We’ve got some exciting news to share; DudaMobile was named by AlwaysOn to the Global 250 Companies to Watch! Inclusion in the in this prestigious list of companies signifies leadership amongst its peers and game-changing approaches and technologies that are likely to disrupt existing markets and entrenched players. DudaMobile was specially selected by the AlwaysOn editorial team and industry experts spanning the globe based on a set of five criteria: innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value, and media buzz.
Happy New Year, everyone! It’s been a while since I last updated you on DudaMobile, and as the year is coming to an end, I thought it would be a great opportunity to look back and reflect on all the great things that happend this year.
2012 was an amazing year for DudaMobile in many aspects. During this year we launched several major partnerships including GoDaddy and Google (just to name a few). There are now over 3 million DudaMobile sites worldwide and the Duda team is 45 people strong with offices in Palo Alto, Tel-Aviv, Atlanta and most recently Tokyo. Analysts rate us as the de facto leader in the SMB mobile web development space and this is only the beginning, as we have a lot of plans for the coming year that I’m sure you will all appreciate.
Here are a few key milestones from the past year:
January 2012 - Hurray! After closing our series B financing and raising $6M from Pitango, we couldn’t let our new VCs invest without creating a really cool mobile website for them (m.pitango.com).
March 2012 – Duda team moves into it’s new headquarters in Palo Alto. We call it our collaborative tech loft.
April 2012 - We launched a major release of the DudaMobile editor (codename: White Russian), fitted with new features and a slick new layout. In the same month Google also chose Duda as its partner for the GoMo initiative in the US, Japan, Brazil and several other countries
June 2012 – The DudaMobile WordPress plugin launched, making it easier for sites build on WordPress to go mobile. Also in June, we released our Mobile Movement Leaderboard which got picked up by Mashable showing the industries to be the earliest to adopt mobile.
August 2012 – Our new Intuit launch, allows all Homestead site owners to optimize their site for mobile. In the same month we also welcomed our new Mobile Ad Solutions team in Atlanta who helps businesses get more traffic to their site, receive more calls and get more customers.
October 2012 – If you love going out to restaurants as much as I do, you will probably appreciate our recent partnership with OpenTable. Through this partnership thousands of restaurants in the US and UK have received a Duda mobile optimized site with make a reservation widget, which makes it a breeze to book a table while you are on-the-go. Checkout this amazing site for example.
November 2012 – This was one of the busiest months ever for the Duda team. We launched with both Yahoo and Go Daddy, allowing their website customers to optimize their site for mobile (got to love the “make yourself mobile” sticker on the NASCAR).
Duda also opens up an office in Japan and a dedicated Japanese website to show our commitment to this market. In addition, DudaMobile was featured on Fox Business Update (fast forward to 12:20min to see Duda).
Lastly we held our very first Duda Hackathon, where we split our R&D team in Tel-Aviv to several groups. Each group had two days to develop cool new features for the Duda Mobile editor. Some absolutely amazing stuff was developed and you will all get a chance to see it once we roll those features out in 2013.
December 2012- Duda US team celebrated the holidays learning how to make cocktails in a bar in SF. See Theresa (who is also responsible for most of the great posts on this blog) make the winning whisky sour in a small competition we did.
Thank you all to all our customers for a great year and looking forward to an amazing 2013!
I love food. More importantly, I love dining out. From Afghani and Eritrean to burgers and bistros, I enjoy the entire experience of dining at great restaurants…down to the last bite.
But one thing I don’t enjoy is arriving at my restaurant of choice to discover a long queue, or, worse yet, no availability at all. Hence, my modus operandi: Look up a restaurant using my iPhone. (Always on the run, of course!) Going to a restaurant’s website from my phone usually ends with frustration. I can’t find their phone number; their address is hidden; and I have to download a PDF to look at their menu. No good.
For these reasons and more, I’m a long time user and big fan of our friends at OpenTable. Today I’m happy to introduce some great news that makes finding and booking restaurant reservations on your mobile phone even easier. DudaMobile has partnered with OpenTable to give restaurants mobile-friendly websites – for free. With so many diners now on-the-go with smartphones in hand, the partnership helps OpenTable restaurants take advantage of the massive shift toward mobile, and it helps food fanatics like me easily book a table directly from a website that was actually intended to be viewed on a mobile device.
The stats prove that most restaurant websites are not mobile-friendly, so our customers that have a mobile-optimized site are already ahead of the game. Earlier this year, we made OpenTable reservations available to the restaurants that build mobile websites with us by allowing them to drag-and-drop an OpenTable reservations feature into their mobile site. Today, we take our commitment to restaurants to the next level, working with OpenTable to automatically create tens-of-thousands of mobile optimized websites free for their restaurant clients.
In addition, we’ve optimized the layouts of these sites. Working with OpenTable, we have designed these sites based on feedback from mobile site users, restaurant owners and, of course, the brightest online marketers out there. Take a look at the before and after images.
Notice the nice, big image at the top and the three most-used buttons on restaurant websites: Book a Table, Call Us and Find Us. How’s that for a call-to-action?
We’ve very excited about this new partnership, and we hope that our restaurant customers will be as well. If you are an OpenTable customer, go to their Restaurant Center to claim your site. If you aren’t, contact them to get into the game!
DudaMobile talked to Forbes.com about why all small businesses, including gas stations, need a mobile-friendly website. Reporter Gene Marks, who also owns a consulting firm geared toward helping small businesses grow, writes that even he was surprised when he discovered that his local gas station has a mobile-friendly website.
Read the full story here: http://onforb.es/LHzG3Y.
Well, we weren’t totally surprised. Mobile has emerged as a huge opportunity for businesses of all sizes, although less than 10% of small businesses own a mobile-friendly website. In fact, a recent Pew Study revealed that 55% of adults use their mobile phone to go online.