College Students Drive Evolution of Classifieds to Mobile; IQzone Slated to Power Snap-Send-Sell Service on The Daily Jolt's 200+ Campus Sites
Source: IQzone, Inc.
IQzone, the first service for posting FREE classified ads via mobile phone, has inked a deal with The Daily Jolt to power camera phone classifieds across its national network of 200+ student-run campus sites. By October 31st, Daily Jolt users will be able to buy, sell or share stuff (including textbooks, dorm items, fun videos and local events) by phone!
Undergrads are driving the evolution of classifieds to mobile.Students don't check email and they don't have landlines. They want everything on their mobile phones and send thousands of text messages a month (many to share photos and videos).
"IQzone's powerful technology for broadcasting mobile classifieds will soon be available as part of the site's relaunch on our growing network of student-run college sites," said Mark Miller, President of The Daily Jolt.
IQzone worked closely with undergrads at Arizona State University to develop its Snap-Send-Sell service. Many of the start-up's team members are ASU Alumni and some are still students. The result: the first mobile classified ad broadcasting service.
"IQzone combines the best of Craigslist and YouTube on a phone,"said IQzone CEO, Michael Bates. "Daily Jolt will introduce our technology to thousands of college students. We couldn't ask for a better partnership to reach our target market!"
According to MSNBC, there are currently more than 17 million college students in the U.S. Harris Interactive recently reported that 93% of college students carry a mobile phone while Campus Media Group says nearly 85% send and receive text messages.
It's as easy as Snap Send Sell(TM)
1.) Take a video or photo with your phone
2.) Add your text, price and zip
3.) Send to firstname.lastname@example.org!
IQzone instantly expands text-message abbreviations and auto-categorizes the item for simple search. Ads instantly broadcast to the universe of free online classifieds and RSS Feeds. Once live, ads posted on the Daily Jolt's campus sites will also be shareable on Facebook.
There is nothing to download. Users can remain anonymous via voice or text-message and may delete ads whenever they want. Users'anonymity is preserved and their mobile numbers will never be revealed. It's simple, it's fast, and it's FREE!
"Daily Jolt users are going to react very positively to sharing their information with others in their college community. This is what The Daily Jolt is about and together, with IQzone, we are pleased to be the first to marry a large community with IQzone's great features," added Miller. "Students, stay tuned!"
JupiterResearch projects the U.S. online classified ad market will reach $3.7 billion in 2009. Gartner estimates the global number of camera phones will reach 1 billion by 2010. CTIA reported 158 billion text messages were sent nationwide last year.
The AlwaysOn Network (led by Tony Perkins, Founder of Red Herring/Upside Magazine) named IQzone as one of the Top 100 Private Companies of 2007. With 1000+ nominations worldwide, the award honors the best in disruptive innovation.
About IQzone, Inc.
IQzone, Inc. is the future of classified advertising. Snap Send Sell(TM) - use your mobile phone to post a video or photo classified ad in less than 60 seconds. Video brings ads to life. Simply take a video or photo with your phone, add your text, price and zip, and send to email@example.com. Our intelligent agent maximizes exposure of IQzone ads, broadcasting them to the universe of free online classifieds and RSS Feeds. Buyers connect with sellers in real-time by setting mobile or RSS alerts for items they are interested in. They can also share ads with their Facebook Friends and search IQzone using their mobile phone or the web. To protect users' privacy, buyers and sellers can remain anonymous via voice or text message. IQzone, Inc. is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. www.iqzone.com
About The Daily Jolt
The Daily Jolt provides a technology platform for college students and oversees a network of 200 student-run college community information and conversation portals. The Jolt is a start page for thousands of students and 500,000 students use their campus' Jolt site regularly at schools like Amherst, Brown and Johns Hopkins. The Daily Jolt provides students with the tools to navigate their life on campus including the most active forums of any college site providing a place for students to talk openly, anonymously and to engage in a conversation and/or ask questions of the community. There are campus dining menus, food guides, humorous professor quotes, event listings, news, weather, local classifieds, procrastination features, as well as ride, housing and job boards. www.dailyjolt.com
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