Fintech and developers get challenged by Finastra appathon
Thursday, July 11, 2019 by Richard Harris
Finastra has issued a challenge to Fintechs and developers with its first-ever public appathon, inviting anyone with a good idea to build an application that solves a common pain point for North American community banks and credit unions, using its FusionFabric.cloud platform.
Participants will use Finastra’s US Banking APIs, accessible for free on the FusionFa...
Why AR advertising is hard
Friday, June 21, 2019 by Richard Harris
To mark the second day of Cannes Lions Advertising Festival of Creativity 2019, Unity Technologies, the company powering more than 60% of all AR and VR content and serving more than 11B ads each month, has revealed the results of an independent research project on the state of the Augmented Reality (AR) advertising and marketing market in 2019. Unity surveyed approximat...
Kintone's redesigned mobile app
Friday, June 21, 2019 by Christian Hargrave
Kintone announced a newly redesigned mobile app with a brand new user interface, better search and navigation capabilities, more intuitive workflows, updated notifications, and more. Kintone’s new mobile app was rebuilt to provide a more seamless experience for business users on the go.
The challenge most no-code solutions face is delivering a coherent experien...
Mobile user behavior is changing quickly says new Appnostic report
Monday, June 3, 2019 by Christian Hargrave
Mobile Posse in conjunction with Phoenix Marketing International released a study entitled, “The Appnostic Journey: How Changing Behavior is Creating New Opportunities,” that examines the intent and motivations of mobile device users - from the moment they begin the user journey.
Consumers unlock their smartphones an average of 70 times a day - and each t...
iOS 12 notifications did not change user behavior report says
Monday, March 25, 2019 by Christian Hargrave
Urban Airship, a digital engagement platform, looked at the iOS 12 notification (push alerts) adoption rates in the first six months of its availability and came across some interesting findings. You might remember that a key pillar of the iOS 12 update was the introduction of quiet notifications and group notifications - well, it didn't matter says their findings.
Hi-Tek Media and iSIGN Media partner to change digital marketing
Thursday, March 21, 2019 by Christian Hargrave
Hi-Tek Media announced a signed partnership agreement with iSIGN Media Corp. Both companies have joined forces to rewrite the rules in digital marketing and public safety. The four-year partnership, effective April 1, 2019 is accompanied with a $2,000,000 USD plus purchase order for all available iSIGN’s technologies including new enhanced proximity and wide area ...
Push notification value increases with intensity
Monday, March 4, 2019 by Richard Harris
Marfeel has released the results of an extensive study that measured the value of push notifications to publishers and identified optimized strategies for increasing the value of push notifications by up to 40 percent.
The research defined a new metric, Subscriber Lifetime Value, or SLTV, to evaluate push notification strategies for customers using Marfeel’s au...
Tomorrows AI-driven contract management
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 by Colin Earl
Artificial intelligence (AI), a machine’s ability to perform human-like functions through planning, perceiving, learning, reasoning and problem solving, is poised to disrupt just about everything – or so the hype would have us believe. Businesses have begun to harness these technologies to tackle all kinds of issues. However, the reality is adoption has rais...
Lightning Platform Mobile from Salesforce aims to future-proof apps
Thursday, January 24, 2019 by Christian Hargrave
Adding another lego to the wall between native programmers and low-code app builders, Salesforce has just announced the new Lightning Platform Mobile, a set of tools and services that aim to empower business users to build quick, connected and future-proofed mobile apps.
Consumers today expect their mobile experiences to be immersive and easy-to-use. But with a...
Google is turning on the Restore feature soon
Thursday, January 10, 2019 by Richard Harris
In a recent email sent to Android developers that have subscriptions enabled, Google wants to remind you that soon they will be activating the Restore feature. The email read:
"We are writing to let you know about an upcoming change to the Restore feature in the Google Play Console. On April 15, 2019, Google will be turning on the Restore feature for all develop...
What game developers can learn from Fortnite's rise
Friday, December 28, 2018 by Richard Harris
Fortnite took over the video game world in 2018 and reached over $1 billion in sales, reaching every gaming fan with experiences on all the major consoles, mobile operating systems and even streaming platforms like Twitch. However, Fortnite seems to have reached a plateau with a recent study by StreamElements revealing viewership of the game has steadily declined since ...
No code platform Kintone now integrates with Microsoft Flow
Thursday, December 13, 2018 by Richard Harris
The ability to incorporate data from key applications, such as Office 365 Outlook, Twitter and DocuSign, is critical to providing a secure, centralized repository of information that can be used to equip teams to respond more quickly to business issues through enterprise-wide collaboration.
To help, Kintone, the provider of a no-code application development platform ...
5 app development tips to help you avoid disaster
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by Joe Hanson
Mobile app development: it’s easy and straightforward in the lab, but once your app is deployed to the wild, all bets are off. You need to deliver seamless, fast experiences for users on low-powered devices, in any number of network environments.
When it comes to building mobile apps, uncontrollable user behavior can lead you down the path to death by 1000 pape...
Testing your app for the holidays
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 by Eran Kinsbruner
It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year and retailers of all sizes have already been busy preparing - and in some cases bracing - for the upcoming surge in traffic that is expected to hit their websites and mobile shopping apps this holiday season. Salesforce is predicting that mobile devices will drive 68 percent of all holiday shopping traffic this year,...
OneSignal hits 850,000+ push notifications per second
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by Richard Harris
OneSignal set a new throughput record with their push notification service, delivering 850,000+ notifications per second - more than twice the competition.
OneSignal sends 4 billion push notifications per day, up 25% since September. OneSignal is used by 550,000+ developers and marketing teams including many Fortune 500 companies.
On election day, push notificatio...
Get your hyperlocal news fix with the Patch
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by Richard Harris
Patch has launched a new app for iOS and Android. The Patch app allows users to subscribe to a personalized newsfeed from multiple cities and towns across the U.S. Following a soft launch earlier this year, the app already has over 233,000 downloads and averages a 4.5-star rating on both the Apple and Android app stores.
“Everyone has a different idea of ...
Kony now supports making progressive web apps
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by Richard Harris
Kony, Inc. announced new enhancements of its Kony AppPlatform to support Progressive Web Apps (PWAs). Kony is the first vendor to support enterprise-grade, low-code PWA development for mission-critical apps. Developers can use Kony’s visual low-code platform to develop PWAs, while leveraging backend services and third-party integrations for building enterprise app...
Digital Automation Intelligence Suite from Eggplant gets updated
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by Richard Harris
Eggplant has announced the latest enhancements to its Digital Automation Intelligence (DAI) Suite. They say these new capabilities further extend the level of intelligent automation and insight into the customer experience by assisting with the modeling and automation of complex systems, diagnosing problems identified in test and automating usability testing.
Holiday marketing strategies 2018 from Helpshift
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by Richard Harris
New proprietary internal data has been released from Helpshift, the company whose AI-powered customer service platform enables consumer brands to message back and forth with their customers to get their questions answered efficiently.
Helpshift’s inaugural Holiday Performance Index includes data from the company’s retail and e-commerce customers for...
The subscription based app model is working and here's proof
Monday, November 5, 2018 by Richard Harris
Liftoff released its annual Mobile App Engagement Index, describing trends in consumer app engagement and ways mobile marketers can adapt to thrive in the changing landscape. Specifically, the report reveals that mobile users are head over heels for the subscription model, with considerable momentum gained from last year. Additionally, the Index highlights a shift in ge...
The differences between web apps and native apps
Thursday, October 18, 2018 by Richard Harris
Even in 2018, years past the origional question, the debate rages on across the land, in office spaces and conference rooms every day - should we build a full-blown native mobile app, or is distributing over the web good enough?
By now everyone knows the “mobile-first” mentality because statistics like 50% of web searches being done from a mobile dev...
Preventing bad app reviews according to Poq
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 by Richard Harris
Poq has released information to developers to help them understand the impacts of negative app reviews, and how to handle them, through a new white paper titled "The Ultimate Guide to Preventing Bad App Reviews". While it's aimed more towards retail-based apps, there is insightful information any developer can use inside the paper.
Poq points ...
Presidential Alerts and the future of mobile communication
Thursday, October 4, 2018 by Richard Harris
FEMA has sent their first emergency test message to all of the mobile devices throughout the United States. They reported every American who owns a smartphone - which is about 75% of the population, should have received the test alert. In total the message went out to a total of 225 million devices right around 1:18 PM CST reading "Presiden...
The changes in iOS 12 for developers
Monday, October 1, 2018 by Richard Harris
It's here, iOS 12 - Apple's latest operating system, and it's chalked full of changes in everything from the user experience to under the programming hood. Along with the new OS, Apple has also released a new round of hardware, most notably with bigger screen sizes, a faster A12 chip, and the new Apple watch series 4. We've all seen the key note int...
Nexmo Customer Communication API Connector gets a boost from WhatsApp
Friday, September 28, 2018 by Christian Hargrave
Vonage announced that its Nexmo Communication API Connector, available on MuleSoft's Anypoint Platform, is now integrated with the WhatsApp Business solution. This integration enables MuleSoft customers to leverage the new WhatsApp Business solution to elevate their customer engagement.
Simple integration of Nexmo APIs into WhatsApp Business solution workflows el...
iOS 12 notification changes should make you rethink your messages
Friday, September 21, 2018 by Richard Harris
It feels as if our mobile screens are swimming in notification overload these days, and it’s no wonder why when leading mobile marketing companies plaster billboards in Silicon Valley with promises to engage mobile users.
In a hyper-connected world where consumer attention is scarce, notifications are an incredibly powerful way to reach users wherever they are....
Changes to the way notifications work in iOS 12 you need to know
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by Mike Herrick
iOS 12’s public release has brought about key changes to the way we do notifications. With these changes, Urban Airship urges app publishers to adopt customer-centric messaging best practices to accommodate new user behavior, improve notification visibility and maximize the value that their app can deliver. Granular user controls over notifications, new Grouped No...
VMworld 2018 sees new VMware cloud operations services drop
Thursday, August 30, 2018 by Christian Hargrave
At VMworld 2018, VMWare addressed the challenges of multi-cloud environments head-on, announcing new and enhanced VMware Cloud Services that will enable cloud operations, DevOps, and security and compliance teams to better manage cloud costs, operations, security, and compliance across clouds. The advancements to VMware’s cloud operations platform includ...
Developer collaboration tools and tips from someone who knows
Thursday, August 23, 2018 by Richard Harris
Lots of organizations claim to prioritize transparency. And there are certainly plenty of tools out there that make it easy for coworkers to share information and communicate, but does that always equate to transparency? Why are people often dissatisfied with their companies' approach to developer collaboration and team collaboration in general?
The Twilio API for WhatsApp is now available
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 by Christian Hargrave
Twilio has announced the Twilio API for WhatsApp that lets Twilio customers message with their users via WhatsApp for the first time. Twilio removes the operational overhead of managing and scaling WhatsApp for developers, making it a fast and reliable way for businesses to start communicating with the more than 1.5 billion users of WhatsApp. With one API, develope...
The App Lifecycle: Tips for engaging and retaining users
Monday, July 30, 2018 by David Lundell
Today, there are over 6 billion apps across the app stores, with more and more popping up every day. Developers are constantly working to fight through the clutter to acquire new users via paid and organic channels. And in a world of ever-changing user attention, the challenge for developers once they do acquire a new user is figuring out how to keep the user engaged an...
Emojis inside app push alerts significantly influence engagement says Leanplum
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 by Richard Harris
Leanplum has announced a new Mobile Marketing Trends report, Unlocking Engagement & Growth With Emojis, that confirms the effectiveness of emoji usage in push notifications and emails. The data verifies that emojis are significantly more likely to influence mobile engagement and aid retention.“We used Leanplum to test the effectiveness of emojis in push notification...
MongoDB World 2018 and everything you need to know
Monday, July 2, 2018 by Richard Harris
At MongoDB World 2018, MongoDB made several major product announcements that the company says is "expanding on their presence in the database market." Nearly every company is focused on using software for a competitive advantage. The company says that with their latest enhancements database platform, "it enables a competitive advantage for thousands of cu...
Millennial targeted news app SQUID hits 1M downloads
Thursday, May 31, 2018 by Richard Harris
SQUID App - the first news app built for millennials, was developed by Njuice AB, a media company based in Stockholm, Sweden, has just crossed 1,000,000 downloads and the company is growing its user-base by double-digit numbers every month.The goal of the app is to make relevant news readily available, offering a wide range of topics that let users select and create the...
Engaging mobile app users with Flurry Push
Monday, May 21, 2018 by Richard Harris
Sending push alerts to mobile users isn't anything new, but knowing "just when to do it" for the best engagement can be a bit more tricky. To help, Flurry from Oath has unveiled Flurry Push, a free offering from the new Flurry Marketing Suite that enables app developers to send targeted messages to re-engage and retain users across Android and iOS. With Flurry Push, mob...