Category Archives: General

Maps and More – Richer Google Maps Content May Mean More Sales Now!

Noticed Google Maps lately? Google has already rolled out their Android-based enhanced Maps app with similar functionally expected soon for Apple IPhones. Beyond routing the user to their intended destination, Maps seeks to intuitively suggest shopping, dining, entertainment, or similar site content that may appeal to the traveler. All of this suggests having your PDA-enabled website and social media marketing and selling incentives at the ready for these timely searches.

Sedona Websites Under Construction!

Western Equity has secured several website domain names related to world famous Sedona, Arizona. Sedona is noted for its stunning red rocks and unparalleled natural beauty. The site of over 60 Hollywood films, Sedona today hosts a stunning array of art, film, and music festivals. These new websites will focus on health, wellness, beauty, and the good life afforded by one of Arizona’s grand treasures. More to come!

NFC Digital Wallets – Can This Technology Attract New Customers?

While so-called POS digital wallets, such as Google Wallet, using near field communication (NFC) are still relatively new, it’s another opportunity for businesses to grow their customer base, add value, and differentiate themselves from competitors.

Digital wallets, for now, are largely NFC-enabled Android smartphones or tablets that allow customers to pay using pre-established debit and credit card account information by tapping or bringing their mobile device into close proximity to an NFC device at a check-out station. There’s no need for the customer to pull a card, swipe it, sign the receipt, and the like.

As an example, a dry cleaner the other day indicated that they wanted to attract more and younger customers. This POS capability could combine the payment processing speed of NFC with the marketing potential for promotional offers and loyalty program capture. Similarly, NFC has many other ecommerce and plastic card information storage applications beyond payment processing. A personal medical history could be accessed at a doctor’s office just as readily, for example.

Along with scannable Quick Response Codes (QR), those odd-looking black postage stamp-like images you see in magazines that are used for marketing and advertising, there’s a lot to consider before you decide if these initiatives make sense for your business. Some research on your part will help you decide, if and when, these capabilities are accretive to your sales planning. Websites such as nfc.org, nfc-forum.org, and mashable.com can help you learn more.

Company Profile

Western Equity seeks to form, partner with, or acquire a far ranging mix of business ventures. Western Equity services include structure, management, strategic planning, marketing, financial viability, sales, products and services, customer care, and operational support. In this broader holding company capacity, Western Equity derives the majority of sales and revenues from underlying entities and affiliations.