PRODUCT DEFINITION, PRODUCT STRATEGY, CONTENT PRODUCTION, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
BUILDING THE BEST FOOD PLATFORM
Best Dish — 2014
A regular office lunchtime debate one day spilled into our chat, and a new idea was formed. What if there was a way to democratically decide the best dishes in each town; ranking a great slice or standout pizza is easy enough, but how would you know about the french restaurant that consistently had the best burger in town?
Rob and I got to work; the look had to be bold and the platform had to be simple. I fought hard to make something I'd never seen before, a mobile web experience with large buttons and bold graphics that felt more like a game than a website. It attempted to recapture the fun of Foursquare that competing with Yelp had long-since drained away.
Mobelux was supportive of the idea and gave us budgets for MVP product, an early batch of promotional items (my DIY button-maker came in handy) and some on-the-ground marketing at SXSW and Taste Talks in Brooklyn. A supportive community in Richmond provided us a few dozen early "backers" who paid $20 a-piece to support the idea and put their face on our site, and a few local businesses and restaurants who gave us a few hundred dollars to prove that people would pay for advertising space.
Best Dish launched with one dish (pizza, naturally) in Richmond, and expanded to a full 8 dishes. We then started adding cities (DC, NYC, Austin) and dishes as we went. What we had in design, a killer platform, and chutzpah, we lacked in a legitimate marketing support. The idea failed to gain traction outside our regional hub, and sadly we had to shutter the site, but not before gaining the attention of one important group; The Infatuation. The termination of Best Dish led to a long-term partnership for Mobelux, the best marketing the company could have asked for.