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BRAVO tipping app has successful launches in Phoenix

BRAVO! The future of cashless tipping has arrived.

Phoenix metropolitan residents Hector and Maria Rodriguez-Luna recently announced the launch of the BRAVO tipping app, an innovative tool providing the extraordinary ability to tip anyone, anywhere, directly from a smartphone. Twenty participating local partners have already experienced success with the app, citing an increased rise in gratuities captured. With 100 percent crash-free performance and a 56 percent increase in user downloads over the beta-testing phase, BRAVO is on track for major growth this quarter.

BRAVO allows users to locate the person they’d like to tip via GPS, Near-Field Communication, QR code or the individual’s BRAVO code, assigned to the service professional during their registration process. The customer may choose to send any amount to the intended recipient, and the gratuity will be transferred directly into the recipient’s account.

“It’s simple. BRAVO enhances life by eliminating inconvenient trips to the ATM, or embarrassing moments when we want to tip, but can’t,” said BRAVO CEO Hector Rodriguez-Luna. “The app is particularly beneficial for tipped workers to capture opportunities for gratuity that prior to BRAVO might have been lost.”

Recent reports show one in 10 Americans leave home without a dollar in their pockets, while 80 percent carry $20 or less. BRAVO is the more convenient, less expensive alternative to running to an ATM for cash, costing only a fraction of a typical ATM fee.

With BRAVO, security is paramount. User phone data is encrypted and the application has a security PIN. Hector Rodriguez-Luna says sensitive data is not stored at BRAVO servers, but immediately sent to PayPal’s affiliate, Braintree, which generates a one-time-use token, providing zero chance for hacking or theft.

BRAVO differentiates itself from other tipping apps by providing the ability to tip anonymously, and does not require the collection of personal information or photos of service professionals in order to tip.

To begin using BRAVO, users and service professionals may download the free app from the App Store for iPhone and Google Play for Android Devices. Visit www.TryBravo.com for more details.

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QR Code – Encoding And Promoting

Local businesses generate leads, experience immediate results with effective QR code strategies

In just six months in 2010, from July through December, the use of QR codes (abbreviated from Quick Response Codes) increased twelvefold. And in 2011, ScanLife’s mobile barcode trend report documented that, worldwide, scans increased by 440 percent.

QR codes were created in 1994 in Japan to track vehicle parts. So why did they suddenly, almost in a virus-like effect, become as widespread so quickly?

The answer: smartphones.

While it’s no secret businesses, including top brands such as Starbucks, Ford, Best Buy and Audi, are taking advantage of the QR code boom, there are a few businesses out there baffled over how to use them correctly and effectively.

QR codes are a type of matrix barcode that encodes information, and its contents are able to be decoded at high speed using a QR code scanner app on smartphones. They have been found virtually everywhere — product packaging, business cards, magazines, restaurant menus, marketing collateral and more. But, the real question is, can all businesses benefit from using QR codes?

According to both Jeff Gottschalk, CEO of Gotty Code, and Rebecca Heft, senior creative director for Gate6, QR codes can work for nearly everyone, it just takes a bit of creativity, targeting the right audience and following up. Not only are the results immediate, but this is also a cost-efficient way to interact with customers and develop one’s brand.

“Every business can benefit from QR codes if they have a compelling use for them and the right customers,” Heft says.

Heft recommends businesses think about what they want to deliver to their customers and then determine if adding a QR code would enhance the experience.

For example, Amber Cox, Phoenix Mercury president and COO, says the team used QR codes on placards given to fans in the arena, on signs located near the ticket office and in other in-arena advertisements. Scanning the QR codes offered fans an opportunity to win prizes. However, she says, this was also an experience for the person to engage with the Mercury brand on another level.

“We’ve been able to quickly accumulate sales leads for people that we know have engaged with the Mercury on some level prior to us talking to them,” Cox adds. “That is valuable in itself.”

Shell Vacations Club, which offers vacation ownership in destinations nationwide as well as Canada and Mexico, used QR codes to gather data and leads with a giveaway. If you scanned the QR code, you earned a chance to win a one-night vacation at a Shells Vacation resort.

“They captured 866 leads in 30 days,” Gottschalk says. “They experienced more than 1,300 visits to the campaign on their website.”

Other popular uses for QR codes include offering coupons, product information, making purchases and linking to the business’ social media pages.

However, for GreenbergTraurig, LLP, which takes a business-to-business (B2B) approach, QR codes were used as an electronic medium for paperless delivery of attorneys’ white papers to the business community with timely, relevant information.

“QR codes have allowed GreenbergTraurig attorneys to become even more effi cient with their presentation of resource materials and community education on legal aspects of timely topics within the business marketplace,” says Matt Burrow, director of client relations and business development.

For instance, two GreenbergTraurig lawyers put a QR code at the end of their powerpoint presentation during a seminar and asked the audience to scan or opt in for a report that covered everything they discussed. They garnered about 37 leads, improving their leads by about 1,000 percent.

“QR codes offer real world interaction where companies are able to tell their story and capture data in an environment where they normally wouldn’t,” Gottschalk says.

“Businesses need to understand what data will give the most return in investment and help make your marketing initiative as effi cient as possible moving forward.”

More importantly, Gottschalk says the key is following up and using the data collected through the QR code campaign, data such as names, emails and phone numbers. “The fortune is in the follow-up,” he says.

So when is the right time to use a QR code? According to Heft, perfect opportunities to scan QR codes are during those with built-in waiting times, where potential customers or clients have to wait.

“Give a virtual-world bonus for your real-world location,” Heft says. “Think about places where people have to wait, such as airport. Create a fun and interactive way for them to get to know your brand by using a QR code as a catalyst.”

Cox agrees that QR codes are an innovative way for companies to interact with their customers, crucial to the development of a brand. And with more than 450 million smartphones sold in 2011 and a total of more than 600 million sold by 2015, now is the time for businesses to consider their mobile presence.

“With mobile Internet set to outpace desktop Internet usage towards the end of 2013,” Heft says, “it is becoming more and more important that businesses think about way to promote themselves on the mobile Web.”

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QR Code Tips

1. Know your audience target market: Are they tech savvy? If not, offer instructions.
2. Give them a reason to scan: Entice them, and give them an incentive — a powerful call to action.
3. Placement; where will it go? Consider places where people have to wait.
4. Make it mobile friendly: Don’t send people to a website or video not formatted for mobile use. Be sure the page or link loads quickly.
5. The bigger the better: But, QR Codes must be high contrast, too.
6. Get creative: Create a memorable, fun experience, and get them excited.
7. Collect data to generate leads, and follow up with your customers.



Arizona Business Magazine March/April 2012