Smartphones to order meals: marketing apps

As more and more businesses dive into smartphone advertising and marketing apps, we are starting to see creative ways of doing things. Retailers have been using apps to allow for easy online purchases while restaurants, like Dominos, make it easy to order pizza before you head home from work. The question, though, is whether or not your business will benefit from creating an app for marketing.

New app from Taco Bell

One company that did a great job with a marketing app was Taco Bell. Well, at least the new app seems like it might work out well. More or less, the app allows you to order your food and even GPS tracks your location, so Taco Bell knows exactly when to start preparing your food based on how close you are to the location. It's a very interesting idea because it means you don't have to set up a "time" to pick up the food, and the person never has to wait in their car after ordering. As soon as they pull up, you can just bring out the hot and ready food to their car and take payment. For Taco Bell, it's kind of brilliant.

Order what you want

Another great part about the app is that you can order anything you want including customizations and changes. This means you don't have to sit in line for ten minutes trying to figure out what to order. Instead, you can use your phone and make any changes you like right there. It also will improve accuracy with ordering. When everything is written down, you're more likely to get the right thing across.

Potential problems

According to ZDNet, there are a few potential problems. For example, this could increase the number of people who are driving and using their phones at the same time, which is very dangerous. It also might not benefit Taco Bell that much since you never have to wait more than a minute or two to order food anyway. The idea is just that it is more convenient and allows people who are already using their smartphones to look for restaurants nearby to always


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