$4.3M in funding, 20 employees, and 70 apps using its platform. What’s the key to Kiip‘s success? Happiness, says founder Brian Wong. I sat down with Kiip’s founder and CEO today to discuss his reward platform that is making real waves in Silicon Valley. With companies looking for new ways to acquire customers, Kiip has found itself a sweet spot that is making gamers, developers, and partners extremely happy. (via Kiip’s key to Success Could be Happiness)
Great for finding inspiration and/or seeing how the best of the best have designed their mobile experiences.
Organized by categories including navigations, signup flows, user profiles, commenting, activity feeds, etc.
Local Response is the world’s first cross-platform “check-in” based ad network. Founded in 2005, it’s based in Chelsea NYC, and is co-founded by digital advertising pioneers Nihal Mehta (founder ipsh!, sold to Omnicom in 2005 & early investor in Admob), Kathy Leake (co-founder Media6Degrees), and Michael Muse. It has received $6.5 million in funding to date.
How It Works?
Local Response aggregates over 1 billion check-ins a month from over 200 million users. These check-ins include Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Gowalla and more.
Brands and advertisers can deliver real-time messaging to users based on their check-ins for contextually relevant advertising. The service is turn key and has been used by Verizon, Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Walgreens, and more.
Who should use it?
Any company looking to activate a mobile audience based upon geographic targeting. It is a solid alternative to promoted tweets and has seen CTRs up to 60%.
Learn more at LocalResponse.com
Foodspotting is a mobile and web app available for all devices that allows users to find and share the foods they love by sharing photos and knowledge about their favorite dishes at their favorite restaurants. It has more than 1.5 million users and has worked with brands such as Zagat, the Travel Channel, Bravo, and Thrillist.
While some would say “Why the heck would I take pictures of my food?”, it’s actually more common than you think. The food photo phenomenon is taking the world by storm - infographic here.
So how can brands get involved?
Statistical Considerations for Brands
In short, Foodspotting is a solid media buy to reach people that are passionate and social about food. It’s strengths lie in its location-based intent-driven targeting and its image-heavy user interface; while its weaknesses include its niche appeal and overall reach.
Cool product that allows you to separate work and personal profile within one mobile device. They provide business class solutions, which would be huge for the BYOD (bring your own device) movement that I’m a fan of. Learn more on their website.
So this is how they come up with all those crazy names for Android phones.
The Hype Machine is an essential site for music enthusiasts looking to discover new sounds. The site aggregates songs shared on a wide variety of music blogs, making them available in one place. While it’s had a slick, official iPhone app for some time, there hasn’t been anything anywhere near as good for Android – until now.
UberHype is an unofficial app that is essentially what The Hype
The Wake N Shake iPhone Alarm App
Really interesting iPhone alarm that makes you shake your iPhone to shut it off. There’s no snooze button, and the alarm clock noises range from children laughing to evil laughter.
I’d definitely award this app for being one of the most creative I’ve seen. The UI is fantastic, as is the copy, but most of all it’s functionality really gets you up and moving in the morning. I guess that’s why they call it the Merciless Alarm Clock.
Both free and pro versions in the App Store.
I’ve been testing mobile games for the past few weeks (tough life, no?), and would like to promote Line Runner as the game to beat.
The concept for the game is simple: Run, Jump, and Roll your way down a 2D path of obstacles. The interface nor concept is by no means breakthrough, but it will get your heart pumpin’. Huge con is that it’s only for iPhone, however if you’re lucky enough to have one of those, you’re good to go.
My high score is 535 on Level 1. Beat me if you dare.
Download it here.