There was a new trend in the market this year at the ICA show and it was all web based. Two companies actually had booths, one I found their booth and the other I could not find. Then the 3rd company came over to the secwa booth, but I don’t think that they had their own booth. So the idea is this: your customer wants to wash their car, so they search the internet and somehow find one of these search sites. All the sites are basically the same: you have to enter your information and then people can search for your location. They also have coupons and you can run specials. ClosestCarWash.com looks like it was developed this year while mycarwashsavings.com looks like I developed it in the 1980s.
I talked to these guys at ClosestCarWash.com and they were really nice. They like the color orange and they unfortunately tell your customers the next 3 days worth of weather. But on the plus side the website looks good and is really the only one out there!
mycarwashsavings.com Why would you use flash as my main navigator, which eliminates most mobile devices? And why do you have to use a plugin no one uses for a video player? I looked at this web site and I tried to figure out what they were doing. They want a lot of money for there service and they want the customer to pay them instead of you. Of course they take their cut of like 25%? I wouldn’t give them my credit card information if I was a customer or a carwash owner. Also their twitter account is already suspended and they still have the link on their page. Bad sign!
Here are some more pictures from the ICA show. I always go by the ERIE booth but I didn’t purchase anything this year. I went by Self Service CarWashNews to take a magazine even though I subscribe, for the flight back. I also like to go by Ra-Lock but their products seemed the same this year. Which I guess is good? No real break in problems this year.
Why is it every time I hear the word GREEN it makes me feel like there is a scam involved? The ICA had a Green Pavilion this year and you think “what are people trying to sell us this time?” But this is really bad even though I am not a treehugger.
From the ICA website ” All products accepted into the Green Pavilion must meet at least one of the following criteria” ONE!!!???
“Less toxic, Minimally polluting, More energy efficient, Safer and healthier for customers employees and the environment”
What product wouldn’t qualify? This is absolutely hilarious and makes you wonder about all the other GREEN scams out there!