Every city or town has something to offer to its visitors. Be it the local church, historical city square, café run by one family for over fifty years, restaurant with local food, or that stylish hotel near the lake that offers the best breakfast.
Having a mobile guide helps the visitors find these attractions and learn more about the history of the city. Effortix enables you to pack your app with pages about points of interest, local services, famous people and other content. On top of that, each entry can be accompanied by an audio recording.
We will cover every part of the creation process and the result will be an app that is useful not only to city tourists but its citizens as well.
So let's start building our travel guide!
The planning stage
You should start by making a list of all the points of interest for your mobile guide. After you finish, sort it and put the most famous or important to the top of the list.
Depending on your strategy, you can either do the same with local services or sell the opportunity to be listed in the mobile city guide to the business owners.
Then, you should write some general information about your city and it's history or get it from public sources on the web.
Think of the events, that happen in your city often and make a list of these as well.
Research local famous people to add them to another list, these could be artists, architects, war heroes, local celebrities...
Having a plan like this enables you to track your progress and ensures that you won't forget anything in the process of actually creating your app.
Also, you can create the first version of your mobile guide in a shorter amount of time with only the most important content done and then work on the rest and update it later.
Creating the app
Points of Interest
The majority of every printed tourist guide consists of Points of Interest. And it's not different for most of the mobile guides built by our users.
Write an engaging description for every POI. Keep it around 100 - 300 words and make the font bold. Then add any additional information that might interest some people who are more into history, people who like to read a lot etc. in the normal font.
The tab "Facts" is best suited for some really interesting things from the history or the myths that are told about the place. You should add two or more.
If the POI is a museum, a park or anything with an entrance or another fee, list them under the "Prices" tab and add opening hours as well.
To make your guide really great, narrate a story with fitting music in the background and set the mood with the audio recording. Audio content is a great way to make your visitors really enjoy your attractions because they can keep their eyes off their phones and look around themselves.
Take or find professional photos of POIs. You want your visitors to look at these photos and say "I must see this for myself" and the best way to do it is with short, engaging description and beautiful photos. Attach three or five of them. You should also make sure to keep the aspect ratio consistent across all the images and use smaller dimensions to keep the file size low.
Putting contact information and links to connect your guide with content on the web will make the search for details easier for your users.
Make sure you insert the location of all entries you will put into your guide. All POIs, services etc. with coordinates are automatically added to the map along with trip routes etc.