A Self Guided Tour App How-To (Part 1)

A self guided tour app is a great way to get people to engage with a place. Unfortunately for most organizations, the cost of developing a self guided tour app has relegated it to the bottom of the wish list. The Whitepoint framework makes having that tour app possible – at a true fraction of the cost.

Public parks, museums, galleries, walking tours – the possibilities for implementing a self guided tour app are endless. And, the benefits are many. People engage with the subject more meaningfully. And, having an app relieves some of the guided tour burden from already stretched staff. This is particularly important for any non-profit organization.

How Will Your Self Guided Tour App Be Used?

The first question to ask is: Who is your audience? If you are a museum or gallery, your audience is likely the visitors to your space, looking to learn more about what is on exhibit or display.

Whitepoint Tour of Hart Plaza - Detroit

You can see the whitepoints in this screenshot of a Whitepoint tour of Hart Plaza in Detroit. Whitepoints provide greater detail about points of interest.

If you’re providing a walking tour of a city or a park, you likely want to provide some level of basic navigation as well as more meaningful detail about the sights along the way. Who is the artist who sculpted the statue in the center of the park? Who does it depict? What stories can we capture and share that would otherwise go untold?

In some cases, such as our park example, a map image may be a good first image to use in your self guided tour app. In the Whitepoint framework, this image would be called your scape image – it serves as an overview of your tour subject, called a scape.

In the case of a museum or gallery tour app, you may want to introduce your scape with an image illustrating the exhibition itself or depicting the outside of your facility. The Whitepoint tour app framework is easy and flexible enough to leave the map view vs perspective view decision up to you.

The scenes and whitepoints in your scape are where you’ll share the meaty content of your self guided tour app.

Getting Started With the Whitepoint Tour App Framework

There are plenty of resources on the Whitepoint web site that dig into the nitty-gritty details of building your self guided tour app. Really, it isn’t that difficult. In fact, it is about as difficult as managing a Facebook page or WordPress blog.

There are two great places to get started with Whitepoint:

After spending some time with Whitepoint’s structure, you’ll realize how it acts as a tour content management system for you. And, you don’t pay to have one custom self guided tour app built (along with the ongoing cost of updating it).

Instead, you yourself can keep track and easily manage the information that makes your tour expertise unique.

If cost is the major issue, the basic Whitepoint framework is extremely affordable. And, you can start an authoring account today.

You’ve Got Tour Content, Now What?

You’ve got to deliver all that great tour content to your visitors. To put it simply, with Whitepoint, you can provide the content to both mobile devices and to desktop users – all for free. The next question becomes . . . what devices are they using? Are those mobile devices theirs or do I have to pay for them?

Actually, you can do it either way. We’ll get into that in our next installment . . . Part Two of “A Self Guided Tour App How-To.”

Updated July 18, 2016.

Matthew White

Matthew White blogs on all things related to virtual tours, mobile touring, and tour apps as well as how they relate to web design, SEO, and content marketing. There is also of course helpful information on using Whitepoint - the framework for smarter virtual touring and mobile-friendly tours.

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