Breaking News: Latest restaurant app ‘Buddy’ is booming

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Former Restaurateur has officially launched an App for the industry, aiming to take on TripAdvisor.

After years in idea concepts, validating ideas, a trip around Australia for market research, over a year in app development stage and finally pitching the concept 1’000’s of times,.

Former restaurateur and now Founder & CEO of the world’s latest restaurant app, Danny Simmonds & Co are happy to announce they have flicked the switch!

CEO – Danny Simmonds with Rio Capurso | Owner of Locale Restaurante | Noosa Heads

After struggling to find ways to promote his specials and happy hours, former restaurateur Danny Simmonds had a plan, he wanted to create an app for his industry to call its own. An app that had the power to promote eatery businesses with maximum impact, with complete control and measurement.

Its finally here, the door is open for restaurateurs to download the app and begin creating their Free business listing.

Now available on iOS & Android restaurateurs from around the World can now create a beautifully designed business profile on the buddy App. “We wanted to create an app for the industry to be proud of ” Danny said, “we aim to grow buddy organically and carefully to provide the very best restaurant finder app the world has on offer.” He said.

“Current restaurant apps out their do not provide detailed local knowledge of daily specials, live happy hours, book tables, itemized photo menu items which explains dishes with ingredients etc” Danny said, looking very excited on what his team has achieved.

“The buddy app does all of the above but with so much more tools for business owners to use to really boost business!” – With pure passion in his voice and the true care about helping the industry for the better, Danny believes the food industry will love it.

“for users the app will not look so exciting yet, but once we have begun talking with our pre-registered businesses and also welcoming new ones, Users will not use any other app again when it comes to being hungry” He said.

You can Download the app now to start creating your business listing for free.

Simply select ‘Create Business Listing” on the login screen and go!

 

         

 

 

 

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!

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

 

Former restaurateur builds app better than TripAdvisor

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The Food and Beverage industry here in Australia have bound together and built an app of 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.

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!

Restaurants, bars, coffee shops, cafes, deli’s and anything else in between can join for free, forever.

Want to know more? find out more here in your business centre.

 

 

The dawn of a new era for restaurants in Australia

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We are embarking on a very exciting new era, that every food venue in Australia will soon have its very own app, for free.

Yes you read it right, Former restaurateur Danny Simmonds and now founder of a new app launching next month. He has formed a company and has now created an app the hospitality industry has been dying to get their hands on for years.

The innovative product 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.

 

 

 

Former restaurateur launches app for the food industry to call its own.

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Founder & CEO explaining why the industry needed an app of its own.

After working in the hospitality industry for several years, you come across all kind of challenges and all walks of life. In my experience of running a restaurant it became a lot more clear to me that the customer no matter what, is always right. (even when you know they actually are not)

This is one of many tasks you have to face every single day. One really difficult challenge was bringing customers in the door, yes you have online review websites like Tripadvisor and Zomato, but you cannot use these apps as an actual marketing tool.

I used to get up every single day, fire up the restaurant and make myself a first class barista made latte, (kind of) then i would wipe down the chalk board A frame and think of a new slogan or lunch/dinner special to put out the front of our restaurant to try and lure new customers in the door. This is one of many marketing moves many of us in the industry try, then you result into flyers and newspaper adds, social media posts, loyalty membership cards and email marketing if you ask your customers for email addresses on review cards, believe me i have tried the lot.

But, I always thought ‘why does other industries have there very own platform or marketing tool?’ like if you want a handy man you simply go to Airtasker, or you want to look for a hotel so you head straight on over to booking.com, or you want to rent out your own bedroom so you become a host on Airbnb.

All of these platforms are very powerful as a marketing tool, as they come with business dashboards, analytics, tips and tricks on becoming more recognised, booking systems, ability to showcase yourself, communicate with your customers through an in app messaging system. With the restaurant industry there really is no app or marketing tool to do this for our restaurants, so i saw a gap in the market for the industry to have its very own weapon, a tool that the industry can call its own, so i created buddy.

Before i actually decided to go straight into the tech world without having any idea of what to do or even if the idea was going to take off, so i packed up my shit and hit the road for several months speaking to over 500 business owners from Port Douglas right down into Melbourne CBD.

Danny Simmonds founder

Founder of buddy | Danny Simmonds

During this time i was validating my idea but also signing up potential customers who would join and create their buddy restaurant profile.

So i came back from my trip having slept on the side of many roads, roughed it without having a wash for days and brushing my teeth at the wing-mirror in my jocks, and decided to put pen to paper and start thinking about how we can be better than what is already out there. We came up with all sorts of awesome ideas which could go on forever ,so we had to curate a small list of 100% definite features that would put us head and shoulders above the rest, an app for the industry to be proud of and most importantly, trust.

So we have, Buddy has some unbelievable features for users and business owners will love. My favourites are having the ability to actually see a restaurants specials as they look, with descriptions and price, instead of having to read it off a chalk board and trying to imagine what it will look like, another one is the itemised menu, each dish with a picture and again a description with price. having the ability to ‘follow’ your new favourites in return you receive exclusive in-app notifications of special events, meal deals, menu launches, latest specials, view happy hours around your location, it goes on and on.

There are plenty more features to explore when the app officially launches in the New Year, the most important thing is that it will be a tool we can all trust, explore restaurants in a much more easier way but with more detail, and business owners finally having their own weapon to really showcase themselves to the full potential, with which they can measure with live analytics dashboard, use ibeacon technology which will be a game changer.

iBeacon technology will enable business owners to actually digitalise their physical restaurant, they will be able to create in-app notifications to people who are walking right by the restaurant, notifying users of their lunch menu, happy hour specials that will kick off in 5 minute, or even a simple ‘hello, have an awesome day from XXXX bar and grill.”

With also in app timing notifications of diners sitting in the restaurant after an hour, reminding them of a top up or maybe a link to see the desert menu.

We are all very much looking forward to the launch, and for everybody to enjoy.

Written by Danny Simmonds.

 

 

 

Three awesome things to do in Noosa on Christmas Day.

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Having a christmas day Gatho? heres three top things to do in Noosa.

Christmas Morning is nearly here, the time has come to dig out those dusty esky’s and hose them out, round the troops with deck chairs and foldout tables, mums on the glad wrap and dads packing the portable bbq, while your busy dropping the bag of ice from the biggest hight possible for the best ice to keep the beers cold!

We all love christmas, but each experience can be very different for some, heres buddy’s top tips for how to have the best time cheaply, but creating priceless memories on your christmas day.

 

3. National Park Picnic

Noosa National Park is one of the best coastal walks Australia has to offer, With each turn you are wow’d by a postcard picture, The noise of the rainbow lorikeet’s waking up and the subtle crash of the waves coming up the shore. Wake up at 6:00am before the morning madness begins and enjoy a glass of bubbles & strawberry with some freshly made warm ham and cheese croissant, relaxing on a picnic blanket over looking tea tree bay would be a fantastic way to kick start the christmas celebrations.

2. River retreat.

Yep, you know it! Once you have kickstarted your Christmas day with a relaxing champers, its time to find a ‘proppa’ good spot to start building your settlement for the day on the beautiful Noosa River. Unpacking the esky packed with salads, prawns, rolls, chips and drinks, make sure laying out the table is a team effort (obviously with a bevo in hand) and then sit back, relax and enjoy the day off with friends and family before the un-official ashes christmas day cricket test match begins! Remember, pick a spot by the Big Pelican where the toilets are 😉

Photo, thanks to Noosa Boat house.

1. Barbecue time.

After a long hard day of doing absolutely nothing, (apart from being 148 – not out of course) its time to fire up the BBQ, Our tip for the free bbq’s is that they don’t get that hot, so we would recommend taking your own portable one just in case. Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t mind the odd snag or two. The best snags in town would be from the Noosaville village butchers opposite Dan Murphy’s, they have the best Cumberland snags you will find on the Coast! OR…… you can flame up some beautiful rib eye fillets, here’s our tip on the perfect Steak;

Starting from home, coat both sides very generously with coarse black pepper and granulated garlic powder and drop the fillet singularly into a sandwich bag for time to marinate, pull the bad boy out of the bag when your bbq is that hot its starting to glow. For each steak, sprinkle 3/4 teaspoon of salt onto the skillet and allow salt to sit for at least 1 minute.

Place the steaks on and allow 3 solid minutes, whatever you do do not touch, poke, lift of even look at those bad boys until that 3 minutes is up! Once it is, repeat history.

All together 6 minutes is up and you have a medium rare juicy perfectly rested steak, if you wish for it to be medium then allow an extra 30 seconds on each side.

Now, Put your steaks in a roomy tin foil wrap, not tight…roomy to allow moisture and flavours to be absorbed by the steak properly.

Slice and dice that shit and serve it up in any form you wish!

This is exactly what we will be doing this Christmas, have a great day.

 

Locale becomes Industry Influencer on buddy.

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Influencers of the restaurant industry are hard to find, but Noosa has one of its own.

Prior to the launch of our restaurant finder app, we are head hunting Industry leaders across Australia who stand head and shoulders above the rest. The chosen restaurant for Noosa is the wonderful Modern Italian Locale.

With its wonderful ambience thanks to the chic first class decor, matched with a beautiful solid vintage wooden bar for lunch hangs, an outrageous selection of Italian wines each single handedly picked by owner operator Rio Capurso, its and experience you simply do not expect and can not imagine when coming straight off the beach.

The Family

The team behind it all are not an ordinary team, they work hard to make sure you receive the very best service possible regardless of how busy it can be.

Drawing Heavily on Italian tradition, Locale Noosa offers a seasonally changing menu using the best local produce and premium imported ingredients. Surrounded by lush gardens, Locale sits in a protected corner of the famous hastings Street just a few steps from the golden sands of Noosa Main Beach. The menu features handmade pasta, stone fired pizzas, traditional cicchetti and an impressive selection of wines, beers and authentic cocktails. Dining at Locale is not just a normal dining experience to savour, but an experience you just have to keep living.

 Chefs Tips.

“One of my favourite Dishes at the moment is out pasta special, the Chitarra Vongole”. “This dish features beautiful hand cut pasta which looks like square cut spaghetti”. “The Chitarra Vongole has inspired me to share a tip on how to cook pasta to perfection”. “The golden rule to cooking pasta perfectly is to always use lots of boiling salted water (the more water the better!) as it lets the pasta cook freely”. “Remember to add enough salt so that you can taste it and cook it until is is ‘al dente’ which means ‘to the tooth’, you want it to have a firm texture so the pasta has strength.”

Chef – Andy Davies

Checkout Locale Influencer Portfolio Here for more.

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