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Apps as a Marketing Tool for Book Publishers

9 Nov

The digital versus print worlds have been at odds in the publishing industry for years, and while many people argue for one side or the other, smarter publishers have learned how to embrace both. The problem is, digital initiatives can be expensive and out of reach for many independent publishing houses.

Union Park Press here in Boston is one such indie publisher. They put out great titles on history, arts and culture in New England, and they were seeking a

creative way to market their latest title, Drinking Boston: A History of the City and its Spirits by Stephanie Schorow. And that’s the reason that those who pick up this title–suitable for both the history buff and the cocktail aficionado–will find a QR code in an unlikely place: on the book’s cover. The QR code leads to a TourSphere tour of the book’s bars and pubs–a virtual pub crawl that, with the help of the interactive map in the app, helps to bring the book to life and allows the user to retrace the book’s steps through the city.

Creatively marketing a book through a free app is something new to indie book publishing, which until now has seen apps and digital marketing as often outside its budget. When apps cost tens of thousands to develop, it’s hard to justify them as part of a small title’s marketing budget. But TourSphere was able to provide Union Park Press with a creative solution that addressed the issues normally faced with digitalmarketing:

  • Expense: While a traditional app can cost tens of thousands of dollars, TourSphere allows anyone to develop an app for free. A small hosting fee applies only when the app goes live.
  • Technical Expertise: Traditionally, app development requires a technical expert or programmer. TourSphere was designed to allow people to develop apps with no coding or programming; it’s a simple content management system that almost anyone will be able to use.
  • Accessibility: Normally, you’d have to decide whether you want to develop an iPhone or Android app, known as native apps, and that would leave many of your potential users out in the cold. TourSphere’s web app technology looks and feels like any other app on your phone but is accessible through any web browser on any mobile device, phone or tablet. Because it’s web based, it also allows for instant and free changes to the app whenever you want.

Drinking Boston’s virtual pub crawl app offers a dynamic addition to the book and helps connect users to its content. By launching a PR campaign around the app, Union Park Press is also able to garner additional attention for the book and engage app users who may then be interested in a more robust history in print.

For more information, or to check out the Drinking Boston app, visit http://drinkingboston.toursphere.com/en/.

5 Great Museum Bars

18 Jul

There is just something other-worldly about enjoying a drink surrounded by masterpieces.  Whether it is the art that makes the drink more interesting or the drink that makes the art more tasty is hard to say.  Here are a few places you might want to check out if you’re looking for liquid inspiration:

The Modern at The Museum of Modern Art – New York, NY

Serves creative cocktails, over 900 international wines, artisanal cheeses, and other small plates to keep things interesting. As expected, the decor is… modern.

The Modern

Georges Restaurant at the Pompidou Center – Paris, France

30-foot high ceilings display exposed silver and blue piping. The bar also features  four  ‘blobular aluminum shells’. Each blob is lined in colored rubber, and has specific functionality. Lime green for the coat check and restrooms, yellow for a multimedia video room, gray for the kitchen, and the red blob holds the VIP lounge.

Georges Restaurant

Novus at National Museum – Singapore

Featuring a 14-foot long bar that spans its length with purple velvet bar chairs patrons can truly feel immersed in the art as they sip their creative concoctions. The eye candy at Novus includes iconic high ceilings, colonial arched windows and delectable cuisine.


Ray’s and Stark Bar at LACMA – Los Angeles, CA

The understated design of this bar makes the room feel almost cozy – an unexpected feeling in a modern museum. With wood tabletops and silverware kept in a drawer at each diner’s place it almost has a retro feel to it. The highlight of imbibing at Ray’s and Stark is that you get a view of the latest exhibition.

Ray’s and Stark Bar

The Wright at The Guggenheim Museum – New York, NY

Based on designs by Frank Lloyd Wright, this bar is itself a work of art. The wall behind the Corian bar is lined in fiber-optic wood; the metal bar front has a textured patina; and mesh stretched behind the blue leather banquettes is patterned with a tiny version of Wright’s “primitive initial,” the football-like shape of the rotunda’s columns and fountain.

The Wright

If you’ve got a great museum bar to share we’d love to hear about it!

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