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Overview
 

Features: RSS feeds, social feeds, video gallery, photos, live album, about/contact us,directions & maps, user reviews, events, music, mailing list, e-commerce
 
Price: From $0/month
 
Simplicity level: 3, very simple
 
Drag-and-drop: Conduits control panel does enable the publisher to drag and drop various content types.
 
Free Trial: Yes
 
Platform: , , , ,
 
Specility: , , , , , ,
 
Functions
 
 
 
 
 


 
Design
 
 
 
 
 


 
Service
 
 
 
 
 


 
Easy to use
 
 
 
 
 


 
Monetize
 
 
 
 
 


 
Analytics
 
 
 
 
 


 
Publish
 
 
 
 
 


 
Marketing
 
 
 
 
 


 
Total Score
 
 
 
 
 
4.5/ 5


User Rating
107 total ratings

 

Positives


Amazing features and tools to a very competitive price. Good overall feedback by their customers.

Negatives


Some negative service feedback from customers.


Bottom Line

Conduit offers some really impressing features and tools for making your own app. The tool workes very much like Wordpress, Tumblr, or any other Web site or blog creation service, and is fairly intuitive. For apps built using Conduit’s control panel Conduit offers specialized features and plans in the following categories: Music, Business, Restaurants, Bloggers, Education, Photos and General. So whether you have a website, a business, or even a band, you want to make sure your users can engage with your brand anytime, anywhere. No coding, no developing, no headaches!

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Posted October 29, 2012 by

 
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Conduit offers like all other companies presented here the make your own app platform. In addition to creating native mobile apps, publishers can create mobile friendly versions of their websites or blog in minutes, code free. For apps built using Conduit’s control panel (i.e make your own app) Conduit offers specialized features and plans in the following categories: Music, Business, Restaurants, Bloggers, Education, Photos and General. So whether you have a website, a business, or even a band, you want to make sure your users can engage with your brand anytime, anywhere. No coding, no developing, no headaches!

About Conduit:

The company is from Israel and have the office located both in Israel and in the US (California). The company was founded in 2005 ans has per today 350 employees.

Functions:

RSS Feeds Include your news, blog, radio, and other media feeds. Social Feeds Connect via Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. Video Gallery Showcase your best videos by adding YouTube and Vimeo. Photos Connect your photo accounts like Picasa and Tumblr. LiveAlbum Let users take, share, and view photos directly from your app. About/Contact Us Make it easy for users to learn more or get in touch. Directions & Maps Display the exact location of your business, events, or branches. User Reviews Give users a voice by adding Yelp, Citysearch, and other guides. Events Let users track your events with Eventbrite, Eventful, and Songkick. Music Add music from your SoundCloud and Beatport accounts. Mailing List Keep users posted by having them sign up for your mailing list. E-Commerce Link to your existing e-commerce site or connect via iTunes.

Tools:

Full Control Over Style and Branding Customize the look, feel, and functionality from start to finish with layout and style options, colors, icons, images, and splash screens. Convenient Preview & Testing Test your app or mobile site on our platform’s mobile simulator, and see how it all works in real-time on your mobile device. Promotion & User Engagement Get more downloads with an automatically-generated QR code. Send alerts, offers, and updates using geo-targeted push notifications.

Advanced Analytics Monitor and track the performance of your app or mobile site, staying informed on what’s working and what needs improvement. Easy to Monetize Generate new revenue streams with mobile advertising that is optimized according to content and user location. Developers Portal Develop your own custom modules for your app or mobile site using our Client API, code samples, and Developers Playground.

Drag-and-drop (Y/N):

Conduits control panel does enable the publisher to drag and drop various content types.

Free Trial

Their free Basic Plan is not time-limited but based on usage. Currently with the Basic Plan publishers receive up to 5 native installs and 50 monthly visits to the mobile site. Of course their plans are subject to change, so always recommend visiting their website at mobile.conduit.com for the latest information.

Platform supported:

iPhone & iPad, Android, Windows Phone, HTML5

Pricing model:

Conduit have five different pricing plans; Basic, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond. Think about what needs you have, i.e blog, band, restaurant, e-commerce etc so that you choose the appropriate plan. Conduit offers some guidance on their site.

Basic Plan, Basic, $0/month (25 app installs, 500 monthly mobile site visits)

Silver, $5/month (25 app installs, 50,000 monthly mobile site visits)

Gold, $29/month (5,000 app installs, Unlimited mobile site visits, free* app submission to mobile marketplaces)

Platinum, $79/month (Unlimited app installs, Unlimited mobile site visits, free* app submission to mobile marketplaces)

Diamond, $1,299 one-time fee  (Unlimited app installs, Unlimited mobile site visits, free* app submission to mobile marketplaces)

Note * You will need to open a developer account to submit your app to each marketplace. Annual fees for creating an account for the marketplaces are: $99 for Apple, $25 for Google, and $99 for Windows Phone. In addition, in order for your app to be accepted into the app stores, it must pass the review process for both Conduit and the individual marketplace.

Can help publish:

Conduit offer a Submission Service where they submit the app to the top 3 marketplaces on the publisher’s behalf.

This service is FREE if a publisher upgrades to the Gold, Platinum or Diamond plan. Alternatively, publishers can purchase this a standalone service for a one-time fee of $199.

Note: * Submission requires the publisher to open their own developer account for each of the individual marketplaces. Apple requires a $99 annual fee for creating an account, Google charges an annual fee of $25, and Windows Phone charges $99 annually. Marketplace approval depends on whether an app passes both Conduit’s and the individual stores’ review processes.

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Simplicity level (1-10):

3 – Very Simple Conduit Mobile is a simple, fun, and powerful platform that lets you create custom mobile apps quickly and easily, so you can connect with your users wherever they go. No coding, no developing, no headaches! For apps built using Conduit’s control panel 20 minutes to a few hours.

Possibility of earning money:

Advertising Generate new revenue streams with mobile advertising that is optimized according to content and user location. E-Commerce Link to your existing e-commerce site or connect via iTunes.

Marketing:

Promotion & User Engagement Get more downloads with an automatically-generated QR code. Send alerts, offers, and updates using geo-targeted push notifications. Sharing Easily share links to your mobile app/site on Facebook and Twitter. Let your users share your mobile app/site via Facebook, Twitter, email

Custom made apps?

Conduit Mobile is a fully customizable mobile app platform that gives publishers complete control over the content, look, and feel of their app. Their platform offers a broad range of features and templates that can be used to customize your content and online services, so that your app truly reflects your brand. In addition to their user-friendly, no-coding-necessary platform, tech-savvy publishers can always include their own custom pages in the app based on HTML. We also have a professional services team to assist with specific customization requests.

Speciality

They focus on specific segments – including, music, business, events, blogs, education, restaurants, photos, and “everyone,” which provides a general mobile solution that anyone can use. Because they recognize that in mobile, one size doesn’t necessarily fit all, they provide unique feature sets for each of the segments they support. Conduits segment-specific offerings allow their publishers to include all of their existing content, connect with relevant services, and create unique content on our platform.

Do you have any tips for developers?

It’s a common myth that once you make an app, users will automatically come. The truth is that just making a great app isn’t enough – app publishers and developers also need to prioritize promoting their apps effectively and continuously engage their users.

Firstly, publishers should think about how they are going to promote their app. Some tactics I recommend include promoting on the social channels, leverage existing networks, providing easy access with QR codes and quick links, encouraging users to review your app to increase your ranking in the marketplace, and even considering paid advertising via mobile ad networks.

But building a user base isn’t enough – it’s crucial to keep your users engaged. This can be through continually providing new and interesting content, exclusive promotions and offers available only on the app, and integral user-friendly features – such as the ability to connect with fellow users, order a meal, or schedule bookings or appointments. In order to help publishers both obtain and maintain app users, Conduit Mobile provides a suite of promotional and engagement tools to attract new users and keep them coming back for more.

Reference case: 

Education

Judson ISD Connect!

Eagan2012: Eagan Wave Future Stars Youth Soccer Tournament

Music

Waka Flocka Flame official app

Vince Gill Official Mobile App

Business

Town Livery A commercial sales manager at vehicle dealership Towne Livery, created a smartphone app for current and prospective clients.

Moe Joes Nightclub in Whistler Keep up to date with exclusive giveaways, promotional codes and chances to win free tickets to Whistlers most sought after events.

I Love NY Pizza: Order on the go with our online menu and auto dial features! You can also connect easy with us on Facebook to take advantage of special offers!

Rivershore Golf Links No need for the pencil and paper scorecard and yardage cards. Loaded with the following features: Click to Call our Pro Shop, GPS Driving directions right to the clubhouse, Online Booking System, Hole Details & Full Featured Yardage Card, Digital Scorecard records all your games, Premium Scorecard for the serious golfer records and tracks everything. Online access to your history with secured username and password access.

Blogs

GadgetsBoy : UK technology & gadgets blog

Lars Kongshem : Technology, gadgets, music, and culture blog

A Mommy’s Blog Design :Keep up-to-date on the latest news, videos, tutorials, and designs. With this app you can access our blog posts, Facebook page, Twitter page, YouTube site and our Portfolio.

Reviews:

1. The Economist’s, Make Your Own Angry Birds, http://www.economist.com/node/21559366

2. Popular App Can Check Grades, Report Bullies http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/education/article/Judson-ISD-creates-mobile-app-3689123.php

3. Mashable’s 12 Ways Businesses Can Prepare for Mobile Commerce http://mashable.com/2012/05/14/businesses-mobile-ecommerce/

4. Phone Lock-Screen App Offers Prime Opportunity for Branding, http://mashable.com/2012/03/27/phone-lock-screen-app-offers-prime-opportunity-for-advertisers/

For further coverage see: http://www.conduit.com/AboutUs/media-coverage.aspx

Tutorial:

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6 Comments


  1.  
    Jason Singh

    This company looks attracting when you look at the profile of this billion dollar company. I joined this company because I think I will get great services and support from a bigger company. But they proved me wrong in 2 days. All the promises they made before payment were false. I was not able to find a lot of information discussed before payment. And after payment, they are not even bothered to look at my e-mails. Support team does not even seem to exist as you will keep waiting for reply. Don’t get misguided by the size of company. I am disappointed.




  2.  
    James Heron

    Sorry to hear about your experience of Conduit Mobile. We would be more than happy to discuss the issues that you have with our support team and understand in greater detail exactly how we can help you. Please contact me on james@conduit.com




  3.  
    pedro

    Totally false about.conduit costumer service, they are amazing they are very responsive to clarify any doubt that you have, they are great
    Im a happy costumer.




  4.  
    Jon

    Another unhappy customer here… support seems to be one person. No number to call, so you wait for an e-mail… and wait…




  5.  
    Stp

    Another unhappy customer… Thousands of downloads and conduit isn’t creating me a build on the app anymore so we can’t provide updates to our users. Been waiting 2 weeks for them to respond and all they comeback with is the same generic response.





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