Last week I went out to dinner with a business colleague. We had a fabulous meal solving all of the economic issues of today. Our waiter was also top notch providing us with excellent table service. At the end of the dinner, my colleague picked up the check and the tip. I wanted to do something a little extra for the above and beyond service we received, but I was short on the Benjamins that particular day.
During our conversation at the table, I mentioned to the waiter that I loved the fact that his business used social media to connect with its customers. He said that they had a tremendous response during the grand opening, and ever since then they viewed Twitter and Facebook as an essential component of their advertising plan.
When I got back in my car, I sent a quick tweet to the twitter account of the restaurant giving highest marks to our server. Now, I don’t know if he received any specific reward from the owner or manager. One thing is for sure; all my followers saw the tweet about the first class service at their establishment.
I came across a little Twitter tool today that would have been perfect to slip an extra five bucks to our server after the fact. It’s called TipJoy. It’s a micro-payment processing concept, the latest extension of e-commerce solutions. TipJoy is a way to raise money and to pay friends via Twitter in essence “social payments.” Click here to learn more about TipJoy.
If you are a non-profit looking for a new ways to find support for your cause, TipJoy might be worth looking into. If you are a band looking to sell mp3s, this might be an alternative or supplement to iTunes. If I could just figure out a way to get a George Washington for everyone who retweets this article, that would be brilliant. Just kidding, but that’s a good idea. Aren’t we all just looking for tips?
If you’re looking for a great place for lunch, here’s where we went: 101Mint. Follow them on Twitter- http://twitter.com/101Mint