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APP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: DEAD BY APRIL

In App Close and Personal we get to know people somehow related to AppSpotr through an arbitrary number of reasonable and less reasonable questions. First out is Swedish metal band Dead by April, whose worldwide musical success is almost as impressive as the app they’ve built with our tool.


Hey guys! So, how come you decided to get an app?

– Hey! Well, we noticed that every artist and band app out there was based on a game or similar. We saw great potential in the platform and thought there were much better ways to use it. What we wanted was an app more intimately tied to us and our music. Also, we get loads of questions about our lyrics, and we simply can’t respond to all of them. Some people ask because they want to get a tattoo with a line from one of our songs. Better get it right then, huh? We figured it would be great if we could just direct them to our app, where they’d find the lyrics along with a truckload of other content!


Being a metal band and all, what’s your favorite animal blood for use in sacrificial rites?

– Haha! Nah, that’s not for us…


How long did it take to build your app?

– You could say it took a couple of weeks to build the framework, so to speak. But we’re constantly updating with new content and functions, so it’s really an ongoing process.


How has your app been received?

– First of all, our fans have really appreciated reading about us band members. Who we are when we’re not on stage or touring. Also, the hype surrounding our app has helped us reach out to more people and get more fans. It’s awesome to see that the app has grown to be so popular!


Which section of your app do you think is the most popular among your fans?

– Based on the feedback we receive, we know that the “Lyrics” section is definitely number one. Runner up is probably the web shop, where fans can get their hands on our merchandise.


What’s your advice to other bands looking to build an app?

– Don’t hesitate, just do it! An app filled with exclusive content is a great gift to the fans!


What’s your greatest achievement as a band, apart from winning our App of the Month?

– So many, it’s hard to choose… But I would say that opening up for the biggest rock band on earth, Linking Park. It was insanely surreal!


If you could wish for a new module for Christmas, what would it do?

– It would be some sort of in-app purchase function. That would be a natural next step in developing our app.


APP OF THE MONTH: TPC YOUTH

October’s App of the Month is there to help your kids tap into the rhythm of their soul. Literally. And while looking pretty gangsta in the process. An impossible feat, skeptics might say, but The Pulse Collective disagrees. 

TPC Youth is a training program designed to give young dancers tap training in the spirit of UK’s number one tap team, The Pulse Collective. With a more experimental approach and a bigger focus on expression, they deliver moves with even more swag than conventional tap dancing. How is that even possible?

 

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In case you’re wondering what happened to the 90s boy bands, they’re modelling for these guys now.

 

Now The Pulse Collective turns to the biggest platform for communication to promote their program. Their app is simple and to the point, with light content spread over few key functions. There’s the About TPC Youth section where you can read up on the program and sign up for tryouts. There’s directions guiding you to their place and there’s a page for getting in touch with them. No minds blown here, obviously.

While the design is really, really ridiculously good looking, the content is still very standard and strictly informative. Which means the reason for the prestigious title App of the Month is found elsewhere. And that elsewhere is their web shop, where TPC’s own clothing line of tank tops, T-shirts, sweatpants and so on is only a couple of clicks away.

 

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Get your crew outfit straight from the app.

 

It’s just awesome to see someone taking advantage of our platform for e-commerce, and we hope to see it in more apps in the future. In TPC Youth, the module Web Page has been used to integrate an already existing shop into the app. But you don’t have to set up a web page to sell stuff in your AppSpotr app. The nifty PayPal button in Content+ provides you with a lighter alternative from scratch.

 

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Sure, we’ll be there in a jiffy. Just let us go get the tandem bike.

 

Different solutions for different needs. Sometimes you want an app stacked with subpage upon subpage. Other times, keeping it simple will do the trick. TPC Youth delivers all the necessary components in a few easy-on-the-eye pages. Plus, come one, they teach kids that tap dancing is cool. That on its own deserves a prize.

 

 

 

 

APPSPOTR GOES PUBLIC

Whoa, do we have a bomb to drop? DO WE?! Actually, no. We’ve got two. Before reading on, put on your safety goggles and ear muffs and find yourself some cover. How about that hippo over there?

Okay, brace yourself for bomb number one. AppSpotr has just managed to land a new issue. You know, that thing when people throw shitloads of cash at you because they’re sure you’re going to succeed. This means a couple of mills going straight into developing our platform, starting with a release of two new modules within short. And not just any modules. Two that will revolutionise our tool and unlock whole new possibilities. Long term, we’re opening up for you guys to build your own modules and templates and sell them on our Marketplace. This will spark a creative explosion on AppSpotr as well as give coders an opportunity to benefit from their skills. A complete game changer, in other words.

But guess what. It gets even boomier with bomb number two. Well, since we need to grow into our new role as a big bad corporation, we’re going to start wearing suits to work. Just kidding, that’s not it. We’re going on the stock market! Because nothing screams “respect our authoritah” more. Do you realize what this means? Before long, you* can own us. You can own one of the fastest growing tech startups in Scandinavia. Bits of it, anyway.

Unfortunately, our aspiration to become a respectable company also means we have to cut the edgy jargon. No more weird-ass references. Actually, no “ass” at all. No slang or cussing. No more leprechauns, definitely no leprechauns. From now on, expect nothing but lawyer-proofread corporate bullshit from us.

* Provided you’re a Swedish citizen. Just move here and become one, already. No biggie

10 NEW TEMPLATES

They come in all shapes and sizes. Big, small, perky, soft, natural, enhanced – we love them all equally! We’re talking apps of course. And to celebrate our warm and fuzzy feelings for them, we’re now releasing ten additional templates.

A while ago AppSpotr introduced one of the best things since primordial soup: the Templates feature! With Templates building apps got even easier. Just pick a template that fits your app’s niche, fill it with content, make the adjustments you want and boom – your app’s done!

This little gem became an instant favorite among you users, even with the limited number available from the get go. Now we’re rolling out the second batch of templates to complement the already existing ones.

Among our newcomers is event-based Festival. A vibrant template with lots of color and all of the functions to kick-start your music happening. Want to show off your creative achievements? Crisp Web Portfolio does the trick.

 

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Get your users into the groove with a colorful Festival app.

 

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Beef up your career with a Web Portfolio.

 

The are nine new templates in total (sorry, ten sounded better in the title), each covering a different niche. Here’s the entire bunch: Band, Festival, Hotel, Interior Design, Law Firm, Lotus Spa, Pastel Bakery, Photo Portfolio, Web Portfolio.

 

 

NEW FEATURE: PUBLISH TO YOUR OWN APP STORE ACCOUNT

It seems you’ve all been slaying your hydra and making your offerings, because surely, this must be a gift straight from Applympus. Finally you can publish to your own App Store account! 

So, a while ago we opened up for publishing apps to your own account on Google Play. This unlocked the possibility to make money on your app, not to mention people would know who was behind it. No doubt a welcome change, but far from perfect with heavy-hitting App Store left out of the equation. Well, ladies and gents … say hello to perfection, ’cause that just changed. From now on your genius creations can be published to your own App Store account as well.

And speaking of publishing your app, ever heard of that dude in hell pushing a huge boulder up a hill only to have it come back down every time? That’s kind of what it normally feels like. Only worse. From providing screenshots to filling out forms, there’s a lot of boring stuff you’re forced to deal with. And no, not only when getting it out there for the first time. Every. Single. Update. That big-ass stone smacks you right in the face. Ouch!

To make sure publishing remains 100 percent torture free we give you: iOS Automatic – the iOS equivalent of Android Automatic. With this blessing the boulder turns into pebbles right before your very eyes. Updates to both content and meta data will happen at the click of a button, just the way we like it.

If you don’t have an iOS Developer account, check out our guide on how to get one here. And for those who don’t feel ready to take this step just yet, publishing on the AppSpotr account is still around as an option.

Well, what are you waiting for? You have an App Store top chart to conquer!

 

APP OF THE MONTH: WHYNOT NIGHTCLUB

When you think of Scotland, what’s the first thing to cross your mind? Men in skirts? Good ol’ Nessie? Face-painted Mel Gibson? Wrong! The correct answer is Edinburgh based nightclub WhyNot. At least after you’ve downloaded September’s App of the Month with the same name.

What happens in Edinburgh stays in Edinburgh. Isn’t that how the saying goes? No? Well, maybe it should. At least if partying there is even half as hype as September’s app of the month would have you believe. WhyNot Nightclub prides itself on being the most famous and popular club in the capital of Scotland. And while we haven’t been there to find out if these superlatives are warranted (add to bucket list: “find out”), we do know for a fact that they’re at least getting the marketing right.

 

Where da hoes at? The menu screen.

Where da hoes at? WhyNot Nightclub’s menu screen, that’s where.

 

WhyNot Nightclub covers all of the things you’d want in a club app. We’ve got the News & Offers where you can read about upcoming events, claim special offers such as cheaper entry and mixes from the resident DJ and so on. There’s also The Club, where we’re introduced to the thematically different but equally spectacular dancefloors in both pictures and text. Our Nights lists all of the club nights throughout the week. And thanks to Guest List we can sign up to save some money better spent on the Drinks Menu.

 

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Check out “The Grid” and the rest of the dancefloors. If the lasses are as spectacular as the interior, sign us up!

 

The WhyNot Nightclub app is professionally crafted through and through. Crisp icons, great content and a nice, consistent visual theme. But its real strength lies in the functionality that is intimately tied to the club. Especially the Guest List. This function alone is enough of an incentive for people to use the app, and ultimately up their clubbing at WhyNot.

 

 

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Get on the guest list for cheaper entry! This is just one of many awesome ways to utilize our Forms module.

 

A great philosopher named Paula Abdul once said – while using a Mexican worker as a chair, but let’s not dive into that – something about giving love and getting it back in spades. We don’t remember the exact quote, but it’s a winged one. Anyway, the guys at WhyNot Nightclub have obviously taken that message to heart, as they focus on rewarding their app users, which is sure to win them more customers. Such infinite wisdom!

Okay, that settles it. **** Vegas! We’re going to Edinburgh for our next “conference”. Regardless of how that goes, a Vodka-on-the-rocks solid five out of five hangovers from hell to this splendid app.

 

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