My Personal Motivator Releases New Features [App Update]

My Personal Motivator is a personalized motivation app offering quotes in over 100 categories, each with 15 targeted quotes per emotion and no repeats. A Top 5 app in it’s category on iTunes!

Updates:

  • 10 beautiful new backgrounds added
  • 15 quotes per category, instead of the previous 10
  • Quick alphabetized access to categories
  • 2 new categories: “Frustrated” and “Worried About … Work/Career”.

Download My Personal Motivator for 99 cents on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

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Introducing Farmer Joe’s Fruit Harvest: Now on iTunes

I’m excited to announce WorldLink Apps’ first mobile game developed for the iPhone. For our first game we wanted to develop something that was aesthetically pleasing to the eye, challenging, and fun for all ages. Thus, Farmer Joe’s Fruit Harvest was born.

Synopsis – Help Save Farmer Joe

In a small Midwestern town, farmer Joe and his orchard farm have fallen on hard times. Last season was abundant for Joe and his family, but this year mother-nature is raring her ugly fist and causing farmer Joe great distress.

The changing winds and odd weather in the Midwest has produced an abnormal amount of creepy critters on the farm. Squirrels and woodpeckers, frogs and monkeys…even Toucans and Sloths are eating their way through farmer Joe’s crop. The orchard farm needs your help.

Harvest all 40 levels of crop to help save Joe from bankruptcy. Hurry and get started before another batch of apples fall victim to another worm infestation.

Farmer Joe’s Fruit Harvest Contest

Download the Farmer Joe’s Fruit Harvest app, then successfully play all levels to unlock the contest. Click on the Contest button after you finish the final level and accept the agreement. Each randomly selected winner will receive a fruit basket. Please review the full contest rules here>

Farmer Joe’s Fruit Harvest is available on iTunes for 99 cents! DOWNLOAD HERE

Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds Released on iTunes

Derived from the popular iTalk to God series, released in September of 2009, Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds is now available on iTunes for free. GTGWGD facilitates a personal and meaningful conversation between the user and Ahura Mazda. Ahura Mazda is the highest deity of worship in Zoroastrianism. The app also contains the 101 names for Ahura Mazda.

Key Features:

  • Personalized experience specific to your current feelings
  • 7 categories to choose from, each with a specific prayer
  • Favorites
  • Post verse to Facebook wall
  • Email share
  • SMS text share
  • App remembers last favorite viewed, displays new one
  • Encouraging commentary on each verse

Requirements:

  • Compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch
  • Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later

Download Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds

Mobilize Your Business with Mobile Apps! Pt. 2

Last week we posed the question, “Does your business need a mobile app?” In part two of Mobile Your Business with Mobile Apps we continue the conversation with some solid facts and a look into how big brands are capitalizing on the recent app craze.

Mobile apps are not just for games and social networking. Consumers are surfing, shopping, and searching for your brand via the mobile web. If you’re not mobile ready then you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to reach your customers where they are the most, their Smartphone device.

If you’re still asking yourself, “does my business need a mobile app” then take a look at some of these stats, trends, and examples of how utilizing mobile apps can increase revenue and branding initiatives for your organization.

Small Business & Consumer Stats

Businesses in every industry are realizing that mobile applications are not just a phase but a necessity when it comes to reaching your consumers. Smartphone users are spending 74 minutes a day surfing the mobile web, and 81 minutes a day using mobile apps. (1) If your business isn’t taking note of this upward mobile trend, you’ll be left behind.

Here are a few more stats on how small businesses are embracing apps:

  • 72% use some form of mobile apps for daily operations
  • 38% view mobile apps as an essential part of their business strategy
  • 49% use mapping and GPS tools
  • 24% use location-based services
  • 20% use mobile credit card payment services (2)

Consumer Trends

  • Globally, consumers are expected to spend $119 billion by 2015 through their mobile phones
  • Accounting for about 8% of all e-commerce activity
  • Steady trend upwards
  • Increasing smartphone penetration
  • Faster mobile broadband speeds
  • Increased user comfort (3)

Since the launch of the Apple App store in July 2008 the app market has continued to accelerate at a rapid pace. All of the business and consumer trends showcase a continued expansion of mobile business opportunities for small and large companies alike!


Maximizing Your App Potential

Larger brands are embracing mobile technology and are seeing huge results in return. You don’t have to be a mega brand to make an impact on your consumers while increasing your bottom line. Start with a vision and a goal for how you can reach your customers. Do you know what they want? Are you listening?

Check out a few examples of how the following brands are maximizing their mobile potential, and in the end, reaching their customers on a whole new level.


Pizza Hut

“It’s no longer going to be a cool thing to have a mobile app. It’s going to be a customer expectation.” – Baron Concors, Pizza Hut CIO

Pizza Hut’s mobile app makes building your dinner fun and interactive. The intuitive user interface lets you build a pizza from the crust up, order some wings, pasta, or whatever else your palate is craving, then submit your order for pickup or delivery.

The Results:

  • Over 2M downloads
  • Within 3 months, Pizza Hut app revenue was $1M
  • Within 12 months, app revenue was $7M (4)

Expedia TripAssist

Expedia’s goals for their TripAssist application was to provide a mobile marketing solution, implement real-time brand awareness, while maintaining their competitive advantage.

TripAssist is available on the iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile with the following features:

  • Research flights, hotels, destinations
  • Manage/update itineraries
  • Notifications, flight alerts
  • Handle travel while mobile
  • Make purchases

The results:

  • Over 55,000 trips booked in first year (2009)
  • More than doubled in 2010

Amazon

“Over time, tablet computers could become a meaningful additional driver for our business.” −Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO

Amazon has changed the way consumers shop online, so why wouldn’t they look to dominate the mobile space. With Amazon’s free mobile app you can browse products, compare multiple items, read customer reviews, and purchase directly from your phone.

The Results:

  • Substantial growth in purchasing while mobile
  • More than $1B sales per year from mobile
  • Kindle books now outsell hard cover books
    • 1.43 to 1.00 (5)

eBay

eBay was forced to re-evaluate their business model after Amazon took over the online shopping throne. But now, with investments in mobile and local technologies, eBay is beefing up their mobile presence and learning that adaptation is crucial in this fast growing tech market.

The Results:

  • Over 45 million downloads
  • Users can buy, sell, and check eBay prices via bar codes
  • $2B in mobile transactions in 2010
    • Continuous, significant mobile growth (6)

Businesses in every industry can take notes from the aforementioned companies and apply many of the same concepts and ideas to their own mobile strategy. The number one and most important fact is…your customers are mobile.

Many companies shy away from mobile technology because they are afraid of the unknown. The statistics are available and there are many companies out there that can assist in developing your mobile strategy. So do your research, make a plan, and take your company mobile!

 top image courtesy of Flickr, blakespot
 
Resources:
1) Mashable
2) Information Week, March 2011, 2246 small business owners
3) ABI Research
4) Dallas Business Journal, August 2010
5) Amazon Press Release
6) eBay 2010 earnings report

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Mobilize Your Business with Mobile Apps! Pt. 1

It’s hard to believe it’s been 4 years since Apple transformed the mobile industry with the release of the iPhone. Since then we’ve seen unbelievable changes in mobile technology, specifically in the area of mobile apps.

In response to the Smartphone craze businesses in every industry are asking themselves, does my business need a mobile app?

WorldLink’s VP of Mobile Technology, Mike Hall, recently spoke at a Verizon Mobility conference on this very topic. Here are some of the key takeaways from that discussion.


The App Option (Market Stats)

Mashable recently posed the same question and posted the following Infographic, created by BuySellAds, in response. I think this is the perfect statistical representation of “The App Option” for business owners and a great way to get the conversation started.


Advantages of a Mobile App

Once you’ve decided that your company needs a presence in the mobile space, you might be asking yourself another question? Mobile app or mobile website? Here are some key things to consider.

A native app running on your Smartphone is optimized specifically for the device’s operating system and firmware. Because of this the native application can take advantage of specific features that enhance the user experience. Here are some examples of those features:

Faster response times, animation, and similarities with other Smartphone functions are just a few reasons that make a native application the best choice for an optimum user experience.


Advantages of a Mobile Web Site

Native applications are typically more expensive to develop then a mobile web site. But before you make a decision based strictly on cost you should evaluate your internal goals for developing an application and the needs of your customers. You might come to the realization that a mobile website is all you need. Here are some advantages of a mobile site:

  • App runs on a web server
  • Typically used when Smartphone hardware is not really needed
  • Main advantage: reduced costs
  • Displays are optimized for mobile browsers

Probably the biggest advantage of a mobile site is the convenience of display across multiple different Smartphone platforms. Multi-platform development can be very costly but you omit the risk of missing customers with different devices if a multi-platform strategy is not in place.

The following factors can result in a better experience for the user:

  • Content fit to screen sizes
  • Uncluttered/filtered content
  • Organized navigation
  • Reduced pan & zoom
  • Reduced page load time

Things To Consider

When thinking about your mobile strategy keep these things in mind:

  • Are you losing revenue by not having a mobile presence?
  • Do your competitors have a mobile app and/or mobile website?
  • Is your target demographic going mobile?
  • Creating a mobile presence can open up a new marketing channel and help drive revenue
  • Is there an internal need in your company for efficiency/optimization?

Before you make the leap you must have a strategy and know your customers. It may not make sense to develop a mobile app, but your customers are definitely going mobile. The mobile web is growing at an impressive rate and you don’t want to find yourself in the dust of your competitors.

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Alvarado ISD and WorldLink Apps Release New Mobile Application

WorldLink Apps is proud to announce the release of Alvarado Independent School District’s mobile application for the Apple and Android Smartphone markets. Kyle Berger, Alvarado’s Executive Director of Technology Services, was introduced to WorldLink through the Verizon Wireless Business Solution Alliance Program last January. Over the last 5 months WorldLink has had the unique experience of partnering with one of the state’s most technologically progressive school districts.

WorldLink’s App Development team and Kyle Berger collaborated extensively to develop the official iPhone app of the Alvarado Independent School District. The app comes loaded with a large number of features including: district and individual school information, events, dates, bully report capabilities, homework resources, and many more for AISD students, parents, and staff.

“In today’s society we all work from our mobile devices. It only made sense to leverage that power to communicate and connect with our parents and students. We are excited to take this next step in communication, empowering our stake holders with all the tools they need in the palm of their hands. In conjunction with WorldLink I believe we have delivered the first feature rich k-12 application to the market.” – Kyle Berger, Executive Director of Technology Services, Alvarado Independent School District.

Key Features:

  • ISD
    • District calendar (English and Spanish)
    • News
    • Events calendar
    • Add ISD event to your personal iPhone calendar
    • About us
    • Departments
    • Contact us
    • Touch-to-call phone number
    • Map of ISD location
    • Guidance to ISD location
  • Schools
    • Select your Alvarado school
    • Bully report
    • Tips for identifying a bully
    • Touch-to-call bully hotline
    • Calendars
    • Menus (breakfast, lunch)
    • News
    • Staff
    • Send email to staff
    • Information – school hours, principal, new student registration, etc.
    • Map of school location
    • Guidance to school location
    • Extra-curricular activities
    • Contact us
    • Touch-to-call phone number
    • Send email to school
  • Resources
    • Student information – Skyward access
    • District website
    • Links – weather, parent/student/teacher/employee/TAKS resources, employment, and help desk
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Useful apps – Cloud Agent, Safari Montage, Evernote, EMD Periodic Tables, iAmerica, Graphing Calculator,  etc.

The Alvarado ISD application is available to download on iTunes for Free!

Check out some of the features below!

iTalk to God Update

New updates were added this week to our latest version of iTalk to God. Version 4.3 now supports finger swiping, backward verse traversal, and sharing via SMS. iTalk to God is available on iTunes for 99 cents.

Don’t forget to check out the Christmas Edition available on iTunes as well.

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