BHS grad develops app

Courtesy photo Blackfoot High School graduate Ron Howard (left) and his sons Troy and Trevor have developed a phone app which enables a business to get immediate video reviews from their customers and to post them to the Web.
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BOB HUDSON
Staff Writer

As a business owner you want to know what your customers think of your service.
No doubt you've seen the postcards which ask you to rate your service, then drop your card in a box by the cash register or into a mailbox.
Ron Howard, a former Blackfoot resident, thinks that's so 20th century.
"My sons and I were looking at what motivated us and our business," Howard said in describing his newest entry into the way companies do business.
Howard and his sons Troy and Trevor operate an Internet-based company called OnTopLocal. Their home base is in Gilbert, Ariz.
Their newest product is a smartphone app which allows customers to rate a business' service and immediately send that review into cyberspace, where it will provide additional buzz for the business.
"It's so easy," Howard said of the business reviews the app creats. "But nobody on the planet has it.
"This is unique," Howard said. "We think this could go big because nobody has it."
The app includes a one-time charge of $99 and a monthly charge of $50. Learn more at www.sotellus.com.
Howard graduated from Blackfoot High, then moved on to Ricks College, Idaho State and Utah State.
Before beginning his Internet-based business 15 years ago, Howard sold encyclopedias and advertising.
Now he and his sons are involved in Web development, social media and the like.
His wife Karen, also a Blackfoot High graduate, is also involved in the company.

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