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Improve Project Documentation and Go Paperless

Read how Harold Brothers Mechanical contractors in MASS improved project documentation and went paperless.

“Introduce your business and what you do there.”

“Steven Koski, Outside Labor Superintendent/Safety Officer, Harold Brothers Mechanical. Harold Brothers Mechanical Contractors, Inc. is a privately held mechanical construction company based in Eastern Massachusetts. Being a full service organization we are able to provide total mechanical construction including HVAC, Plumbing, process piping, refrigeration, pre-fabrication, rigging, energy management and temperature control.”

“What challenge were you trying to address with Snappii?”

“The business challenge was lack of good project documentation. Without it, it is hard to prove in court what was or was not done and what Harold Brothers delivered. Documentation is also needed to prove to clients why something was not done as agreed. For example, the client or the site was not ready when Harold Brothers’ people show up. Good documentation is also critical for planning how to deploy crew members on various projects. Biggest challenge is training especially for seasoned Foremen. To over come we did extra training.

There is a large amount of Foremen in the field who are doing the Daily Reports. Harold Bros has a substantial amount of people working in the field and about 40 in the office. I personally manage all of the Outside projects at one time.

Our team needs to fill in a decent amount of forms on a daily basis. Forms can get lost, not always delivered to the office, it’s hard to read sometimes what it says, etc. We know that businesses have been turning to mobile forms lately and we decided to give it a try and convert our paper-based process into mobile forms app. We wanted to automate manual processes, share documents, track tasks, and collect and store data with mobile forms. Besides, we needed to improve collaboration between the field and office teams.”

“What was the scope of Snappii’s involvement?”

“The main idea for the application was to convert our existing paper forms we use on a daily basis. We needed to organize Timesheets, Pipe test reports, HVAC and Plumbing sheets, as well as track job on site daily reports.

We were also looking for the following features:

– Automated time sheet reporting — time sheets to automatically be emailed to appropriate individual’s EOD Fridays

– Signature fields

– Input fields

– Calculations

– Forms to be saved in the app

– Forms to be custom PDF output and Excel output

We also needed the app to be used internally in our organization as well as control who has access to it.”

“How did you come to work with Snappii?”

“We found them online and looked at several of their past apps. We have been testing the daily log app with some of our foremen and really like the look and use of that one. So we decided to give them a try.”

“Are you happy with the result?”

“We’re really happy with the progress. The app has been published privately and shared among specific list of people. The app has user-based access. Now it literary takes a few minutes to fill out the report, sign and send it. We receive a convenient PDF output that’s stored in the app and also can be shared via email, cloud drives and printed, if needed.

Snappii’s QA team used some automated and manual tests on performance and troubleshooting and found the app to be stable. I can’t blame them for any issues because it’s up and running. I’m sure it will work fine moving forward.

All our employees were trained how to use the app. In future we expect to cut down time and expenses significantly using this mobile app. ”

“How did Snappii perform from a project management standpoint?”

“The process was straightforward, fast, and pleasant. We had phone calls and email conversations to make sure the app will work exactly how we needed. They were really proactive and responsive. We are quite satisfied.”

“What did you find most impressive about them?”

“They’re really responsive. We were interested in getting the app as soon as possible. We are very satisfied with the collaboration; the Snappii team was responsive and provided good communication. We are impressed with their stability. Snappii has been present in this industry since 2011, and they’ve created many apps which we downloaded and reviewed ourselves, finding them to be stable.”

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Mobile Form Apps – Stepping into a More Productive Future

Mobile Form Apps – Stepping into a More Productive Future

With the advent of flexible, adaptable and wide-spanning apps in terms of usability and features, construction companies have also started migrating towards using this technology for their own benefit. And there’s nothing like mobile form apps that can not only increase productivity, but also save up a lot of dead time, reduce human error and streamline projects for maximum efficiency.

The Environment and Efficiency Factors

It used to be done on paper – everything, from data collection, to contracts, to official communications and memos, to even contact info details. And while a single company might not have that much of an impact, put all the paper used in all the construction companies out there today, and you’d still end up with a huge bottom line both in terms of environmental impact and in terms of cost. You can now take all the forms, all the printed info you need to get your work done and have it digitized instead, reducing storage capacity needs and preparing the information you have on hand for a new era: that of taking advantage of that information to grow your business and make better choices down the line.

This is where efficiency comes in as well. Writing things down, passing over the written document or worrying about making copies – all of this takes time and effort, and responsibility on behalf of one of your employees. With good mobile form apps, you eliminate all these bumps in the road and can instead focus on more important things for your business. Having the ability to instantly send over documents and information to anyone all over the world will surely ease up your workload and allow for a more streamlined approach.

Increase in Productivity and Reducing Errors

Hands-down, one of the biggest effects you’ll see once you start using mobile form apps is the fact that you’ll get a huge boost to productivity. With less time spent finding the right form to fill out, and then making copies and passing them out to the right people; alongside the no-risk of losing files and forms in this process or misplacing them – all of this feeds into greater productivity. And with all forms being centralized to one specific app that supervisors can access and check at all times from anywhere in the world, you’ll have a full bird’s eye view on the whole operation – and we all know that good management is the hallmark of a successful business.

So, why are you still struggling with the traditional pen and paper? What’s holding you back? Tell us of some of your concerns on migrating to a fully digital space through the use of mobile form apps. Or get on board directly like some of our other customers and step into a new age of accountability, error-free reporting and comprehensive overview on all operations done by your company.

Mobile Business Apps for Different Industries

Mobile Business Apps for Different IndustriesTechnology has been playing a vital role in the businesses World in today’s market, one of the most important innovations and the newest addition to the market which is said to offer maximum benefits to different industries, of the recent past is Mobile Application Development. Smartphones have exposed and created a great shift on how we can easily access and share data or information on our phones; almost all workers and customers are using smartphones for their work, which enables even the most difficult and stressful task easier.

Why any business needs an app

Whether you’re a startup or an established business, you would need to promote your business to have potential buyers or customers need to achieve sales and profits targeted. In today’s competitive times, you will need to have an interactive mobile app to survive in the market because if you fail to promote your business properly, you may lose a lot of business.

For entrepreneurs, whether a startup or an established business is turning their vision into a business is a big dream, and it does not just come easily. There are various challenges that come from different corners and with the development of technology the chances of success have increased. Mobile marketing is new trend with users with information all over the world in automatic ways, and various mobile apps can now help businesses engage their customers in a better way and also keep their employees well connected and boost the bottom line. Mobile apps have provided a lot of benefits and a vital impact on the development of the company, entrepreneurs and business. Through mobile apps businesses increase the level of sales which also use to carry out branding, businesses can easily trace the actions of their customers, and what they really want, better visibility and also interactions with customers has become very easy and also minimized the opportunity to reach users in a short period (better communication).

In a simple word, taking advantage of innovations in mobile technology ensures that your company remains ahead of the market competition.

Choose mobile app development from Snappii

If you are looking for a good mobile development platform, we are the best to offer you such service. Our team will create any business app for your needs in days not months and in accordance with your requirements. The process also includes fast prototyping to provide you a full control under the development. We’ve already helped hundreds of companies and are not going to stop. Contact us right today!

Field Reports Will Make Your Form into an App in Minutes

The number one reason why people approach us to make a mobile app for them is paper. Every company has their own reason, but none of them miss paper after they’ve finally made the switch. From improving the speed of your workflow, to establishing immediate communication, to going green, replacing your paper forms with a mobile form is going to help you in some way.

At Snappii, we make it a point to equip ourselves with the tools that our clients need, and we’re constantly trying to improve. Although our form editor has gone through self iterations, we believe that the new Field Reports is the most intuitive version of the editor to date. We’re introducing features like an enhanced look, quick-switching through forms and even field mapping, in the easiest to use editor on the market.

Creating an app from scratch can be expensive. However, using our editor, any layman can access the editor and create an entire mobile form with absolutely no coding experience. For the amount of perks it brings, it’s an almost sure-fire way to improve your business.

Improved UI

Our old form editor, while powerful, didn’t look the best. One of the biggest headaches of it’s old design lied in the color of the background of the screen. With a white background, it makes it very difficult to focus on the project for too long. We found it was much easier to see the letters in black, so we inverted some of the colors. We also took away the mock phone to make the preview more relevant to what you would see on your actual device.

Field Reports also allows you to do a few extra features from within the form editor. Publish an app directly from the platform, without having to back out into Express. You can also switch forms directly from inside Field Reports now, so it’s easier to navigate when you’re working with several applications.

New Feature: Field Mapping

Field Reports now allows you to create a mobile form that translates into a PDF of your choice in minutes. When uploading a PDF document with fill-able fields, the editor now automatically creates a mobile form alongside. This mobile form can be altered, and is much easier to use than zooming in and out of a PDF that was intended for desktops.

Previous iterations of our editor had this feature as well,but only Field Reports does half the work for you. Every field that is mapped will be labeled, so it’s easy to go back and forth between the main PDF, and the vertical form you’ll be creating alongside of it. If you decide to add extra fields than the one’s the PDF automatically created, you just need to drag and drop the fields to the vertical form.

It looks better in action. For a better explanation of this, check out the video on the top of the post (will be posted on 7/21).

The Benefit of Mobile Forms

Field Reports was designed to make the conversion to mobile forms as easy as possible. Mobile forms can be used in a variety of businesses, from logs to inspections, wedding receptions and guest check-in’s, they have truely revolutionized the way we capture information.

Communication with a mobile form created with Field Reports is instant. When forms are completed, they are automatically sent to the email of choice, or can be backed up in a cloud-based service. If you ever lose your forms, simply sign onto the Snappii website and navigate to your reports.

 

Snappii is a mobile app development company that has created a platform that allows users to upload a document they already use, and make a complete app out of it. Our platform features the latest features, and is constantly improving in the direction of the market. We believe that any business can have an app, and that creating your own should not be out of anyone’s reach.

For custom development inquiries, please contact support@snappii.com

Push Notifications vs. Emails: Not Better, Just Different

Customers want to be a part of your business. In our modern day techno-bubble, there’s a lot of ways they can do that. They’ll follow you on Facebook and Twitter.  They sign up for newsletters and emailed alerts whenever your business does something new. They may also give you their number when they want instant updates on certain products. It gives them a means to stay connected with your business, even when they aren’t shopping with you.

Push notifications work in a similar way – they’re a tool used to inform people. Through your mobile business app, you can send push notifications at the press of a button. When a customer receives a push notification, it comes up as pop-up that almost looks like a text.

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Publishers can send out a push notifications whenever they want – users don’t have to be using their app, or even device, to receive them. This provides a quick way to reach customers, and as certain studies show, is a great way to get customers to act on time-sensitive opportunities (like flash sales).

Around 70% of customers (surveyed by Responsys) found push notifications to be valuable to them. 43% said that they would exclusively use apps with push notifications, meaning just listing it in your description might net a few more downloads. Another study showed that when the message is time sensitive (today only, flash sales), push notifications are preferred over emails. When the message is about something that’s going to happen (future sales and promotions), emails are preferred.

However, using it irresponsibly could just as easily drive customers away. Remember the pop-up epidemic when the internet started? Recognizing when to use emails and when to use push notifications can make or break your mobile marketing campaigns. While emails and text can’t be turned off, most apps allow the flexibility to turn off Push Notifications – we don’t want that!

How do Push Notifications Work?

Every system is a little different, but the foundation is the same. Similar to an email,  you have to come up with a short message that captures user’s attention. Long messages may be a deterrent, but unclear messages will get your push notifications turned off even faster. Having a concise message with a strong call to action will go a long way.

Different mobile app makers have different means of sending out push notifications. Snappii, a mobile app development company, makes this process easy by setting their users up with a dashboard upon completing their app in Snappii’s code-less, visual editor. Within the dashboard, users can easily track analytics, view trends and, of course, send push notifications.

Email marketing can get you far, but as technology continues to evolve, competitors are going to get smarter with how they market to their (and potentially your) audience. Push notifications are just scratching the surface of mobile app capabilities. Mobile apps can offer small business’s a multitude of neat features (like loyalty cards and event calendars).

If your business doesn’t already have an app, check out Snappii’s zero-code, completely visual app editor and start sending your own push notifications to your customers today.

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