Shoutem – Mobile App Creator – Make App http://blog.shoutem.com Apps should be easy Mon, 08 Feb 2016 15:45:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Multiple application icons http://blog.shoutem.com/2016/02/08/multiple-application-icons/ http://blog.shoutem.com/2016/02/08/multiple-application-icons/#respond Mon, 08 Feb 2016 15:45:04 +0000 http://blog.shoutem.com/?p=9933 With a few million active mobile apps in the app stores, it can be hard for your app to stand out and be discovered. App icon can be a key to getting users to download and try your app, and

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With a few million active mobile apps in the app stores, it can be hard for your app to stand out and be discovered. App icon can be a key to getting users to download and try your app, and with that in mind, we’re introducing small, but a valuable improvement.

Once you login into Shoutem app builder, under Design → Graphics section, you were able to upload application icon that was used for both Android and iPhone app. While using one app icon design file for both platforms was acceptable in most cases, some users experienced problems while uploading a transparent icon.

There’s a significant difference between Google Play and App store regarding app icon rules. Transparent icons are supported on Android devices, but for iOS devices, app icon images can’t contain alpha channels or transparencies. If the transparent icon was uploaded for an app icon, the transparent area would automatically be filled with black background, causing drastic design changes.

But, the time has come to archive this problem once and for all and stop forcing users to choose which app version will have a better-looking icon. Now, once you open Graphics section under Design tab, you will be able to upload two different icons, each dedicated to a specific platform, and have a high-quality app icon for both iPhone and Android app.

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Start experimenting with your app icon today and once you’re ready, notify our support team to resubmit your app on stores to apply app icon changes.

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Success Stories: PCB Social http://blog.shoutem.com/2016/01/16/pcb-social/ http://blog.shoutem.com/2016/01/16/pcb-social/#respond Sat, 16 Jan 2016 13:48:43 +0000 http://blog.shoutem.com/?p=9911 This week’s success stories brings you PCB Social app – an app that will make your visit to Panama City Beach unique and like no other.

What is PCB Social app and who is it for?

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This week’s success stories brings you PCB Social app – an app that will make your visit to Panama City Beach unique and like no other.

What is PCB Social app and who is it for?

PCB Social allows tourists, spring breakers, and locals alike, a one-stop mobile app experience like no other. From daily weather and surf report, to a database of all of the must see places that make Panama City Beach unique, there is something for everyone. Other great features include: coupons, news, events, and social media integration to create a community of people who love Panama City Beach.

How did you come up with the idea to make an app?

I usually go to Walt Disney World every year and consider myself someone who knows the attraction very well. They rolled out a mobile app a few years ago that helped visitors around the parks and gave them information such as real-time wait times. It completely changed my experience for the good and then a light bulb came on. If one of the biggest companies in the world is doing it and I know first hand the benefits of a mobile app, then it must be doing well. I took the same concept and developed my own localized app for Panama City Beach, FL.

What planning and preparation did you make before going into the process of making an app?

As with any new venture, I always study and analyze similar competition to better understand what makes them successful and what I can do differently to bring more features to my end-users. With PCB Social, I wanted to create a beach themed app that was easy to use and navigate. I had an idea of what I wanted it to look like so I started playing around with making a logo and the rest is history. I am now bringing in ad revenue and am looking to start my own product line at the beginning of the year.

What are the main features included in your app?

I am constantly looking for more things to add to the app to keep people interested. Currently, users are able to check the weather, surf report, beach cameras, local places (food, hotels, attractions, etc.), local events and articles, as well as a social feed for everyone to share their pictures of Panama City Beach.

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How easy was to make the app using Shoutem?

With anything new, there is always a learning curve. I have a technology background, so it was fairly easy for me to get started. Once I learned the ins-and-outs of the online builder, updating the app and changing things around was a breeze.

How was the app received in the community?

I created an entire city directory within PCB Social for both locals and tourists to find anything that Panama City Beach has to offer. I included all types of local events to keep people in the loop on what’s going on at any given day. By giving free local promotion, the app has really just taken off. A friend will tell a friend that their music gig is in a local app, and that friend will tell their friends about it. Believe it or not, many local businesses don’t even have a Facebook. I have provided them with a free tool to help bring in business and they love it.

Why is the combination of mobile, social and local a win-win combination these days?

I can’t tell you how many different articles are out there saying that the mobile platform is doubling and tripling year after year. Since the push of smartphones, almost everyone has one in their pocket. The majority of the population is on at least one social media service and people like to stay connected. Incorporating local community and you have a winning solution. When people can take their phone out of their pocket and see localized information along with a social media aspect that keeps them coming back, it’s just a no-brainer to create something people will enjoy.

What advice would you give to people who are planning to make an app?

I believe one of the most important focuses you need to, while planning to make an app, identify your target audience. Design your app based on the demographic who will be using it. For PCB Social, I wanted to go with a minimalistic and easy to use platform because of the wide range of age groups who I would be marketing to. Often times people who did not grow up with the modern technology we now have been easily confused and quickly become frustrated if they are unable to understand how to navigate through an app. Poor design can lead to bad reviews and uninstalls which can all be avoided by careful planning ahead of time.

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Success Stories: BikeAid http://blog.shoutem.com/2016/01/08/success-stories-bikeaid/ http://blog.shoutem.com/2016/01/08/success-stories-bikeaid/#respond Fri, 08 Jan 2016 14:46:58 +0000 http://blog.shoutem.com/?p=9901 This week’s success stories brings the story of a BikeAid app, global bike services locator. BikeAid app is everything you need to have when driving on your two wheels and 50,000+ app users and app downloaders think the same!

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This week’s success stories brings the story of a BikeAid app, global bike services locator. BikeAid app is everything you need to have when driving on your two wheels and 50,000+ app users and app downloaders think the same!

What is BikeAid app and who is it for?

BikeAid is a global bike store locator app. It is for anyone who is traveling around to a new city and wants to find a bike store or anyone that wants to find a selection of bike stores in their current city.

When did you realize that you need a mobile application for your organization?

After traveling overseas and needing a part for my bike, the idea came about. Being in a foreign country and with traditional search options not being very helpful, I thought if only there was an app to show me all the local bike stores.

What planning and preparation did you make before actually creating the app?

Firstly, we curated bike store listings from our local country, New Zealand, and worked on that before deciding to make a truly global app that everyone can use.

What are the main features included in the app?

We have the bike store locator feature, which currently covers bike store listings in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, USA, Canada and the UK. Europe will be added soon. We also have a bike news & info section, for avid riders to keep up to date with global cycling news.

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Was it easy to make the using Shoutem builder?

Yes, Shoutem was an amazing find! With no previous coding experience and just an idea, we were able to make the bones of our app very quickly. With the added Mobilizer test app, it makes it easy to see the progress of the app in real time.

How was BikeAid received in the community?

It’s gone great with the cycling community in general. An interesting function that the app is being used for is that several cycle industry sales reps are using it to make their sales calls on bike stores. Working out which store is going to be best to call on next from their current location. It’s cool to create something that others can use to make their day a little easier.

Why do you think the combination of mobile, social and local is a win-win combination these days?

A lot of people are now connected for most of the day. Having that combo means that we can be engaged more with our users where they are spending their time.

What advice would you give to people who are planning to make an app?

There are so many apps available across both platforms now, so it pays to search to see what is out there and possibly how many apps are doing something similar to what you want to do. After that, I’d say go for it!

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Goodbye 2015, Welcome 2016! http://blog.shoutem.com/2015/12/28/happy-new-year-2016/ http://blog.shoutem.com/2015/12/28/happy-new-year-2016/#respond Mon, 28 Dec 2015 19:11:06 +0000 http://blog.shoutem.com/?p=9881 2016 is knocking on the doors, and we hope that you are enjoying the Holidays Season. We just wanted to say THANK YOU for using Shoutem and give you a small recap of 2015 from our standpoint.

2015 was an

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2016 is knocking on the doors, and we hope that you are enjoying the Holidays Season. We just wanted to say THANK YOU for using Shoutem and give you a small recap of 2015 from our standpoint.

2015 was an incredible year for the Shoutem team, and we just wanted to express our gratitude for the inexhaustible trust and support coming from our valued clients and partners.On the behalf of the entire Shoutem team, we wish you a Happy New Year and prosperous 2016!

We’ve prepared a recap of 2015 from our standpoint, hope you’ll like it!

7 Reasons why you could get an app rejection from Apple

As you plan and develop your app for iOS, you’ll have to make sure it meets Apple requirements. We bring you seven most common reasons why Apple could reject your app.

Create an app for your Nokia 3310!

We just couldn’t resist and miss a chance on the 1st of April!

Know your users – statistics are here!

We introduced our brand new module, App Statistics, where you can  learn more about customer engagement and gain some hard data to help you improve your content and communication strategy.

Android Apps Have A New Rating System

Last May Google Play introduced a new app content rating system in order to help consumers with their purchases, and we created a short guide on how to rate your Android app.

Shoutem 3D Factory Giveaway

Our support team got their hands on a 3D printer and made some cool keychains!

How to write an app update description?

App updates are great for both app users and apps – updates mean that developers are always working on improving the app, keeping in mind better customer experience with each update. However, from time to time, some app updates emerge with silly/funny descriptions of the new version.

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Together, we’re doing great things, and we encourage you to keep sending us feedback to repeat more positive stories like this one.

How to make gorgeous screenshots for your app

App screenshots are the first thing user notice once they access your app page within a given app store., Your screenshots must grab their attention immediately. Gorgeous, visually enhanced screenshots and artwork can make a difference and drive your users towards app downloads.

Ahoy, me Hearties! Saturday be yer lucky day!

It is an enjoyable holiday, Talk like a Pirate Day, to celebrate, and here at Shoutem, we love to be a part of it. You don’t need an excuse to talk like a pirate in general, and office communication is way funnier this way.

What Bluetooth and a Medieval King have in common?

You’ve probably wondered about origins of Bluetooth’s name, but there’s a slim chance you haven’t invested much time researching it, so prepare for a quick history lesson.

Introducing Shoutem Affiliate Program

We introduced a brand new way to partner up with Shoutem – our brand new Affiliate Program!

This Halloween, we’re handing out treats!

Being a business owner is not an easy job. Running a business with significant results and stable growth is every CEO’s dream, but it’s a challenge and you don’t want to become Dr.Frankenstein and experiment with your business, do you?

How to Debut Like a Rock Star on Europe’s Biggest Tech Stage

We decided to share our story; the first-hand experience on how to prepare for the big stage, attract companies Coca-Cola, Shaw Academy, Vice, TechCrunch and shine on the biggest tech stage in Europe.

10 Black Friday ‘Star Wars’ Survival Tips

In order to rule Black Friday, take a few tips from Han Solo, Yoda, Darth Vader and other characters from Star Wars. May the Force be with you!

Goodbye 2015, welcome 2016!

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Success Stories: Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria http://blog.shoutem.com/2015/12/18/success-stories-cotto-enoteca-pizzeria/ http://blog.shoutem.com/2015/12/18/success-stories-cotto-enoteca-pizzeria/#respond Fri, 18 Dec 2015 14:54:21 +0000 http://blog.shoutem.com/?p=9869 This week’s success stories brings you Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria app and its story on how they improved customer experience, boosted engagement and differentiated from the competition.

What is Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria app and who is it for?

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This week’s success stories brings you Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria app and its story on how they improved customer experience, boosted engagement and differentiated from the competition.

What is Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria app and who is it for?

The Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria app is designed to allow Cotto’s customers to earn points for every visit, and to be able to redeem those points for free menu item rewards. Besides the robust loyalty feature, the app also has a visual food and drink menu, exclusive offers, an online reservation tool, and a newsfeed of our latest content.

When did you realize that you need a mobile application for your organization?

It’s actually quite funny because we never even meant to get an app developed for our restaurant. Someone approached us, and we decided to see what they could do, but it turned out not to suit our needs. At that point, as the digital marketing manager of Cotto, I decided to see if I could create an app myself by using an online app building tool. I was mainly looking for an app builder that had a good loyalty module, a Mailchimp integration, and a newsfeed with a modern UI. I honestly searched the web for three weeks until I decided on Shoutem, which turned out to be a great decision.

What kind of impact did the application have on the community?

I think the app has really allowed us to differentiate ourselves to our customers. Not only does it show that we are a modern and cutting edge, but also that we care enough to offer our customers a loyalty program. We offer tons of free points on our social media, and every user gets a free pizza on their birthday. There has been only good feedback from our customers.

Could you name a few advantages of mobile as communication channel and platform?

The ability to communicate with our customers directly to their phones has been extremely helpful to launch campaigns and attract attention to our products, promotions, and announcements. The biggest advantage is that the app acts as the central point of all of our marketing efforts. Because of the robust loyalty system, we can track ROI through the analytics dashboard and see that our customers are using the app in-store, and it’s bringing them back often. You can’t really get that type of measurable data from regular social media alone. By leveraging our app on our other platforms such as social media and email, we are able to acquire new customers and bring back our regular customers more often.

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How do you promote your app? What channels do you use and what do you find most successful?

For a local restaurant like us, the best way to promote the app is when a customer comes into our restaurant. In every menu, we have a small ad for the app, as well as a postcard with more information about the benefits, and why they should download it (we offer 20 free points). The server also makes sure to ask the customer if they have downloaded the app, because otherwise they won’t be able to collect their points for that particular visit. Beyond the in-store interaction, we advertise our app on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. However, with a loyalty app, it’s important not just to say “Hey we have this cool app.” Instead, we create engaging content like posting a picture of the menu item and asking our followers to guess what dish it is, with the winner being rewarded with 50 points, and all the runner-ups with 20 points each. People like free stuff, and we just tie it in with our app.

How easy was to make the app using Shoutem?

The design dashboard is remarkably user-friendly. It was a breeze to create my vision of our ideal app within the platform. Every aspect is very intuitive, and if I ever had any questions, I would just send support an email, to which they always responded promptly. There is also quite an in-depth learning center with videos and articles to help along the way.

What advice would you give to people who are planning to make an app?

You have to understand what your goals for creating the app. If you’re creating an app just for the sake of being trendy, then you are going to waste a lot of time and money. Once you understand your goals, you can start to play around with some templates and figure out which UI/UX will be the most optimal for accomplishing those goals. Also, think about how the app will complement your other marketing efforts. Finally, make sure you create an effective distribution strategy for acquiring users. You can create the best app in the world, but if you struggle to get downloads, it will go to waste.

Why do you think communities like Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria need a mobile strategy?

It’s important to have a mobile strategy because that is where most consumers want to communicate nowadays. Also, with the growing content clutter of social networks, it’s harder and harder to capture your followers attention and get them to listen to what you have to say. With your own app, it opens up a line of direct communication between your business and your customers.

To anyone building an app, I highly recommend reading Nir Eyal’s book “Hooked – How to build habit-forming products.”

If you’d like to follow my personal account, my Twitter handle is @TamirBarzilai

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Update your app before it’s too late! http://blog.shoutem.com/2015/12/08/9840/ http://blog.shoutem.com/2015/12/08/9840/#respond Tue, 08 Dec 2015 17:42:10 +0000 http://blog.shoutem.com/?p=9840 This Holiday Season started with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and as we’re diving deeper into December, it’s time to take final actions to make sure your app will shine in the peak of the Holiday Season.

Regardless of your

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This Holiday Season started with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and as we’re diving deeper into December, it’s time to take final actions to make sure your app will shine in the peak of the Holiday Season.

Regardless of your favorite December holiday, whether is it Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Festivus, you will not be able to update or publish your app in the App Store due to Holiday Shutdown. If you’re not aware, from December 22-29, annual Holiday Shutdown will hit iTunes Connect so be sure to make any changes on your app before December 18.

What does Annual Holiday Shutdown mean for YOU?

As an App Publisher, once the iTunes Connect closes its doors, you will not be able to send an update or publish your app. Complete app update submission and app submission processes will be put on hold – bug fixes, new app versions, price changes or any similar changes cannot be applied to your app.

To prevent any potential damage, like bad reviews and bugs, we strongly advise you to contact our support team before December 18, so we can update or submit your app on time.

What’s the reason behind the Annual Holiday Shutdown?

There’re few reasons why Apple shuts down iTunes Connect during the holiday.

  • Download numbers are highest during the holidays

Let’s face it, holidays are the perfect time to buy a new gadget, either for yourself or to someone you care about – iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch. And what’s the first thing you’ll do once the new favorite gadget is turned on? Download a bunch of apps. In the last quarter of 2014, Apple sold 74.5 million smartphones, so it’s easy to spot why holiday season aggregates most downloads. Also, the iTunes Gift Card adds a significant number of downloads.

  • Not so white hat (fair) promo strategies

We all want our app to hit the Top Charts in the App Store and to be installed on millions of devices worldwide, but to achieve that, you need to invest a lot of time, hard work, preparation and marketing efforts.

Some developers will try to use “sneaky” tactics to end up in the Top Charts. One of the best examples is a huge price drop – during the holiday season, a price would drop massively, but after the holidays are gone, the price would go back to regular price. Apple doesn’t allow this type of “gaming” App Store charts and any price changes cannot be done until the Shutdown is over.

  • Apple’s review team deserves holidays too

Ever wondered why it takes 4 – 7 days for Apple to review your app, and why your Android app reviews last just a few hours? That’s because Apple review team reviews manually every single app submitted in the App Store. Manual review of every app generates tons of work and Shutdown is a perfect time to give a much-needed holiday break to the Review Team. On the other hand, Google Play Store has automated app update and submission process, although, Google announced manual review for submission process in March, so maybe we’ll see a similar lockdown in the near future.

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Why you NEED to update your app before the Shutdown:

As we mentioned before, Apple sales always explode in the last quarter and holidays are the perfect time to onboard new users.

Just imagine a scenario where your app is outdated and new updates weren’t applied before the shutdown, or you simply haven’t prepared a new update. Instead of skyrocketing the number of downloads and ratings, you’re taking the risk of having a buggy app in the store. Don’t forget that the app, in the best scenario, will be updated in 2+ weeks once iTunes Connect starts accepting app for an update or submission – it’s a lot of time to lose app installs, and consequences could be devastating.

  • High bounce rate

Millions of new users will explore App Store and test different apps to find a perfect one just for them, and that could be your app. But, what happens when a user opens the app affected by bugs? 71% of users will uninstall the app immediately if the app crashes or hangs.  48% of users will uninstall the app if they are unsatisfied with UI and UX. Chances for getting users to reinstall your app and to give it another shot are very low. That’s what we call a poor bet.

  • Negative reviews

A buggy app will not only lead to a high bounce rates, but it will also drive users to leave a negative app review. Before the users check written reviews, App Store displays a “star rank” of your app, from 1-5. A low rated app will repel users from downloading it, plus the app will have lower rankings in Top Charts and App Store searches. In case users still want to give it a shot, first thing to check why the app is so low rated will be reviews written by others. And even if your app doesn’t have a bad rating, negative reviews could be the last nail in the coffin for your app this holiday season. Would you download the app with only 2 stars and with 20 negative reviews? Of course you wouldn’t.

  • Bye-bye monetization

Lower rankings in Top Charts and App Store searches will lead to less visibility, which will drive fewer downloads and the perfect opportunity to monetize your app in the most profitable part of the year will vanish.

Plan your strategy in time and enjoy peaceful holidays

If you don’t want to be caught in the Holiday Shutdown ambush, we’ve prepared a few steps that will secure happy and pleasant holidays.

  • Update your app regularly

Shipping a new app version in the app stores should be a developers habit. It’s much easier to identify bugs, fix and deploy new app version in every month, then to resolve them all successfully once they’ve piled up. Pushing regular updates will also engage customers and give them a sign that you’re always working on improvements and bug fixes, keeping in mind better customer experience with each update. Also, be transparent about your new version releases, don’t go full stand up comedian.

  • Plan, plan, plan

“A goal without a plan is just a wish”, said Antoine de Saint-Exupery a long time ago. Whether it’s a to-do list, activity planner or any third option, that fits your preferences is a must-have. Identify critical time periods, threats, opportunities and act accordingly – you’re not the only one who forgot to update the app. With increased app update and submission request, a review period before the Shutdown can take more than regular 4 – 7 days. If it’s possible, start the review process in the first few days of December.

  • Join the holiday joy

We all love holidays, regardless is it Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Festivus, and app users aren’t an exception. If you’ve managed to publish a new app version on time and evade a possible holiday disaster, bring some holiday cheer into the app. Design a holiday theme, create a Christmassy app icon, give a few “special holiday” loyalty points to users and notify them with push message, be creative and provide something special.

Want something special for holidays? Treat yourself with an amazing, high-quality app!

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Cyber Monday Madness – Last Chance For Lifetime Discount! http://blog.shoutem.com/2015/11/30/grab-your-mouse-and-claim-lifetime-cyber-monday-deals/ http://blog.shoutem.com/2015/11/30/grab-your-mouse-and-claim-lifetime-cyber-monday-deals/#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:08:01 +0000 http://blog.shoutem.com/?p=9800 Thanksgiving and a very busy Black Friday weekend is behind you, and we totally understand if you’ve missed our epic, lifetime deals in all that fuss.

Worry not, we got you covered! Cyber Monday is upon us! We’re still giving

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Thanksgiving and a very busy Black Friday weekend is behind you, and we totally understand if you’ve missed our epic, lifetime deals in all that fuss.

Worry not, we got you covered! Cyber Monday is upon us! We’re still giving you a chance to grab our special, one-time offer and treat yourself to high-quality mobile apps!

From the variety of our Cyber Monday deals, find your perfect one.

Looking for an app for yourself or your business?

50% off on yearly subscription

It doesn’t matter if you’re  tech-savvy, either as a business owner or a creative individual – we know you might need your own app, so we’ve prepared a 50% lifetime discount to help you kickstart your business with your first, amazing app.

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Reseller deals

Our white label reseller program is focused on individuals, agencies or companies that want to expand their current portfolio with new services and build powerful apps for their clients at a fraction of the cost of custom development.

The Start Plan includes your very own white label dashboard, premium support and dashboard access for your clients, while the Medium or Enterprise plans include initial training, dedicated support people, and a white labeled Mobilizer app (application that allows you to explore possibilities of the Shoutem platform and apps)

50% off on yearly subscription

You’ve found the perfect app creator solution in Shoutem? Why not save big and work with higher margins? 50% off on yearly subscription is the key to growing your business!

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30% off on monthly subscription

Not sure if our reseller program will suit you and you don’t want to make a commitment for a year? We’re okay with that, but give us a chance to show you how to expand your business with 30% off on monthly reseller plan!

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Don’t wait for Santa, Our Holiday Season Starts with Black Friday! http://blog.shoutem.com/2015/11/27/dont-wait-for-santa-our-holiday-season-starts-with-black-friday/ http://blog.shoutem.com/2015/11/27/dont-wait-for-santa-our-holiday-season-starts-with-black-friday/#respond Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:12:57 +0000 http://blog.shoutem.com/?p=9775 The North Pole just started preparing for Christmas, so we decided to help bring the Holiday Season closer, with our Black Friday offer – a LIFETIME discount on your app!

Since Santa and his elves are still busy sorting out

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The North Pole just started preparing for Christmas, so we decided to help bring the Holiday Season closer, with our Black Friday offer – a LIFETIME discount on your app!

Since Santa and his elves are still busy sorting out their Naughty or Nice list, we’ve decided to kickstart your Holiday Seasons much sooner. Starting Friday, we will have 3 days of epic Black Friday deals, waiting on you to grab them from the comfort of your home.

From the variety of our deals, find your perfect one.

Looking for an app for yourself or your business?

50% off of our yearly subscription

It doesn’t matter if you’re tech-savvy, either as a business owner or a creative individual – we know you might need your own app, so we’ve prepared a 50% lifetime discount to help you kickstart your business with your first, amazing app.

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Reseller deals

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10 Black Friday ‘Star Wars’ Survival Tips http://blog.shoutem.com/2015/11/26/10-black-friday-survival-tips-from-star-wars/ http://blog.shoutem.com/2015/11/26/10-black-friday-survival-tips-from-star-wars/#respond Thu, 26 Nov 2015 16:15:18 +0000 http://blog.shoutem.com/?p=9745 The Thanksgiving feast is over. And as the turkey, pumpkin pie and mashed potatoes begin to settle down in your belly, there’s no time to rest. Black Friday marks the start of the holiday shopping season, and you need to

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The Thanksgiving feast is over. And as the turkey, pumpkin pie and mashed potatoes begin to settle down in your belly, there’s no time to rest. Black Friday marks the start of the holiday shopping season, and you need to be prepared to emerge victoriously in this fierce battle for the best deals.

In order to rule Black Friday, take a few tips from Han Solo, Yoda, Darth Vader and other characters from Star Wars. May the Force be with you!

1. Plan ahead

We’re all waiting for retailers to run discounted deals, as the majority of them will, but it’s crucial not to rush into Black Friday without a plan. It’s most necessary to have a clear picture from which retailer you want to buy and when it’s the perfect time to grab the best deals. Look for Black Friday teasers, pre-announcements and be ready when the clock strikes.

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2. Create a list

To keep you on track and help you buy only the deals you really need, we’d advise you to create a list. With this list, you will maintain focus and won’t get lost in the sea of millions of attractive deals. Retailers will try to lure you with mass discounts to spend as much money as you can, on things you might not need. Prior to any purchase, ask yourself first,”Do I really need it?”.

Let the list be your armor that will defend you against eye-catching deals. You don’t want to buy an item you’ll never use and have it sitting in your living room or next to your computer, just because it’s 70% off.

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3. Use the Force and research prices

It’s impossible to count the number of discounts and flash sales we’ve all been exposed to in previous weeks. With so many discounted deals from so many vendors, it’s hard to recognize the cheapest one. To help you compare prices, we prepared a list of tools to help you determine the lowest price.

Google Shopping
Google Shopping is one of the most comprehensive tools we used for monitoring prices. You can see how many stores listed item you’ve searched, the difference between the prices and the average price. Furthermore, if the items are submitted to Google Shopping, the price in nearby stores will be displayed so if you want to go physically to the store, you’ll know the exact price. It might be even cheaper.

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InvisibleHand is available in two versions – as a mobile app and browser add-on. It will notify you if you can buy the item you’re looking for from another retailer for a cheaper price. The best thing about this tool is that there’s no need for you to search constantly and compare prices; the tool will notify you if you’re going to overpay your item and send you an offer from another retailer.

Nextag
Nextag is present for over 15 years, and the quality of the tools is proven with almost 30 million website visits each month. With millions of products, one of the largest selections of retailers and products, and fast search, Nextag could be a perfect tool for you.

Be mindful of your purchases, concentrate, and use The Force, in order to get the best out of Black Friday.

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4. Compare historical prices

Black Friday is an excellent opportunity to save and spend less money on numerous items from your wish list. But for the reasons unknown to us, some retailers underestimate the power of the shoppers. In few, rare cases, retailers tend to set higher prices before the holidays so once the sale starts, the item will be discounted, but their profit will stay equal regardless of discount.

A few tools can help you to notice fake price drops and stop this “greedy” behaviour.

PriceGrabber
In addition to price comparison, PriceGrabber is offering insights up to 6 months of price changes so you can easily track and compare current prices with historical prices.

PriceZombie
PrieceZombie has the price history of every store indexed. PriceZombie will provide you with tracking graphs which display alerts if the current price of a searched product is a good deal, or it the price was even lower in the past.

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This free tracker is a perfect solution if you cannot live without Amazon. CamelCamelCamel will provide you with a price tracker that monitors millions of Amazon listings. In order to receive alerts for price drops, you’ll need to set up a free account, and once the item drops below a certain price, the system will notify you by email.

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5. Newsletters are coming

Your email will be under “heavy fire” for a week or two, but it’s finally time to devote more time for your “Promotions” tab in Gmail. Default promotional emails are usually boring, but this rule doesn’t apply for Black Friday. Once you have your wish list ready, open retailer’s website and sign up for newsletter updates and wait for a perfect deal to hit your inbox. You can even get opt-in for “Pre-Black Friday deals” if you’re subscribed to the newsletter and claim your deal even before the Black Friday madness starts.

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6. Know what you want and add items to a wish lists

Some services, like Steam or Amazon, allow you to put products on the wish list. We all crave for some products that are currently too expensive or aren’t on our primary shopping list. Even if you’ve added products to shopping cart, but haven’t proceeded to check out, retailers will alert you if those items are on sale, so be sure to use wish lists wisely.

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7. Act fast

There’s a chance you’ll get lost in the Black Friday hysteria, even if you followed our advice. All of our advice doesn’t necessary mean you don’t have to watch other products and save big time. This year, Amazon announced Deals of the Day – they’ll add new deals as often as every 5 minutes, but those are limited-supply deals. Therefore, you’ll need to act fast and grab the deals ASAP.

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8. Avoid offline stores at all cost

Every year we are witnesses Black Friday stampedes, which happen as soon as stores gates open. Do you really want to be a part of the “door busters” and risk getting injured? There’s also a big chance you’ll leave the store empty handed. Take your Thanksgiving leftovers, get comfortable in your chair or couch, and in just a few clicks, shop from the comfort of your home.

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9. Enjoy  your victories

At the end of the day, if you’ve succeeded and bought everything as planned, it’s time to finally relax. Enjoy the harvest of your deals, and just wait for the delivery guy (or drone) to deliver the package to your doorstep.

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10. Deals come and go, don’t sob

If, by any circumstances, you don’t grab a deal on time, don’t be sad or get overly attached.The holiday shopping season just started and you’ll soon have a new chance to spend your hard earned money on things you (don’t) need.

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Don’t miss our Black Friday offer, this is the offer you’re looking for. Build an app and claim your 30-50% LIFETIME discount!

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Success Stories: Nerd Out http://blog.shoutem.com/2015/11/20/success-stories-nerd-out/ http://blog.shoutem.com/2015/11/20/success-stories-nerd-out/#respond Fri, 20 Nov 2015 16:41:36 +0000 http://blog.shoutem.com/?p=9733 We sat down with Michelle Jensen, creator of the Nerd Out app, to find out how nerd community finally got the app they deserve!

What is Nerd Out app and who is it for?

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We sat down with Michelle Jensen, creator of the Nerd Out app, to find out how nerd community finally got the app they deserve!

What is Nerd Out app and who is it for?

Nerd Out is a mobile nerd event calendar app. What’s a nerd event? Everything from Geeks Who Drink Pub nights to cosplay meet ups to screenings. Nerd Out is for everyone, whether you’re a casual nerd or a die hard nerd! It’s also family friendly.

When did you realize that you need a mobile application for your organization?

Nerd Out was always designed as a mobile application. Back in April I was having trouble keeping track of the events I was attending. I realized they were all nerd related in one way or another. So I figured an easy to use the app to not only keep track of events, but to help discover new ones was needed!

What kind of impact did the application have on the community?

We’ve received an extremely warm welcome from the nerd community. My favorite response from people is ‘I totally need this!‘ We heard it countless times when we attended Comikaze recently. It’s so wonderful to create something that helps other.

Could you name a few advantages of mobile as communication channel and platform?

It’s easy to use and always on the go. You don’t have to sort through some clunky website or be using your computer. Everyone has their phone on them so it’s easily accessible.

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How do you promote your app? What channels do you use and what do you find most successful?

We use the usual social media channels; Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. What we’ve found most successful is reaching out to local comic book shops. As a whole, they’ve been very excited about Nerd Out.

How easy was to make the app using Shoutem?

I took my time tinkering with the site to figure out what was best for Nerd Out. They have a good number of options so I was happy to have choices. Shoutem was the only company I found that could handle the location based information for us. Shoutem’s platform as a whole is pretty easy to understand even for beginners.

What advice would you give to people who are planning to make an app?

It’s most important to figure out the heart of your app. Mine is a nerd event calendar at it’s most basic form. If you understand that, it’s easier to figure out what you need to build your app.

Why do you think communities like Nerd Out need a mobile strategy?

Because there are so many people involved in the nerd community it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. Nerd Out’s mission it to unite nerds around the world.

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