Mobile with Mario: Contest, ooVoo, and Odd Habits of Small Biz Owners

Welcome to our weekly Mobile with Mario column.

Each week we bring you articles from Small Biz Go Mobile’s Mario Armstrong – tech expert, commentator and digital lifestyle expert – featuring hot topics, products and trends in mobility and small business.

It’s Official: Smartphones are More Important than Hygiene

When we last checked in with Manta, they released some promising survey data indicating that Small Businesses are hiring. Their latest survey, however, tells us a little bit more about the modern Small Business owner and entrepreneur. While it’s within their margin of error, more small business owners check their email on their mobile device first thing in the morning (32%) than brush their teeth (31%). The age of the smartphone has truly arrived. Check out the full survey information and more about the new Manta app for iPhone here.

Even Construction Workers are Doing Mobile Teleconferencing with Oovoo

Last week, the Small Biz Go Mobile team got to check out some of the coolest new technologies at Digital Experience 2011 in New York City. One exhibitor that really caught our attention was the ooVoo booth. The folks over at ooVoo claim they can fix the problems with other teleconferencing platforms, and from what we’ve seen they might be right. Now, you can easily meet with the guys in LA, New York, Detroit, Austin, and Chicago simultaneously–even from your mobile device.

Win a Free Business Consultation with Tech Expert Mario Armstrong

The Small Biz Go Mobile team is running a huge contest this week, giving away three chances to win a 20-minute one-on-one call with digital lifestyle expert Mario Armstrong. Want to know how to best take advantage of your smartphone or tablet? Have questions about branding or social media? Just want someone to bounce some business ideas off of? Mario Armstrong is here to answer your pressing questions. The contest is free and easy to enter, so why not head over and enter today!

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Laura plans and manages Smallbiztechnology's live and virtual events, including the five-city Small Business Technology Tour, now in its third year. She also produces events for clients through her event planning company, L2 Event Production. Her popular roundups of events and competitions for small businesses is published weekly on and Small Business Trends.

One thought on “Mobile with Mario: Contest, ooVoo, and Odd Habits of Small Biz Owners

  1. Anonymous

    Thank you for this article selection, it is always interesting to learn about hot topics in the mobile industry and find out random fun facts about small businesses. The first article about hygiene is very amusing. But it makes sense if we think about it: many people check their phones first thing after they wake up and only then go on with their morning routines.
    Milos from mobile content provider


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