Wilmington HotelsWilmington AdvertiseWilmington AttractionsWilmington BeachesWilmington Business DirectoryWilmingtonWilmingtonWilmington GolfWilmington JobsWilmington NewsWilmington DiningWilmington Weather



Wilmington, NC News

  Free Wilmington Travel Guide!

Smartphones and company vanity numbers


An appealing feature of smartphones and Blackberries are key pads. They are laid out like a computer keyboard, making it easy to text and send e-mails, but harder to detect a “vanity number” or phone word.

For example, Mako and Associates uses the vanity number 1-888-SUE-MAKO. Without deciphering each letter, Justin Tipton doesn’t know what number it is. “The letters don’t correspond to it like a normal phone,” he said.

Manny “Papageek” from Geeks in a Flash found a solution. “You can hold the shift key down on many of them, and dial the regular words to it, and it will automatically figure out what the number is,” he said.

Papageek said just because phones have changed, doesn’t mean advertisers should stop using vanity numbers, but when possible, they should spell out the letters in numeric form and advertise their local number as well. That way they are covering the bases for everyone’s phone. “It can’t hurt at all, but don’t bank on it. One of the cool things to do now is if you get a vanity number, and you get a matching website, that is very powerful,” Manny said.

1-800-Flowers does this by corresponding their telephone number to their website, 1-800-flowers.com.

Story image


Story summary

videoBusinesses have often gravitated towards toll free numbers like 1-800-Flowers and 1-800-Contacts, so that people can easily remember the number to dial when they need to place an order. WWAY’s Hailey Winslow lets us know why that trend is changing.

Story summary image


Associated poll

More: continued here

Be Sociable, Share!


News provided by WWAY NewsChannel 3 and the StarNewsOnline

|Home| |Events| |Attractions| |Accommodations| |Restaurants| |Golf| |Beaches| |Jobs| |Getting Here| |Climate| |Directory| |News| |Advertise| |Contact Us|

  Welcome to Wilmington, North Carolina