Wanting an iPhone and/or mobile app for your festival but a bit confused by some competing solutions, and nonsense pricing ? Here are some quick facts about our apps, which differentiate from others.
Most of our festivals apps cost between €500 and €1,000. We have yet to publish an app that costed more than €1,000 for a festival. Even the most ambitious one to date is still below this price tag, and includes many features unseen in other festival apps (near real time photos, enhanced digital ticketing, personalized media push, …). We don’t charge that price for a renewal, nor an audience spike. Actually we don’t charge anything when only database content is changed, so that includes a renewal with no new feature added to app. We only charge when there’s an actual human being doing some work. Please ask for a quote to get pricing for your needs.
Innovation, Interaction, and Guidelines are the 3 keywords of our apps. So you won’t have to wait for 6+ months when some key features such as push notifications, multitasking are made available by Apple. First apps or app updates made once the iOS version is released benefit from these. We don’t outsource, so that helps for sure to add these features quickly. On top of that we try to add some value to the apps we publish so it isn’t only a way to have the festival book on your mobile. Interaction is the second key for that. Allowing users to share experience with tweets, photos makes them be part of the app, part of the festival and enticing for their relatives to attend. Granting them some extra content when attending an event, or using the digital ticketing solution is another differentiation point. Guidelines are also very important for a mobile user. If you don’t want your user to be lost when opening your app, looking for content, you have to follow strict guidelines to make sure he’ll know how to use your app within a few seconds. Bells and Whistles may be nice, but a mobile user shouldn’t take more than 2 seconds to find information. Forget apps which require you to reload full content every time you have to open it (still seen on some competitor’s apps late 2010)
3. Updates and offline access
Needing a submission to Apple (which takes around a week for review) for simple content update ? No way ! Updates made by the festival in the customers area are sent over the air every time a mobile user gets a connection to the Internet, then is stored to his device. Offline access to real-time line-up and detailed schedule is part of the package so that they can be seen when networks are saturated.
iPhone and iPod are by far the most used devices in festivals. But some other smartphones may be used. That’s why we suggest a low cost stripped-down mobile web version which will work with any other recent smartphone (Android, Blackberry, Symbian, Windows Phone 7, Bada, …). Still, we partner with (specialized) developers for those which want to have a native version for different systems
Oh, and yes, most of the things listed here are also applicable to artists, DJs, labels iPhone apps…
Ticketing for all is now available for all NeoMusicStore customers (mobile apps). But any organizer, club owner, artist can also test if for free for an event, for up to 100 entrances.
Basically, digital ticketing system will allow anyone to set up easily a ticketing system on both Internet and smartphones with these benefits:
- Fast setup (less than one minute per event)
- Cash management without any third party (payments received directly by organizer)
- No need to print anything for end user, an email on its phone is enough.
- No more fraudulous ticket (by reading the code, a simple check is done, name and a green screen are displayed if ticket is OK, orange if invalid, red if already used with date of usage)
- No specific equipment to scan (any smartphone such as iPhone, Blackberry, Samsung, HTC, etc or iPod is enough), and ticket can be processed in 1 second.
- Verification code available if any technical problem arises
- Attendees database management (targeting, mailing, mobile phone notification)
- Easy guest list management (import, mass email/notify, log who’s attending and when)
As we are looking for quality content for Remix.me website, we are now offering a “complete full options” iPhone app for labels entering the program with their full catalogue. Remix.me is an innovating service with products being sold between $5 and $25 (€4 to €20) per multitrack song according to license scheme, with 100% royalties for direct sales. More information in the Remix Kits section