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New business and residential directory seeker arrives in the UK

Directory service seeker arrives in the UK with business and residential app for iPhone and Android


London, UK ---- seeker http://www.seeker.co.uk a business and residential directory service touches down in the UK.
 
seeker is specifically built for smartphones and available from launch on both iPhone and Android devices.  Users can also search the seeker database on the web via their desktop.  seeker is also one of the only directory services that cater for both business and residential listings.
    
Dr. Klaus Mapara, CEO at seeker comments, “seeker offers businesses the opportunity to become a ‘brand in the hand’ of its customers, with the free basic listing including a business’ address, telephone number/s and opening hours.  The seeker app will make it easier than ever before for customers to find a business while they are out and about.  Research* shows that 95 per cent of smartphone users look for local information while on the go, 77 per cent of those users contacted the business either visiting the store or calling it and almost half of those went on to make a purchase.”

The seeker directory is built from databases licensed by different content providers including BT Residential and DA Services, adhering to strict data and information policies.  Businesses in the UK will be contacted in the coming months to verify their details.  Mapara explains, “All of the details we hold are checked for accuracy and opt-in consent by our UK call centre and/or via email directly with the business.”

seeker is straightforward to use and allows business owners to update and change their details at any point themselves, with changes reflected across the app and web within approximately two working days. The basic account listing for businesses is free, with an upgraded profile (seeker plus) that can include images, services, pricing etc., available for those businesses interested in increasing visibility and conversion.  

Mapara adds, “For users in London, the app will also contain up-to-date information on Barclays Bicycle Hire, which is updated directly from the Transport for London (TfL) website every three minutes.  At the click of a button, users will be able to see where their nearest Barclays bike station is, how many bikes are available to hire and how many stations are free if they are returning a bike.”  

“The seeker app also contains information on the upcoming London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including venues, what sports are being played where and direct links to official websites to learn more,” concludes Mapara.

seeker is free for users to download from the Apple App Store for the iPhone http://bit.ly/seekeriOS and Google Play for Android http://bit.ly/seekerandroid and to use on the web.   seeker is an established player in the directory space in Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Switzerland and the USA.  

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----Notes to editors----

seeker is written with a lower case ‘s’, including at the start of sentences.

* Research notes
Source: The Mobile Movement Study, Google/Ipsos OTX MediaCT, April 2011
Base: 5,013 smartphone users
-    95% of smartphone users looked for local information
-    77% contacted a business (61% called and 59% visited)
-    44% made a purchase (22% purchased online and 36% in store)
-    54% visited the website of the business
-    22% recommended the business / service to someone
-    20% read or wrote a review about the business
-    19% added the business to a ‘favourites’ list

Download the seeker app for:
iPhone from the Apple App Store http://bit.ly/seekeriOS
Android from Google Play http://bit.ly/seekerandroid

Images are available of the seeker smartphone app including functionality (including Barclays Bike and Olympic functionality) for Android, iPhone and web upon request.

The media spokespeople for seeker are Dr. Klaus Mapara, CEO and Simon Kiesel Marketing Manager at seeker both of whom are available for interview. Photographs are available of the seeker team.

More information and images are available at http://bit.ly/seeker-media-info or by visiting the Elemental media centre at http://www.elementalcomms.co.uk/media.

About seeker

seeker is a business and residential directory service built specifically for use on smartphones.  seeker is available to download free on both iPhone and Android devices.

The seeker directory is built from databases licensed by content providers including and DA Services, it is updated and verified by seeker’s UK call centre daily and adhere to strict data and information policies.  It is one of only very few directory services that caters for both business and residential listings, and is free for users and businesses.  seeker offers an upgraded version, seeker plus, for businesses wishing to increase visibility.

seeker is available in Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Switzerland and the USA.  It was developed by Krick Group http://www.krick.com, a privately owned and operated directory publisher in Germany since 1946.

Follow seeker on Twitter @seekerit
Like seeker on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/seekerit


Tags: seeker, seeker app, mobile app, business directory, residential directory, directory app, London app, business finder app