical restaurants, eateries, markets, food courts, pubs and transportation stations with proximity technology.

The features will include, table ordering, food ordering, digital waiter with imaged menu’s, city guide for curated lists of best places to eat and drink, reminders of restaurant reservations, exclusive deal alerts when in the establishments and much more.

buddy has many more awesome features but for now that all the team at buddy are letting everyone know about.

How this new app will change the way we eat out forever.

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The new app that will change the hospitality industry.

We all love heading out and enjoying some awesome food with friends right? Right!

Well what about the times when you are in a really busy restaurant or bar? And you try and grab the attention of a waiter with that awkward half lifted arm with a whisper of “excuse me…. excuse me…” but never get served? Or you have been craving that special fried rice you having been dreaming about all week so you go but the waiter stuffed the order up?…..

 

That is all about to change.

This new app ‘buddy’ has been completely designed to make our experience when dining out as smooth as you could possibly imagine.

Ordering your drink and bite to eat right from your seat, from your mobile device.

Yes you read it right, the revolutionary buddy app will allow you to order your food and drink when sat in the restaurant itself!

What does this do for us users?

  1. Never have an order stuffed up again
  2. Never have to fight for a waiters attention when the poor bugger is looking after 12 tables on his own
  3. Keep the focus and conversation flowing at the table without interruptions
  4. No language barriers when travelling over seas
  5. Allows seamless bill splitting with your friends

What does this mean for the businesses?

  1. Reduce the weekly wage bill by 40%
  2. Eliminates mistakes with customers orders
  3. Boosts revenue by 35%
  4. Collects customer profiles in the restaurants database to create loyalty programs.
  5. Allows the restaurant to run more smooth and efficient

New Digital Waiter

There will be plenty more features being rolled out on the buddy app, including one of my favorites which is your personal pocket buddy, the new digital waiter.

Yes buddy will notify you when walking right by a restaurant or bar of their real time happy hours, lunch and dinner specials, live music nights and much more.

Buddy will pickup your behavior i.e, when you have spent a certain amount of time in one establishment buddy will remind you of those naughty little treats such as dessert or maybe another glass of that special pinto you have been sipping on.

with then the ability to order another one within the buddy app. (how exciting)

Exclusive Club

Here is where you get to be kept in the know of all things awesome at your chosen new favorites.

Joining an exclusive community with the buddy app is possibly the most rewarding move you could make, by following a restaurant or bar that you fancy allows you as a follower to receive exclusive notifications of special deals, only followers receive these special deals which might include ‘by one get one free ice cream’ or even ‘Sunday session vibes $5 beers to our followers’.

Me personally am very much looking forward to these features.

If you wish to be kept updated on all things buddy feel free to join our exclusive club today