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May 30, 2012 | by Sonali Shetty
The ultimate expression of "brand love" is an icon on the Home screen of mobile devices. Our devices are so personal and ubiquitous, that any apps we download and keep, are an extension of our identity. True enough that many of our devices are a junkyard for apps - long forgotten and seldom used. But others are so addictive, we wonder how we lived "pre app."
At HDS we just launched an app that I hope will be an incredibly handy resource for many people. Hilldrup Move Pro (iPhone/iPad), for our friends at Hilldrup Companies, is a full-featured moving platform. The app is a must-have for anyone contemplating a move. But, we wanted to make the app relevant to a wider audience. When creating a strategy for app functionality, we faced a unique conundrum. How do you extend the life of an app that is built around a discrete event? You want an app to be a valuable branded tool that people want to access again and again on their mobile device, right?
In looking into consumers’ moving patterns, we noticed that most people don’t unpack their boxes right away. (True confessions: I still have unopened boxes in my attic six years after stashing them up there.) So we created the ability for users to visually add items to their virtual box and even take pictures of their items, in order to document box contents. High value items can be immediately identified. Finally, users are able to create QR code labels to slap on their boxes. When a user wants to identify the contents of a box, all they have to do is to scan the label on the box and read the contents. Pretty Cool! Oh, and as an added security feature, to prevent just anyone from being able to read the QR code, only the Move Pro app on the original device that “packed” the box is able to read its contents.
Some other features and their long-range applications include:
- Ability to notify friends when you've moved - applies down the road if your phone number or e-mail address change.
- Currency converter. For people moving to other countries, this is super useful. And just as handy for people simply taking a trip abroad.
- Assign a task to a friend - "Honey-do lists" are finally mobile-ized!
Reverse search will be available in the next release. Here's how it will work - suppose I’m looking for that pair of red shoes I wear over the holidays. A quick search within the app tells me immediately which box those little babies are in. That means no more rooting through boxes to find what you’re looking for. This feature alone transcends moving – it puts a handy organizing tool at your disposal.
We’re pretty excited at what the Hilldrup Move Pro can and will do. Download it and let us know what you think. We’re hoping that MovePro will make it to your Home screen.0 commentsPosted in: Hodges Digital Strategies | Mobile | The Hodges Partnership