Crafting and Launching Successful Beacon Apps

We were early to hop on the “beacon train” in 2013, and after a few years, we still believe there’s a bright future for proximity based user experiences. During that time, we’ve been lucky enough to work on 10 smartphone applications that use beacons and bluetooth low energy. Over the course of these projects, we’ve learned powerful lessons about what separates successful and unsuccessful beacon apps. The goal of this article is to share the patterns, concepts, and best practices our… Read more »


How to Create A Lightning Fast Signup Flow For Your Mobile App

A record 80 billion mobile apps were downloaded in 2013 and projections show that number doubling in the next four years. While the number of downloads are increasing the attention span of mobile users is on the decline. With so many apps competing for your attention, mobile users are spending less time per app session than ever. For mobile apps requiring new users to signup this is a huge problem. “Signup fatigue” – where people delete an app before completing signup… Read more »


How To Hire An App Developer

Finding an independent app developer or app development company can be tough, especially if you’ve never done it before. Worst of all, picking the wrong team can cost you tens of thousands of dollars. In this post, we’ve set out to make the app developer selection process easy. We boiled down the process into 6 steps that, if followed, will ensure you find the right partner. During this post, we won’t be talking about bringing in app developers… Read more »


Why Your Mobile App Needs a Killer Onboarding Flow

So, you’ve figured out how to get users to sign up for your mobile app. Now how do you get them oriented and on the road to becoming an engaged and active user?  The answer: make a spectacular first impression on new users with a killer onboarding flow. Onboarding is the process of turning a first-time user into a repeat customer during the user’s first interaction with your product.

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drop – How We Built a Photo Sharing App

We recently shipped an app, for our clients at Monkey Island Inc., that was so much fun we can’t help but share our story. The app is called drop, and is a location-based photo sharing app for iOS. In this post, we’ll walk you through our app building process, some of drop’s coolest features, and speak to the technical challenges we encountered during the development process. You can get drop here for free! Read more »


Everyday Mobile – Coffee Shop UI Case Study

Today I stopped by one of my favorite coffee shops and ended up diving into a fun conversation about mobile user interface design and optimizing for barista tips. After placing my order, the barista swiped my credit card and handed over an iPad running a Point of Sale app. The app showed my subtotal and presented three suggested tip amounts, a custom tip button, and an option for no tip. The placement of these buttons was,… Read more »


iBeacons for Education

Today we’re proud to announce an app we’ve built called EduBeacons. It allows Years 5 and 6 age students to view lesson plans from their iPads when in proximity to an iBeacon. We built EduBeacons in partnership with our new friend, Paul Hamilton of appsbypaulhamilton.com and Matthew Flinders Anglican College in Queensland, Australia. Paul is an author, speaker, Apple Distinguished Educator, and overall education technology pioneer.

EduBeacons in the classroom! Photo Credit, Paul Hamilton

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Roll out the iBeacons: 8 Companies Enhancing The World Around Us

We’re starting to see huge indications that iBeacons will fundamentally change the way we interact with the physical world. While Apple’s iPhone can act as an iBeacon itself, it’s third party Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) hardware devices that are really stealing the show early on in the iBeacon Platform. These devices (made by EstimoteGimbal, and many other manufacturers) paired with mobile apps turn physical world into a playground for our digital devices. Just how are BLE and iBeacons… Read more »


Let’s Break Down Facebook Paper’s UI/UX

In case you haven’t heard, Facebook released a new app called Paper on February 3rd, 2014. Once we got our hands on the app, (get it here), we instantly noticed a minimalist design, awesome animations, and an emphasis on gestures. As mobile designers and developers, it’s so much fun to see Facebook really push the limits of what a native app can do. Let’s check out some of our favorite animations and gestures:

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Real-world iBeacon Applications

iBeacons are small, cost-effective Bluetooth devices that talk with smartphones and can absolutely change the way you do business. For your business to take advantage of this amazing new technology, you need a mobile app developer to build you a smartphone application, or alter your existing mobile application to talk with iBeacons. Our focus at Vektor Digital is to build custom iBeacon mobile applications that let companies convert customers and streamline business.

How iBeacons work

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