Bizness Apps Review : DIY App Development Solution
- Intuitive interface
- Strong integration with newsletter & ecommerce solutions
- Robust user engagement tools, competitively priced, lots of training videos.
- Custom design (with code) not possible.
- Not possible to link to a database.
Bizness Apps is a solid app making solution, which will suit many businesses that are seeking an app to improve mobile access for customers. It is user friendly and affordable. If you don’t need database integration or very specialized customization, this could be a great solution for you.
Bizness Apps was founded by Andrew Gazdecki in 2010. It is one of the leading DIY mobile app development solutions on the market.
Like most of the solutions on this site, it is geared towards small business owners, musicians and others, that do not know how to code. Their target market is small-medium businesses such as restaurants, realtors, musicians, lawyers, and professional services.
They boast a strong array of third party integrations with ecommerce & newsletter management solutions, as well as industry specific integrations such Open Table & Live Bookings for restaurants.
Users can select an industry-specific template (such as restaurants, churches, or real estate), overlay design information from their website, sync content, and add various non-coding customizations. It can then be published to the Android and iTunes marketplaces.
Over 6,000 small businesses have already launched mobile websites and apps to help customers connect with their businesses through loyalty programs, ordering food, mobile shopping and more.
It is one of the more cost effective solutions at $59/mo for a mobile app that works on Android, iPhone, & iPad platforms.
[This is out of the purview of this set of reviews, but as a footnote, it is worth mentioning that Bizness Apps has a White Label program (wholesale system for app development companies to resell their services, using the platform under a different name). We were impressed by the level of support they provide their white label clients, through webinars, videos, and other training.]
Business Features – 4.5 Stars
BiznessApps has a strong array of tools for listings, directories, etc. Many of their clients use these tools to feature their menus, real estate inventory, membership lists, etc.
The only reason they didn’t score a full 5 stars is because of the lack of database integration which would allow such lists to be automatically updated; it would also allow end users to update the listings from “the field.”
They also have GPS check-in coupons, loyalty tabs and QR coupons.
- Basic Directory (no database)
- Product listings (including Real Estate, Food etc)
- Business & Membership listings
- Wufoo Forms Integration
- Coupons including QR Coupons
Keeping mailing lists updated is always a challenge, but Biznesss Apps offers a variety of integrations with popular e-newsletter websites to make it a breeze to keep your list up to date. Newsletters can be then sent from the external e-newsletter services, or internally from within the Bizness Apps.
Restaurants will also be pleased with reservation system integrations with Open Table & Live Bookings:
Monetization – 5 Stars
Bizness Apps conveniently integrates with a nice range of popular ecommerce platforms, as well as AdMob (Google’s mobile ad network). It allows in-app purchases, but isn’t able to accommodate downloadable content purchases…still, unless that is a deal-breaker, you can see there are lots of ways to sell product on a Bizness Apps app.
Social Media and Community – 5 Stars
Many social media and fan engagement tools are possible with Bizness Apps:
- Push notifications
- Two-Way Messaging
- Click to call
- Email photo from user
- Voice Recorder
- Create & Send Notes
- Video Player
- Audio Player
- Fan Wall
- Community Network
- Tell A Friends/Share App
- Twitter Integration
- Facebook Integration
GPS & Events – 4 Stars
As mentioned earlier Bizness Apps offers GPS check-in coupons, they also offer event listings, but where they fall short is GPS mapping capability and event integration. Event integration is not a problem for users that need to list a small number of events, but for musicians and other that have heavy performance schedules, it is a pain to create these listings manually, not to mention keeping multiple platforms up to date.
- GPS Coupons
- Event Listings
- Event Calendar
Tools & Analytics – 4 Stars
The following tools & analytics are available through Bizness Apps:
- Various Calculators
- Number of Downloads by Platform over Time
Multimedia – 4 Stars
Despite not scoring higher than 4 stars, Bizness apps does have everything most app developers would need in terms of multi-media.
Need video? You can use Youtube (everyone does). Need audio or podcast streaming? That is available. How about images? Flickr & Picassa integration and photo galleries are all available.
The only factors that dropped Bizness Apps’ score is lack of live streaming and fewer integration options than some of the other solutions. However, for most developers one solution for each is all they need, and Bizness Apps is integrated with the more popular solutions, so their multimedia integrations should satisfy the needs of most.
- Podcast Streaming
- Internal Audio
- Photo Galleries
Design Options – 4 Stars
Bizness Apps has various themes to choose from, and much in the way of easy customization, including:
- Slide Transitions
- Change Fonts & Colors
- Custom Backgrounds
- Custom Icons & Buttons
Custom design over an above what can be done within their system, customization coding, is not possible.
Examples of Apps:
About Bizness Apps
In plain English, what is Bizness Apps trying to do?
Bizness Apps is trying to make mobile apps affordable and simple for small businesses. We’re a do-it-yourself mobile app platform that allows small businesses to easily create, edit, and manage an iPhone app online without any programming knowledge needed.
The mobile app industry is exploding and businesses of every kind are looking to create a mobile presence with smart phone applications. Large and medium sized businesses may be able to afford expensive mobile development costs but what about small businesses? Bizness Apps is here to help.
Bizness Apps is a start-up company that provides high-end, affordable iPhone applications to small businesses that are looking to expand their existing marketing efforts. We have a system established that will allow us to offer iPhone application development, hosting, marketing, and maintenance of the same caliber that large development companies take advantage of, at a very affordable rate.
Who cares about this? Why?
Small businesses care about this because iPhone app development is extremely expensive. The mobile app industry is exploding and only large businesses can afford to create a mobile application. This is where Bizness Apps comes in – we’re allowing small business to create an iPhone app for just $39 a month with no set up fee!
What is the key technology enabling the company’s product or service?
Bizness Apps key technology for enabling our product and service is our do-it-yourself iPhone app platform. The platform allows businesses to customize an iPhone app in any way they would like and supports powerful functions such as in-app messaging, check-in coupons, full event calendars, robust information lists, branded home screens, GPS directions, direct calling, sharing through FaceBook and Twitter, mortgage calculators, tip calculators, and much more.
Small businesses are able to customize their iPhone app tab images, names, and functions all online. The power of Bizness Apps is that businesses are able to update their app in any way they see fit in real time without having to re-upload their application to the iTunes App Store – which can take up to a two weeks for approval! The process is dead simple and extremely easy to use.
How does the technology work?
Bizness Apps simplifies the iPhone app creation process by making it into five easy steps.
1. Create app tabs
2. Upload app content
3. Customize appearance
4. Preview iPhone app
5. Pay & Publish
Each step is extremely simple and we offer live chat support 24/7 inside the clients panel to help answer questions a client may have. In addition, we even offer professional set up and design at just $399 for businesses who don’t have time to create their own iPhone app.
We take the guess work out of the development process so businesses can focus on what really matters – running their business.