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Pairing an easily managed creator with professional custom development to extend functionality and design

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Computer-graphic intensive apps such as video games

 
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$19 - $149/month
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Features

App Platforms

  • Native Android 
  • Native iOS

Development Tools

  • Drag and Drop User Interface
  • Custom extensions and design templates in React Native
  • UI Toolkit
  • 40+ built-in screen types
  • 200+ customizable layouts
  • 40+ extensions for better app functionalities
     

Location Services

  • Geolocation features
    • Event listings linked to venues
    • Location based features, places, maps

App Management

  • Mobile Content Mangement System​
    • Integration with popular web CMS’s (Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla, etc.) 
    • Custom Content Modules Available

Integrations

mCommerce

  • mCommerce - Integrations with Shopify

Vertical Features

  • Magazines
  • Restaurants 
  • Churches
  • Tourism
  • Conferences

Deployment

  • Analytics
    • Measure user activity, sessions, retetention
  • App Management
    • Add, Delete, and Block users

Pricing

Basic info

 
Free trial
 
$19 - $149/month
 

1-month minimum contract

 
Monthly subscription
Annual subscription
PlanCost
Lite$19/month
Basic$59/month
Advanced$149/month
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Client Interview
May 12 2016

Database Management for Web Development Company

4.5

Features: 
4.5
Ease of use: 
5.0
Support: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
the reviewer
 
$251 - $1000/mo. spend
 
Information Technology
 
1-10 Employees
 
Akron, OH
Owner, Web Development Company
Jerry Smith
 
Verified
The Review
Recommendations

This company implements Shoutem to help maintain clients' databases. The user points to the Shoutem team for willingness to help customize their apps. The user looks for improvements in the database structure, but overall highly recommends Shoutem.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We've been a web development company since 1995. We are a very small company with a very specialized industry that we focus on.

What is your position?

I’m the owner.

OPPORTUNITY/CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Shoutem?

My customers started to want apps for streaming audio and holding proprietary information for corporate reasons. Customers were not willing to spend the money for custom-built apps with only that type of functionality.

SOLUTION

How does your company implement this platform or software?

We figured out a way to deliver those types of apps to our clients using Shoutem. We do some streaming audio and we do some corporate apps that have proprietary information in them, with membership access.

Was your company considering other platforms? Why this platform?

Initially, the reason I went with Shoutem was that they were the only ones that could maintain a database and restrict access to apps. That's why I started with them. I didn't really think it was the easiest app creator to work with. I checked most of the other app building platforms that were available at the time, and Shoutem was the only one that was able to accommodate me on a more or less private app.

The Shoutem platform seemed a little clunkier than the other ones in some respects, but I've got used to it now so it doesn't bother me at all. The learning curve was just a touch higher on Shoutem. I also experimented with Bizness Apps out in California and I liked their platform a little better, but they would not work with me in any way as far as figuring out a way to make these apps private.

On an annual or monthly basis, how much does your company spend to utilize the platform?

I don't know what it's called but I think it's the agency pricing. I have 8 apps for around $290 a month.

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

Since these apps are private, I don't have any marketing statistics that mean anything because it's for a closed group of users. Shoutem meets my needs for a fraction of the cost of what I'd have to spend to get this type of custom-developed app.

FEATURES

Were there any software features or tools that really impressed you?

Nothing specific. I don't have that much experience in the space and I can't compare it to a lot. Overall, Shoutem seems to have good customization flexibility. They're working on some platform changes now that should help me manage my databases better. If it does not, they have already talked to me about doing some custom work to their apps, which the other places I talked to would not do. If the platform changes that they're implementing in the summer don't make my management of the databases easier, then they're going to work with me and we're going to customize their non-custom apps.

Looking back, are there any areas of the software upon which you feel could be added or improved?

What I'm really looking forward to is being able to access an outside database to maintain my membership to the apps. In other words, I want to be able to build an HTML backend, and then I can let my customers manage their own database. We can tack on a database on our servers and then the app will access it for member access to the apps. I'm really looking forward to that. I know that's pretty unique. Their platform changes are supposed to allow that.

The only tough thing about working with them at all is the time differential, but the platform is worth it.

Have you had to interact with the platform's support team or reference their support resources?

The team over in Croatia is easy to work with. They're accommodating, they answer quickly, and are friendly. They're great. They're personable too; they're not just businesslike. They'll express a little bit of a sense of humor when you're talking to them, which is good because it's such a pain talking to people that are dry and not super helpful.

OVERVIEW

We have 5 additional questions. For each of these, we ask you to rate the software on a 1-5 scale with 5 being the best.

What would you give the software for functionality of the features available?

4.5 - Shoutem overall seems to have good customization flexibility.

What would you give the software for ease of use or ease of implementation into your business?

5

For support, as in responsiveness of the team or helpfulness of the resources available?

4.5 - Just because they're outside our time zone. Other than that, they're great.

How likely are you to recommend the software to a colleague or similar business?

5

How would you rate your overall experience with the platform?

5

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Features
  • 5.0 Ease of Use
  • 4.5 Support
  • 5.0 Willing to Refer
 
Client Interview
May 11 2016

College Networking App using Shoutem.

4.5

Features: 
4.5
Ease of use: 
4.5
Support: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
the reviewer
 
$51 - $250/mo. spend
 
Information Technology
 
1-10 Employees
 
Charlotte, NC
Owner, Software Development Company
Kelvin Jones
 
Verified
The Review
Recommendations

The user integrates Shoutem for a network of colleges and universities. This user highly recommends Shoutem for the ease of publishing apps and drag and drop features. The user looks forward to more customization option on the "Unlimited" plan.

BACKGROUND

Can you provide a brief description of your company?

We are a software development company that tries to implement web and mobile technologies for small businesses and nonprofit businesses.

What role do you play there?

I am the owner.

OPPORTUNITY/CHALLENGE

What was the business challenge your company was facing that initiated the need for this platform?

I was searching for a couple of things. First, I needed something that was online, an integrated development environment that was more cloud-based, one which would not necessarily have to download software to my hard drive or anything. Then, I wanted to be able get up to speed quickly, and I wanted to have something that had a lot of components that I could plug and play and not necessarily have to deal with development from scratch. That was a lot of what I was looking for, those two main things.

SOLUTION

How does your company implement this platform or software?

One of the ways that we have been using Shoutem thus far is to develop a solution that we have in place today, which is a solution for a college and university community. It’s a small community of about 100 schools, and we had sought out different tools that would allow me to quickly get up to speed in terms of developing and deploying the mobile technology versus trying to build something from scratch or working with third parties to help me build something from scratch. I ran across the Shoutem team and was very impressed with the feature functionality set that they had at the time.

We leveraged and built our college and university solution utilizing Shoutem’s features and functionality. Again, a lot of the feature functionality that they have fits right into what we were trying to do for this small college and university community that we were working with.

Was your company considering other platforms? Why this platform?

I looked at another company called Tiggzi (Now: Appery.io). I looked at some other companies as well. I actually did go with Tiggzi initially, but it was just going to take me a long period of time to get that development done. So I kept searching, ran across Shoutem, and did my due diligence in terms of reviewing the research and making sure it offered at least most of what I was looking for. It certainly had the plug and play. Their app-builder was just a great solution for me. It was able to be deployed relatively quickly and seamlessly, so I could get it into the marketplaces pretty easily. That, for me, was the deciding factor to go with Shoutem.

On an annual or monthly basis, how much does your company spend to utilize the platform?

There’s three packages that they offer. There’s an initial package, then there’s one that’s above there, and then I think they have the enterprise package. I have the one that’s in the middle. I started off with the initial one, and then upgraded after having more conversations about some things that I needed to change and some things that I really wanted to do.

The flexibility is still not where I would like it to be. I’m assuming that the enterprise package would cover that, but I have that middle package, which provides some flexibility but not a tremendous amount of ability to customize. I’m hoping that the new version or builder that they’re coming out with will provide a lot more of that.

FEATURES

Were there any software features or tools that really impressed you?

It is seamless with Shoutem to publish and just get your app out in the marketplace. To me, that was very critical. That was a very seamless process, and I love it. The ability to just drag and drop your things and modify the look and feel, putting in the content, and so on and so forth, is wonderful.

Looking back, are there any areas of the software upon which you feel could be added or improved?

There are certainly a lot more other things that I would like to see in the builder, like more screen designs or more ability to customize screen designs. They have certain templates for the screen, and it would be nice to be able to customize that a little bit, or have a different flow for the users. The other thing would be the ability to provide more personalization for your user base. Like I said, I have a small community; it’s about 107 schools. I’m trying to build it out to where all the schools are using the app, so that would get me up to about almost one million users using the app, from just a student perspective. To do that, I would love to have more personalization in my apps.

Again, I’m a big fan. I tell Shoutem all the time. I send them email after email, and I tell them how much I really enjoy the app. Of course, every once in a while we get a new feature, and I always think, ‘Oh, wow, can I get this, this, and this too?’ That’s how I am, but what they have right now is getting me to where I’m trying to go. It’s gotten me to at least 75% to 80% of where I’m trying to get to. I’m hoping that the next version of the builder gets me another 10% or 15%. I don’t know if it’s going to get me totally to 100%, but we’ll see when the next version comes out.

Have you had to interact with the platform's support team or reference their support resources?

There are always challenges with anything and everything, no matter what it is. We’re all human. With that being the case, there are some things that I would have loved to have done better. The support has been great. They get back to me in a relatively fast amount of time, but there have been some things where I would love to have had some more insight into before changes were made. One of the times I had to repackage and submit my application back out to the markets because it did not have a lot of the current updates that were needed and I didn’t realize it. That was something I was unaware of and wish that I had had more of a heads up. Then I could have planned a little bit better when working with my clients.

Outside of that, I was still able to keep my clients at bay, explain to them that these are things that are necessary and had to be done with the application to continue to be a worthwhile application for us. Those things worked out, and I was able to satisfy my clients from that perspective, but again, it would’ve been good to have had some more insight to the changes at that particular time. That was one isolated incident. Outside of that, everything has been good. The support has been really good too. I do ask a lot of questions. I do send a lot of emails. I’m sure they’ve got a folder just saved with my name on it because I do send a good bit. I work full-time in technology, and I like to be able to provide value if I can, in any way that I can.

OVERVIEW

We have 5 additional questions. For each of these, we ask you to rate the software on a 1-5 scale with 5 being the best.

What would you give the software for functionality of the features available?

4.5 - I would certainly give them a four and a half.

What would you give the software for ease of use or ease of implementation into your business?

4.5

For support, as in responsiveness of the team or helpfulness of the resources available?

4.5 - We all have room to grow, but they have been really good.

How likely are you to recommend the software to a colleague or similar business?

5 - Absolutely a five.

For overall satisfaction with the platform?

4.5 - I guess it would be that four and a half, four and three quarters.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Features
  • 4.5 Ease of Use
  • 4.5 Support
  • 5.0 Willing to Refer
 
Client Interview
May 12 2016

App Development for Entrepreneur in Web Design

4.5

Features: 
4.0
Ease of use: 
4.5
Support: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
the reviewer
 
$51 - $250/mo. spend
 
Information Technology
 
1-10 Employees
 
Sweden
Entrepreneur, Web Designer
D. Marsden
 
Verified
The Review
Recommendations

This entrepreneur highlights the Shoutem support team and their willingness to help customize his apps. The entrepreneur highly recommends Shoutem and points to their loyalty features as one reason for that recommendation.

BACKGROUND

Can you please provide a brief description of your company and the role that you play there?

I’m self-employed. I’m mainly a web designer. I sell websites and apps to smaller businesses.

CHALLENGE

What was the business challenge your company was facing that initiated the need for this platform?

I get asked a lot if I can do apps. Apps are very different than websites and a lot more complicated.

SOLUTION

How does your company implement this platform or software?

What Shoutem allows me to do is to transfer my web design skills into making real apps rather than just low quality web apps, which is what people normally can offer.

Was your company considering other platforms? Why this platform?

I looked at a lot of other app creators. I tested a few of them. Partially, why I went with Shoutem was that the people there were actually really nice. I could tell I was talking to a macro tech support center with the others. With Shoutem, I could tell it was a genuine human being on the other end. On top of that, they have the best product. The others always missed something and weren’t very simple. Shoutem had everything I needed. There’s that fine line between being complicated and advanced or being simple and bland. They’ve managed to make a product that’s advanced but isn’t mind melting. It’s simple to use, but doesn’t just do two things, and everyone’s app doesn’t look exactly the same.

On an annual or monthly basis, how much does your company spend to utilize the platform?

I’m on the reseller program. I’m on the starter package right now, so I’m on the basic reseller price.

FEATURES

Were there any software features/tools that you were really impressed by?

An obvious one for me are the loyalty features. That’s the set I’ve worked with most. I set that up for many of the shops in my local town with loyalty functionalities. I didn’t even really start selling initially, I used the loyalty features as more of a flagship offering to help me get noticed, but the main multi-card feature has allowed me to help my local town. We recently have had a giant mall put in just outside the town, so the town center has become less popular because less people are going there. My app has allowed them to offer loyalty schemes without having to rely on freebies to get people to come in. They now can offer their customers loyalty rewards, which is a friendly way of getting more people back into our town center.

Looking back, are there any areas of the software that you feel could be added or improved upon?

Whenever there hasn’t been something that Shoutem can offer me directly, they’ve really gone out of their way to try and bend another feature to work for my needs. I’ve got some web skills, so sometimes I can take those and build my own features. They’ve have helped me many times walk through how I could do it myself. They’ve started teasing a new feature that’s like an open marketplace for new features, which I’m looking forward to.

Have you had to interact with the platform’s support team or reference their support resources?

Shoutem has the most human and friendliest support team. I’ve dealt with a lot of these online services. Some of them are more automated. You have to go through several levels to get to the right person. There’s only one level at Shoutem. I was going to go on holiday to Croatia where their team is based, and our partnerships is on the level where they are giving me beer and pub recommendations. Shoutem has awesome people with an awesome platform.

RATINGS

We ask that you rate Shoutem on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the best score.

What would you give the software for functionality of the features available?

4

What would you give the software for ease of use or ease of implementation into your business?

4.5

For support, as in responsiveness of the team or helpfulness of the resources available?

5 - Shoutem has the most human and friendliest support team.

How likely are you to recommend the software to a colleague or similar business?

4.5

Overall, satisfaction with the platform?

4.5 - Shoutem has awesome people with an awesome platform.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Features
  • 4.5 Ease of Use
  • 5.0 Support
  • 4.5 Willing to Refer
 
Online Review
May 11 2016

Shoutem: Good Platform, Good Support

4.5

Features: 
4.0
Ease of use: 
4.5
Support: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
4.5
the reviewer
 
$51 - $250/mo. spend
 
Information Technology
 
1-10 employees
 
Minneapolis, MN
Founder, App Development Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Recommendations

Shoutem is easy to use, well designed, and has great customer support. Everyone from novice to experienced developers are satisfied with the look and feel of the platform. Their customer support is reliable, and they offer a good variety of features.

Background

My company designs and develops custom mobile apps and websites, but we use Shoutem when a fully customized solution is not needed.

Experience

Shoutem is a solid platform for both Android and iOS with easy to update content.

Pros

Shoutem is well designed, easy to update, and has good support.

Cons

Shoutem has somewhat limited features, but it works well and is reliable. I would rather have 90 percent of the features and a stable platform than 100 percent of the features and bugs, like some of their competitors.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Features
  • 4.5 Ease of Use
  • 4.5 Support
  • 4.5 Willing to Refer
 
Client Interview
Apr 04 2017

App & Design Solutions for Digital Agency

5.0

Features: 
5.0
Ease of use: 
5.0
Support: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
the reviewer
 
$51 - $250/mo. spend
 
Marketing
 
Toronto, Canada
Marketing Consultant, Digital Agency
 
Verified
The Review
Recommendations

Familiarizing oneself with the platform is easy because the technical knowledge barrier is low and support is highly accessible. The free trial represents much of what is available on the full platform. Certain features such as live streaming and event-based social walls make for highly valuable use cases.

Background

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We’re a full-service digital marketing agency which includes SEO marketing, app development, website design, email marketing, and experiential marketing. I’m a digital marketing consultant. 

Solution

What was the business challenge your company was facing that initiated the need for this platform?

As our business was expanding, we didn’t have an app development sector, but we had a lot of demand for it. We’ve had a positive experience working with the platform.  

Was your company considering other platforms? Why this platform?

We did a lot of research when looking for a platform that would work for us. What stood out about Shoutem was their customer service. They were able to answer our questions through a phone consultation. We liked the fact that we could be in direct communication with Shoutem in case we had any questions or issues. They did a training session through screen sharing as an introduction to the platform, and that made us feel really comfortable. They showed us a few examples and offered us a trial version that we initially started with. The trial version had a lot of the same features as the paid version.

The fact that they allowed us to test the features along with their great customer service and accessibility to support stood out to us. All of the other companies were really ambiguous and hard to get ahold of. They didn’t make us feel as confident of their platform.

What type of client is an ideal candidate for Shoutem?

I feel that small- to medium-sized companies that are expanding and wanting to explore having dedicated mobile app development work as one of their products are ideal candidates for Shoutem. It’s great to test something out and gain confidence in development work in a quick and easy way. The platform is drag-and-drop oriented, and the friendliness of working with design templates before having to code is very nice.

What cost factors should clients keep in mind when considering this tool?

The prices are affordable, and there is a lot of value in the platform. There are a lot of great features and great user experience. I would definitely recommend it.

How many apps have you made, and what is your monthly spend?

We started using the platform about 1.5 years ago and have launched six apps. Right now, we have many more apps scheduled. We pay a monthly fee to remain in the agency package, and it’s been really affordable. 

Results

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or impact of the platform?

There is an internal social wall where corporations that host events can allow attendees to interact privately. We had customers that kept requesting apps because of that feature. We had a live-stream feature that we used for our first app, and it was a huge success. The company that we sold the app to was thrilled.

Shoutem is a great platform with features that made our customers come back. We were able to provide great value with little effort—a win-win. It’s our go-to platform. We wouldn’t go anywhere else. All of the apps we’ve launched have been successful.

Were there any software features/tools that you were really impressed by?

Dedicated programming knowledge wasn’t necessary, so that made it more of a frontend user -platform. One feature that our customers really enjoyed was the interactive elements that we could use. Because of the nature of our clients, we haven’t explored the music-streaming features. We haven’t explored the e-commerce feature either, but we’re excited to try it and are glad it’s available for us.

Looking back, are there any areas of the software that you feel could be added or improved upon?

The platform supports iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, but it would be great if they had more features for iPad. This has been improved already, and they mentioned that they’re developing it further.

Can you speak to the support of Shoutem?

If we had any issues or questions, we get help within 12 hours, which impressed us from the beginning. Customer service is one of their highlights. They’re very knowledgeable and willing to teach us about the features. Even though there was a training session at the beginning, as we’ve grown and had more questions, they’ve developed a few things for us so that we can move forward in publishing our app. They don’t give us excuses; they just teach us any aspects that we need to know. They’ve been great. 

5.0
Overall Score Any edits are made in real-time. They have offered ongoing training with a positive attitude. Troubleshooting is great.
  • 5.0 Features
    There have never been any crashes. Everything has been operational. Functionality and user-friendliness for our app development have been outstanding.
  • 5.0 Ease of Use
    Publishing the app is quick, easy, and effective. If we need to make any edits, they can be published immediately. That makes it convenient for us.
  • 5.0 Support
    Usually, when we send them an email, we get an email confirmation that our request was received. We usually get a response in a couple of hours. They give very clear support, and everything we ask for is resolved.
  • 5.0 Willing to Refer
    They’re fantastic.
 
Client Interview
Jun 30 2015

Dental Association's Implementation of Shoutem

4.5

Features: 
4.0
Ease of use: 
4.0
Support: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
the reviewer
 
$250 - $1,000/yr. spend
 
Health & Wellness
 
11-50 Employees
IT Manager, Dental Association
 
Verified
The Review
Recommendations

The client is a nationwide dental association that was in need of a do-it-yourself application solution. This client wanted to develop an app that would be a news source for other dentists within their association. This client found ShoutEm the best solution for their needs. The client highly recommends ShoutEm for its ability to connect with the WordPress application programming interface, which allows this client to update their application through updating their existing website and blog.

Please describe your organization and the role that you play there.

I'm the manager of information technology for a dental association. We're a national organization for all the dentists in that nation. We provide knowledge and advocacy for dentists.

OPPORTUNITY/CHALLENGE

What was the business challenge your company was facing that incited the need for an application development platform, and what was the business goal you were hoping to accomplish?

We have a custom application in house that serves medical and drug information to dentists, and we had originally started wanting to build an app that would serve that information. But, then midway through the project, we decided to shift gears and, instead, create an app that was more dentistry news rather than drug and medical information. It's more like a news app than a specific database. Once we changed gears – we already had a website that was running on WordPress – so I thought rather than pay a company a bunch of money to develop a custom app, we would look to see if there were any do-it-yourself type app builders that would tie into a WordPress database and automatically grab our content and update it as we update in WordPress. 

SOLUTION

Did your company have a formal selection process for deciding on a mobile app development platform? Was your company considering other platforms?

We tried a couple, and I found ShoutEm the easiest to use.

What pricing does your company utilize?

We started off with the smaller package. However, it didn't include iPad apps. As soon as we launched the iPhone app, the next thing we wanted was a version for the iPad. We ended up upgrading our package and getting the iPad version as well. We pay about $1,000 a year.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any success, metrics, or overall results of your implementation of this app development platform?

The app has been downloaded more than 1,000 times. It's a very specific market. It's really only going to dentists in our country. There's around 18,000 registered dentists. The app has been out for the iPhone for a year. Our iPad app just launched.

FEATURES

Were there any software features or tools that really impressed you and of which potential buyers should be aware?

We liked ShoutEm's  ability to tie the tool into a WordPress site. Anybody who already has a blog who just wants a native app built on that blog. You can install the WordPress API [application programming interface], and then you get a code. Then, you go to ShoutEm, and you paste it in and all your content's right there. Once your content's there, it's easy to go to the home screen and create menu items. We wanted to leverage our existing content, and we wanted to do it ourselves. That was the feature that sold us.

Looking back, were there any areas of the software that you feel are not intuitive or upon which you feel could be improved?

The ability to make your home page a little more custom would be nice. You have to choose between predefined layouts depending on the app you choose. It was the same thing for the iPad.

Have you found it necessary to consult any of the company's available support resources? Was the support useful and accessible?

We've had a lot of interactions, and it's always been really great. The big issue that we had was we also use Vimeo, so we have videos embedded in the app. When the latest version of iPhone came out, they stopped working. We contacted Vimeo, and they said contact your app company. We contacted ShoutEm and they had actually already known about the issue, and they said the next published version that would all be fixed. We posted a new version and, when it was updated, it worked perfectly. We've called them to ask questions, and they've always been fast to get back to us and super helpful.

OVERVIEW

We have a few quick questions and, for each question, we ask you to rate the software on a scale of one to five, with five being the top score. What would you give the software for ease of use and implementation?

Four.

What would you give the software for desired functionality of the features available?

Four.

For support as in responsiveness and resources available?

Five.

For overall usability and satisfaction with the platform?

Four and a half.

How likely are you to recommend the software to a colleague or similar business?

Five.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Features
  • 4.0 Ease of Use
  • 5.0 Support
  • 5.0 Willing to Refer
 
Online Review
May 09 2016

Great to Have an Easy to Use In-house Solution

5.0

Features: 
5.0
Ease of use: 
5.0
Support: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
the reviewer
 
$51 - $250/mo. spend
 
Information Technology
 
1-10 employees
 
Atlanta, GA
Co-owner, Web Development Company
 
Verified
The Review
Recommendations

Shoutem provides a very easy to use platform for people with little to no experience coding. It is versatile and provides a solution for almost any category of application. Shoutem is highly recommended to small businesses that are in need of e-commerce functionality.

Background

We service small businesses with their WordPress and Shopify websites, and it is great to have an easy to use solution to give our clients the option of launching mobile apps as well.

Experience

We first started using Shoutem when a client wanted a mobile app for their e-commerce store. We utilized the Shopify integration to design a great e-commerce app. Out of the box, it worked very well, and the design options led to a great UI [user interface] with a custom look.

Pros

I like how easy it is to make and launch a great and functional app. The Shoutem support has been great and very responsive to activating or troubleshooting certain features that we are trying to achieve for clients. They are well recommended.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Features
  • 5.0 Ease of Use
  • 5.0 Support
  • 5.0 Willing to Refer
 
Client Interview
May 23 2017

Audio & Video Distribution Apps

5.0

Features: 
5.0
Ease of use: 
5.0
Support: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
the reviewer
 
$51 - $250/mo. spend
 
Design
 
Sole Proprietor
 
Tampa Bay, Florida
Owner, EASG Graphics & Web Design
E.A. Gray
 
Verified
The Review
Recommendations

Version 5 appears to have everything that was lacking in version 4. The tools and features available on version 4 still outcompete similar products, especially in relation to distribution and user engagement of audio and video content.

Background

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder of EASG Graphics & Web Design and we offer anything from logos to websites and app design. We help create a simple platform and provide assistance for our clients.

What was the technical challenge you were trying to overcome in working with ShoutEm?

I was working with a previous platform and it was limited. I couldn’t do a lot of things that my clients were asking me to do. When I found ShoutEm, it was like a free range where I could be as creative as I wanted to be. So far, I haven’t run into issues about things I can’t do.

On the previous platform, I was limited to their options. They didn’t have enough themes, home screens, or icons. I couldn’t manipulate the button height, width, or the font, and the user interface wasn’t simple. I couldn’t upload a video and play it horizontally, either, and the phone vibration motor had to be on or else the audio wouldn’t play through. Our clients have almost 100,000 downloads on their app and we do a lot of videos, so not everybody is going to remember to turn on their sound. That created a huge problem that we needed to solve and ShoutEm was able to do it.

Solution

Was your company considering other platforms? Why this platform?

I looked at other platforms but they didn’t meet the quality of ShoutEm. The main issue is the audio in the background. When you’re on other apps, you have to stay on that specific page to listen to the audio; if you’re driving and on the go and the screen goes to sleep, the audio shuts off. The clients that I deal with do a lot of personal wealth and development, and they need that audio to play in the background. The other platforms did not compare with the functionality for the everyday user.

Are there any cost factors that users should consider?

If you’re a reseller, the more clients you have on the app, the cheaper it is. I would definitely recommend this platform. Each client gets their own dashboard. They can maintain and update their own app if they want to, and they can send push notifications and track their own statistics, which is very beneficial. The cost is well worth it.

What are your clients typically spending per month for the platform?

My clients spend $200 per month for hosting and maintenance.

Results

Can you share any success, metrics, or overall results of your implementation of this platform?

We can track four different categories: downloads, sessions, app reviews, and page views. We can do that for different ranges of time. I don’t have any clients using the loyalty feature right now. It’s a great thing to keep customers—you can track the number of visits, the members, how much they’re spending, if they’re sharing the app and redeeming points, and the places they check in. It shows how many people are using iOS and how many are using Android so, in the end, you know your customer base.

One of my clients has thousands of downloads. The other apps that I’ve done have only been around for a couple of months.

Features

Were there any software features/tools that you were really impressed by?

ShoutEm is always innovative. They just came out with version 5 and I really want to get my hands on it. They haven’t come over with a migration assistant for that yet. I was playing around with it a little bit and the fact that they’re staying up to date keeps us able to create great platforms and products for our clients.

ShoutEm is easy to update and the push notifications and statistics that they have are great. What’s really cool is the comments and the news feed section in which you can upload audio and video and comment on them. That’s pretty impressive because it validates the audio or video that you want someone to listen to or watch. The first thing people are going to do when they’re recommended to do something is read the reviews. As people are commenting on the audios and videos, they’re more inclined to watch or listen because of the comment section.

Another feature that’s great is that you can integrate with your own personal website. The other platforms did not have that type of integration. You can integrate your blogs and events calendar from your WordPress site. That means that you’re only doing the work once because it syncs across the board.

Are there ideal projects or applications of this app builder? Any typical clients you’d recommend for it?

I would recommend ShoutEm to all clients. It’s well versed and you can build any type of platform for any type of business and have it be as customizable as possible. If that’s not enough, you can also do your own coding. We recommend anybody to simplify their business and be on this platform.

Are there any applications where you wouldn’t recommend the use of ShoutEm?

I can’t think of anything.

Looking back, are there any areas of the software that you feel could be added or improved upon?

From what I’ve seen of version 5, they’ve improved a lot from the fourth version. They’ve improved the look and feel and the interface itself. It’s hard for me to say what I’d like for them to do when they’ve done a lot of stuff on the updated version. Everything I wanted to see in version 4, I’m seeing in version 5. The one thing they said was coming out that I wish they would’ve had sooner was an app version for push notifications. Right now, you have to log into the website to send them out and I don’t know when that update will be available.

Have you had to interact with the platform’s support team or reference their support resources?

Their support has been responsive and helpful. Any time that I can’t figure something out, they work it on their end or they tell me how to fix it. They have a fast turnaround, and anytime I need them, they’re there.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Features
    The features are very easy and simple to use. They have a ton of options, and you can be as creative as you like. It’s very simple to publish and get apps on the app stores.
  • 5.0 Ease of Use
  • 5.0 Support
    They’re very efficient and have a fast turnaround.
  • 5.0 Willing to Refer
    I would highly recommend them.
 
Client Interview
Jul 01 2015

ShoutEm for Picture Sharing Social Network App

4.5

Features: 
5.0
Ease of use: 
4.5
Support: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
the reviewer
 
$250 - $1,000/yr. spend
 
Information Technology
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, UK
Owner, GigPic
Dane Swindells
 
Verified
The Review
Recommendations

The client is GigPic, a picture-sharing application startup located in London. This client was in need of an affordable yet scalable application development solution. This client utilizes ShoutEm for its affordability but, most importantly, the social network feature that it offers this client's users. This client has had only a positive experience implementing ShoutEm and compliments their support and resource team.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization and the role that you play there. 

I'm the founder and managing director of GigPic. We are a photo-sharing app. The app allows users to sign up and have their own profile where they can share pictures with people all around the world.

OPPORTUNITY/CHALLENGE

What was the business challenge your company was facing that incited the need for an application development platform, and what was the business goal you were hoping to accomplish?

Building an app is very costly. It took a while to find the right platform for us to do it on. Not every website or company that allows you to build apps will let you create a social network inside the app, which is one of the key features of GigPic. It's supposed to be a community of people that like sharing pictures from music events and concerts.

What app platforms do you use this development platform to develop apps for, such as iOS or Android?

The app is available iOS and Android.

How do you implement ShoutEm?

We're using as much as we can from what ShoutEm offers. I'm constantly talking to them about what we can do and what new features we can implement. They've been really supportive. There are a lot of companies that don't do that. When we've had ideas and suggested them to ShoutEm, they've been good with offering those updates. Our users will provide feedback, and we'll pass it on to them. We've got a lot of features. We've had to compromise on some, but we are happy overall. 

SOLUTION

Did your company have a formal selection process for deciding on a mobile app development platform? Was your company considering other platforms? Why this platform?

Budget was the biggest factor. ShoutEm is affordable and for what they offer, it's by far the best platform to build on. They're spot on with what they're allowing customers to do. They have a loyalty feature we really. They offer a lot for the money. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any success, metrics, or overall results of your implementation of this app development platform?

All the users rate our app highly. We did a survey to ask our users what they'd like to see and what they think about the app and whether they are a returning user or just a one-time user. Pretty much everyone said they use it on a regular basis. User wise it's doing well. We're getting new users every day. It varies on what events are going on in the U.K. or worldwide music scene. 

FEATURES

Were there any software features or tools that really impressed you and by which should be aware?

The social network feature is our favorite feature of ShoutEm. You can have a feed of content that users can share on the platform and that we can add to. Users can share updates, pictures, or location check-ins. From our point of view, we have the locations set up of events where people can see music. Then, we encourage users to upload the pictures after they've checked-in. The notifications feature is key, too. They might have the app on their phone, but they might have forgotten about it. We are able to send a notification to remind users to upload pictures from the weekend.

Looking back were there any areas of the software that you feel are not intuitive or upon which you feel could be improved?

Our ShoutEm app pretty much does what we want it to do. One thing we would like to see is the ability to upload short video and filters on pictures. 

Have you found it necessary to consult any of the company's available support resources? Was the support useful and accessible?

The ShoutEm support team is good. Every person I've spoken to has been great. We're in a position where we want to grow to the next level.

OVERVIEW

To sum up, we have a few quick questions and, for each question, we ask you to rate the software on a scale of one to five, with five being the top score. What would you give the software for ease of use and implementation?

Four and a half.

What would you give the software for desired functionality of the features available?

Five.

For support as in responsiveness and resources available?

Five.

For overall usability and satisfaction with the platform?

Four and a half.

How likely are you to recommend the software to a colleague or similar business?

Five.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Features
  • 4.5 Ease of Use
  • 5.0 Support
  • 5.0 Willing to Refer
 
Online Review
May 12 2016

Web Design Company Use to Build Apps

5.0

Features: 
4.5
Ease of use: 
5.0
Support: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
the reviewer
 
$251 - $1000/mo. spend
 
Marketing and Advertising
 
1-10 Employees
 
Singapore
Creative Director, Digital Marketing Agency
 
Verified
The Review
Recommendations

This organization has found Shoutem to be a great tool with a manipulatable interface. The organization looks for improvements in the flexibility of the platform's login and sign-in functionality to allow easier integration with client databases. The user highly recommends Shoutem.

BACKGROUND

Can you please provide a brief description of your company?

We are a company that provides design, marketing, and digital services. We help businesses develop their digital platforms such as websites and mobile applications.

What role do you play there?

I am the Creative Director. I’m in charge of guiding the design direction for all of our projects.

CHALLENGE

Was there a business challenge your company was facing or problem that you were trying to solve with this platform?

Before finding Shoutem, we were facing difficulties in meeting the demands of our clients, as we could not produce an app within a short period of time. Shoutem gave us the ability to generate mobile apps more efficiently.

SOLUTION

How does your company implement this platform?

We use Shoutem to create app mock-ups to showcase during our initial meetings with our clients. This is really great because clients get to see almost exactly what their app will look like. Previously, we would have some issues when transferring design concepts into actual apps, as some layouts could not be coded within the allocated time.

Was your company considering other platforms? Why this platform?

We did research on a few others such as TheAppBuilder or GoodBarber, but we felt that the interfaces were not as intuitive as Shoutem. Also, in terms of design flexibility, the others were rigid. Shoutem affords different layout outcomes with customization.

RESULTS

Can you share any success stories or overall results of your implementation of this platform?

One of our clients who runs a business that produces handmade straps for luxury watches has gained more customer loyalty as a result of their mobile app. Now the client can access information regarding the different kinds of strap materials, collect data points, and use it for watch maintenance. Their clients can now interact and share their watch collection journey through the app’s wall feature. All these help build a niche and close community between the app users, which is really important to a niche watch business. The app helps to retain customers and attract new customers when users share in-app articles on social media. All in all, our client was very satisfied with the value that resulted from this app, and he even recommended other potential clients to us after engaging our service.

FEATURES

Were there any software features that you were really impressed by?

I am really impressed with the Shoutem interface, it’s great that we can just upload the homepage design and manipulate the different buttons sizes and locations to create various layouts. Also, I love the maps and check-in feature, the rewards and points redemption function, the special deals claim, and the ability to embed videos using individual YouTube or Vimeo links.

Are there any areas of the software that you feel could be added or improved upon?

It would be great if Shoutem could allow customization of the Login or Sign Up process, as our clients may wish to collect data on their app users. Also, some clients may already have a large established customer base, such as members who signed up from their websites. It would be really cool if we could integrate and link up the customer bases into the app. We were hoping to see a faster and more responsive loading speed of the app, closer to native. Other than those, Shoutem is really a great platform to use.

Have you had to interact with the platform’s support team or reference their support resources?

Yes, we frequently exchange emails or Facebook messages, their response has always been fast and helpful.

OVERVIEW

We have 5 additional questions. For each of these, we ask you to rate the software on a 1-5 scale with 5 being the best.

What would you give the platform for functionality?

4.5 - I am really impressed with the Shoutem interface. It’s great that we can just upload the homepage design and manipulate the different buttons sizes and locations to create various layouts.

What would you give the platform for ease of use?

5

For support, as in responsiveness of the team or helpfulness of the resources available?

5

How likely are you to recommend the platform to a colleague or similar business?

5

How would you rate your overall experience with the platform?

5 - Shoutem is really a great platform to use.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Features
  • 5.0 Ease of Use
  • 5.0 Support
  • 5.0 Willing to Refer