I’ve been looking at investing more into this platform to help out others. I’ve got some major things coming. It’ll help take those involved with deliveries to the next level. More details forthcoming……
If you are an adult, do you reside in the same home area that you grew up in? This article from the NY Times supports the notion that most folks don’t reside too far from where they grew up.
That being said how often do you possibly reminisce about your playing days? When you get around old teammates? When “your” sport season arrives how often do you think, “back when I played” it was:
The scheme better
Teams were “tougher”
Regardless of what you may be thinking, what you’ve done is in the past. I’ve said at times in personal conversation, “if all you do is reflect on the past, what have you done worthwhile today?” That said, one obviously learns since “hindsight is 20/20.”
That leads to this, what are the benefits of staying connected as an alumni? Based on the article link posted above, there’s a fairly reasonable possibility that a teammate from your team may have kids that are of age with your kids. Playing video can be a way to connect the past with the present.
How does one incorporate video into a mobile app? Since the app centralizes everything, I’d suggest adding material and linking it. The easiest method is to make a channel in YouTube. Each year gets it’s own channel. Then all you need to do is link the individual channel into the mobile app. Additionally, you can easily incorporate the old roster if you chose to do so into the section for that particular year.
Keeping them engaged keeps them connected. If there’s a need to get updated information for things such as a newsletter, the mobile app can serve as a “one stop shop” so that all former athletes can register their information and stay informed with the old goings of the program.
The other major aspect is quickly viewing historical records so current players can know how much they need to move ahead of the former athlete in front of them. Record setting players can see where they rank as time marches on.
This information and more is available as you can see it within the EY Football mobile app which has the page linked here.
The majority of the population is visual. Given that people are visual, ask yourself this question, what is more likely to stimulate: static imagery or video?
The creation of both is as “hard” as using a mobile device if you don’t have access to game film. If you don’t have access to it, you or someone within your sport’s organization can go ahead and create some highlights.
Kids can have all their information directly integrated into the mobile app. When you look at the EY Football app, you’ll see that as of right now the seniors have only their Hudl highlights integrated into the mobile app. It would not be difficult to get more information for the kids integrated into the mobile app. As we are looking at what’s available by kids today, many have their Twitter feeds. Some have Instagram information. It seems like if there’s a new app out there, the kids will be on in short order. The direct feeds that can be integrated is Twitter and YouTube for the social media aspect.
Looking at the direct message delivery, one of the “bigger” apps out there is the Remind App and for the chat room function “GroupMe.”
The Remind App is certainly replaceable with the text notification system within the mobile app. It is easy to send a player to a certain page within the app or a specific website as well.
The chat room function is useful for discussing any aspect about an upcoming athletic contest. To ensure this information is not seen by those within the public, I’d suggest integrating the “Padlock” feature into the mobile app so that one could ensure no game secrets are open for the public to see at all.
Last but not least, kids are competitive and want to see their team ahead of their competition. Much like a rivalry game, kids are always trying to prove that they have an edge. Given that mobile apps are pretty much everywhere but not really utilized at this level, the kids would have a “leg up” on the competition. The mobile app is one way to stay ahead of everyone else 🙂
I’m looking forward to helping you get started today.
We live in an era where the millennial generation is moving into the workforce and we have “Generation Z” ranging as those being born now to those who are in high schools across the nation and world. I’d like to look at this graphic and set the stage. The focus is on “Most Used Devices” from Vision Critical:
For better or worse, kids (increasing numbers of adults as well) are attached to their devices and you can see within the graph, it is their preferred device. Why may you ask? Three steps for creativity: copy, transform, combine.
Apps within the smartphone are nothing more than a combination of audio, visual, and internet access.
The most basic smartphones integrate the following existing technologies:
Telephones: Patented in 1876 by Alexander Graham Bell
Commercial internet access: 1992
Personal digital assistant: 1992
mp3 file patent filed in Germany: 1993
Camera (first picture): 1816
Computer software (an app is nothing more than this): 1970s although Ada Lovelace wrote the first algorithm in 1842
As you can see, just with what I listed, three things are from the 1990s, two hardware items are from the 1800s as well.
The mobile app experience does the same thing but for software. I can integrate (or you can build your app) the following for you:
Why do so? Scroll back up to the graph and you’ll see why. Kids at this age are always on their smartphones.
I’ll get to the why next time. Until then, feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org so I can set up a time to talk with you.
I last talked relating to what happens behind the scenes to help support support a smooth running season regarding parental involvement.
I talked briefly last time about creating an app for working things behind the scenes. What I’d like to do now is look at a digitization of the sports program. Here’s how things normally work with a sports program. Buy it, look once or twice during the time of the event (possibly the day after) and then that’s it. I used to coach and after a football game, I saw the janitorial staff getting a few that were left behind accidentally, on purpose, or those that fell under the bleachers accidentally.
I’d like to talk a little bit directly to the EY Football app. When you download it, from the app’s home screen, I’d like for you to navigate to the “Season Info” section.
When you look at a sports program, it’s typically heavy on pictures of the various extracurricular participants from the football team to band members. There’s ads included as well. Lastly, there’s messages ranging from family members to school personnel.
Let’s talk very briefly to the roster information. As I get closer to 40, I have noticed a change over the course of time, and that’s the involvement by kids stopping their involvement during the course of a season. Kids are more likely today from my observations to stop their involvement. Sometimes reasons are perceived to be legitimate, other times, they may not be so. Regardless, the traditional program is set at the start of the season and then it’s not accurate. Having the information contained within a mobile app is a way to ensure that the team’s roster information is always 100% accurate.
Looking at the businesses that advertise, they are most likely getting a write off. Although they may be getting one, how much are they really benefitting from the advertisement space? If the organization is not in the immediate area, it may take a number of times for that business to be seen three to seven times prior to a potential customer engages with them. Having a presence within the app is a great way to add visibility. Again, here’s where you can go to take a look and see everything that I’ve made mention of in the app EY Football. When you do and are ready to take the next step, I’ll take the time and simply build the overall app, giving you the flexibility you need to focus in on serving your extra curricular organization. Feel free to contact me via the app Mobile App Maker Pro or just drop a line to: email@example.com.