Channel 9 Breaking News | Buddy Australia App will challenge TripAdvisor

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Restaurant Industry has taken charge, TripAdvisor and other competitors watching buddy grow creates worry.

Channel 9 News recently featured buddy Australia Founder & CEO Danny Simmonds about Australia’s latest restaurant app.

“We built buddy to showcase our restaurants, eateries, bars and cafes to the best of our ability”. Danny Simmonds was standing proud as he explains what the buddy app can do for the food and beverage industry here in Australia.

 

Channel 9 New feature here;

 

 

When the Channel 9 news featured the article the team at buddy has not stopped receiving huge amounts of inquiries about the app, with questions such as how can businesses jump and board and also when will the app be released in Brisbane.

Well it is safe to say after the App has been trialed on the Sunshine Coast, the company is now making strategic plans to roll out the buddy app across Brisbane from next month.

“We will be using Brisbane as our case study” Danny Said, “We will be making Brisbane Australia’s first ‘Smart City’ by locating over 100 of our Beacons to connect the physical world to the digital world” he said proudly.

The buddy app provides restaurants and bars the ability to purchase a Beacon for their business profile, the business can then create automated push- notifications to buddy users alerting them of that venues specials, happy hours or events as you walk right by the front door. The app also will alert users when stepping off a train or bus letting them know of the top 5 places to go for coffee in that area.

The buddy app has much more features to enjoy such as following new places in the app for exclusive updates and also viewing itemised menu’s, specials and reviews.

We are all very much looking forward to watching buddy grow.

 

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Local Favourite Larder & Baked Joins Buddy

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Larder & Baked Noosa Heads is yet another epic eatery joining the buddy platform.

Yes! Thats right! Larder & Baked have now joined buddy to showcase everything they do and also offer special deals to their buddy Followers!

Larder & Baked have been open for no more than 6 months and have quickly become a local favourite! This doesn’t surprise us, as they know exactly what they are doing and what the community needs. Carly and Dan Baum have been learning their trade locally for many years and it really shows.

Carly & Dan Baum | Owners of Larder & Baked

Hospitality Industry

It all began for Carly at a very young age when she became hungry for work. At just 12 years old she decided to take it upon herself to go job hunting, but this was no ordinary job hunt. As Carly, if you have met her, being a very strong, bubbly and humorous character decided to create a ‘little white lie’ and told potential employers she was 14 “Back then, after all it was an extra 45c an hour!” Carly said. It’s clear the foundation was being laid very early for a very hard working, driven and successful individual.

Now in their 30’s and with two kids, they hold their heads high as two successful entrepreneurs with a stream of businesses in the hospitality sector. Carly, with all her passion and knowledge of the industry, also runs a successful wedding Business. This involves planning, styling and of course the catering in which Dan looks after using the Larder & Baked kitchen facilities after hours.

Larder & Baked

The birth of Larder & Baked was on Valentines Day, but unfortunately it wasn’t a romantic one for Carly and Dan as they were thrown in the deep end with endless curious customers. Having only spoken to a few passers by during the reno’s of Larder & Baked, they found themselves overflowing with people right off the bat. Carly and Dan weren’t expecting such an amazing response so instantly.

Larder & Baked are exactly what the community needed. A fast, fresh and easy takeaway option that serves great coffee till late in the day. (Satisfying those 3pm cravings). It wasn’t long until they were dragging in tables and chairs as it became on high demand for people to enjoy their lunch breaks from all around the area.

Halloumi & Egg Roll | Larder & Baked

They have a wonderful selection of Fresh hearty salads at affordable prices. Epic Egg Rolls with different choices of fillings to satisfy all taste buds and a selection of mouthwatering baked goods prepared daily. Larder & Baked are now the go-to spot for breakfast, lunch or even that mid afternoon ‘smoko’ break for a coffee and sugar hit to top you up and get you through the end of the day! It truly is exactly what the community needed and that is down to Carly and Dan’s expertise. “We really wanted to solve the issue of grabbing a healthy bite to eat at any time of the day” Carly said, “Tradies really care about what they put in their bodies, these boys can only grab fast unhealthy things around town, especially after 1pm”. “so we knew what was missing, not only for tradies but for literally everyone in and around the Noosa Junction”.

Having proven their idea a huge success, Larder & Baked are now a huge part of the ‘JUNGA’ community, and they are here to stay.

Now a proud member of the buddy community, Larder & Baked can showcase everything they do best, to their very own community of loyal followers on their buddy Profile. By following Larder & Baked you gain access to exclusive information regarding daily specials, invites to private functions, menu launches, special deals & much more via exclusive in-app notifications.

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Bombetta is the ‘Bomb’ for Epic Food & Secret Social Deals

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We popped into Bombetta to over indulge, eat epic prawns, smash sensational house made pizza and dribble in choco drooling deliciousness.

Yep! We did and it was awesome! Owner Pascal “Paz” Turschwell welcomed us with a huge smile, invited us over to the table and couldn’t wait to tell us about his beloved Bombetta and what it stands for. Loud and proud he was showing us his epic bar & restaurant whilst talking with passion about his food, wine selections and the industry.

 

The decor is perfect for the cosmopolitan vibe the ‘New Noosa Junction’ is becoming. With a huge featured matte black wine rack, polished concrete floors, copper splash back in the bar, industrial but chic service area compact with a ‘Naughty corner’ for the naughty customers! Bombetta is by far one of the best looking bars on the Sunshine Coast!

The Food

The Food! Well where do we begin… We recommend starting small and finishing BIG, with the ‘Split Grilled Prawns’ to start the vibe off right. These bad boys are so tasty they leave you wanting more. Dripping in lemon and seasoned w/ chilli and oregano, these big prawn gangsters will vibe up your pallet and set the bar high for the next brawl.

The Split Prawns

The Bombetta’s‘, Okay so seriously no BS these little balls of fireworks did not last long at all. So let me explain, to start off they are Veal and Pork marinated for hours in thyme and rosemary. Then they move onto the next stage, ‘the wrapping of the Bombetta’s’. Wrapped with Prosciutto and filled with provolone and taleggio! These rude boys then get garnished up with shaved lemon zest and parmesan cheese. (I know , I know its ridiculously ridiculous!)

The Bombetta’s

At this point in our lives we decided enough is enough and popped open (not the champagne) but our top buttons to open our appetite up for more. Next comes out the outrageously delicious “Italian Stallion”. This pukka pizza was mouthwateringly fresh, light but packed a tasty punch like Balboa. This golden round medallion is loaded with goodies, starting with sharp Mascarpone Cheese, Parmigano Reggiano with confit garlic! Topped with soft artichoke and our fan favourite ‘fresh sliced prosciutto, lemon oil, wild rocket and in house dried chilli flakes! This Pizza is another level completely. (Secret socials – Similar Pizza’s are going for just $6!)

The Italian Stallion Pizza

The story of Bombetta from the Beginning.

It all started for Paz in the mid 1970’s when he was fast asleep in his pushchair in the backyard of his family’s restaurant at no more than 2 years old. “For as long as I can remember the family has always had its own restaurant. The first one was actually the first ‘outdoor’ dining restaurant in Queensland” he said, which was located where Miss Moneypenny’s is located today.

His family then after running the first European infused restaurant in Noosa for nearly a decade, decided to re-locate and open up a new place called Gaston’s in Sunshine Beach, same location as to where Sum Yung Guy’s is today.

Paz comes from a French heritage, when he was only a young boy his family nicknamed him ‘Gaston’. Keeping it in the family they then decided to call the family restaurant Gaston’s after their young Son, Paz.

For years Paz was working day and night for his family business before reaching a point in his late teens, where he then decided to pack his bags and move to Melbourne in the 90’s to join the food culture scene growing in Melbourne. After a number of years he had grew into an industry dynamo. Growing and building amazing restaurants such as EZARD, now a multi award winning restaurant globally recognised.

After five years of working and learning, Paz decided to re-locate back to Noosa and bring his abundance of experience and knowledge to his small beach town home.

Millenium

After settling back in Noosa, Paz and his wife Kristie Turschwell decided to run and manage a restaurant called Ricky’s. Paz had managed it for a number of years before going into joint partnership and owning it.

After four years the family then decided to have a family business of their own. With a young daughter only 3 years old they needed and wanted something to call completely their own. Keeping the family traditions close to his heart, Paz and Kristie decided to open up ‘Gaston’ on Hastings Street, Noosa Heads in 2005.

During the infant stage of the business they hit a rough period thanks to the Global Financial Crisis. But with their determination and hard work as always, the Turchwell’s pushed on and got through it, to then establish a local and tourists favourite for many years to come.

Today.

The Turchwell Family tradition still runs deep in Noosa, owning yet again another established restaurant in one of the most popular up and coming locations in the Noosa Shire, Noosa Junction -‘Bombetta‘.

Since selling up Gaston Paz & Co have not looked back, with only a move forward attitude and the same drive, its no wonder after generation to generation this awesome family goes from strength to strength. With Paz and Kristie’s daughters now 11 and 12, it’s not long until the girls will be following in their fathers footsteps and serving locals before they know it! (If Dad has his way)

The future generation | Zara & Anais with daddy (Paz)

It’s an honour to have Bombetta a part of our buddy Community.

You can pop into Bombetta everyday (Except Sundays) and we can guarantee you will not be disappointed. They have a fantastic afternoon scret social’s special Mon-Saturday between 3-6pm with bar snack menu items and beers starting from as little as $5! Not only that but they have an amazing takeaway Pizza/Pasta deal, Tuesday night social’s, a weekly magician and much more!

“Grabbing a feast” Danny Simmonds | Founder & CEO of Australia’s latest restaurant app, Buddy.

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Restaurant Businesses going bonkers for Buddy Beacons

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Since Launching last month, Restaurant businesses are going nuts about our Beacons!

One of many reasons why restaurant businesses are joining buddy is to use the very latest tech to showcase their epic eateries. Our Low Powered bluetooth Beacons are sending out automated in-app notifications to all buddy users who walk by the front door!

Business owners can create and send whatever promotional notifications they wish, which will then broadcast all day every day to every buddy user’s device as they walk right by. Some businesses are being extra clever with their Beacon, one of which has decided to locate it “inside” the establishment so the Beacon will send out automated push notifications to their diners. What the Beacon can do is super futuristic, it can measure how long the average user will spend in the restaurant. They can then send out a push asking them if they wish to see the dessert menu, or maybe see if they want another beverage. Bringing up links to menu’s and much more.

Buddy Beacon™

We welcome 97 of our restaurant partners who have already jumped on the Beacon Tech, some of which include, Eddie Cheeba’s, Cafe Le Monde, El Capitano, Coconut Head, Downtown Burger franchise, Global Cafe & Bar, Nando’s Australia and many more jumping on around Australia! Congratulations on joining the buddy community.

 

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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.

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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!

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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”

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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

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