I have a story that I would like to share about at least one person with the organization that is a real gentleman. When I decided to do the POI on Carlos O'Kellys I went to their web site to see if there was anything I could download to help me out. They had the addresses of all of their locations but I couldn't see any easy way of capturing the list, so I decided to email them explaining what I was looking for and for what reason. I reasoned that if they had a listing of all their addresses on the site there was probably a file on someones computer.
So a couple of days later I get an email from their Director Of Special Projects with an Excel file attached of all 49 their addresses and an apology that he couldn't do any more for me. After I geocoded the addresses I emailed him back thanking him and attached the geocoded csv file.
Monday I received a big padded envelop in the mail that contained a Carlos O'Kellys cap, three coupons, a letter of thanks, and a standing invitation for a free lunch if I'm ever in Wichita, KS
Some business are starting to learn the value of POIs, it's like getting free advertising. If we have the business on our POI, there's more chance in patronizing their business. I just wish that other big companies would follow.
Never even heard of Carlos O'Kellys till now.
That's great, I hope you sent him a link to the page where his POI File is so that he could see how his company is being represented. You may also want to see if he would take a picture of one of his restaurants so that we can have it attached to the file also.
I did send him a link to the site. The next time I get to their closest Place to me which is fifty miles, I'll pop a picture and send it to you. That is another one of my passions, Photography, to be exact blues photography.
Great story! I love COK. We have one right down the road.
On another note, if there are websites like that where people would like to extract addresses, I have a couple scripts that can scrape data from most sites. That's how I got a few thousand ATM addresses in the POIs that I submitted. Send me a PM if anyone would like help with that.
I'm waiting for them to do corned beef & cabbage tacos on St. Patrick's day...isn't that what a Mexican-Irish place should do?
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