Building Strong Mobile Relationships

Clearbridge Mobile is an award-winning full stack mobile app development company that provides user-centric product design and engineering services. Leveraging a custom squad-based agile process that reduces risk and gives you predictable project velocity, we work with you to create compelling mobile experiences that your users love. 

 

Founded in 2011, Clearbridge Mobile has developed more than 200 apps for Fortune 1000 clients and rapid-growth start ups that have accrued over 100 million downloads. It has emerged as one of the fastest growing mobile app companies in North America by working with clients like The New York Times, PayPal, Dow Jones, Free The Children, Gannett/USA Today, Tim Hortons, Wall Street Journal, and many more.

Clearbridge expertise also extends behind the firewall. Infrastructure capabilities range from SharePoint, .Net, Ruby on Rails, Node.JS, SQL and others.

 
$25,000+
 
Undisclosed
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2011
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Toronto, Canada
headquarters
other locations
  • 1 University Avenue
    Toronto, ON M5J 2P1
    Canada

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Bell, USA Today, Tim Hortons, Disney, Dynacare, ParticipACTION, Rogers, TD Bank, PayPal, WSJ, PWC, The New York Times, ABC, Enercare.

My Chatr (Rogers Communications)

Chatr is a prepaid mobile service provider owned by Rogers Communications. They partnered with Clearbridge Mobile to create a mobile self-service solution that would allow its customers to seamlessly manage their Chatr accounts directly from their mobile devices.

The ParticipACTION App

ParticipACTION is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to help Canadians sit less and move more. They approached Clearbridge Mobile to help create a mobile app that would achieve this objective through research and innovative user engagement initiatives. The result is the ParticipACTION App, a mobile platform that uses the power of behavioural change science and personalized exercise recommendation to educate,

encourage, and enable Canadians to get active.

JoyPop | McMaster University

JoyPop is a mobile platform designed to improve mental health research and treatment. Spearheaded by McMaster University's Department of Health Sciences, the solution helps researchers and youth engage, connect, and learn to better understand and treat mental health. McMaster University approached Clearbridge to help translate their vision of improving mental resilience in vulnerable populations by reaching them where they are

active - on their smartphones.
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Cambridge Global Payments

Cambridge Global Payments is a leading provider of integrated global payments technology and currency risk management solutions, operating across North America, Europe, and Australia. They partnered with Clearbridge to create a mobile solution for the FX trading and payments needs of businesses

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Free The Children

Free The Children is an international charity and educational partner working to empower youth as agents of change. Clearbridge and FTC partnered to build a new web and moabile app with industry-acclaimed UI/UX design, and additional features including gamification, social media integration and achievement tracking.

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PayPal

PayPal is an international digital wallet-based global payments company. They partnered with Clearbridge Mobile to bring their existing mobile solution to customers in emerging markets.

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Sotheby's International Realty

 

The Sotheby’s International RealtyⓇ brand is a full service international real estate company focusing on the sale of luxury homes and properties. They partnered with Clearbridge to bring a more inclusive browsing experience to their customers on the Apple TV.

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Rethink Tires

Ontario Tire Stewardship is a non-profit organization that oversees the responsible recycling of used tires. The organization helps residents recycle tires and supports the creation of products made from recycled tires, leading to a more sustainable future.

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Tim Hortons

TimmyMe is a closed-loop mobile wallet developed in partnership with Tim Hortons. Using HCE technology, this solution was the first of its kind in the world. 

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Enercare

Enercare is one of North America's largest home and commercial services and energy solutions companies, serving approximately 1.6 million customers annually. They partnered with Clearbridge to create an industry-first self-service appointment management solution.

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B2C App Development for Furnishings Retailer

"Communication is a strong point of Clearbridge Mobile...Their team made it an efficient and collaborative experience."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Sep. 2015 - Nov. 2015
Project summary: 

Clearbridge Mobile developed an iOS and Android app for a furnishings retailer. The app augments consumers’ in-store experience. Clearbridge won the contract with their experience in B2C app design.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Los Angeles, CA
Pete Franco
Director of eCommerce, Living Spaces
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Customers have adopted the app, and it works just as hoped. Clearbridge’s strength was their communication: they instituted an open communication system between developers, which lead to an efficient and amicable project.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

Our company is Living Spaces, and we are a home furnishings retailer.

What is your position?

I'm the director of e-commerce.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Clearbridge Mobile?

We didn't have a mobile app, and this was our first time building one. We needed help building the app because our developers in-house didn't have much experience in that realm. We wanted an app that could augment our customer's user experience while they were in the store.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

Our app is available on iOS and Android.

How did you come to work with Clearbridge Mobile?

We talked to three different companies. We had an RFP [request for proposal] and Clearbridge Mobile's proposal most closely matched what we needed and what we were looking for in a partner. They had great references and a portfolio full of business-to-consumer apps. We're hoping many people will eventually end up adopting our app. We needed a team that was willing to be flexible during the engagement. We wanted an hourly rate and Clearbridge was comfortable with that. They scoped the work up front and we had that fixed cost estimate as well. Clearbridge fulfilled exactly what we were looking for.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

 The completed project fell between $50,000 and $200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our app was completed in early November [2015] and took about two months total.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

The app works like we expected and hoped. We've had a little trouble with adoption, but are continuing to work to have customers use it while they are in our store. 

What distinguishes Clearbridge Mobile from other providers?

Communication is a strong point of Clearbridge Mobile. We used Slack together, which I thought was a good way to communicate. They created a specific channel for us, which allowed plenty of back and forth between our developers and their developers. Their team made it an efficient and collaborative experience. I've never done an app development project like this so I don't have anything to compare it to but, overall, I am pleased.

Is there anything Clearbridge Mobile could have improved or done differently?

The one thing for improvement was frequency of project updates and status on timeline or hours. I think it was a month before we got our first update on the development hours. It was higher than they had projected initially. Then, after that, I requested biweekly updates. I wish we would've had that from the beginning of the project.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    There was a little bit of a timing issue when it came to submitting the app to the Apple and Google stores.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Keyboard App Development for Startup

"They have a very good design team that always works with us to come up with something that we love."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

Clearbridge Mobile designed and developed a mobile keyboard app for iOS and Android. The demo app is complete; Clearbridge will now develop the final version. They were chosen because of their transparency.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Toronto, ON
Alex Casale
President, Keyboard App Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Clearbridge took responsibility for coming up with a strong design and delivering excellent code. They needed minimal oversight but maintained transparency by documenting their progress.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We're an app company. We are currently developing a mobile keyboard app for iOS and Android.

What is your position?

I'm the president.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Clearbridge Mobile?

Our challenge was finding a reliable and skillful developer.

SOLUTION

How did you come to work with Clearbridge Mobile?

We looked around at a handful of companies, but at the end of the day, we chose Clearbridge Mobile because they were transparent to how they do their development. We spoke to a number of other firms who mentioned nothing about procedures or mentioned nothing about their actual workflow process. Clearbridge Mobile's transparency definitely led us to them as a service partner.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

This project is in the $50,000 to $200,000 range, more so the higher end of that scale.

What is the status of this engagement?

We completed the first demo of our app with Clearbridge, but it's still an ongoing process. We're currently trying to showcase our demo right now, and we're going to stick with them for further development.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

We didn't provide Clearbridge much direction. They helped us to design the app from start to finish. We didn't go to them with clear screenshots of what we were looking for, so I think the fact that we were able to come up with such a nice-looking product in our timeframe was great. Clearbridge was great throughout the design phase of the process. They have a very good design team that always works with us to come up with something that we love.

What distinguishes Clearbridge Mobile from other providers?

The Clearbridge team is easy to talk to. They use the messaging tool, Slack, which we like. They also have another program that allows us to track the progress of the project. Clearbridge Mobile puts the tools in place to make it easy for the client to interact with them and to ensure that the project is moving along on time. Again, that adds to the transparency piece that I was talking about earlier.

Is there anything Clearbridge Mobile could have improved or done differently?

That's a tough question to answer. This is our first go at an app, so I'm not 100 percent sure of how other firms do things. There were a couple of times when we were told there would be a restriction in a technological aspect of development. We thought that we could do something in a certain way, but after a little more research, we couldn't. I wouldn't necessarily blame them, but that was something that we were a little bit disappointed with.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Application Development for Large Quick Service Restaurant

"Clearbridge Mobile goes above and beyond what you expect from them."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
Project summary: 

Clearbridge Mobile developed a fast food company’s mobile app. They also implemented host card emulation and contributed near field payment procedures. They beat IBM to the contract with their dev skill.

The Reviewer
 
10,001 + Employees
 
Canada
Former Senior Manager of Marketing Technology, Quick Service Restaurant
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Clearbridge’s near field communication system received ample press coverage. ROI has been significant. The Clearbridge team stood out with their technical prowess, always delivering more than was expected.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization. What is your role and responsibilities?

I was a senior manager of marketing technology responsible for mobile and digital marketing at one of the largest quick service restaurants in Canada. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was your goal for working with Clearbridge Mobile?

We needed a partner that knew about NFC [near field communication] inside and out. The partner also needs to be able to implement host card emulation, which is the software architecture that provides exact virtual representation of various electronic identity of banking cards using only software. Clearbridge Mobile was successful in bringing the project to life.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their work.

They were our partner for the complete development of our company's branded mobile app. 

What was your process for selecting Clearbridge Mobile?

We had an RFP [request for proposal] process. Clearbridge Mobile came out with the best proposal. They were the most energetic and proactive. Their solution was the clearest out of all. They also gave us a good proposal. We chose them because they have experience with NFC technology. The others firms we considered were IBM and Xtreme Labs, which were acquired in the past by Pivotal. 

Can you give a sense of the size of the initiative?

This was a very significant project and partnership, total cost was more than $200,000.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Do you have any statistics or metrics on the project?

We were proud to say we were the first quick service restaurant in North American to launch near field communication payment. Our company received a lot of public attention and media coverage for being the first to launch the payments in our restaurants using NFC.  We received a good return on our investment.

Is there anything unique or special about Clearbridge Mobile that really makes them stand out?

It would be their skill set. The feeling is that Clearbridge Mobile goes above and beyond what you expect from them. I worked heavily with two other vendors, and I didn't see that in those partners. 

Looking back on the work so far, is there any area that you think they could improve upon or that you might do differently?

I would like them to expand their system. I think they can be successful in other areas of digital marketing. They're really technical. I think they have enormous opportunity to add additional capabilities to their skill set and service offering. However, I guess that depends on their strategy for the expansion.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Application Development Partner for Gannett/USA Today

"Clearbridge Mobile works well with our team, and they are quite friendly. I've been pleased with the development staffers that they provided us."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
2012 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Clearbridge Mobile designs and develops iOS, Android, and Blackberry apps for a large media corporation. One example project is a user-generated content app. They now regularly partner with the in-house team.

The Reviewer
 
10,001+ employees
 
Washington, DC
Senior Director of Mobile Development, Gannett/USA Today
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Clearbridge’s team augmentation model works well; their team is easily accessible and excellent at communicating. They could have implemented analytics more smoothly, but otherwise, they are a strong development partner.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We are a large media company and the parent company of many smaller publications.

What is your role and responsibilities?

I'm the senior director of mobile development. I'm responsible for all the native apps for all brands. There are about 720 apps in the app stores across Android, iPhone, and iPad. We also have apps for Windows Phone, Windows 8, and mobile Web.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was your goal for working with Clearbridge Mobile?

Our first app completed by Clearbridge Mobile was an app for Blackberry for one of our larger brands. At that time, I didn't have the internal staff to develop it, so we engaged Clearbridge Mobile. 

Please describe the scope of their work.

Clearbridge has developed iOS and Android apps for us in addition to our first Blackberry app. They've continued maintenance on past projects. They're currently working on a user-generated content app. 

SOLUTION

What was your process for selecting Clearbridge Mobile?

Blackberry gave us three companies as possible companies they would recommend to help us build the app. We did an RFP [request for proposal], and Clearbridge came back with the best presentation. 

Can you give a sense of the size of the initiative? When was the work completed?

Across all the apps they've developed for us, it has been $200,000-plus. We started partnering with them about three years ago, and we still have ongoing work with them.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Is there anything unique or special about Clearbridge Mobile that really makes them stand out?

Clearbridge Mobile works well with our team, and they are quite friendly. I've been pleased with the development staffers that they provided us. Their team is easy to get on the phone and work on a problem if there is one. They do well working with our staff. We've negotiated a reasonable rate with them through the years. 

Looking back on the work so far, is there any area that you think they could improve upon or that you might do differently?

Many of the issues we've encountered originated with my company. Some of our user stories weren't being written properly or some things were not done properly through the quality assurance stage. I have several analytics platforms and that can be challenging. Clearbridge Mobile could have improved upon implementing the analytics piece, but they did a great job with everything else.

4.0
Overall Score We've been very pleased. They're in the same time zone up in Canada, so that's nice. It's nice to have people in the development world that speak English and are available when I am.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We're a fast-moving company, so I'll admit that hard to meet goals are sometimes set by our company.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Every code has bugs.
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer