Mapstr now reminds you everytime you’re near your favorite areas
Above: Mapstr: Shut by Alerts
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French mapping startup Mapstr is fixed its mission to help people organize all their favorite areas with an exchange that alerts prospects each time they go one amongst their beforehand bookmarked locations.
Primarily based in 2014 by Sébastien Caron, Mapstr has raised spherical $1.4 million in funding since its inception, and in the meanwhile’s exchange comes two months after the company was chosen to affix Fb’s inaugural cohort of startups at its new Startup Garage incubator in Paris.
Accessible on the web, iOS, and Android, Mapstr has constructed a small following of 60,000 month-to-month energetic prospects (MAUs) for an app that means that you can bookmark wherever all around the world, along with parks, streets, museums, and any point-of-interest. You probably can add areas manually, by means of allowing the app to detect your current location, and even by means of optical character recognition (OCR) by snapping of an sort out.
To date, Caron has been cautious to not bombard prospects with alerts and notifications, nonetheless that is about to change — a design consideration he didn’t take calmly. “We’ve always been against every kind of useless or spam notifications that bring no added value to users,” well-known Caron, who moreover serves as the company’s CEO.
And he does have a level. Most smartphone prospects have dozens of apps put in, nonetheless only a core handful acquire any substantial utilization. Sending an limitless stream of “hey, look at me” push notifications to prospects as passive-aggressive reminders to utilize an app gained’t truly change one thing — and it might even encourage any individual to uninstall the app.
“Sending a notification just to remind your users that they should use your app, or just to tell them that the weather is beautiful out there, or that the weekend is coming is, in my opinion, absolutely absurd,” he continued. “And it just shows that the app is not useful enough in itself.”
With that in ideas, Mapstr is now doing exactly what it has always vowed to not do, nonetheless the agency insists it is doing so based totally on solutions from its shopper base.
Above: Mapstr Notifications
The idea is simple. A shopper builds an arsenal of favorite areas in neighborhoods all through their metropolis and previous. And the reason they accomplish that’s in order that they don’t overlook a couple of spot — nonetheless for that to happen, they need to actively look at their telephones each time they enterprise open air. With the model new “Nearby” notifications, Mapstr is searching for to resolve that draw back and ensure that the app’s core raison d’être is realized.
“Among the feedback we received, a lot of our users explained that they realized afterwards that they forgot to visit some places of their Mapstr map located in the neighborhood they just spent the day in, because they didn’t think about opening the app,” continued Caron. “The whole challenge of Mapstr is to enable its users to explore the world in the easiest way possible. So it was absolutely necessary to meet this expectation while staying faithful to our values: making every single notification useful to the user.”
Though the operate itself is hardly revolutionary, Mapstr says it spent among the best part of 12 months honing it to ensure minimal battery drainage, and prospects weren’t overwhelmed with alerts. As a whole lot of the processing as doable is carried out on the phone itself using different geolocalization devices aside from GPS, so that the phone isn’t persistently pinging location data back-and-forth between the gadget and Mapstr’s servers. “Privacy protection of our users remains priority number one for Mapstr,” added Caron.
Though Mapstr hasn’t gained a gargantuan following, it is a type of apps that has quietly amassed a small and reliable hardcore user-base, and slick design is part of its attraction. Actually, Mapstr isn’t the first agency to create such an app — Pin Drop hit the U.S. in 2014 with a similar proposition, nonetheless it shuttered as a consequence of lack of funding and its U.K.-based team was eventually hired by Apple. Then there’s Citymaps, which is kind of comparable, nonetheless most likely leans further in direction of the social journey data end of the spectrum.
The elemental premise of Mapstr may also be doable inside Google Maps, which moreover allows you to retailer your favorite areas. Nevertheless bookmarking isn’t Google Maps’ bread-and-butter, meaning it could be easy to become distracted as a consequence of various choices. Mapstr works correctly as a definite section standalone app, and although it does have some monetization plans inside the pipeline — equal to letting producers and media companions sponsor maps, or letting corporations embed maps of their very personal properties — it’s robust to see how Mapstr will become an infinite enterprise off the once more of it. And that’s why being acquired or “acquihired” may be among the best finish outcome proper right here.
Within the meantime, as part of its involvement with Fb’s new Paris-based incubator, the startup has been invited to meet with senior Fb people in San Francisco subsequent month, though Caron admits he has no thought what the meeting is about.