Convention Center and City Guide
Guidebook's mission is to connect people and places through the use of mobile technology. Through the use of mobile technology, we allow cities and organizations the ability to improve the experience for their visitors. The benefit of our service can be segmented into informational value and experiential value.
Informational Value – Visitors have access to detailed information related to events, geographical areas (i.e. parts of a city), and local information (attractions, restaurants, and transportation systems). Detailed information can include the schedule of an event, a map of the convention center, the phone number and location to a local restaurant, and much more.
Experiential Value – Visitors are provided tools to enhance their experience. These are typically features that are enabled by mobile technology, which cannot be matched with physical paper guides. Tools include the ability sign up for a session or network with others at a conference, to share experiences via social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, and to get directions or make reservations to local restaurants.
Guidebook offers native applications across iOS, Android, and the Mobile Web (Blackberry, Windows Phone 7). These applications are offered on a SaaS basis, allowing our clients to get going quickly, without high up-front costs.
At Guidebook, our goal is to improve the connection between people and places/events. Through the use of mobile technology, we solve the problems outlined below by empowering cities and event organizers with the ability to create and manage mobile apps.
Attending a conference or exhibition is a time-consuming task. Delegates are forced to invest significant amounts of time planning their visit. Some of the things the average delegate needs to plan include:
-- Answers to basic travel questions (FAQs)-- How he will get from the point of arrival (airport, train station, seaport, major freeways) to the convention center and/or his hotel. Approximately how much will a taxi cost? Are there other convenient methods of transportation? How does he access wifi while at the airport or on buses?
-- Which sessions will he be attending? Can he reserve a spot at each session? Where in the convention center do each of these sessions take place?
-- Can he browse documents related to the event he is attending (even after the event)? Can he engage in conversation and/or network with others who are in attendance?
-- When he's not working, what can he do? Can he easily find restaurants and make reservations? Can he have access to a local city guide, which highlights local attractions?
It's important to be able to provide this information to all visitors, regardless of the language the speak, or the type of device they have (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, tablet)
Guidebook is a mobile technology platform that allows organizations the ability to create and manage native mobile applications across iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) and Android (all Android phones and tablets) devices. We also support Blackberry and Windows Phone 7 via the mobile Web.
Our solutions can either be custom-branded (i.e. to a city or a convention center) or included within the Guidebook application. Each application can contain multiple guides. Guides can be built for different conferences/exhibitions, functions (i.e. restaurants, transportation), geographical areas, and more.
Each guide can contain modules (i.e. schedule, maps, custom lists, etc.), each of which can be turned on/off and managed through a content management system. Furthermore, menu items can be synced to other information sources, such as websites. Within each guide, users can customize their schedules, set reminders, search across all of the content, and do much more.
Guidebook has a professional services team that can assist with creating and updating your guides. Our team is composed out of experienced mobile developers based out of the San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley. As a result, our product is reliable and always up-to-date with the latest mobile technology trends. Furthermore, since we have build an automated process for creating applications, our cost is significantly cheaper than our competitors, who re-create each application manually.
Impact on economy
Offering mobile guides to your city is a great way to make tourists aware of your city's attractions and local businesses. With a few taps on their phone, people will be able to make reservations to restaurants, learn more about local attractions (and buy tickets), and find local information (phone numbers, location on a map, addresses) to places that interest them.
Furthermore, since plenty of people will be using the mobile application, it's a great advertising platform. Whoever creates the application can sell advertising space to companies interested in reaching the conference/exhibition audience.
Impact on culture
Being seen as innovative is important in today's fast-moving world. The mobile technology industry has grown as quickly as any other industry in history.
Providing a comprehensive mobile solution will play an important role as to how your city is perceived. Providing people will a reliable, easy-to-use, and always up-to-date mobile solution is a demonstration that your city/organization is technologically advanced.
Impact on ecology Guidebook's mobile solution is a green alternative to paper guides. Many of our clients go "paperless", meaning they choose to only offer mobile guides. Others still continue to offer paper guides, but reduce printing costs by up to 80% (paper guides become an alternative).
Impact on politics In addition to creating a guide for visitors/tourists, your city/organization can create guides for locals. These guides can include information related to local politics.