Your New Branch Office Just Might Be a Trailer
Find a Consultant Become a Consultant

Your New Branch Office Just Might Be a Trailer

Your New Branch Office Just Might Be a Trailer

By John Jantsch

moblie law officeRecently, I stood in a fairly long line that led up to a gleaming Airstream trailer in Austin’s hip, but significantly less touristy, South Congress neighborhood. The line led to the eventual purchase of a $5 cupcake – in my case espresso with peanut butter icing. Drive by that same intersection today and there’s only a chance you will find the trailer. Oh, they’re still selling like, well, cupcakes, but hey cupcake is part of a growing trend of mobilized businesses empowered by social media and the ubiquitous use of mobile devices.

For years street vendors have sold their products on carefully guarded and regulated corners and at events, but the new breed of vendor can go on the move seeking out hot spots based on traffic flow or flash mobs created throughout the day. The fact that anyone on the web can instantly know where they can find their favorite cupcake, pizza slice or tamale opens up countless opportunities for the business able to move and seize it.

While the obvious specialty food players have begun to flourish in this space, I wonder if enough business segments are looking at this model for the potential it may possess. By marrying the mobile device in everyone’s pocket with the ability to communicate location on the move, I think some pretty creative non-traditional street vendor opportunities could crop up. (At the very least they would get you some press)

In a four year old interview with BusinessWeek Lori Kiser-Block, then president of FranChoice, a franchise consulting company based in Eden Prairie, Minn. had this to say “Mobile businesses are one of the fastest-growing sectors of the franchise industry. We work with a lot of successful franchisers that have gone mobile,”

A host of innovative businesses await those who can figure out ways to help out the time starved, chore averse, dual working household.

Think about it:

Is any idea along these lines too far fetched, maybe, but if you’re not thinking mobile and location plays for your business, the future is going to move past you.

Free eBook 
7 Steps to Scale Your Consulting Practice Without Adding Overhead

The Duct Tape Marketing Consultant Network has helped me to grow my business by over 40% in the last 12 months. ~ Michael Quinn - Michael Quinn Agency, Fargo, ND

The Strategy Behind Building A Thriving Online Community For Your Brand
Marketing Podcast with Jenny Weigle In this episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast, I interview Jenny Weigle. Jenny has been creating, executing, and reviewing strategies for online communities for more than 10 years. She’s worked with more than 100 brands on various aspects of their community strategy and implementations, including launch, migration, programming, and […]
How To Determine Which Online Channels are Delivering Sales Online and Off
The beauty of online advertising, unlike various other forms of advertising such as TV or radio, is that it is nearly completely trackable. When using Google Analytics as your platform, it is possible to see where website traffic has come from, whether it is from a paid ad on Google, Facebook advertising, an organic listing […]

Subscribe to the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast

If you know your small business needs marketing, but don’t have the time or resources, look no further. The Duct Tape Marketing podcast covers everything from earning referrals to managing time and being more productive.