We Design and Build Outstanding Apps

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Sonin help businesses utilise the latest in mobile app technology, offering bespoke consumer, enterprise and mobile first solutions. We recognise that each business has different objectives, so we listen and understand our clients’ needs to ensure they receive the highest quality solution to improve their business.

 
$25,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2008
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Reigate, United Kingdom
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Portfolio

Key clients: 
FatFace, Morrisons & Schwartz, The British Museum, esure, Marmalade Insurance, Smarter, CommuniGator, Smarter, DS Smith, Chancellors Estate Agents, Football Coupon with The Telegraph.
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CommuniGator - Gator Mobile

Sales teams wanted instant access to their lead info on-the-go. We balanced game-changing features with CommuniGator’s key goals. 29% of CommuniGator's clients downloaded the app in the first week.



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Student Swipe App

Ashcourt provide purpose built, exclusive and secure student accommodation. They are passionate about giving students the best possible experience during their university years, providing them with numerous accommodation options and support.

By remaining close to all of their students, they’ve been able to tailor their offering throughout the years to ensure they always provide the very best university experience. And

as more students started relying on their smartphones to manage their lives, Ashcourt recognised an opportunity. They saw a new way to engage the digital savvy generations approaching university age.

We've developed an app on both Android and iOS that puts the students in control. The app provides a platform for students to manage every aspect of their student accommodation. From booking property viewings to reporting maintenance issues and making rent payments. The app allows students to keep on top of things wherever they are whenever they need to.

Student Swipe is unique in the marketplace as it is the only app that combines all the necessary student services into a single streamlined app, bringing huge benefits to both tenants and landlords. It supports a student’s flexible lifestyle and gives them one less thing to worry about so they can focus on their studies.

The Student Swipe App has since won Software Innovation of the Year award at the DEAs.

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Checkmate Insurance

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Alpine Talent Management - Employee Enterprise Software

The Alpine Talent Management System in a piece of enterprise software designed to provide managers with valuable data on their employees. It tracks worker satisfaction and development. Designed to gather positive feedback and/or any cases of unrest the system provides managers with the necessary metrics to let them act accordingly.

We developed an enterprise web application that integrates into an entire organisation.

It allows individual employees to track their own development, provides senior employees the relevant data to support strategic decisions, and pin points areas within the business where minor changes could result in huge benefits. We integrated multiple features to record specific user behaviours and to make the app an essential employee tool for all levels of seniority. 

Using intuitive UX design and simple forms across the app make the process of entering information  as simple as possible for both employees and management. Then a smart algorithm transforms the collected data into a clear visual format using Google Charts, ready for management to review.

The enterprise software also takes care of the more administrative duties that are required of management, such as the ability to accept and track holiday and training course requests from reportees.

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DS Smith Enterprise App for Drivers

A leading recycling and waste management service, DS Smith needed help to track deliveries and drivers after a series of complaints were received about missed deliveries. With Sonin's help, DS Smith now uses a real-time tracking app, enabling customer service representatives to better address issues clients are reporting. 

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Tatlin - Private Art Collectors App

Art collecting is a billion-pound industry and a passion that sweeps across the globe. Despite there being art-focused apps available, the visibility of art pieces, their movements and individual collections are often hard to follow in the real world.

Our client behind Tatlin wanted to launch an app that allowed exhibitors and collectors to view, make purchases and follow various art pieces. Together, we created two

versions of the app, one for exhibitors and one for collectors, giving the user a fully personalised experience.

Both galleries and collectors can create social profiles, search artworks, upload their own collections and follow other users.

Galleries have the additional option to sell artwork, giving Collectors the opportunity to put pieces on hold to initiate a sale. The app provides the initial communication between the collector and the gallery to begin the purchase process, which is then continued offline.

The app also supports natural mobile gestures, inducing a long press functionality, creating more interactions and simplifying the user experience. Users can tap and hold images to display more options, such as follow, contact gallery or add to favourites.

Tatlin is the ultimate art collectors app, bringing exclusive exhibitors and collectors together. Giving users a platform to showcase, search for, buy and sell their favourite art pieces.

Access to the app is by invite only.

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SwonSong - iOS App

In today’s digital world where smartphones and tablets allow us to communicate with friends and family in an instant, SwonSong saw an opportunity. They wanted to create a mobile platform to extend our communications after we’ve passed and create digital memories for loved ones to cherish forever.

We worked closely with the SwonSong team to design, develop and launch a new mobile app that utilised some of the latest

technology to enable their clients and users to send personalised communications at a time of their choice.

A key feature of the app is the creation of a video eulogy. Our developers built a program which merges multiple assets together to create a downloadable MP4 file. Allowing the user to select audio, video, images and a background song, the app will automatically create a video file. The bespoke feature uses AVAsset (Apple’s API) and other CoreAudio, AVFoundation to not only merge the files together, but also adjust audio and music volumes accordingly. The file can be exported and downloaded to a memory stick, enabling the user or recipient to play wherever and whenever they like.

The SwonSong app presents users with a simple yet friendly platform to document important memories and create everlasting memories at the touch of a button, wherever and whenever the user wants.

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Football Coupon with the Telegraph - Hybrid Cross Platform App

Football Coupon is a leading accumulator app, providing users with score forecasts, football betting tips and bet tracking. The app covers all the main football competitions in England, Scotland and Europe, using real time data to deliver a unique experience to all of its users.

The team behind Football Coupon approached Sonin to design and develop a new hybrid app to enhance the traditional betting experience. Our

mobile-first design team created a new-look app which put the user in control and our expert developers built the innovative app to work across all platforms.

The development team have built the app Hybrid, which works seamlessly across iOS, Android and Web. We’ve cleverly integrated live feeds with match data and real-time odds from more than 7 leading UK bookmakers enabling users to place bets throughout the entire game. And to keep the game social, Football Coupon facilitates chats between users. Utilising Facebook, users can connect with their contacts and comment or react to different engagements.

Since re-launch Football Coupon has secured official backing from The Telegraph.

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Swipe Living - Property Management Platform

Ashcourt provide purpose built, exclusive and secure student accommodation. They are passionate about giving students the best possible experience during their university years, providing them with numerous accommodation options and support.

Following huge expansion, and acquisition of additional properties, Ashcourt needed a platform to manage their collection of properties and support ongoing business growth. After 20

years in the industry, they saw the need for a digital system to replace paper processes and repetitive tasks.

Ashcourt approached Sonin to develop a bespoke platform that enabled them to not only manage their property portfolio, but also to improve their tenants experience. We worked with Accommodation Manager Emily Summerson, using her first hand experience of property management and tenant relationships to define each of the system and app features.

The final platform, Swipe Living, offers an efficient and refreshing solution to property management. Enabling Ashcourt to advertise properties, manage payments and maintenance requests and most importantly communicate directly with their tenants.

Swipe Living provides Ashcourt and landlords across the country with a central platform to manage their student properties. Future proofing themselves for the digital savvy generation approaching university age.

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Explore Thames - Cross Platform Native App

We worked closely with British Marine Thames Valley, an association of British Marine, to make their River Thames guide ‘Explore Thames’ interactive. For those living, visiting or exploring locations near England’s longest river, this is the mobile app for them.

The app was originally established in 2014 to assist users who were either visiting locations along the Thames or searching for things to do. Users can

specifically state which attractions/places of interest appear as their results by choosing from a range of options including boat hire, hotels, historical land marks, fishing sites and more.

An embedded Google Map on the homepage ensures that users are always aware of their current location in real time; and through push notifications are kept up to date with the latest news and environmental developments. In addition to this if users find a place of interest of their own which isn’t listed on the app, they can recommend this directly to the British Marine Thames Valley team by dropping a pin directly on the map and adding a comment.

The app continues to be a success on the App Store and has witnessed an incredible increase in App Store views, which in turn has led to a 90% increase in downloads (QOQ).

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Schwartz Consumer App Concept

Schwartz approached Sonin to complete a discovery phase looking to create a personalised app experience for their customers and help make cooking new dishes easier.

We explored how Schwartz could both engage with their customers and strengthen their brand image through the most accessible technology. We reviewed progressive technology, including Facebook Messenger, voice systems such as Alexa and Google Home and of

course mobile.

The Schwartz brand app concept included a digital spice rack feature, allowing users to input the seasonings they already own by scanning the bar-code, and also supported shopping basket integration with Morrison’s, streamlining the online ordering process and automatically updating the users Spice Rack with future purchases.

Using data on previous purchases and the digital spice rack allows Schwartz to personalise the entire app experience, by suggesting new recipes dependant on the spices and herbs a user already owns.

To encourage continual engagement throughout the year, seasonal personalised content can be pushed to the user, using smart algorithms to understand not only the spices a user owns but also the recipes they’ve made before, the types of food they like and the people they are cooking for.

The Schwartz app concept utilises the latest technology to engage with the user in the moment and provide a personalised app experience.

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Chancellors Estate Agents - Enterprise iPad App

Chancellors Group are one the UK’s leading independent Estate Agencies who have an extensive branch network across the south of England and Wales. Across the UK people use Chancellors to buy, rent and sell properties every day. The Chancellors estate agent app was designed to assist people with the latter.

The app serves both

enterprise and marketing purposes. It was designed as a tool to both keep estate agents working efficiently whilst assuring clients that their properties were being properly managed at all times.

A number of useful features were implemented in this project, including an in-app seven-day itinerary of past and upcoming appointments, the ability to take and upload photographs of properties straight from the app, and an auto-sync feature where all files were backed up to a web-based server every day. The app also allows staff to present other marketing-focused documents to clients.

One of the main aims of the project was to transform Chancellors’ client agreement document into a digital alternative, which in turn would save time and resources for staff both on-site and in the branch. Upon estate agents and clients agreeing terms with one another clients could then sign this agreement simply by using their finger. This was then saved as a PDF document and sent to the relevant branch for filing and also sent as an email to the client for their reference.

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The Pattern Cloud E-Commerce Website

Sonin was asked to develop an e-commerce B2B platform for The Pattern Cloud, a collection of six textile companies looking to modernize the retail buying industry. Customizing the site to the needs of retailers, each studio is able to alter what they feature for the hundreds of Pattern Cloud users. 

Reviews

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Web Design and Development for Online Encyclopedia

"I was impressed by the way they communicated with us and how much they cared about the project."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Nov. 2013 - Jan. 2014
Project summary: 

Sonin App Development redesigned a website for an online encyclopedia. Their team also developed a back-end CMS for the website.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Marketing Manager EMEA, Online Encyclopedia
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The website redesign led to an increase in search engine ranking and social media engagement. Sonin App Development produces quality design and development work through an effective project management process. Their team is personable, inquisitive, and hard-working.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm the Marketing Manager EMEA at an online encyclopedia, an industry-leading provider of quality educational products since 1768.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Sonin App Development?

We worked with Sonin to redesign our website as well as develop an accompanying user-friendly back-end CMS.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to display the full range of Encyclopædia Britannica products and create an effective point of contact for current as well as potential customers. The platform had to be optimized for search engines and social media sharing.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

The reason that Sonin stood out during the selection process was their people. They demonstrated a unique level of understanding, expertise and innovative thinking.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

The project involved a full redesign of the website, a new product showcase, social media sharing integration, user analytics and a bespoke Content Management System.

What was the team composition?

We worked with a Project Manager, a Technical Lead, a UX/UI designer and several web developers. They made sure we knew the project priorities and progress at every step along the way.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

The website redesign drove search engine rankings and social media engagement. It played a key role in showcasing our evolution from a print publisher to a modern educational online resource.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Project management, design, development and quality assurance were all effective and efficient.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I was impressed by the way they communicated with us and how much they cared about the project. This was a mammoth project and the Sonin team were great at asking the right questions to help us determine the key goals for our project and keep us within our budget.

Are there any areas for improvement?

There were no areas of improvement from my experience working with them.

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

App Development for Health Tech Company

“I was impressed by their approach, and they were very involved with our team.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Jan. - Feb 2019.
Project summary: 

Sonin App Development helped resolve an issue for a health tech company. Working quickly, they fixed a problem with a communications app for patients and healthcare professionals.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Glasgow, United Kingdom
COO, Digital Health Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The project was small but urgent, and Sonin App Development was responsive and collaborative throughout the process. They sent regular updates, worked well with the internal group, and delivered quality work.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Our company helps people manage their medications more effectively through a proprietary product. I'm the director and COO.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sonin App Development?

We wanted help with a bespoke solution that allowed patients to communicate with healthcare professionals. We faced a problem that we couldn't resolve, and Sonin had the right expertise to assist us.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They helped with a very specific problem in a timely manner. They resolved the issue within our app-based product and were very responsive.

What is the team composition?

We worked with a project lead, a manager, and at least one or two developers.

How did you come to work with Sonin App Development?

As we considered potential vendors, Sonin had the knowledge base and expertise we needed, and they were very approachable. We liked the interaction and their process.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project was fairly short. They worked with us for a couple of weeks at the beginning of 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

This was a small but urgent project, and they did an excellent job in solving our problem. The collaboration was very good, and we were collectively very pleased with the relationship.

How did Sonin App Development perform from a project management standpoint?

Their project management was good, even though we were fairly distant from one another. They kept us updated through the project manager, and we liked working with their whole group. They visited us occasionally, and they were very good over the phone.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I was impressed by their approach, and they were very involved with our team. We solved everything together, and they worked very closely with us.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. The prompt was difficult, but they rose to the challenge. I like the personal side of their business, and I enjoy speaking with them. We still keep in touch, which is a testament to their quality. We're keen to continue work with them, and we hope to find other opportunities to do so in the future.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I would definitely recommend them. They're very honest in their approach, and they will tell you what they can and can't do. They're professional, and their work is good quality.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The costs were good.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their quality was high.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We would happily recommend them.

Web Development for Textile Marketplace

"They ensured the solution we asked for was going to give us the best result."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
May - Sept. 2018
Project summary: 

Sonin App Development developed a web application that allowed users to browse through hundreds of textiles while offline. Their team was responsible for design and development work.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
James Hartley
Director, The Pattern Cloud Ltd
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app allows textile creators to interact with consumers in a new way. The Sonin App Development team is communicative and creative, resulting in quality designs that meet the specific needs of the client.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Thepatterncloud is a platform that facilitates secure websites with associated CRM for textile design companies.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Sonin App Development?

Once we had the web system we then needed to develop an app to allow offline use of our products.

What were your goals for this project?

To quickly build a solution for browsing large numbers of images offline. The app needed to be secure, allowing multiple users, and be able to manage large numbers of design images seamlessly. Sonin were given a short time frame and also a tight budget.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We have worked with Sonin for many years. We knew they would listen, understand and solve the challenge we gave them.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

We started with a meeting to talk through the dream, this was followed by another meeting to help us focus our ideas. Then the visuals were presented. Development quickly followed and then after 2 rounds of amends we were ready to go!

What was the team composition?

We dealt with 3 people. The account manager was the main point of contact and then in an early meeting, we also met with the designer for visuals and planning and the lead developer who was a huge help in keeping us focused on the critical areas of the development and ensuring we understood the process

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

The app has been a great success allowing us to work face to face with customers in an entirely new way. We now need to continue this development to include new areas of our system on the app.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Communications, design work and delivery were all clear and efficient.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They communicate very well and also were a great help in the initial phase. They ensured the solution we asked for was going to give us the best result.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Not in my experience.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    The app was delivered in exactly the timeframe they promised
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They were given a tight budget and delivered what we asked for.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The work was excellent. Simply solving the problems we gave them to deliver us a lean and polished solution.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

iOS and Web Development for Custom Afterlife Messages App

"We knew a few features were complex to build, but we received exactly what we wanted from the app."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
3.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Feb. 2015 - Jan. 2018
Project summary: 

Sonin developed an iOS app and website which enables users to combine audio, video, text, and photos into one message for delivery at a scheduled time.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Ian Lamonby
Operations Director, SwonSong
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sonin was professional throughout the project and regularly provided updates on its progress. They took initiative in understanding the project goals and delivered a final product that met every requirement. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the operations director for an app that sends custom farewell messages to family and loved ones after a user’s death.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Sonin?

We contracted with them for iOS app and website development, as well as marketing and analytical services.

What were your goals for this project?

SwonSong’s mission is to change people's perceptions of how things are handled when our lives end. We wanted to enable our user base to record and create memories that could be sent to their friends and families at a date of their choice.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We conducted an online search and interviewed several firms. Sonin was extremely professional from start to finish.

Describe the project in detail.

We needed the app to have audio and video capabilities, as well as an option to upload photos and letters. Sonin integrated our app with Siri to allow users to dictate their messages, which are then instantly transcribed within the app. The video needed to work in both portrait and landscape mode and merge with audio files, images, and text. Sonin was able to program the app so all facets of the message combined into one entity. Since a user’s content is not shared immediately, Sonin also integrated a scheduling function to allow for custom delivery times.

What was the team composition?

At Sonin, we primarily interacted with our account manager and project manager. We were also assigned dedicated iOS developers, a designer, and a backend developer. When we were formulating a launch strategy, we also worked with their marketing manager, who gave guidance on how to most effectively promote the app in the App Store.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

The completed app has a simple and intuitive platform that meets all requirements. We knew a few features were complex to build, but we received exactly what we wanted from the app. This was a huge success. 

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

We held initial workshops to finalize the design and flow of the app, and we communicated regularly throughout the project. Sonin was transparent and honest about its progress, timetables, and needs for any further information.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their technical competency was the most impressive thing. Some of the features we wanted in the app were quite complex. Sonin used AVAsset, CoreAudio and AVFoundation to merge multiple aspects together. Sonin was professional throughout the project, and they understood what we wanted to achieve.

Are there any areas for improvement?

There were some missed deadlines that did not impact our business, but that’s something that can always be improved upon. 

4.5
Overall Score
  • 3.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer
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Date of Formation
Sep 10, 2007
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