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Overview
 

Features: Integrations: WordPress, Drupal, Ning, Facebook, Twitter, Content types: news, videos, event listings, photos, music, people, wines, shop items, deals…Social networking: fan wall, user profiles, status and photo updates, comments, likes. Customization: design, colors, icons, backgrounds, home layouts. CMS backend: update app content at any time in easy to use dashboard. Location based: places, directions, contact details, categorization, search, list and map view. Tools: advertising, analitycs, push notifications, automated publishing to iOS and Google Play etc
 
Price: From $19,90/month (HTML5), from $29,90/month for native apps.
 
Simplicity level: According to ShoutEm Support Director he’d say 3, as there’s a learning curve with any platform. Once you understand how Shoutem works, it’s incredible simple to build and publish an app.
 
Drag-and-drop: In some ways, yes.
 
Free Trial: ShoutEm is free to build and test for an unlimited amount of time. Subscription begins when you're ready to publish or enable the app publicly.
 
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Design
 
 
 
 
 


 
Service
 
 
 
 
 


 
Easy to use
 
 
 
 
 


 
Monetize
 
 
 
 
 


 
Analytics
 
 
 
 
 


 
Publish
 
 
 
 
 


 
Marketing
 
 
 
 
 


 
Total Score
 
 
 
 
 
4/ 5


User Rating
36 total ratings

 

Positives


Easy interface, great location based tools, good integrations with e.g Wordpress. Good service.

Negatives


Weak marketing help and monetization options. High cost for HTML5 apps.


Bottom Line

ShoutEm is a mobile application creation platform that allows you to create mobile app for iOS, Android and HTML5 in just minutes. Weather you bring content into your site into one of their CMS integration options or creating your content directly into their appbuilder its easy to get your message to mobile app users. If you are designing for your brand or simply […]

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ShoutEm is a mobile application creation platform that allows you to create mobile app for iOS, Android and HTML5 in just minutes. Weather you bring content into your site into one of their CMS integration options or creating your content directly into their appbuilder its easy to get your message to mobile app users. If you are designing for your brand or simply bringing your idea to the mobile market ShoutEm makes it easy for you to make the vision connection to your audience. ShoutEm offers a wide variety of modules to help both SMBs and customers wishing to create their own personalized app-types for their content or social network.

Once you created your app just publish and ShoutEm will take care of the rest. With their HTML5 version no additional account is necessary and you can have your app finished in a matter of minutes. 

Apps should be easy!

ShoutEm has come up with a platform to rapidly deploy cost-effective mobile apps for individuals, clubs, and small budget SME. Their Enterprise Edition serves the needs of larger publishers with dozens of properties who need to run their mobile strategies on a unified publishing platform.

About the company:

ShoutEm is a company from USA/Croatia and have two offices at the time being, one in NYC and one in Zagreb. ShoutEm has been around in different inception for many years, but started in 2011 as an app creation platform. ShoutEm is a spinoff of Five Minutes Ltd., a mobile development company with more than 35 employees and an extensive client list.

Functions:

According to ShoutEm they offer dynamic and static content solutions for their customers. You can bring in elements which are updated regularly through RSS, or create content elements in our apps without having to have a site or feed. See http://www.shoutem.com/tour/features for more info.

Drag-and-drop (Y/N):

In some ways, yes.

Free Trial:

ShoutEm is free to build and test for an unlimited amount of time. Subscription begins when you’re ready to publish or enable the app publicly.

Platform supported:

iOS, Android, Mobile Web, iPad (September)

Can´t decide what DIY appmaking platform to use, download the full comparison view here: http://createownapps.com/downloads/full-comparison-table/

Pricing model:

Their subscriptions are one app per plan, and there are three pricing tiers based on what features, or amount of downloads you need/expect.

Basic, $19.90/MO billed annually. HTML5 App, 2000 monthly users, No iOS account required

Advanced, $59.90/MO billed annually. iPhone App, HTML5 App, Android app, Push notifications, 5000 monthly users

Unlimited, $119.90/MO billed annually. iPad App, iPhone App, HTML5 App, Android app, Push notifications, API access / data sync, Unlimited usage

All features are included in all plans:

Unlimited support, maintenance, free updates and upgrades, Integrations: WordPress, Drupal, Ning, Facebook, Twitter, Content types: news, videos, event listings, photos, music, people, wines, shop items, deals…Social networking: fan wall, user profiles, status and photo updates, comments, likes. Customization: design, colors, icons, backgrounds, home layouts. CMS backend: update app content at any time in easy to use dashboard. Location based: places, directions, contact details, categorization, search, list and map view. Tools: advertising, analytics, push notifications, automated publishing to iOS and Google Play

Simplicity level (1-10, where 10 is really simple):

According to ShoutEm Support Director he’d say 3, as there’s a learning curve with any platform. Once you understand how Shoutem works, it’s incredible simple to build and publish an app.

Publish:

ShoutEm take care of the publishing process for their customers.

Possibility of earning money:

Customers can sell their apps in the stores, integrate ad campaigns, and soon they’ll be able to set up in-app subscriptions.

Marketing:

ShoutEm offer a best-practices type guide on their blog which helps users get started with their app promotion:

http://blog.shoutem.com/2011/06/08/so-youve-published-your-app/

Analytics:

Detailed, single page deep reports. Audience, usage, retention, page stats, sessions stats and more. Analyze and optimize your content and user base until you get best performances.

Reference case:

ThisIs50 – 50 Cent’s social network app

The Vinyl District – record store locator

KiddNation – Kidd Kraddick’s morning show app

Pop Candy – A USA Today blog

More: http://shoutem.com/quotes

Speciality:

They provide native apps for content creators, small businesses and local communities to name a few. They’re incredibly versatile as a platform, and you’re certainly not limited to these.

Can make custom made apps?

ShoutEm is unable to provide customization for individual apps, as this is what helps keep their costs low. This includes third-party code additions or SDKs on demand.

ShoutEm tips for developers

Our blog at blog.shoutem.com is full of tips for those wishing to understand the app creation process and mobile strategy as a whole

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Reviews:

http://www.shoutem.com/quotes

Tutorial:

Contact:

http://www.shoutem.com/

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15 Comments


  1.  
    WorldBuyer

    BUYER BEWARE! Sure this company looks like a pretty cool company, with all the bells and whistles for building an app, WRONG! Their products do NOT work and their customer service is atrocious! They pretend to have some office in New York when in all actuality, they are somewhere across the world in some country they will not disclose. Their response time is horrendous and they only communicate by email. SAVE YOUR MONEY and find a company who can provide a functional product and worthwhile customer support! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED…




  2.  

    Hi,

    Thank you for your review.

    As for the WorldBuyers comment, we are grateful that you have stated you opinion, as we know that there will always be customers that aren’t completely satisfied by our product, and that is something completely normal in the business world. We are trying our best to upgrade our services, so we can provide the very best user and client experience.

    Considering that, I have to challenge your statements here.

    Our products certainly DO work, as we have many customers that are very satisfied by our service. If something didn’t work for you, feel free to send us your feedback at:

    shoutem@shoutem.com

    and we will do our best to see what specific thing didn’t work for you.

    As for the office in New York, the office exists and it is located on the address:

    ShoutEm, Inc.
    175 Varick Street
    New York, NY, 10014

    That information is publicly available on our website in the Contact section:

    http://www.shoutem.com/contact

    We have two more offices in Croatia: located in Zagreb and Osijek. That was never a hidden information, as you can clearly see that the author of this text clearly stated that information so the thesis that we have an office somewhere across the world and that we won’t disclose that information is simply untrue.

    I’m sorry that you weren’t satisfied with our customer support, because we really do give a lot of attention to our clients, and are doing our best to provide a simple and clear response in the least time possible. Our policy is to tend to our customer needs in 24h tops, but that is rarely the case, as our response time is much much faster. Only time that there is a possibility that you will have to wait a little is over the weekends, but we usually give our best to answer some of the support inquiries then aswell.

    As for the communication over e-mail. That is the only thing you got right.

    We usually do our communication over e-mail, but there are exceptions to this rule, because we offer Premium phone support to our reseller partners that have Medium reseller plan or above. Also we provide phone support to potential big customers, such as companies, political parties, associations etc …

    If you have any more questions, feel free to leave a comment or drop an e-mail to: shoutem@shoutem.com

    Vlatko
    Support Specialist, ShoutEm
    http://www.shoutem.com




  3.  
    Vidar

    Does ShoutEm have a Windows Phone 8 / Windows 8 app builder in the works? When will it be ready?




    •  
      admin

      Hi Vidar! According to community Manager at ShoutEm they are not finding there’s enough demand to offer this device/OS currently. If they find increased demand, they will consider offering this. Regards/createownapps




  4.  

    Hi Vidar,

    we currently don’t support the WP7 / WP8 platforms with our applications. We are aware that they are on the rise and we are actively considering about implementation of that support in the near future, based on the demand of our users.

    Our HTML5 apps are currently optimized for webkit browsers (iOS, Android, Google Chrome, Safari …), but considering that HTML5 is developing rapidly, and standardization will occur, more sooner then later, those platforms will probably get their HTML5 support first.

    Whether or not we will code natively for that platforms, is yet to be seen, as HTML5 is becoming de facto standard for mobile applications. Many would argue if that is the case, because native applications have better performance and more functions, but that is nearly coming to its end.

    HTML5 is getting Push notifications soon, and that was one of the best pros of the current native applications, and day by day the performance difference is vanishing.

    You can read a post about the from one Co-Founder Viktor on our blog:

    http://thenextweb.com/dd/2013/02/09/would-push-notifications-for-html5-apps-kill-native-apps/




  5.  
    Timothy Ranger

    I’m going to stay neutral on this one. I’m a former Shoutem customer and not all fully happy with them. Overall, their product deserve a 3.5 out of 5 stars. Service is ok due to that fact that they only support via email. There’s no user forum to exchange techniques, we just have to email them for everything, and there’s no supporting document beside the blogs.
    The product itself is just above average. Because 1. What’s good is the place feature without rating?2. What’s good with the Event if there’s no distance sorting?3 What’s good with the News when we can only read the headline? and 4. What’s good with the GPS if Iphone user can’t enable GPS location without several steps including restart the app? 5. There’s no user setting, they just have to stuck with whatever Shoutem provides, they have no choice of changing anything.6. Their ipad version is useless, 70% of the feature will not be on iPad.

    There’re still many missing features and I hope the upcoming version focus on that instead of the shopping cart, PLEASE! How many people are buying online using apps, beside the app market itself? I can see that 4.0 version is focusing on getting people to sign up rather than bringing the tech up a notch.

    Well.. good thing is they’re free until you decide to launch, so I’m not sure how one can cries out “FRAUD!” when they are not paying until they decide they like it.




  6.  

    We’re definitely going with Shoutem. After shopping around, it was an easy choice to start developing with them. They’ve been reasonably responsive in e-mails and we’re super impressed with the ease of use of their site as well as their mobilizer app. Considering their prices, we’re super pleased with our app so far.

    Just because some of these dudes aren’t native Americans doesn’t mean they are creating affordable and well made solutions to the app market.

    Anyone reading these reviews above, just know that there’s at least one very happy customer.




  7.  

    Hi there. For starters, thank you Timothy for your sincere words about our service. We appreciate your feedback, because we are always striving to upgrade our services for the benefit of all users.

    >> There’s no user forum to exchange techniques, we just have to email them for everything, and there’s no supporting document beside the blogs.

    We are rolling a new version of both applications and the application builder on early – mid April that will bring new features and redesign. We will create new support articles and a user manual on top of that one. Also, we are considering some type of community page that would give our users the option to share and rate user created languages. However, there is no clear ETA when that one could become available, as it is still on the drawing board.

    >> What’s good is the place feature without rating?

    Thank you for suggesting this. Rating system is one of our strongly considered future features at the moment, as it would give users that own restaurants, caffe bars etc. the option to get their places rated.

    >> What’s good with the Event if there’s no distance sorting?

    Our Events now support linking them with places, that automatically sorts them out by distance.

    They can also be sorted out in regard to: Manually, Start time, Distance, Creation time, Edit time and Name. Both ascending and Descending.

    >> What’s good with the News when we can only read the headline?

    RSS services are commonly used for getting news headlines, and we can only display the content sent through RSS in the application itself. Most of the pages don’t send whole posts in their RSS feeds, but the shorty summary with a Read More link. If that is the case, it is the only thing that we can display in the application itself. However, in time we have realized that our users would rather have whole posts if possible. We will do our best to display as much content as possible in the News sections, but this limitation doesn’t come from our side, its rather a limitation of the RSS itself.

    >> What’s good with the GPS if Iphone user can’t enable GPS location without several steps including restart the app?

    We agree with you on this one. This is something that we consider a bug. Sometimes, application doesn’t activate location services on the first load, and it is mandatory to restart it to work properly. This has been fixed in our new application version that is soon to come.

    >> There’s no user setting, they just have to stuck with whatever Shoutem provides, they have no choice of changing anything

    Our new application version is bringing the swiping menu feature similar to the one Facebook is using. That one will give us the option to add a Settings option inside it to give our users features like setting the default language manually, provided that the application owner supports several languages.

    >> Their iPad version is useless, 70% of the feature will not be on iPad.

    It is true that iPad version is a little restricted at the moment. The reason for that is that the iPad version is more media oriented the the mobile ones.

    Currently it supports News, Web, Photos, Audio and Video podcasting modules. We will upgrade on this features in time.

    >> I can see that 4.0 version is focusing on getting people to sign up rather than bringing the tech up a notch.

    Web shops are a growing market, and we think that it will be beneficial to our users that we get integrations with shops like Shopify, Magento, Big cartel and Prestashop added to the application. However, we are bringing in a lot more upgrades to the both the apps and the application builder itself.

    New builder will contain a new statistics center that can be used to manage People, Deals and Places. Also the new version will be redesigned and more user friendly, with greatly improved navigation. We find that one to be a core upgrade to our current feature set, because it will give us the option to improve on all of our current features, and redesign some of them to incorporate it in the application in a more seamless and stable manner, that will in turn boots the user experience for our clients.

    >> Well.. good thing is they’re free until you decide to launch, so I’m not sure how one can cries out “FRAUD!” when they are not paying until they decide they like it.

    I agree with you on this one. We always provided full customer support for both our current and future users. Many times we helped our users to set up their apps, only for them to say that they won’t use it afterall. However, we don’t consider that one a loss, because every customer that we help to better understand our service will be familiar with our current features and can decide to publish his app any time later.

    As for the other comment.

    Thank you Evan for your kind words, we are glad that you are satisfied with our services.

    >> They’ve been reasonably responsive in e-mails and we’re super impressed with the ease of use of their site as well as their mobilizer app. Considering their prices, we’re super pleased with our app so far.

    We do our best to respond to all of our customer inquiries. However, our turnaround time can be a little slower at weekends, but we tend to answer all e-mails even on holidays and non-working days.

    >> Just because some of these dudes aren’t native Americans doesn’t mean they are creating affordable and well made solutions to the app market.

    We think that quality of the product matters more then where that product came from. Today is the new age when people from all parts of the world can communicate and get back together.

    We are glad to offer our services to users in all parts of the world, but most of our customer base at the moment is currently situated in the USA so we try our best to adapt to their timezones. However, our sales and marketing team is situated in New York.

    If you have any more questions or comments, please let us know!




  8.  

    ShoutEm team wishes you all Happy Easter holidays!




  9.  

    Hi Guys,

    We released the V4 version of our service today, so you can check out all of the upgrades we were working on in the last period at:

    http://www.shoutem.com




  10.  

    We have been using shoutem for the last two months to develop apps and have been very satisfied. We are at the start of publishing and the apps we have made fulfil most of our wishes. Shoutem support has been amazingly quick and responsive in their e-mails and so far there has not been a problem that has not been addressed or answered adequately.

    The possibilities are huge, especially when one keeps in mind that Shoutem is merely a tool to build and one does not have to do all the coding themselves. It has been the most abundant tool we could find and we have looked into many on the internet. Not only that, but everything works as it should work. Sometimes there can be minor problems, but Shoutem support is always quick to look into the issue and help accordingly.

    We are very happy and hope to continue our cooperation for future projects too.




  11.  
    CJ

    I was told to never do business with a company that you cannot call on the phone.




  12.  

    Is it possible to make an application with shout em which will have possibility to rate some articles with stars (from one to five) and likes like facebook.. also people must have possibility to comment on articles… Should i have to code anything of this or there is a way without coding..

    Is it possible to maybe transfer rating stars through xml from some server? Thnx





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