Ideas for content to be included in a self guided tour app aren’t usually too hard to find. As mentioned in part one of our how-to on building a self guided tour app, public spaces, parks, museums, walking tours, and non-profits usually have an idea of where to start. A few questions need to be asked to help shape the content being collected.
There is often a bigger question for management, because it obviously affects budget: Are we providing the mobile devices that visitors use to access our self guided tour app?
There are several options . . .
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
This is exactly what Whitepoint’s tour framework does for you. As an author, you offer your self guided tour as a scape within the Whitepoint framework, and users download the Whitepoint app. Your scape – the self guided tour – is available via the free Whitepoint app.
Your visitor brings his or her Android tablet, Android phone, iPad, or iPhone, and they access the app. With Whitepoint, you can even password protect your self guided tour app if desired.
To encourage the use of your guided tour, post stickers such as the one shown here. Whitepoint can even provide the stickers or the design file for you to print.
Provide the Mobile Device
Don’t rule out providing the hardware based on cost alone. There are advantages and disadvantages to both approaches for accessing your self guided tour app. The BYOD route is cheaper upfront. The upfront cost is higher when providing the mobile device yourself.
Because of the lower upfront cost than you would incur with an iPad, we recommend an Android tablet if you wish to provide the device to your visitors.
And, don’t forget that by providing the tablet, a museum or non-profit will have a more compelling reason to ask for a voluntary donation or even charge a small amount to use the tablet.
Save the Scape To The Tablet
One important advantage to providing the tablet is that you can save the Whitepoint scape to the device.
By doing this, your self guided tour app will not bog down your facility’s wifi connection. In fact, you won’t even need general wifi access if none of the widgets in your scape access the web.
Why Not Try a Custom Branded Tablet for Your Self Guided Tour App?
As discussed above, you can count on visitors to BYOD (bring their own device) or provide the hardware in-house.
If you do not want to do the legwork on providing the hardware, Whitepoint can help you source and setup private branded tablets. Reach out to us by email at sales -at- whitepoint.mobi.
We’d love to hear about your self guided tour app project. Please drop a reply to this blog article, email us, or tweet @WhitepointMobi.
Updated July 18, 2016.by