Location Based Reminders can help your business by letting your employees know that X task needs to be done once they are near (or at) a specific location. This can be used for delivery reminders, appointment checklists and even simple things such as ‘remember to take your hat’. There’s so much opportunity for this that I’ve started even using it for my personal life as well as for my business.
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Using location based reminders is just like regular reminders based on time, except based on your current location. Instead of a 7am alarm to get out of bed, you could use a location based reminder to remind you to take your meeting notes for the day as soon as you get to the car park.
Let’s start about a few things first. First let’s get you a detailed definition of location based reminders, then explain how they work, then give you a quick list of some smartphone apps that allow you to use location based reminders and then give you some examples.
What are location based reminders?
Location based reminders are automated reminders that go off when you are near (or at) a certain, preset, location. A usual reminder might be something like “at 6pm, pick up the kids from soccer practice.” But a location based reminder is more along the lines of “when you’re near the local Whole Foods, remember to also get the wild rice.”
Not every system allows for these things. Only recently, Google’s note program “Keep” allow set setting off the reminder based on your location. The Google Now service has sort of been able to do this for a short amount of time. Siri (for the iPhone) has had this built in since the iPhone 4S came out. Siri location based reminders, so far, seem to be more versatile than the Android ones so far.
Siri Location Based Reminders
Siri location based reminders have been around for a while. All you have to do it say something such as “remind me to get flowers when I get to work.” If your WORK address is set, it’ll remind you to get flowers once you arrive. If you hadn’t set the work address, Siri will ask you then to set that address.
Better yet, you can also set more locations and even customize them for full effect.
This article explains it better than I can: How To Use Siri Location Based Reminders.
Android Location Based Reminders
Sadly, there hasn’t been much development on this. The lastest news is that Google Keep has it, and that Google Now has sort of had it. There are a few small apps (paid and non with great ratings) that will do it (sort of). So take your pickings.
Google Keep location based reminders seem to work rather well, so far.
My only complaint is that it doesn’t have ‘custom locations’. Bummers.
Business uses for location based reminders
Say one of your employees is out doing deliveries. When he’s dropping off the packages, the location based reminder can let him know to also remember to pick up the TPS reports and leave the memo from the corporate office.
When you’re traveling, you can remind yourself to double check your luggage. Or even when leaving for the airport, you can remind yourself to make sure you took the project files.
A real estate example: if you’re showing properties, you can remind yourself (based on house you’re about to see) the greatest features and self-notes you wrote. Sure, you could write some of those into the documents, but then the clients will see that. So instead quickly read your reminder memo and you’ll remember all you needed to.
Remind yourself to call to the office before entering the building. Remember to pick up certain packages. Or even special delivery instructions.