Go for a Check-App and Improve your Mobile Performance

Written by Catarina Crespo  on  Friday 30 January 2015

Has your app been in poor health lately? Low percentage of downloads? Less traffic than before? No reviews in the stores? Perhaps your app has a weak immune system and could have a nasty case of “Lack of optimization”.

It's time to see the doctor!

Today I'm inviting you to step into my “doctor's office” to figure out what is wrong with your app through an App Check-Up. I will check out your perceived mobile brand identity, the user experience feedback, the relevance of your content, your users' response to notifications, your mobile communication strategy, and the optimization of the app in the stores.

Fear not, after I give you the proper remedy to take care of your app it will be just fine! 
So, let's start with a few questions and diagnose the problem. 

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Delightful mobile details

blog_write_no_author  Friday 30 January 2015

Mobile applications have experienced huge growth over the past few years. There have not only been lots of new features to improve user experience on mobile, but new and great design ideas that catch our attention with their amazing effects have been implemented as well.

Everyone has their own favorite mobile effects, and now it's time to discover some of the favorites of the members of our Beautiful GoodBarber Crew.

 

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Design & Apps in 2015

Written by Muriel Santoni  on  Thursday 29 January 2015

2015 is officially here and so are the new innovations and trends to follow. We already have an idea of the major design trends for the Web, but what about for apps?
I will turn it to Lesia, our expert artistic director, who is nice enough to share the best advice out there with us on creating a Beautiful App design that is on point style-wise.

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Is Creating an App for my Business an Option or a Necessity?

Written by GoodBarber Team  on  Thursday 22 January 2015

A few years ago, creating an app for one’s business was something only for the most dedicated of techies—it would surely set you apart from your competition, but it was nowhere in the realms of your customers’ automatic expectations. Nowadays, without an app you are easily set apart from your competition in the complete opposite direction; customers may not even bother with your company if it is not available to them through a smartphone-friendly channel. To further understand why having an app is a huge advantage to your business, and what you risk by not having one, read on. 

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5 App Trends for 2015 that you should know

blog_write_no_author  Thursday 15 January 2015

Everybody is wondering what the next big thing in the app world for 2015 will be. We aren't psychic, but we have a few ideas based on our expertise, our market analysis, and the evolution of technology about the most exciting inventions big companies and brands will bring us during the next year, as well as the needs and concerns of consumers.

We have known one thing from the start: mobile will lead. Mobile is like a little computer that we bring everywhere with us. It's becoming smarter, more relevant, and let's face it—something we are completely dependant on.  What we expect to see this year is apps that are much more customized to consumer needs. They will provide more relevant and personal information, geo-targeting content, app extension for wearable devices, more mobile security, and more opportunity for engagement.

Today, we are offering you a look inside the future technology market. So, be our guest and jump into our time machine to discover the next App Trends for 2015.

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The Super Powers of the Video

blog_write_no_author  Monday 12 January 2015

A huge trend of 2014, videos have become an unavoidable means of communication. Read on to find out why and how to use them efficiently...

The video has the ability to greatly increase the popularity of a site, and there are many who can attest to this.

The video is a multipurpose communication tool that proves to be pertinent to several stages of client relations: it encourages interactiveness and increases user engagement on sites. 

Video content can also, under certain conditions, boost the SEO of your site. 
In fact, a video has 53 times more of a chance of coming up on the first page of a Google search than written content does.  However, remember that only written characters are taken into account by Google search algorithms. To improve your SEO through a video, you will have to pay a lot of attention to the title, the description, and the key words you have chosen. If you take this criteria into account, your video should be able to considerably increase your visibility on the internet.

To give you an idea of the super powers that video content has in strategic marketing, a study done by Forrester  revealed that "from this point on, an online video may have more of an impact than a 30 second television commercial".

So, are you convinced by the considerable advantages that video content is offering us?
Now we will have to develop a strategy that defines the type of video and the channels of communication that you should use. 

What better way to enlighten you than to show you how we, at GoodBarber , have decided to use the video?

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[Facebook] Guidelines to Promoting your Mobile App in 2015

Written by Catarina Crespo  on  Monday 5 January 2015

This month, Facebook introduced a new algorithm for News Feed algorithm for 2015 that will change the way we receive content on the most prominent page on Facebook.

If you don’t know about the new guidelines yet, this will be a valuable article for you. We will explain in detail what you should know about the new guidelines for Promotions and Advertisers on the News Feed and how you can optimize your mobile campaign.

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“EKOIA”- The key of social media engagement

Written by Laura Mas  on  Wednesday 31 December 2014

As there are 1.3 million apps available in the market, user engagement has become a key factor in the success of an application. Today, I'll show you how to achieve this engagement on social networks through five steps (Exist, Know, Offer, Identify, Award).

 

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Scrum Report for the end of 2014

blog_write_no_author  Monday 29 December 2014

Voilà! The last features released for this 2014, plus the recap of all the most important features released during this year.

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GoodBarber Wishes You a Merry Christmas!

Written by GoodBarber Team  on  Thursday 25 December 2014

We want to wish you Happy Holidays and a very Merry Christmas!
See you in 2015!

The GoodBarber team

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How Powerful can Facebook be for Your Mobile App Promotion Strategy?

Written by Catarina Crespo   on  Thursday 18 December 2014

Huge!

Facebook is the largest online social network and according to Facebook stats has more than 1 billion monthly active users. Almost 90% of worldwide active users are using mobile phones to check their news feed, chat with friends and update their Facebook profile.

There is no doubt that Facebook has conquered most of the world's internet users and brings to the table a great opportunity for brands, companies and entrepreneurs to launch their products with a low budget or even, for free.

The mobile apps promotion are not an exception.

In the last two years, Facebook has improved the advertising tools for mobile promotion, becoming more successful than conventional Facebook ads. The variety of advertising formats, the deep segmentation (gender, language, interests, behavior, connections, pages), and the placement of your ads on the News feed helps to increase the number of downloaded apps, the app's engagement and retention of app users.

These facts also contribute to achieve a more relevant position through search tools of Google Play and Apple's App Store. But let's understand how it works in detail.

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[Video Tutorial] How to Change the Icons of Your App's Menu

blog_write_no_author  Tuesday 16 December 2014

When you design your app, you may choose between a variety of different navigation modes.
Some of those navigation modes include icons for each individual section.
In this video tutorial, we’re going to show you how to:

- Add sample sections to your app to visualize the structure of the menu
- Set the icons of your app after you’ve chosen your navigation mode
- Upload your own personal icons

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Beyond the Demographics - Tips to Know Your Users

blog_write_no_author  Tuesday 9 December 2014

With the advent of mass production, mass advertising was invented too. In the 60s, the goal of most marketing strategies was just to get as much views of their ads as possible. Television spots and street posters were the most popular media because with those means of communication marketers could easily and quickly spread their message throughout the whole country.

These were the days of glory for marketing agencies like the fictional Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce in Madmen; these agencies could make big money with a poster and a catchy line directed to the general “frustrated housewives” category of consumers. The segmentation was mainly demografic: marketers based themselves on age, sex, income and such other general features...

No need for me to tell you that their business model would never work today. It has become increasingly complex to segment a market in any sector. Also, the overload of marketing messages that consumers have been bombarded with over the last decades has made them much more insensible to any communication, so to reach them you really have to stand out.
This is why it’s important to really know who you are targeting, so that you can give them something thats truly interesting.

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A New Girl on the Team

Written by Muriel Santoni  on  Thursday 4 December 2014

Hi GoodBarbers !
 
My name is Muriel , and I'm the new French Country Manager of the Marketing Team.
Coming from Ajaccio, I always wanted to stay in my native region of Corsica, which is very important for me. I wanted to show people that there is no need te leave the island to succeed in school or in our professional life.
I'm not trying to say that being open to the world is a bad thing (I myself decided to leave Corsica for a 4 month internship in Italy, in the Camogli area), but I wanted to prove that Corsica could offer a lot of good educational and professional opportunities.
Therefore, I studied at the University of Corsica, in Corte. I had the great opportunity to be a part of the first class of the Master in Management Science, with a specialization in Marketing, at the Institute of Business Administration of Corsica.
After my studies, I really wanted to find a young, dynamic and innovative firm,  compared to the local business environment... That's why, when I found a job offer at GoodBarber, I didn't hesitate, I immediately applied, and here I am !
As you have understood, I will be in charge of the French language market, but it's my first day so I still have a lot of stuff to learn... !
Outside of work, I like to go out and have a good time with my friends and family, but I also enjoy strolling in my little attic appartment, playing guitar, and drinking liters of tea...
 
See you soon !

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App Permissions and Protecting Privacy

blog_write_no_author  Wednesday 3 December 2014

Many users will have heard about the access apps can have to their devices, and if you install apps on an Android device, you'll immediately see what the app you're about to install can do. This leaves many users justifiably worried, especially as some of the stated permissions are quite opaque-sounding and very difficult to understand. Also, one and the same permission can be used to do different things in different apps. 

Like any other native application, an app built with GoodBarber also requires a number of permissions in order to work properly and offer the best possible user experience. However, the list of permissions required might at first seem somewhat intimidating to you or your users. That's why today we'd like to take the time to explain what permissions a GoodBarber app requires, and the rationale behind every permission.

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Scrum Report #0: New Features

Written by Arianna Testi  on  Monday 1 December 2014

Some time ago, we started working with a new methodology called the Scrum method  to organize the work of the developer team at GoodBarber.
This methodology enables our developers to release very nice features every 15 days.

In this article I want to show you the list of all the new features released after the launch of GoodBarber 3.

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Making the Most of the New iPhone

blog_write_no_author  Monday 24 November 2014

Ever since the launch of the new iPhone, we've been working to make sure that GoodBarber makes the most of Apple's new screen sizes.

The changes we've made ensure the perfect display of all of your graphic elements, both on the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, but also on all other iOS devices.

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From the Football Player to the Fan... A Relationship Built Through an App

blog_write_no_author  Thursday 20 November 2014

What I love most about the support service of GoodBarber is the personal relationship that they build with the clients. It's difficult to get past the barrier of internet to allow a personal, almost face to face communication. But from the feedback of our many users, I believe we successfully manage to overcome the distance.

I'm so happy and proud to have been contacted by one of our clients who wanted to share the success of his app with us.
 

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Hey Miss DJ... Turn GoodBarber Up!

Written by Catarina Crespo  on  Thursday 20 November 2014

Olá,
I'm Catarina Crespo , I've been living in Lisbon and I am the new Country Manager of the Portuguese and Brazilian markets. 
I come from a country of great sailors to discover the most beautiful mediterranean island: Corsica.

I have a master in Public Relations and Communications and I've worked for the last 5 years in Portugal as a Digital and Social Media Manager of leader brands. I've followed the boom of brands in social media were likes, shares, tweets and views became my daily goals. 

I consider myself a creative, curious and entrepreneurial person; Once I've made my own music program and I'm still managing other projects. I'm a big fan of traveling, music, documentaries and I am a DJ. 
I just landed in this small French paradise and I'm really surprised by the landscapes, French culture and the gastronomy: “c'est magnifique”.
 
I believe that this experience will be as good as GoodBarber is for it's clients. 
Well, let's find out ;) 

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6 Rules to Make Great Push Notifications!

blog_write_no_author  Monday 17 November 2014

As you are already familiar with, you can manage your Push Notifications directly within your GoodBarber backend. But what are some of the key options at hand you should especially pay attention to? Read on for some useful tips to improve your communication.

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Server Maintenance on Monday, November 24th

Written by Erik Rossen  on  Monday 17 November 2014

We will be undertaking routine server maintenance from:

Monday, November 24th, 9:00 PM Central European Time (UTC +1) 

to

Tuesday, November 25th, 5:00 AM Central European Time (UTC +1).

Please be aware of the following:

- The access to all backends will be locked, and any builds in process will be aborted. Please ensure that you save any modifications before maintenance begins.

- The applications will continue to work normally. However, be aware that content from external sources (WordPress, YouTube, etc...) won't be synchronized until after maintenance is completed, should you update those content sources during maintenance.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and thank you for your patience and understanding.

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A Powerful Section, Simply Called Menu

Written by Jerome Granados  on  Friday 14 November 2014

Today, let's discover a very powerful section recently added to GoodBarber. It is called Menu and it has only one purpose: to give you the power to create a multi-level navigation inside your app.

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A new Latin Breeze is Blowing in the Offices of GoodBarber

Written by Laura Mas  on  Thursday 13 November 2014

Hello GoodBarbers!

I am Laura Mas Martín , the new member of GoodBarber’s marketing team.
In the next months I will be in charge of the Latin American and Spanish markets, as I was born in the latter country.

After finishing my degree and internship in Journalism in Madrid, an international scholarship became my passport to India, in whose capital city I lived for a year. There, I worked in a communications department in addition to travelling throughout the whole country.

Once the Asian experience was concluded, it’s been a Mediterranean island, quite close to the one in which I was born and raised –Mallorca-, the location of my new professional experience: Corsica, GoodBarber’s headquarters.

About myself, I can highlight that I wish to become a citizen of the world. Moreover, I should not forget to mention I love reading books as well as watching good films.
In conclusion, I will be the next Spanish helper and guide to make sure you create your most Beautiful Apps. 

 

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What happened during the 2014 Web Summit?

Written by Arianna Testi  on  Monday 10 November 2014

Hey GoodBarbers, 

We just came back from Dublin, where we participated in this year's Web Summit .
Lots of things happened! Too many, probably, for one single article.
So here are some photos and the experiences of our team.

Enjoy!
 

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