Ever wonder why some business listings look like this?
And other search results show much less information…
On Monday we received a notice from Apple stating that apps can now be transferred from one developer to another within iTunes Connect. This is great news for taxi companies.
Here’s why it matters:
If a taxi company buys an app from a third party developer, the app is usually ‘owned’ by the third party developer in the App Store. For example, many branded taxi apps are ‘owned’ by Digital Dispatch Systems Inc, Unified Dispatch, or Go Fast Ordering LLC.
Diamond Taxi’s results launching its app include:
Please check out the case study and let us know what you think. Is there anything else we should share from our experience launching branded taxi apps?
This is an article originally published in the April 2013 volume of Taxi News by Mike Beggs. The original version is available in pdf. format here, but since it’s not available in a searchable text format online, I’m reposting here.
By Mike Beggs
Diamond Taxi has become the second major brokerage to step into the emerging Toronto taxi app market – but the first to integrate its’ app with GPS vehicle tracking technology!
On March 1, the Black-and-Orange launched this free app (developed by the Toronto-based Fleetbit tech company), which enables passengers to book, track in real time, and rate rides from its’ fleet of more than 650 licensed drivers. This comes on the heels of the Beck Taxi brokerage app, and the arrival of such deep-pocketed virtual brokerages as Hailo, over the past year.
Last week in Savannah the TLPA (Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association) app committee gave a panel presentation titled ‘Meeting the competitive threats of rogue apps’.
Of all of the TLPA sessions I’ve been to, I enjoyed it the most; it showed that this year our industry did a complete 180 from a denial and defence to self-reflection and innovation.
The Hailo app is already available in London, Dublin, Toronto, Boston, and Chicago, and the new job postings follow its recent raise of 30M in new funding.
Hailo won’t be the first taxi app in Montreal; Tag Taxi and Taxi Diamond both launched e-hailing apps there last year. But Hailo will be the first app company to compete directly with Montreal taxi companies by targeting individual drivers. Hailo sends rides directly to drivers’ smartphones, charging them 10% – 20% of every fare. Continue reading
TORONTO, ONTARIO — Today Fleetbit, a division of Winston Inc, launched the taxi booking smartphone app for Diamond Taxicab. The app is the first of twelve apps Fleetbit is building for taxi companies in eleven North American cities. The free app lets passengers book, track in realtime, and rate rides from Diamond Taxicab’s fleet of over 650 drivers.
The launch marks a significant strategy change for Fleetbit. In October 2011, it launched HireWinston, the first car service app in Canada that connected passengers to individual drivers through iPhones mounted in drivers’ cars.
Because the direct-to-driver model led to a shortage of drivers during peak periods, the company’s founders partnered with Toronto’s Diamond Taxicab to launch an app with twenty times the number of drivers.
CEO Aidan Nulman explains, “it didn’t take us long to realize we could deliver much better service by partnering with established taxi companies; the Diamond app has hundreds more cars and is supplemented with the quality control, training, 24/7 support, and dispatch infrastructure that customers and corporate accounts need”. Continue reading
Since up to 50% of people are visiting taxi sites from their cell phones, it’s helpful to know what your site looks like from a cell phone. I’ve written about mobile optimization before, so I won’t spend too much time on it, but basically some sites look great from mobile phones and others are very difficult to use.
Our front end developer Matt just showed me a web app that displays how any website looks on various mobile web browsers. I think the tool is pretty handy.
It’s called The Responsinator. Let me know what you think!
As we launch new sites for our customers, they’re all updating and re-thinking the way they describe their companies on their home page.
Our advice is to be as specific and succinct as possible: say something about your taxi company that your competitors can’t and won’t say.
A great example:
Yellow Cab has the most organized and reliable lost and found in the region. Since we recognize and reward drivers for bringing in your lost items, we receive more than 20 items every day, and return over 80% to their owners.
Our front-end developer Matt just came across this great example of how not to describe your company on designjargonbullshit.com
Check it out for some inspiration and a laugh.