What is an APP?
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?
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?
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
Q. Why are your
prices so low compared to custom developers? I've
heard developers cost thousands of dollars for iPhone
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
Q. What are PUSH
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