by Carey Pinkowski
As tech-toting individuals increasingly pack sophisticated smartphones and or other expensive electronic devices on them, they're bond at times to forget those items on the bus, train or plane. Lost-and-found items, at times, end-up in the hands of good Samaritans. Although those good-hearted finders might have good intentions of wanting to return lost-and-found items, in most cases, they have no way of doing so because the devices might be locked or the batteries might have ran out of juice before they were found.
WWCLICK.com, Inc. recently launched its lost-and-found service which helps finders return lost-and-found items that might be locked or have dead batteries when they were found. ReturnMyShit.com, a newly created website with an unusual domain name as a part of its marketing strategies, uses QR Code (Quick Response Code) with a MySQL database front-ended with WordPress to help finders easily locate owners of lost-and-found smartphones, tablets, keys, cameras, PDAs, laptops, binoculars, backpacks, wallets, purses, golf clubs, power tools, textbooks… you get the picture.
I recently spoke with Charles Mombo, founder of WWCLICK.com and asked him, “What up with the name ReturnMyShit.com?” He said, “It's the right voice for the smart electronic device generation; we are speaking the language of today's customers.” “It is no surprise that we are receiving kudos from brand and marketing gurus on the Internet,” Mombo added.
On what differentiates ReturnMyShit.com from other lost-and-found websites out there, Mombo said, “Our service does not dictate how much money you reward the finder of your device. In our database, we provide an optional field “Reward if Found,” that allows you to specify how much money to give as an incentive to motivate the finder in returning your lost and found item.”
So, how does ReturnMyShit.com works? I tested ReturnMyShit.com – after I signed up by registering on their site, I received an email telling me to confirm my email address and to make payment before my account can become activated. After my email confirmation and payment, I received another email telling me to update my profile. At that point, I was able to login and enter update my profile by entering an alternative phone number, device type, and serial number etc. I was also able to select the amount of money that I was willing to paid the finder as an incentive. After I updated my profile, I received a jpeg image with my unique QR code. I nicely printed my code on a 1.5-inch Avery easy peel white square labels 22805. As listed in their “FAQ” section, you can print the QR Code on white paper and attach it to your electronic device using 2-inch clear packing tape. Few day later, I received a printed sticker with my unique custom QR Code sticker in the mail. The sticker is placed on the case or back of the electronic device. If lost-and-found, the finder will simply scan the unique custom QR code and will be taken directly to my personalized webpage (URL) containing my profile information.
ReturnMyShit.com is powered by WWCLICK.com, Inc., a Chicago-based a social media marketing, search engine optimization and business strategy consulting firm. WWCLICK.com, Inc. was started by Charles Mombo who has background in LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) and Operating Systems such as UNIX, Linux Red Hat, MVS, Windows, MVS/XA, and MVS/ESA. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, a Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems (MSMIS) with emphasis in e-Commerce and a Master degree in Business Administration (MBA).