SOLUTION

To develop the solution, we assembled two teams. One team was in charge of developing the mobile app while the other worked on building the backend engine and admin portal.

Admin portal (for business use)

  • The admin portal is where business owners can register their business and update personal information such as inventory, offers, and deals.
  • They can then add, modify, or delete deals.
  • They can also easily activate or de-activate deals at the click of a button.
  • We also added a reporting module that showed financial summaries and deal usage reports, which were highly helpful to both the client and the registered businesses.
  • The admin portal and the backend engine were developed using Node and MySQL.

Hybrid Mobile application (for customer use)

  • The mobile app is where consumers can redeem offers & deals.
  • Consumers can see the deals available to them locally or using certain search filters.
  • After redeeming the offer, consumers can rate the local businesses from whom they purchased and promote them within the community of Abilene.
  • The hybrid mobile app’s front-end was developed using Angular as well as React Native technology that gave us the ability to develop the app once and deploy on both the Android and iOS platforms.
  • Geocoding - Our team used Google services Geocoding API and Distance Matrix API to get the Geolocation of businesses and calculate the distance between them and the users so that users could find businesses closest to them.
  • AWS - We also used AWS services to host the app, Amazon SES (Simple Email Service) to send emails, and Amazon S3 to store all static images.
  • Closed Test Modes - We ran closed test modes simultaneously on both the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. This was to ensure end-users could download and use the app across several different devices.

Once the application was up and running, the initial set of users started making suggestions to incorporate enhancements such as ‘Like a busines’ and ‘Boost a business’. The client, who was thrilled to see his community getting involved, obliged, and requested our team to add these features.

Post-implementation, our team provided, a detailed walkthrough of the mobile app and functionalities, and additional support as needed.

BENEFITS

Businesses:

  • Promote deals through the app directly to customers and increase revenue.
  • Grow a loyal client base by acquiring new customers.
  • Test the desirability of certain products before ordering from the supplier.

Customers:

  • Support local businesses by buying from them.
  • Enjoy a richer catalog of products and services with greater availability.
  • Get updated in real-time on new deals and products from favorite stores.
  • Save money on through the many deals and discounts offered on the app.
  • Save time searching for products that are required or desired.