How to Create a Demo App in 20 Minutes (for free!)

23 May

A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.

— Steve Jobs

Ok, you love the idea of a mobile app for your organization. You pitch it to your ED and get a mildly positive response. Now you are faced with a decision: Let the idea die – or grab it by the horns and make it a defining project of your career.

Life is short. You go for it.

As Steve Jobs points out in the quote above, one of the best ways to get your Director, Board or staff excited about a mobile app is to show them a real-life demo of your museum app. When you show them a demo with some real content that they can see and play around with, it can light a fire in their mind and get them excited about the potential as you are.

One of the great things about TourSphere is you can actually build and publish a demo app – for free! Here’s a way to do it in less than 30 minutes:

Step 1: Pick two Points of Interest (POI) at your museum or site to feature in your app

Step 2: Create a TourSphere account for free and upload a digital image (make sure you are cleared to use them for this purpose) for each POI. If you already havae audio or video clips about the piece that will make it even flashier – but don’t let it stop you if you don’t.

Step 3: Write 2-4 descriptive sentences about each POI in TourSphere.

Step 4: Hit “Test” and check out your beautiful new app on your smartphone.

You can tweak it and fine-tune it and republish it immediately to see how it looks. Once you’re happy with the way it looks and works, you show up to your next staff meeting, present the demo, pass it around for everyone to oooh and aaaah over… and then you make the business case for your app.

I built this demo app in less than 20 minutes with TourSphere.

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