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4 Things to Look For On your Next Smartphone

 

Phones are getting better every year.

Last year, Android smartphones made a big adjustment in the way their  making their phones and marketing them. Colors akin to the successful iPhone, models that are getting slimmer and slimmer to match up with Samsung’s Galaxy success, enhanced security measures like Fingerprint scanning – and I haven’t even talked specs yet.

With 2017 upon us, things are going to start improving even faster.

Qualcomm is the leading manufacturer when it comes to processors inside of Android smartphones. To kick off the 2017 CES (Consumer Technology Association), Qualcomm announced that they’re going to be taking their processor to new heights with the introduction of the Snapdragon 835 – their premiere processor for the next line of Android smartphones this year.

Smartphones are only as good as their applications. If you have ideas for mobile apps that can be used for your business, you can most likely bring it to life with Snappii’s intuitive mobile app editor. The platform is cloud-based, and allows you to mix-and-match features that you would like to see in a smartphone, kind of like putting together letter blocks to create a word. Don’t hesitate to try out our editor today and see if you can bring your idea to life in MINUTES, not months.

So what does 2017 have in store for Android users?

Dual Cameras

Snappdragon also made mention of the fact that the 835 chip will automatically support dual-camera lenses, enabling manufacturers to easily incorporate both lenses. In the past we’ve seen different ways for this to be implemented. In the Hyawei P9, one camera takes a color photo while the other takes a high-definition black and white photo. The photos are then meshed together to create a higher definition image. In the case of the iPhone, one lens was used as a wide-angle lens, and the other more focused shots.

There’s many ways phone makers can use this type of technology, and it looks like it’s going to become the new norm for phones to have two lenses.

Improved Photos and Videos

It almost feels like the resolution on most of the flagship phones out there couldn’t get any better. Especially when you’re looking at the photo on a small screen, higher resolutions are almost identical to their lower resolution counterparts. With most phones already in the double digits of megapixels, there might be little room for further improvement.

That’s why the 835 chip is bringing something else to the table: faster auto-focus and better stabilization.

Electronic image stabilization 3.0, to put it simply, is a better version of 2.0. Just like it’s predecessor, the gyroscope will be used to compensate for roll and yaw, pitch and reduced shakiness when filming or taking a picture. Qualcomm also stated that they’re going to implement better encoding technology that could reduce 4k video file sizes by up to 30%. With more and more phones coming equipped with the option to upgrade via SD card, we’ll be able to put more videos on our phone than ever before.

High Dynamic Range in your pocket (HDR)

If you’ve gone shopping for a TV recently, chances are you heard the sales associated toting around a word like HDR. HDR is fancy for saying that the photo provides a wider-color gamut. Photographers may show resistance to the technology since it skews what the real image would look like, but more casual photo-snappers in the public have already showed through social media that HDR is quite popular.

The question of 4K also gets brought up in tandem with HDR, but these are two different technologies. 4K is enhancing the resolution of a video, and in a phone with a screen that is a fraction of the size of your TV, it may be hard to notice the difference. HDR works with colors, however, and that’s something you can identify no matter how big the screen is.

HDR isn’t just a question of processor though, there also has to be the display to support it. For phone manufacturers to take advantage of the benefits the 835 will give them with respect to color ranges, their screens are also going to have to be up to par.

More Security

As if straight out of a sci-fi movie, the 835 will also have the capacity for more bio-metric security inside of the phone. Fingerprint scanning has come a long way, first being seen in computers earlier in the decade. Now, more and more phones are using this technology rather than the pass-code system of years past.

The boat doesn’t stop at fingerprints though. The 835 will feature the capability of locking your devices with eye-print scans (iris scanning) and voice-print scans. Whether or not these features will be well received is up for debate –  it must work flawlessly right out of the box for the public to actually want it. That said, the bottom line is that we’re getting closer and closer to perfect security for our tech.

With all the crazy phone tech that’s coming in 2017, there’s never been a better time to create the dream-app you’ve always wanted for your business. Building apps can be expensive, though, and often times it’s difficult to get exactly what you wanted out of programmers and designers. Not to mention mistakes are extremely expensive and time-consuming.

Snappii changed the game by creating a platform where you can customize your mobile app in seconds. Snappii made this possible by leveraging their platform as if it were building blocks where the user soely has to click on the feature they want. Mobile apps can do a lot to help your business internally and externally. Once you have your idea in mind, check this blog out to find out how to get started. Or, if you want to just jump right into the editor, click here.

Mobile apps for Insurance

With the recent app revolution, insurance companies have been hard at work developing mobile apps to help their clients. Apps like Liberty Mutual’s “Home Gallery” app is a great example of this, allowing users to take pictures of the objects in their home to record price, purchase date and other data.  Inspectors for insurance companies have also found use in mobile apps as a one-stop replacement to the clipboard full of documents they used to have to lug around. Truth is, most of these insurance and inspection apps are just mobile forms with a few added features.

Snappii can combine the features of all these apps using its intuitive app editor. Mix and match features you would like to see in your mobile app, and with the click of a button you have an all-in-one solution. Since most of our features are inspired from other mobile apps, it’s easy to visualize how your mobile app will function and flow. Click here to try it out for yourself!

While Snappii can’t help you if you’re trying to create an app for a specific company, like Liberty Mutual’s “Home Gallery”, it can help you out to create your own mobile apps to meet your specific needs (which do pretty much the same thing).

 

The Home Gallery

Since we were just talking about it, a “Home gallery” app is a mobile app that allows you to document all of your household belongings. These apps usually allow you to list details about a particular item, such as the cost, the purchase date and can even categorize items into their own lists such as “kitchen” or “bathroom”. The most important feature, however, is the ability to take pictures of the items you choose to document.  In the case of an emergency, where you may have to evacuate the premise, the home gallery app can help you with opening an insurance claim for your possessions when coupled with the receipts.

Snappii’s “home gallery” template works in a similar fashion. Document the items, take pictures, and they’re automatically uploaded to a cloud for safekeeping. The biggest advantage with going with Snappii, however, is that the fields you chose to list in your inspection are completely changeable. Company-made mobile apps leave you limited on what you can and cannot do. But with a DIY mobile app, there’s no limit to the amount of data you would like to record. Do whatever works for you!

 

Insurance Brokers Rejoice!

Insurance brokers are no strangers to filing paperwork. Whether you’re taking down information over the phone, or meeting with the client face-to-face, somewhere along the line there’s going to be paperwork that the broker needs to keep for their records. These papers end up getting filed in one of those heavy, giant file cabinets that sits in the corner of the office, collecting dust, for years. If the broker ever needs to look through it again, it will probably be an all-day affair.

Mobile forms take out the middle man. Brokers would only have to sit back and simply tap the corresponding fields on their mobile form. Once the information is done being received, the broker can send it away to be archived for future reference with the click of a button. This enables them to have their entire office in their pocket, and save precious time from transaction to transaction.

 

No matter the industry, we have it

The problem with coding your own app from scratch is just that – you have to code every single thing from scratch. One of the biggest benefits of a mobile app editor is that it’s easy to go back and make changes to things you already use. Lowering the amount of commitment a person has to make to the mobile app allows the user to test out new techniques and try different things.

To make this process even easier, Snappii developed what’s called “templates”. Templates are pre-made apps that already have the bulk of the work done for you. You can load the template into the editor, navigate to the parts you would like to change and within minutes have your app deployed on every user’s phone. This not only gives you a head-start, but it gives you that same flexibility to try out what works for you!

 

Insurance companies have been making mobile apps for years. From home inventory, to insurance inspections, these companies have always had the upper-hand with the power of technology. Now, the power of building your own mobile app can be yours with the help of Snappii. Try our editor out today!

Start With a Mobile Form, End With an App

If you think about it, most mobile apps are centered on one feature. We have taxi-apps like Uber, apps that find you coupons like Groupon, even apps to help with your mental well-being like Thinkspace. All of them are positioned on a singular idea – everything else in the mobile app is made to supplement that one idea as much as possible.

When considering a mobile app for your business, the best place to start is usually at the beginning of the work-flow for your particular industry. For most businesses dealing with field-work, this usually entails recording data on a sheet of paper. Once the data is recorded, it gets sent back to the managers, or superintendents, that archive the data in a main computer. This allows them to see the data at a glance, and gives them the chance to see trends and pick up on problem areas using their analytic software.

Mobile forms make all the difference, and with Snappii’s online app builder, you can recreate any paper form into a mobile app that will function on any tablet, smartphone and even desktop. Try out Snappii’s app builder today to see how easy it is.

 

Mobile forms are useful for many different businesses, and many would consider it the first step in constructing your own mobile app. Let’s take a look at why mobile forms are creating such a splash in so many industries.

 

Upload your form first

Creating your first mobile form is relatively easy depending on what form editor you use. For most form editors, they have a drag-and-drop system where you can arrange and rearrange fields on the fly. This makes it a breeze to recreate a form that you may already use, but more importantly it allows you to address areas that could be choke points. Further refinement of your form means improved efficiency – all at the cost of a few minutes of tinkering in the DIY editor.

Snappii also has a feature where you can load your PDF into the mobile app editor and it will automatically generate fields for you. This can be useful to create a bare-bones mobile version of your form that can be further refined to match, or even be better, than the original form. Because the form will look the same, it’s extremely easy to teach other employees how to use it. If they own a smartphone, there’s a good chance that the employee will instinctively know how to operate it. There’s no extra equipment needed either – just download the mobile app on the employee’s phone, create credentials for that employee and they’re good to go.

 

Paper vs Digital

Recording information on paper can be tricky. If the paper gets ruined, the information recorded on it is no longer valid. If it gets lost, there’s no way of recovering it. With paper forms often switching hands many times throughout the day, scenarios like this are bound to happen. But what if we take out the messenger and leave that part up to technology?

By using a mobile form the user can input the information directly into their phone and send it off to their manager without ever having to pick up a pen or paper. The manager receives the report, and can instantly archive it for further review. With built-in analytic tools, mobile forms can be a one-stop shop for all software needs.

Digital forms also have the benefit of utilizing the phones capabilities to further enhance the quality of the form you’re filling out. If you’re an inspector and you’re checking machinery on the jobsite, you can take pictures to show parts that look faulty, or record your voice if your hands are ever too tied up to tap the screen. Mobile forms even give access to geo-location services, which will tell a superintendent where the form was submitted from without the worker knowing they’re being tracked.

And of course, let’s not forget about the money you’ll save from not buying ream after ream of paper every month.

 

 

Having a mobile form grants obvious benefits to the user, but the best feature is its ability to expand to other realms of the app world. Using Snappii’s online mobile app editor, you can take your one-trick-pony mobile form into a full-fledged toolbox of applications and features you would like to use on your jobsite. Transforming your mobile form into an app is as easy as loading your app and clicking on which features you’d like to see – Snappii will handle the rest.

 

Think it’s too easy? That’s the way we planned it. Try it out for yourself and see how a mobile form can level up your business today.

 

 

4 Must-Have Gadgets for Construction Workers

 

Construction worker working at a building site

Construction has come a long way in a short amount of time. What once only involved metal machinery has now evolved into a technological playground, with tools to solve virtually any problem a worker could have.

I’m glad they’ve been leveraging the technology for safety above all else. Construction workers operate huge machinery all day long, with dozens of opportunities to get injured, or worst, get others injured. For workers that work around pedestrians, roadways and other civilians, these tools have quickly become indispensable in their day-to-day. From a manager’s standpoint, gadgets allow them some extra peace of mind while giving them more analytics and statistics than ever before.

We know that a mobile app is a cost-effective way to improve productivity (check out how easy it is here) and keep your workers engaged. So, what else has been coming out in the construction industry that your workers will praise you for?

  1. Solar Power Charger

It’s normally used for camping, but this piece of tech seems like a no-brainer for employees that need to use their smartphones on the job. While it won’t charge everything, a solar powered charger usually has enough juice to repower a USB-connected device a few times over. If workers are frequently using an application that eats up a lot of battery, or if they’re listening to music while their on the job (which we know is more likely) the solar powered charger will make sure they always have enough to finish the job.

They also sell battery operated devices which require to be plugged in every once in a while to recharge the juice. As some construction workers only work at night, this can be a great alternative. It would definitely be better than holding your solar powered charger up to a headlight!

 

  1. Smart Helmets

One of the most futuristic gadgets I could find, the smart helmet is the Google Glasses of hard-hats. Smart Helmets enable the user to have situational awareness outside of the control room. They can track and monitor different aspects of their job, without ever being distracted from something they need to do.

If that didn’t put you into the future enough, the helmet also has a sensor to track temperature just by looking at things. The helmet also passively records the temperatures, so you never have to pull anything out to record it. Thermal vision seems cool enough in movies, but being able to have an excuse to apply it to everyday jobs is awesome.

 

  1. Halo Light

This ultimate safety light watches over you like a guardian angel. The common problem with hard hats was that it is a single-direction light that can only be seen in the dark if the worker is facing the same direction. For construction workers that work on streets, oncoming automobiles may not seem them until it’s too late.

The halo-light works by showering the user in light from every direction. Not only does this enable the user to see what they’re doing, but it allows others to see them – blindingly, might I add. Check this youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYJogj3-hgM) video to see how bright these things are!

 

  1. Smart Clothing

It’s not actually available to the public yet, but I’ve been keeping an eye on responsive clothing as well. Here in New Hampshire, there’s a lot of construction going on year long. Even on those nights right after a snow-storm where temperatures drop to a literally staggering low, you can see workers pushing machines. The smart-vest works by reading the bodies temperature, and regulating the heat between you and your clothing. Even on days where the sun is beating on you, the smart vest will know to allow more air to pass through to cool you down. Likewise, if it’s cold out, it will retain your body heat to warm you up.

 

 

If you’ve been reading up to now, I’ve shown you quite a few neat gadgets. As indispensable as some of them will become to your business, none are going to help you build-up your workflow to be an efficient powerhouse like having a mobile app. Using Snappii’s powerful app editor, you can have an app that will effectively replace all of your paper forms, and add functionality to the smartphone that most of your employees already own.

Try out Snappii today for a free trial, and see why having a mobile app is becoming just as standard as a hardhat.

5 Ways to Improve your Social Media Marketing

With so many outlets to push your business out there, it’s difficult to discern which methods should be focused on.

Truth is, there’s plenty of ways improve your social media presence. Mobile apps, for example, can go a long way in giving your customers a medium to contact you. Being more engaged with your customers can promote a good brand image, and will also give you insight on areas you need to improve.

Snappii makes creating mobiles apps easy with their no-coding DIY app builder that can take an app from idea to your phone in MINUTES. Click here to try it out for free!

That said, there’s other ways to improve your social media marketing. Here’s some of them:

  1. Blogging

Who reads blogs anymore, right?

Well, I guess you do.

Thing is, there’s plenty of ways blogs can help your business even if your audience isn’t reading your blog.

People are going to discover your business in one of a few ways:

  • They could type your name into the browser. But, chances are, if they already know your name, then they’ve already made their decision. They’ll either come, or go, but either way it’s an audience you’ve already captured. On top of that, they’re going to find you using keywords you probably had to pay to get a good position on.
  • They might have seen an ad you put up on the internet somewhere, maybe Google or Youtube. Ads are effective, but the problem lies in that ads are expensive – as soon as you’re out of money, the ads stop working.
  • Word of mouth through blogging and social media

Word of mouth is the hardest to produce, but the most profitable in terms of what you’re getting in return for the amount of effort and money you put in. Blogs provides a means for people to find you. Sure, you might have plenty of information on your website about your business, and that will do something to create traffic. However, Google indexes pages that have not been updated further back in the line. How often are you going to go back and “update” the same pages?

Whenever you add a blog post to your site, it adds another indexed page. Every indexed page has an opportunity to come up on Google when someone types phrases or words that are representative of what’s in the blog. This allows you to sort-of manipulate blog SEO by typing words that aren’t associated too much with your business, allowing you to effectively cross-pollinate your audience with another audience.

It also gives you something to talk about on social media. Blog posts about interesting topics, regardless if it has to do with your business or not, will pick up steam on social media’s largely millennial population. That’s not to say you can write about anything – I’d recommend always doing something pertaining to your business – but it gives you a bit of creative freedom when trying to come up with content.

 

  1. Encourage Customer Feedback

This one can be tricky because it isn’t contingent on you, it’s the people that support you.

One of the most powerful pages on your website is going to be the testimonial page.  Testimonials reveal to people the true nature of your product, and if other people are actually reaping benefits from it.

The problem lies in getting people to believe your testimonials. It’s obvious that a company will always put the people that talk big on their front page, and the lesser known ones will get pushed to the back.

This is where social media comes in. Because the content on social media isn’t not indicative of anyone in the actual company, people can take a more warm-hearted approach to the claims they see people making. With Facebook giving way to things like “Facebook Reviews, and LinkedIn’s similar platform of “LinkedIn Recommendations”, this has been a tried and practiced method of producing traction within your respective community.

Getting people to review your products can be difficult. The most obvious way to illicit this behavior amongst your consumers is to ask, but only if your product is ready for it. A simple email asking them their opinion on the product can kick-start the desire to write a review. However, if your product is less than stellar, it may not be a review you want.

Incentives can go a long way, but producing a product that listens to customer’s qualms and complaints will go even further. Let the product speak for itself – then all you have to do is ask.

 

  1. Pictures

This ties back into social media. Think about the way people use social media like Facebook. They scroll through endless conversations, advertisements and pictures. The only time they stop is when they see something interesting – maybe a friend finally graduated college and there’s a picture of them surrounded by people all throwing up their hat, invoking emotions within yourself to stop and stare for a while.
You need to do the same thing with your products. Pictures can speak volumes about your product in seconds, and social media gives you an outlet for millions to see it. The important thing is to stay relevant. And how do you do that?

 

 

  1. Know your audience

By knowing your audience, you’re able to build around their desires – which consequently is the same direction you should be taking your products (at least most of the time).

John Lee Dumas has talked about identifying your “business avatar”. That is, someone that is the ideal customer for your business. Dumas even goes so far as to name this person, developing a schedule for them and the hobbies they like doing. The better developed your “avatar”, the more you’ll understand your customer.

Something Snappii started doing recently is sending out surveys after we interact with our customers. This only works when you have an established base, but it provides an excellent example of what your audience thinks about when they think of your brand. You can ask really specific questions, like “Do you read our blogs?” to more general ones like “How did you discover us?” Either way, feedback is important and only lends to my first point of knowing your ideal customer.

Hey, do you know an awesome way to capture feedback?

 

  1. Build an app

Mobile apps can enable otherwise silent users to have a voice. By adding widgets like forums and FAQ’s, customers can interact with each other as well as provide direct feedback to you about ways you can improve your product. You can even create a form with survey questions and embed it into the mobile app to force users to complete the survey, but I don’t recommend this. The point is to get purely organic reviews – these will seem the most real and consequently will be the most effective at convincing new customers.

Snappii makes this easy by integrating widgets for every way a customer can contact you. Using our express app builder you can add:

  • Forms
  • Surveys
  • Forums
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Catalogs
  • Chat services
  • The list goes on!

Snappii’s Express App Builder is a DIY platform that allows anyone with zero-coding experience to try their hand at creating an app. Try Snappii out today for FREE and see how easy it is to boost your social marketing presence with a mobile app designed for your business.

 

Building a simple mobile app in Snappii’s Express Mode

Snappii prides itself on having one of the leading app builders on the market. Over the years, we’ve helped a lot of people realize their dream app and we’ve helped them bring that concept into reality. Through it all, we’ve learned a lot about how to make our mobile app builder more efficient, intuitive and all-around fun.

Although Snappi’s Express app builder is one of the easiest on the market, we know the prospect of building an app could seem impossible to some people. Especially when the average price for coding an app by hiring developers can easily reach 6-digits, it almost seems weird that Snappii can offer a similar product at such a low price.

Today, I’m going to take you on a step-by-step of how to make your own app. I won’t go into too much detail, but this will give you a foundation  of how to work our editor to make magic.

Create an account, then create an app

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Apps are going to automatically save to the account you use to sign into Snappii. Because
all of our data is cloud based, or saved to your account, you will never lose your data. Even if you upgrade phones later on down the line, the process to get it working on your new device will be seamless.

Form, Express or Guru

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After clicking on “create an app”, the following screen will ask how you to build your app. I’ll go over the differences in a little more detail:

  • Express Form Builder – Used for users who only want to build a form and are not interested in building an app (yet!). This editor looks slightly different in that it doesn’t give you the opportunity to add widgets (which we’ll discuss later). Perfect for someone that is trying to make an app based off a paper form. If the only thing you need in your app is a couple of forms, this is the way to go.
  • Express App Builder – Express mode is our easy app builder. Express allows you to simply drag and drop elements you would like to see in your app, and Snappii will take care of the back end stuff. Express mode gives you access to templates, which are pre-made apps made for each industry. There’s a good chance that you’ll find exactly what you need in the templates, and then you can continue building from there.
  • Guru App Builder – Guru is for the experts. Guru has everything that the previous two avenues had, but gives you the freedom to customize literally ANYTHING within the app. If you have a line of JS or HTML that you want to add, Guru will help you do it. From placement to users, Guru has it all, but we don’t recommend it to someone building their app for the first time.

For the purposes of this blog, I’m going to stick to Express mode. Feel free to experiment though!

Apps built in Express Form Builder can be taken to an app builder. If you find that building a form was pretty easy and you want to have a go at making your own app, it’s as easy as going into your profile and clicking edit on the mobile app you want to work with:

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For the purposes of this blog, we’re going to stick to Express Mode

Pick a template – any template.

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You don’t really have to pick one. But it does make things a lot easier. Templates will have pre-made forms and fields that have to do with your industry ready to go. Click the drop-down to see all of the industries we work with, or you can type into the box what you’re looking for and Snappii will check the catalog to see if we have something that meets your needs.

If it doesn’t look cool, it’s no good.

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Snappii has a lot of color schemes to work with. Viewing them on this screen will give you an overview of what we have, but if nothing satisfies you then I’ll show you a way to change the colors yourself a little later. This is crucial if you want to make the app look like it came from your business – try to match your colors to your brand!

Snappii’s Express Editor

Welcome! You made it to the fun part of the mobile app editor. You’ll probably spend most of your time here, but it’s only because we have a bunch of options to customize the app exactly how you want it.

In a later blog, I’ll go over every specific setting inside the Editor. For now though, I want to stick to the ones that are going to help you actually get the app finished – remember you can always go back and edit the app whenever you want.

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  1. Viewing Mode
  • Preview mode is the default setting in which you will see the app as you are constructing. This is not how it will appear on the phone, but it makes things a bit easier to edit.
  • By clicking HTML 5, it will show you exactly how it appears on your phone, and it also allows you to interact with the phone on the screen as if it were a real phone. This feature is still being developed, so it might not work with every widget. Regardless, it’s useful to see how your work will appear on the final product.

2. App Settings

  • App settings has some important stuff, such as editing your visual style or your payment settings. It also gives you a date for your trial period, and the opportunity to change the name of your app.5-2
  • Visual Style is the most important feature here. Remember how I said you could customize the color scheme? Visual Style will also let you adjust where your navigation bar goes. Most modern apps have side navigation, but chose whatever works better for your business.app layouts

3. Widget Settings

  • Depends on what your app entails, you may or may not need to mess with your widget settings. Each of these are extremely different from the other, so showing examples won’t be much help. However, we do have a widget FAQ with plenty of information on each widget.

4. New Widget

  • This is the bread and butter of your app. Widgets are the features you would like your app to have – and Snappii has a lot of them. If you’ve seen it in an app somewhere, we probably have it in our widget catalog.

Clicking “add widget” will open this dialog.6

For the sake of our demo, I’m going to add “PDF View and Annotate”, one of our more popular widgets.

What now?

Now that your app is where you want it to be, there’s only a few steps left to complete it. Remember, you can always go back and edit anything you don’t like, so don’t worry too much about having a perfect app just yet.

Under the main part of the editor, you’ll see a few options.

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Save and Run on device

  • This is where you’ll click when you’re ready to try the app out on your phone. Note that the builder does not automatically save at any point, so you’ll want to click here every once in a while to make sure your progress doesn’t get lost in case of an outage.
  • You’ll also use this button after you’ve downloaded the Preview app. This will be how you refresh your changes after you make them – I’ll explain more in a bit.

Invite Users

  • Snappii makes it easy to invite your coworkers or friends to try out an app you built. Click on the ‘invite user’ button, and this dialog will appear:invite 1
  • Type in as many users as you want in the “add email” box towards the top of the pop-up. Then when you’re ready, click ‘invite’ towards the bottom:invite 2

Publish

  • When you’re satisfied enough to push your app out into the public world, the Publish button is next. Snappii’s streamlined the publishing process as much as possible. To view the FAQ, click here.

Snappii’s Preview App

Until your app is ready to be published, Snappii’s preview app will be the tool you use to test how your app looks and feels on your phone.

Downloading the preview app is easy, and you only have to do it once. The method I illustrate here only pertains to Android, but the process is similar on iOS after you download the preview app from the store.

  1. Enter the Google Play store and type in “Snappii Preview App” in the search bar.9
  2. Click Install to download the Snappii Preview app10
  3. This parts important! Use the same Login you used to create your app to login to the preview app.11
  4. Select your app from the list that populates the screen.12
  5. Presto! You’re now using your own app!13

NOTE: If you make a change to the app in the editor, you must go back to the app selection screen and refresh (swipe down) for the changes to take effect. After refreshing, click back into your app and you should be good to go!

 

Snappii’s been hard at work to make the most complete, robust and easiest system to create and deploy your own app. We have developers and support working (almost) around the clock to provide you the best service ever, and to help you materialize the app of your dreams.  Whether you’re a small business just trying to build a local following, or a huge firm that is trying to reduce their paperwork, mobile apps have become the flagship for efficiency, and we want to put that power in everyone’s hands.

Try Snappii’s app builder today with a FREE 14-Day trial, and see why building your own app could be the best thing you’ve done for your business.

 

Use Mobile Forms to Improve Efficiency

You want your business to run as smooth as possible.

With things like emails, push notifications and Skype, it’s easy to see how technology can help a business run more fluidly. Communication is key.

To speed up communication, businesses developed forms. Someone goes out and finds the data to fill into their paper form, sends it to someone else to enter it into a computer, the data gets analyzed by specialist. Inspection companies rely on their workers to go out and record data, submitting it at the end of the day to the boss. Pharmacies capture patient data when prescribing medication to make things easier for repeat customers. Forms can be found in almost any business.

 

Going from paper to mobile.

Forms that can be used on your smartphone (or mobile forms) were reserved for the top businesses that could afford them. Over the past few years, though, online form editors have become popular. Now, converting that paper form into a button on your smartphone is easy and cost-effective.

Picture your workers accessing their forms like this: They pull their company app up on their phone. They can search for the exact form needed for the job, fill it out directly from their phone and send it to any email. No paper or pens, no exchanging of papers. Supervisors won’t have to go shuffling through a mess of paper, and employees don’t have to carry anything other than their cellphone.

 

What else can mobile forms do?

Forms don’t all have to be about questions and numbers. With robust online editors, like Snappii, you can take your form from useful, to essential. Features you can add to your forms include:

  • File-upload
  • Record Video and Audio
  • Barcode Scanners
  • Geo-tracking, which allows you to track where your employees submitted the form.

Snappii is so easy to use, it’s fun. Creating mobile forms is as easy as snapping tiles together and changing a few parameters, like the whether you want last name first or first name last. Snappii even has a catalog of popular forms for nearly any industry. Within minutes, Snappii can have your custom form on your smartphone and fully functional (click here for a free 14-day trial).

Try it out today, and see why Snappii is the leader in mobile forms.

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.

How These Days Mobile Apps Assist Plumbers

How These Days Mobile Apps Assist Plumbers We have entered the era of mobile technology. More and more businesses are considering smartphones as important as another employee. Today, app stores are full of various types of mobile apps for a wide variety of industries and businesses. In today’s post, we will pay special attention to mobile apps for plumbers.

Apps as a channel of convenient contact with consumers

Plumbers and plumbing contractors understand that staying efficient and profitable means they must embrace modern mobile technology. First, mobile apps provide a channel of communication between the service providers and consumers. Using mobile apps, plumbers can locate potential clients and consumers and quickly reach a specialist all with the same tool.

Apps as a powerful tool for work with data

Another useful feature is the daily log. Plumbers can instantly record data from their jobs onto their phone, allowing them to instantly access their library of logs at a moments notice. Specialist can easily access clients information, as well as send it to their boss with just a few swipes and touches on their phone.

Apps as an instant payment system

Mobile apps can even connect consumers to online banking modules. In other words, they can make cashless payments using credit or debit cards. This is also useful for plumber supervisors as they are able to track all payments and store check information right on their smartphone.

Create the best app for your business yourself

Despite the huge number of ready-made business apps in the app stores, it’s difficult for most companies to find the one app that meets all of their specific needs. However, plumbing services’ owners, and even the plumbers, can create powerful mobile apps themselves.

Snappii, an app builder the requires zero coding ability, enables everyday users to create powerful mobile apps. Snappii is a rapid app development company that offers over 400 pre-made apps, and over 100 features that can be changed within them with absolutely no programming. With Snappii, any business can have a mobile solution. Start building yours today.

Mobile Apps Provide New Opportunities for Field Service Businesses

Mobile Apps Provide New Opportunities for Field Service BusinessesAdvanced tools continue to storm the field-service market. Business owners understand that the better communication they have with their clients, the more successful the development of their business. Companies are constantly working for clients who depend on their service, however, the degree of customer’s involvement in the process has changed. In Aberdeen’s State of Service Management 2015 report, “the top initiative to improve customer engagement for the best-in-class is to create a communication strategy that interact with customers on the channels and frequency they want”. Business owners want simplicity, flexibility and on-the go services.

Engage customers through mobile apps

Today mobile apps allow users to always stay in touch while keeping the whole process under review. Field service apps can help customers track the progress of work without the need to call the workers, track the payments with detailed calculations, get instant notifications, and a wide range of other features.

Maintain the workforce

Mobile solutions also provide benefits to the workers themselves. Through real-time access to information, specialists can significantly increase their productivity, speed and quality of work. Field service managers can make real-time analysis and decisions. Also, mobile inspections of equipment and workforce contribute the decrease of maintenance costs, prevention of incidents and improvement of services quality.

Start with Snappii

The range of features are wide. If you don’t know where to start implementation of mobile solutions to your field service business, Snappii can help you. Snappii has a directory of ready-made apps for a variety of industries. If you have any specific needs, our team will be glad to tailor any app for your business.

The uniqueness of Snappii lies in the possibility for anyone to become a real app developer and create powerful apps independently. A codeless platform allows users to choose from the huge collection of templates, tabs, color schemes, etc. and build a unique product with 100% meeting of your needs. Don’t waste time and join Snappii today!

Top 3 Trends of Mobile Apps for Hotels

Top 3 Trends of Mobile Apps for HotelsLike most other industries, mobile technology has become a critical part of hospitality, allowing for fluid service, modern features and passive marketing. According to HT’s 2016 Lodging Technology Study, mobile engagement is one of the top expenditures for hotels in 2016.The sudden interest is no coincidence – mobile apps enables multiple perks for both the end user, and the business owner. With the flexibility of having your business in every smart phone, the mobile phone influence on the hospitality market will be game-changing.

Room Keys Go Mobile

Smartphones can even be used as room keys. After a user checks-in using the businesses mobile app, the virtual key is generated and used on the special sensors found in every hotel room door. Hilton’s “Honers”, an app created for the Hilton hotel line, allows its users to open doors at over 400 hotels. “With the digital key, we are making the guest experience even more seamless through our improved mobile app,” said Geraldine Calpin, senior vice president and global head of Digital, Hilton Worldwide.

Smartphones as a hub for room electronics

Mobile apps can turn every room into a digital playground. Guests can control things such as the TV, lights and sound systems. Or they can turn the air conditioner before they get back to the room after a long day at the beach. Hotels can also save money by eliminating the in-room telephone and enabling guests to use their app to contact the front desk. Some of these solutions can already be found in Hub, an app published by the hotel chain Premier Inn, based in London’s Convent Garden.

Virtual Tours on the go

Virtual reality tours have been increasing in both the housing and automotive industry. When restricted to the scope of a website, though, this technology can be limiting. Hotels can now offer powerful virtual reality tools within their apps that allows guests to visit the hotel from anywhere. With additional tools that allow users to rate certain hotel rooms, a hotel can gain publicity without spending a dime in marketing.

Today’s mobile solutions are an integral part of the hospitality industry. Learn more about mobile apps in the hospitality industry and try to create your own app yourself with Snappii’s codeless platform.

Substantial Transformation in Logistics and Supply Chain Industry

Substantial Transformation in Logistics and Supply Chain IndustryThe logistics and supply chain industry is constantly growing to meet the demands of new technologies. These growing demands cause additional communication issues, and introduce new problems to previously working systems. To complete assignments, companies have begun to branch out into new technologies to improve communication and accuracy. For industries that are constantly on the road, or sizing up the warehouse, mobile apps provide a solution.

Easy and convenient way to manage warehouses

Apps are extremely malleable, and can be created to fit any need. Warehouse management tools allow paperwork to be reduced, or even replaced, by mobile forms that can be printed or emailed right from the device. A user can also check inventory at a glance, without going to a computer or accessing a confusing program. It can also help to reduce human errors with its ease of use, and cut costs generated from paper and supplies. A report from Intermec found that mobile technologies can save logistics and transport companies around $471,400 a year!

Streamlined tracking system

When delivering products, the most important elements are the time, and destination. Apps enable users to track processes in a real-time GPS. It allows managers to communicate with their drivers, and grants the driver remote access to the database. It can streamline every process, creating unforgettable customer experiences.

Instant reporting

Instant access to detailed data provides another layer of accuracy when reporting, aside from the time it saves. Mobile apps allow paper forms to be reduced to a few taps on a touchscreen. Forms can be printed and emailed directly from the device, and will even automatically queue in an offline area. Specialists can even create spots for signatures, attaching photos and hidden location stamps.

Where to begin

The marriage of mobile solutions with the logistics and supply chain industry has created a lot of buzz in the way product and sources are managed, and it has caused significant increases in revenue. Snappii, a codeless mobile app development company, offers to start joining the movement with its ready-made apps (like Warehouse Inventory & Shipment, Invoice Assistant), which are 100% free and available in both iTunes and Google Play. Visit Snappii’s website to find more unique, and affordable, mobile solutions.

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