Orlando Smartphone Apps for Businesses


Q.  What is an APP?
A.  An APP is a mini program which can run as a native app or a web app on your smartphone.  It is a condensed version of your services, making it easy to use your services, find your physical location, interact with your company and allow you to interact with the users (those who download your app)

Q.  Do I have to have a smartphone as a business owner in order to benefit from having an APP for my business?

A.  While it is recommended you have one so you can keep up with technology and utilize the many features and conveniences associated with smartphones, you do not, of necessity, HAVE, to have one.  Your clients, on the other hand, do.  Please see statistics here regarding smartphone growth and usage.

Q.  I have a website.  Why do I need an APP?

A.  You have probably witnessed many transformations in the marketplace, with the advent of websites in 1995.  Many people did not adjust to the change and got left behind.  Still many more have stuck to old school beliefs that you can get buy without one.  The reality is, you can't.  The internet is where you get found.  That said, you NEED to have a website.  You also NEED to get an APP for your business.  Smartphones will become the 'necessity' as opposed to a luxury, and the current activation rate of Android phones alone is proof of that, supporte with the millions upon millions of new subscribers to Apple's iPhone and iPad technologies.  The names of APPs are  like domains names.  Once the name is gone, it's gone.  And worse, there are no .net,.org or any other extensions.  You need to claim your space now or be relegated later to have a very long or non-descript APP name.

Q. What is the difference between having an APP that you create and having a mobile site?

A. Our APPs for iPhone,iPad and Android are 'Native Apps'.  They have the functionality of push notifications, GPS and Camera and take advantage of native functions on your smartphone.  A Mobile site, put simply, is a site that fits in the confines of the window of your smartphone.  Both are necessary tools in your marketing tool kit, but an APP itself has a tremendous amount of functionality that does not exist in a regular mobile site.

Q.  Why are your prices so low compared to custom developers?  I've heard developers cost thousands of dollars for iPhone apps alone!
A.  Our APPs are created with a proprietary software which allows us to 'customize' the areas you need for your business, while integrating high quality graphics, designs and navigation to make your APP functional.  We create the APP once and then formulate the different platforms at the time of publishing, giving you the option of having all smartphone users the ability to download your APP.

Q. Why are your prices what they are?  I can't afford to pay $495/$595!

A.  You would truly be shocked at the amount of time that goes into not only the creation of your app, but the publishing, polishing and checking our team does.  We create the best graphics possible to give you the best face possible to your client base. That said, we can, upon request, arrange for a 3 or 4 pay plan, allowing you to spread your payment over a full year.  This would basically bring the cost of your APP to $136.25 per month for the Basic Plan and $174.58 per month for the Pro Plus plan including your monthly maintenance/app store fees.

Q.  Where do my customers find my APP if I have one created?

A.  On an iPhone, they download the created APP in the APP Store.  Same for iPad users.  For Android users, they will go to the Android market and search for your app name.  For Windows and BlackBerry users, they will get a link to the html5 web application, then bookmark the site.  Then the APP will be functional the same as for the other 2 platforms.

Q.  Are your APPs updatable?

A.  Absolutely!  Except for the splash screen (Welcome screen)  the interior pages and functions can be updated by us or by you at any time, including adding ecommerce to your app and selling your products or adding locations for your business.

Q.  Do I control my APP or does your company?
A.  We create your APP.  After creation and inclusion into the APP marketplaces, you may login with your secure credentials to modify, update and add any or all functions.  We will also do  this for you for full maintenance.  There is NO additional cost to you for this service.  The majority of our clients wish to be 'hands off' with this service. The choice is yours.

Q.  How can an APP help my business?
A.  iPhone and Android phones have taken the world by storm largely because of the applications that users are able to download and use on their phone. They provide instant information and provide customers with a direct way to contact a business from their iPhone or Android device. With our solutions, you can engage, inform, and impress your customers. We also provide solutions that are specifically designed to help build brand loyalty and create frequent buyers for your business with the use of our check in QRS coupon system.

 

Q. What if my APP requires programming and is more extensive than the capabilities of your template framework?

A. We are happy to develop any APP for any platform.  We will custom quote these projects, based upon the projected manhours we anticipate it would take to develop your idea into reality.  You may call us to setup an appointment to discuss your project.

 

Q. Do you do website development as well?

A. Glad you asked!  Yes.  Website development has been the staple of our company since its inception in 1997 as a company called Masterpiece Mania. Our parent company changed our name to American Photos, Graphics and Designs,LLC in 2004, and we went full fledged into the marketplace in graphics, print work and website development. If you are in need of a website, we can accomodate.  If you would like to make a mobile version of your website, we can accomodate as well.  Please contact us for more information.

Q.  How does the QRS coupon system work?
A.  When a customer checks in at a business’s location, they will receive a reward coupon for the 10th, 25th, 50th, 100th, 500th, and even 1000th check in. This coupon system is completely customizable by the business and can be edited in real time via our clients’ user panel.
These coupons will appear as images on the application and when used, they will be deleted with a push of a button on the user’s phone by the employer to ensure a coupon is not used multiple times. This also removes the need for additional equipment to verify the coupon such as barcode scanners or unique coupon codes, allowing a very low start up cost for businesses. This system is extremely simple, cost efficient, and very effective for small businesses to build up brand-loyalty with their customers.

Q. What are PUSH NOTIFICATIONS?

A. PUSH notifications will send your message of 140 characters DIRECTLY to the smartphone of your users. It does not arrive in email.  It is an INSTANT notification, similiar to Groupon and Living Social.  Your customer 'accepts' push notifications on downloading your app, and then you can, at your leisure, login to your control panel and send out your message.  Let them know the first 20 in the door get a free drink, or the 20% special you're running on your service.  Tell them important news about your company. 

Q. What are the main features of your APPs?

  • Update apps instantly with our user panel
  • Directly market to customers through in-app messages
  • Create a social media buzz with our “Tell A Friend” feature
  • Give customers GPS directions from anywhere
  • Keep customers informed with business news and deals
  • Provide customers with coupons right to their phones
  • Allow customers to directly contact your business quickly and easily
  • Build brand-loyalty and encourage customers to become frequent buyers
  • Our app packages are affordable, starting at only $95 a month plus setup
  • Wow your customers, market your business, and make a mobile presence

Q.  What do I get for my development fee and monthly fee?

  • Personalized iPhone or Android app solution customized to your business.
  • App submitted by our staff to the App Stores.
  • Support and maintenance of your app.
  • Regular updates and improvements to your app.
  • Powerful CMS (content management system) account to update your app through Tuned In Apps, instantly.
  • Updates by our staff for any additions, deletions or advice from our staff
 Q. Can I see my APP before you publish it or while you're working on it?
A. Absolutely!  Several different ways.  If you have an iPhone/iPad OR Android phone or tablet, you can download APPVIEWER from the APP STORE or the MARKETPLACE.  Then the APP code we generate will show you the APP in real time.

If you do not have a smartphone, you can view it on our site here, which will emulate an iPhone with your APP.

Q.  I just created a DEMO Account.  How can I see my demo?
A.  Please see above.  The APP code we generate we will email to you so you may see the APP you have asked us to DEMO for you.

Q. How long does it take you to create my APP?
A. Generally the APP itself, with all proper graphics and requests we may have of you can take from 1-2 weeks.  After your final approval, we will submit to the associated marketplaces.  The longest approval is Apple, which can range from 10-14 days.

 

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