“Well, if it can be thought, it can be done, a problem can be overcome”
With a vision to enable people to overcome their skipping stones and help a common man to reach out to his audience, the developers of Snaplion thought of making their customers the masters of their own games. The brainchild of three friends – Tapan Raj, Rohan Gupta and Nikhil Sama, Snaplion helps to build apps in a snap!
Officially launched in September 2012, Snaplion is a powerful online platform that creates beautiful, rich media mobile applications – quickly, easily and inexpensively. It is a functional, custom iPhone/Android app and by subscribing to this cloud-based app building platform, anyone from large brands to small scale entrepreneurs or individual publishers can bring life to their vision of having their own iPhone and Android app. The custom mobile apps that Snaplion builds fully conform and give the much needed thrust to their target community engagement and image building objectives.
When you solve a problem for yourself, you’ve solved it for many others….
It all began when Tapan was looking to get an app built for his music band ‘Midival Punditz’, Indi-electro pioneers. To his dismay, he discovered that getting an app built for musicians was cumbersome, expensive, time consuming and technically challenging as the process had to be fairly specific with the requirements of a music band – with a fan following and tour schedules. Considering the dilemma faced by musicians, artists or anyone to leverage technology to promote their craft digitally or connect with niche community, Tapan reached out to Rohan and Nikhil. They then figured out the huge raft of business opportunities available and decided to build a platform to enable anyone to build apps quickly, easily and inexpensively.
About The Team…
A group of Appholics, Tech Geeks, Social Butterflies and Creative Visionaries, all combined into one fun-loving, dynamic team. They all share a passion of building beautiful mobile apps laced with rich media and social features so as to give wings to anyone, who aspires to connect, mingle and engage with their target communities in real time.
On Target Audience:
The system is designed to be easy to use. The rule of thumb that is followed in their UX development is that if one can use Facebook, then one should be able to get on their platform and build an app for themselves. Creating an app on this platform mostly involves uploading images, videos, music, theming app colours and graphics and entering details about menu, loyalty contact info etc. It’s that simple!
Snaplion currently addresses and manages the mobile presence of the following verticals:
- Hotels / Restaurants / Cafes
- Night Clubs / Bars
- Spas / Salons
- Bands / Artists / DJs
- Photographers / Actors / Writers
- Clubs / Groups / Fraternities
- Custom Requirements
Though it now has a large list of leading brands as clients, some of their early adopters were: Anoushka Shankar, Midival Punditz, Ploof Deli Kitchen & Bar, B-Bar Restaurant, Kings XI Punjab, Kavita Krishnamurthy and L Subramaniam.
On Monetization :
Snaplion is a subscription, software as a service (SAAS) business. Pricing depends on vertical and size:
- Hotels / Restaurants / Cafes – $99/month for first location + $40/month per additional location
- Night Clubs / Bars – $99/month for first location + $40/month per additional location
- Spas / Salons – $99/month for first location + $40/month per additional location
- Bands / Artists / DJs – $35
- Photographers / Actors / Writers – $35
- Clubs / Groups / Fraternities – $99
They have partnered with leading social media companies such as Ascension Delhi and affiliates like Bezire, Hyderabad and Vox 360 to feature Snaplion’s offerings to their clients.
A Ripple in the Ocean…
Even though Snaplion is disrupting the traditional app development economy where taking an app live could cost more than Rs. 10 lakh, take 3 to 4 long months and require high engagement from the app owner, their solution costs Rs. 5000 per month, takes less than an hour and is super easy to execute.
Snaplion is partnering with many professional app developers to further customize and take it’s apps to a new level. With Snaplion, professional app developers can start with a great foundation and add custom features to client apps. Developers of Snaplion intend to create a symbiotic ecosystem in which both the Snaplion platform and professional app developers can thrive.
Snaplion also plans to invest more on the technology front to be able to serve its customers better and fuel its global expansion plans.
Nikhil Sama, Co-Founder of Snaplion says that he and his team are overwhelmed with the response they have got.
“What started out as a fun, lifestyle business for us on the side, has now become a full-scale venture funded business that demands our full-time attention. Largely because of the level of response we have got from customers. The market for good quality apps at the price-point and effort level that Snaplion demands is exploding and we are just at the tip of the iceberg here”
Discover your App…
Thus if a person harbours a dream of connecting with his/her fans/followers or target community anytime, anywhere, then lo and behold, Snaplion is here to translate it into reality and help one GO MOBILE! With apps that feature everything- from menus, reservations, punch cards, fan wall, music, videos, event updates, push notifications and photos to mailing lists, merchandise information and lots more, each of us should definitely go and discover our own apps.