Welcome!

We make customized iOS and Android apps and web sites for local businesses. Please contact us at howiesapps@gmail.com if you would like a bid for an app or website that you need. If you own a resale clothing store, please see our page about the specialized apps and websites that we can create for you.

There are many benefits of an app for your business:

  • Customers will be reminded of your business whenever they see your logo on their phone.
  • We can provide you with the ability to send text alerts to those who have installed your app and have enabled push notifications. You can use this feature to let your customers know about special events and promotions. You can also geo-target your push notifications by radius so that customers get the message when they are close to your business.
  • We can include virtual loyalty cards and coupons on your app.
  • We can include an image gallery on the app, to show off your products or services. Images could represent food at your restaurant, hair styles at your salon, holes at your golf course, etc.
  • Customers can book a table, order food, or request an appointment through your app.
  • You can sell products through your app.
  • Many people spend a lot of time on their mobile apps, and not as much time on a computer browsing web sites. A mobile app provides a valuable way to engage with more of your customers.
  • It will help instill loyalty in your customers. You won't compete so much with ads your customers see on TV, Facebook, billboards, etc. when your customers have your app on their phone.

Please see the descriptions of various features and sample icons below.

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Money-Making Features

Book a table

Book a Table

Allow your customers to book a table through your app. This feature can integrate with OpenTable, UrbanSpoon, and other online table-booking services.

Menu

Menus

We can display your menus on your app. This feature can integrate with All Menus, and other menu services. Alternatively, we can feature your menu on your app as a PDF.

Order food

Order Food

Allow your customers to order food through your app! This feature can integrate with MyCheck, OnlineOrdering, JUST-EAT, Eat24Hours, GrubHub, Seamless, and other online food-ordering services.

Catalog

Catalog

This feature is great for ecommerce or for affiliates. Items can be categorized. A link to purchase is provided for each item.

Amazon

Amazon Catalogue

We can advertise Amazon-listed products (your own or someone else's) on your app, and you can earn commissions through the Amazon Associate Program!

Shopify

Shopify

Shopify was founded in 2004, based on software initially used by its founders for their online snowboard store. The company reports that it has 200,000 merchants using its platform. This feature integrates with your Shopify ecommerce store.

Itunes

iTunes

The iTunes Store is a software-based online digital media store operated by Apple Inc. It has been the largest music vendor in the United States since April 2008, and the largest music vendor in the world since February 2010. Through the iTunes affiliate program, you can earn commissions on music purchased through your app!

Loyalty cards

Virtual Loyalty Cards

Instead of issuing physical loyalty cards to your customers, we can put virtual loyalty cards on your app. For example: buy 10 meals, get 1 free. You will be issued an unlock code that your employees can use to "stamp" the virtual card. No more printing them!

Coupon

Virtual Coupons

We can put virtual coupons on your app so that you can offer discounts to your customers to incentivize them to visit your business. No more printing them! This can be used to encourage people to download your app, and once your app is on their phone, you can send them push notifications. You will be given an unlock code for employees to use when the coupon is claimed.


Content Features

Rss

RSS

RSS (Rich Site Summary) uses a family of standard web feed formats to publish frequently updated information: blog entries, news headlines, audio, video. An RSS feed includes full or summarized text, and metadata, like publishing date and author's name. RSS feeds enable publishers to syndicate data automatically, and are often provided by blogs. We can display your own feed or others' feeds on your app.

Image gallery

Image Gallery

We can display images within your app. Images could represent food at your restaurant, hair styles at your salon, holes at your golf course, etc.

Audio

Audio/Podcast Gallery

We can add audio/podcasts to your app using your Sound Cloud account, Media RSS, your DropBox account, and/or custom links to sound files.

Video

Video Gallery

We can link your app to Youtube videos based on channel, playlist, or search. We can also link your app to videos on Dropbox, or using custom links to mp4s.

Static page

Web Page

We can create a web page within your app. We can use this to display a set of articles, guides, etc. The pages can include links to other portions of your app.

Website

Link to a Website

We can link to web sites, such as your company's web page, or its Yelp page, to encourage your loyal customers to post reviews of your business.

Pdf reader

PDFs

We can add PDFs to your app, which could include your restaurant menus, e-books, brochures, training materials, fliers, etc.


User-Interaction Features

Location

Locations

This feature can display each of your locations on a map, and driving directions will be provided to your customers when they select a location.

Push notification

Push Notifications

We can provide you with the ability to send text alerts to those who have installed your app and have enabled push notifications. You can use this feature to let your customers know about special events and promotions. You can also geo-target your push notifications by radius so that they get the message when they are close to your business.

Form builder

Forms

We can setup a form so that people can add themselves to your mailing list. Alternatively, we can set up the form as a survey, contest, review, or for your users to ask a question. In either case, you will have access to their contact info, which we can automatically add to Weber, GetResponse, MailChimp, or InfusionSoft autoresponders. We can also periodically provide you with an export of all names and email addresses entered.

Appointment form

Appointment Form

Users can request an appointment through your app, and the requests are sent to an email address along with the sender's phone number and email address. The recipient can then contact the sender and confirm or adjust the appointment. This is a great feature for doctors, hair salons, barbers, and dentists.

Contact form

Contact Form

This feature provides an easy way for your customers to contact you directly through the app.

Email

Email Us

This feature opens the customer's email program and starts a new message to your store.

Call us

Call Us

This feature starts a call to your business. You may have a separate call button for each of your locations.

Notes

Notes

This feature allows users to take notes within your app, such as a list of items they would like to buy.


Social Media Features

Facebook

Facebook

Facebook is the most popular social network in the World, and the second most popular web site in the world. We can link your app to your business' Facebook page.

Twitter

Twitter

Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called "tweets". Twitter is the second most popular social network in the World, and the eighth most popular web site in the world. We can link your app to your business' Twitter page.

Instagram

Instagram

Instagram is an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing, and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, and share them either publicly or privately on the app, as well as through a variety of other social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Flickr. Instagram is the seventh most popular social network in the World, and the 36th most popular web site in the world. We can link your app to your business' Instagram page.

Flickr

Flickr

Flickr is an image hosting and video hosting website and web services suite. In addition to being a popular website for users to share and embed personal photographs, and effectively an online community, the service is widely used by photo researchers and by bloggers to host images that they embed in blogs and social media. Flickr is the 10th most popular social network in the World, and the 91st most popular web site in the world. We can link your app to your business' Flickr page.


Member Protection

We can protect your app so that only those with a password (subcribers, members, people in your company, etc.) can use it.