Becoming mobile-friendly

Published 7:00 am Thursday, August 14, 2014

I attended the small business webinar this week and agreed with all of the points made to business owners.

Admittedly, I use my phone for just about everything from looking up a business address to finding reviews about local restaurants and products.

Before beginning my job here at the Item, I was not at all familiar with Pearl River County, Picayune or Poplarville.

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I have used the maps application on my phone just about every time I have had to cover a story in a location I am unfamiliar with.

It’s slowly getting better with time as I learn my way around this area. 

I use Google just about 20 times a day. 

When I’m out and looking for a particular business, I Google the store name and find the address and phone number, which enables me to contact the business easily. 

I read reviews of restaurants and products that I search for. 

It’s amazing how much information we find with just the touch of a finger. 

When I’m searching for a business, I like to see pictures of products and food they offer.

I will often make my decision about where to eat based on pictures of the food. 

Facebook pages are also a good way to market your business. 

Owners can post updates regarding sales, new inventory and any other store updates. 

Just this week, I saw a picture of sales items on sale via a store’s Facebook page and scored a great deal on some clothes. 

Local small business owners should definitely take advantage of the free seminars. 

They are held at Picayune Main Street Office located at 200 Hwy. 11 South. 

The second session is set for September 10 from noon to 1 p.m.