Competitors: Mobile App Research

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Competitive Landscape - JaCapps and Airkast

Jacapps is a strategic digital company focused on building native mobile applications and creating mobile solutions. AirKast offers best practices in strategy & development to deliver unique & profitable mobile applications. The research team has provided detail information in the attached spreadsheet.

JACAPPS OVERVIEW

  • Jacapps is a mobile strategy and application development company located in Bingham Farms, MI.
  • The company began developing mobile apps in October 2008, and have since become one of the leading mobile app companies developing with more than 1,000 apps attributed to their company.
  • Jacapps key customers include Hot 97 Radio Station, StoneCo, WDET Radio Station, Beasley Broadcast Corporation, among others.

AIRKAST OVERVIEW

  • AirKast helps broadcasters to transmit live radio and videos to mobile devices through application development.
  • Some examples of AirKast's key customers include Cumulus Media, CBS Radio News, DirecTV, Bloomberg, Fox News, Radio One, Omaha World-Herald, among others.
  • AirKast's mobile solutions include Live Broadcasts, Music Recognition, Visual Playlists, On-Demand Podcasts, Podcast Download Capability, Configurable Menu & Custom Buttons, Social Media Integration, among others.

RESEARCH STRATEGY

To address the research request, our initial approach was to search through Jacapps and AirKast websites to identify the required information. Here, we were able to retrieve information regarding the description of the companies, key customers, features of apps, and differentiators. We could not identify the companies' pricing model for their apps through this strategy. Information we were able to identify here was majorly on the companies' best practices, top-ranking applications, engagement factors, among others.

Next, we searched through survey and consumer reports on websites such as GlobeNewswire, MobileAppDaily, Digital Journal, Clutch, among others to search for the pricing, client reviews, and ratings of these companies. Here, we were able to retrieve information regarding Jacapps clients' reviews, and ratings. We could not retrieve information regarding the companies' pricing and AirKast clients' reviews & ratings through this approach. Additional information we were able to identify here was related to the guidelines on how to understand the process of mobile apps and media apps.

Next, we searched through web analytics databases such as SimilarWeb to identify information regarding AirKast clients' reviews & ratings and also the companies' pricing model. The majority of the reviews about pricing did not yield any exact pricing. Here, some clients provided their sentiments on how they felt about the price they paid on the developed apps. Also, we could not retrieve information regarding AirKast clients' reviews & ratings through this strategy. Information we were able to find was ratings and reviews from subscribers of apps that AirKast developed for their clients.

After an extensive search through various databases, we could not identify the pricing for the Jacapps and AirKast apps. Also, we could not identify the Airkast clients' reviews and ratings on public data. This could be as a result of lack of publications of such data in the public domain.

Additional information can be accessed here.

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Competitive Landscape - SecureNet and Futuri Mobile

Securenet and Futuri Mobile are part of the key companies using technology to engage the audience. The information and details about the two companies are contained in the completed spreadsheet.

SECURENET

Description

  • Securenet is a radio streaming and website hosting services company headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Florida. The company offers a range of internet based services to the radio industry and website owner and operates several data centers in US and international locations of Roubaix, France and Amsterdam, Netherlands. The company has customers in over 200 countries including United States.

Key customers

Pricing

  • The company does not provide any pricing information publicly for their Radio streaming service.
  • The pricing for their Virtual Website Hosting Services includes plans for personal use and business use under the segment of Express, Plus, Business and Corporate plans. The Express plan starts from monthly hosting(no contract) for $9.90 and setup for$29.95 and 24 Month Hosting for $4.95 with no setup charges and the Corporate plan goes to a cost of $44.95 for 24 Month Hosting Setup.

Features

  • The features of the Securenet systems app Cirrus Engager are:
1) Live chat with listeners
2) Monitor and post to social feeds right from the app
3) Access shout-outs in real-time and play over the air
4) Connect with listeners 24/7 with push messaging
5) View top songs' history
6) Song plays and how many listeners per song all on one screen
7) Access royalties resources
8) Continuously monitor stream health
9) See real-time listener count and metrics
10) View current DCS status,
11) View current stream status and see up-time information.

Customer reviews

  • Some customer reviews for SecureNet System include comments such as,"We thank you for the professional and quality service you have rendered "Kiribati Future International, ; "I appreciate all the attention you've put on our stations and I will continue to recommend Securenet" Breck Media Group;Cirrus Streaming has a wonderful support system. 5 stars! We have 10 stations streaming with them and could not be happier!"KASN Radio Network.
  • The company has not received many reviews and ratings publicly on various public forums such as app store hence based on the social media ratings, SecureNet systems has received 2550 likes from more than 2000 community followers.

Differentiators

  • SecureNet systems has a wide range of customer base spread across 200 countries including in every state of the United States wherein it offers a wide range of internet based services to the radio industry and website owner.
  • The Cirrus Streaming services provided by Securenet systems which is the most reliable streaming services in HE-AACv2 and MP3 has been ranked #1 favorite of terrestrial and internet radio stations around the world according to Alexa traffic rankings in which the company's competitive features and pricing are prime reasons.

FUTURI MOBILE

Description

  • Futuri Mobile is a SaaS technology partner to leading broadcasters and publishers. The company is a global leader in "audience engagement technology and tools to help broadcasters and publishers drive audience and revenue growth.

Key customers

  • Futuri Mobile's key customers include Virgin Radio, Fox, iHeart Radio,Bell Media, Entercom, UniVision, and CoxMedia Group.
  • Pricing

    • No details on the pricing is available publicly.

    Features

    • The features of the Futuri Mobile apps include :-
    1) Highly customized and engaging
    2) Live and on demand audio streaming
    3) Live and on demand Video streaming
    4) Open Mic feature to record voice in high quality
    5) Push notifications
    6) Flash Contesting
    8) News, traffic, weather content

    Customer reviews and ratings

    • Some customer reviews of Futuri Media include comments such as -"Futuri not only delivers a stellar, cutting-edge product but also over delivers when it comes to customer support"Neuhoff Media ;"Futuri has been instrumental in iRadio drive"iRadio Ireland;"I love that Futuri is in my arsenal helping me predict the future"TX Cox Media Group.
    • The Futuri Media company has gained a 4.8 star rating from more than 179 customer reviews through the featured customer listing.

    Differentiators

    • Futuri Media is an award-winning global leader in the audience engagement technology and tools and has more than 1,000 TV and radio stations in 20 countries, reaching more than 100 million consumers monthly.
    • The company has 11 published or pending patents and has been named to the Inc. 5000 List of America’s fastest-growing private companies for five consecutive years.

    RESEARCH STRATEGY

    To identify the comprehensive insights on the competitive landscape for SecureNet and Futuri Mobile including details on each of the company's description, customers, and pricing among others, the research team initiated the search by examining through each company's official website. The research team searched through each company's website sections, social media sites like Facebook, and third party company database sites such as Clutch.co,g2Crowd,BBB, and Yelp to find details about pricing, customer reviews and ratings, overview, and differentiators. From the search in these resources, it was found that, unlike Securenet, Futuri Mobile does not disclose the details on the pricing of its products publicly through its website nor any of the play stores or related marketplace.
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    Competitive Landscape - Hireoutsource and Excellent Web World

    Hire Outsource is an offshore outsourcing company and an online platform to hire people who have expertise in web or mobile applications. Excellent WebWorld can be utilized to hire developers.

    The link to the spreadsheet is here.

    1. HIRE OUTSOURCE

    Description

    • Hire Outsource is an offshore outsourcing company and an online platform to hire people who have expertise in web or mobile applications.
    • It offers service to companies & individuals from diverse industries who are in need of software project development.

    Key Customers

    • Gaura Logistics, Jumbu, IA PCD, MLM Coaching, and Shop and Deliver.

    Features Of App

    • Application Development with Languages such as PHP Developer, Asp.net Developer, Ruby on Rails Developer, Node JS Developer, Angular JS Developer, and Javascript Developer.
    • Integration to Opensource Development: Shopify Developer, Magento Developer, Joomla Developer, Wordpress Developer, and Drupal Developer.

    Review

    • Hire Outsourced was rated 5/5 by one person on Facebook. The comment said "Excellent team and great result with affordable price or good monthly hiring price for Android, web designers and PHP".
    • On BizofIT, the company is rated 3/5 by one person without any comment.

    Differentiators

    • Hire Outsource has more than 10 years of experience and the developers have successfully partnered with several notable clients over the years.
    • It has widespread and comprehensive knowledge and offers outstanding and dedicated experts. It offers a wide range of services such as analysis, prototype, design, development, testing, and production.

    2. EXCELLENT WEBWORLD

    Description

    • Excellent WebWorld was founded in 2011 and has more than 65 employees. It has delivered 902 projects to date.
    • Customers can hire experienced and dedicated developers and 65+ expert coders. The developers can be hired full time, part-time, and or hourly.

    Key Customers

    • Sony, Teslux, Hitachi, Canary, France TV, and Ovia Health.

    Pricing

    • Full-time hiring: $15 per hour for a day, $18 per hour for 4 hours, and hourly hiring for $20

    Features Of App

    • App Development and features for IoT, Augmented Reality, and Virtual Reality.
    • Wearable App Development, iBeacon App Development, iOS Development, Real-Time, and Web App.
    • Integration from the app to CMS & eCommerce in WordPress, Drupal, WooCommerce, Magento, and Joomla.

    Review

    • Clutch: Excellent WebWorld has been rated 4.9/5 from 26 reviews. Some clients have stated that they are quick and responsive in giving updates about the project. They have experienced industry knowledge and outstanding customer service
    • Facebook: The company has been rated 4.7/5 from 17 votes and recommended by 3 people

    Differentiators

    • The company has more than 8 years of experience with more than 623 happy clients and 65 experts who work tirelessly. Excellent WebWorld has received many awards such as Top App Development Company, Clutch-2019, Top App Development Company-Canada by Goodfirms.
    • Big brands such as Hitachi and Sony trust this company because of its world-class design and agile performance. Excellent WebWorld serves in India, USA, Canada, Australia, China, and Hong Kong.

    RESEARCH STRATEGY

    Despite an extensive search, we were unable to identify the pricing of Hire Outsource. We checked the official website of the company and review sites such as Capterra and Clutch. We also checked the company's social media pages because companies and brands often promote their products with the price. Although these are potential sources, the pricing couldn't be traced. We believe the pricing details will be revealed when the company is contacted.
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    Companies that Develop Mobile Apps - Focus on Broadcast Radio and TV

    Examples of companies that develop mobile apps with a focus on broadcast radio and TV industry include SharpWebstudio, Primcast, Frankly Media, All In Media (AIM), Radio.co, and Server Room. Below is a detailed overview of these companies and their services.

    SharpWebstudio

    Primcast

    Frankly Media

    • Frankly Media enables media houses to maximize the value of delivering their content to large audiences.
    • The company develops TV apps for iOS, Android, Apple TV, Fire TV and Roku.
    • In addition, Frankly Media develops radio streaming apps to enable media houses break geographical barriers and reach more listeners.

    All In Media (AIM)

    Radio.co

    Server Room

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    Competitive Landscape - Companies that Develop Mobile Apps: Part One

    SharpWebStudio is specialized in mobile and web market. Primcast is the industry leader for media and content services. More information about both companies is provided below.

    SHARPWEBSTUDIO

    DESCRIPTION
    • SharpWebStudio is an ISO certified business that offers services and consultancy for clients' IT needs. It is specialized in mobile and web market with high quality service.
    • They offer services to startups, businesses, and individuals to meet business goals via mobile application that goes along with clients' brand image.
    • The mobile application also provides services for broadcasting, TV, radio, and cable channels for media and entertainment industry.
    KEY CUSTOMERS
    • The company's key customers are Abouttown, WhatsJumpin, and Song Box.
    PRICING
    • Its services are offered at £20/hr.
    FEATURES
    • Among its features is a hybrid or cross platform application, so the app can run on different platforms.
    • Other features include Android app development of games, social networking apps, BAAS integration, implementation of in-app purchases, upgrade of existing Android apps to the latest versions, Android applications for multimedia, and Android m-commerce applications.
    • The company also offers app integration for business together with Android support & maintenance.
    REVIEWS
    • In Peopleperhour, the company has a score of 4.7 out of 5. In this site, there are comments such as "they make great work", "good customer service", and "excellent communication".
    DIFFERENTIATORS
    • This company offers services based on best price, best quality, best reliability, and best support. They claim to be the leader in mobile app development and has a great customer base. Support and business relationship help them to get better.
    • It has top-quality engineers, resulting in a dynamic and responsive workforce and all of them have a strong customer focus so they can maximize customer satisfaction.

    PRIMCAST

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION
    • Primcast was built in 2004 and is a multi-national company that headquarters in Brooklyn, NY. They state that they are the industry leader for media and content services.
    • They offer services specifically for video and radio streaming and also offer services to make mobile apps.
    KEY CUSTOMERS
    PRICING
    • The ad free version of the app costs a one time fee of $299 for initial platform and $99 for each additional platform.
    FEATURES
    • Some features include integration to streaming live or on-demand video online and creation of mobile apps with multiple live video streams.
    • Other features include technologies with Shoutcast, Icecast, Wowza Streaming Engine, and Adobe media servers.
    REVIEWS
    • In Facebook, the company has a rating score of 3.4 out of 5. Some comments include "Fast customer service, good hosting ! Ideal for all my clients ! I Strongly recommend this."
    DIFFERENTIATORS
    • This company has experience of more than 15 years in the field of media technology and has hosted multiple data centers in New York City and Bucharest.
    • "Primcast servers are upgraded on a semi-annual basis and are always on top of the ever-changing technology". The company uses the latest versions of Windows and Linux based operating systems on most of its servers.
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    Competitive Landscape - Companies that Develop Mobile Apps: Part Two

    Some key customers of ALL IN MEDIA are ABC radio, Arqiva, Babcock, BAUER media group, BBC, BFBS, FACTUM radio, Folder media, SBS, Talksport. Wireless among others while those of Frankly media are CNN, VICE and Newsweek, Griffin communication, Altice, and Cumulus media.

    FRANKLY MEDIA

    DESCRIPTION
    • Frankly Media, whose headquarters are in New York and offices in Atlanta, happens to be a provider of a complete suite of solutions to publishers ensuring that they have unified workflow for the creation, management, publishing and monetization of digital content to any device while maximizing audience value and revenue.
    • Some products the company offers to its customers include groundbreaking online video platform for Live, VOD and Live-to-VOD workflows, a full-featured CMS with rich storytelling capabilities, as well as native apps for iOS, Android, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Roku.
    • The company also provide comprehensive advertising of products and services to maximize ROI for their customers this includes direct sales and programmatic ad support.
    • The company has been in the industry for 20 years and has been helping broadcasters and publishers in the US.
    KEY CUSTOMERS
    THE COMPANY PRICING
    • $4.00/month/user Price per user decrease based on the size of company.
    APPS FEATURES
    1. Mobile Apps
    2. OTT TV Apps
    • They enable a viewer to sit back and watch whenever he or she feels like wants to do so. For instance, live streaming your station's channels and browsing VOD content.
    • The apps are built for the big screens as they look sharp on smart TVs, including Apple TV, Roku, FireTV.
    • The apps act as a drive for revenue as they run sponsorship and pre/mid/post-roll video advertising from local and national networks.
    CUSTOMER RATINGS
    • Some customer testimonials include " Frankly Express Video" have greatly increased efficiency in regard to the ongoing management and monetization of our digital assets across multiple web and mobile devices.
    • Their editors are now able to quickly generate and publish clips to anywhere, from anywhere.
    • "Frankly tool set has allowed us to adapt to thrive in the ever-changing digital landscape and reach our audiences on new devices and platforms as their consumption habits evolve".
    • Find attached also reviews and ratings from Capterra.
    DIFFERENTIATORS
    • The company recently partnered Vemba, a leading video asset management, syndication, and monetization platform in a move that strengthens the company’s position as the most advanced Over-The-Top (OTT) Video Management and Cloud Playout system for broadcasters.
    • This move by the company has made it possible for the combined business to serve over 1,200 broadcasters and look to rapidly expand its customer base in numerous media sectors with Vemba’s added capabilities.

    ALL IN MEDIA (AIM)

    DESCRIPTION
    • All in Media (AIM) is the leading worldwide supplier of Smartphone Apps and Broadcast Systems for the broadcasting industry.
    • The company was founded in 2007, by Chris Gould and Jason Malaure and they have offices in London and Sydney and service stations worldwide.
    • The company provides systems for managing visual radio content across broadcast, online and mobile platforms alongside a comprehensive range of smartphone apps for over 300 stations across the globe.
    • Chris Gould happens to be a technology professional with over 20 years’ experience in radio and digital platforms.
    • He has been involved in the development of DAB data applications since 2000 and headed up the development of the international DAB Electronic Programme Guide standard.
    • Jason Malure who heads up the Australian offices with knowledge regarding the Australian market has 19 years’ experience in software development, with a focus on broadcast technologies.
    • He developed and launched interactive applications on Sky Digital, Freeview, Virgin Media, and IPTV platforms.
    KEY CUSTOMERS
    • Some company's clients include ABC Radio, Arqiva, Babcock, BAUER media group, BBC, BFBS, FACTUM radio, Folder media, SBS, Talksport. Wireless among others.
    THE COMPANY PRICING
    • The company does not make its pricing publicly available.
    FEATURES OF APPS
    1. Custom Apps
    2. Premium template Apps
    • The company's apps enable one to quickly customize and build iOS and Android apps for their radio station from a selection of themes and features.
    • Customizable to your station.
    • Support for multiple stations.
    • Video, audio and banner ad support.
    • Manage and update your app instantly.
    3. Rapid Powering Visual Radio
    DIFFERENTIATORS

    YOUR RESEARCH TEAM APPLIED THE FOLLOWING STRATEGY

    To provide the requested information for the two companies third company (Frankly media) and fourth company (ALL IN MEDIA) "Companies that Develop Mobile Apps — Focus on Broadcast Radio and TV" we leveraged through the companies websites where we located most of our information and also third party sources as Capterra for their reviews by customers. After an extensive search, we were not able to find information regarding AIM pricing information as the company never made the information regarding the same and our objective to locate the information in the third party sources proved futile.

    First, we looked at the company website as often they attach some testimonials from their customers. Our objective was to get an authentic review given by the clients, however, this proved to be not the case as the company site only introduced us to some of its key players and no relevant information regarding their reviews on the company.

    Second, we sampled some key players and decided to look at them separately if they had mentioned any reviews regarding the company that was offering services to them. Some companies we looked at included SBS, ABC radio, Arqiva, BBC, BFBS, however, after an extensive search throughout the company websites and press news sites of the company. We were unable to find relevant information regarding the contract between the companies and the provider of the services.

    Third, we decided to look at the company social media insights to get insights regarding the customers' reviews and ratings of the company products. We looked through the companies Facebook page, LinkedIn page but we were unable to find reviews of the company customers. This is relatively because the company never used to post frequently and the turn out of individuals most of them used to like rather than comment and review the company products hence this as well never became useful.

    Finally, we also looked at third-party sources such as web analytics, such as Similarilot, Trustpilot, and Clutch to identify information regarding All in Media clients' reviews & ratings. We opted to find information regarding the industry, but we were unable to find relevant information regarding the company customer reviews. This sources being one among the best of sites that monitor company reviews regarding its products and also customer comments regarding the company.
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    Competitive Landscape - Companies that Develop Mobile Apps: Part Three

    Radio.co differentiates itself by not advertising on radio shows, while Server Room boasts lower prices than its competitors.


    RADIO.CO

    Overview of the company


    Key Customers


    Pricing and Plans


    Features


    Customer rating and reviews


    Differentiators



    SERVER ROOM

    Overview of the company

  • The company was founded in 2004 and is dedicated to providing customers with equipment for radio and video broadcasting.

  • Key Customers

  • Some of Server Room's biggest customers are CNBC, television channel SAMAA, East Kent Radio, Omni Media Group and so on. Their features are available in 85 countries worldwide.

  • Pricing


    Features of the Application

  • Various features the company offers include Multi-server Setup (CDN), cross-platform streaming, customer live calls, as well as various radio automation features such as options to re-broadcast, record and edit live playlists.

  • Customer rating and reviews

  • On Trustpilot, this company has 3.3 out of 5 stars. The most praised things about the company's services include affordable prices, quality customer support and reliable back-up services.

  • Differentiators



    Research Strategy:

    To answer the query, we have analyzed both of the company websites, along with credible third-party review sources such as Trustpilot.
    Sources
    Sources

    From Part 03
    Quotes
    • "Hire Outsource is an online platform for companies & individuals looking to hire dedicated, knowledgeable & experienced web or mobile application developers for all platforms. With the impeccable & divergent experience of 10+ years, the comprehensive & widespread knowledge of our accomplished developers allows us to provide an outstanding place for hiring dedicated experts for multiple requirements."
    Quotes
    • "We are a development company that brings digitization to your company in a customer, employee and management friendly way. Our aim is to become the technology partner to potential startups & enterprises."
    Quotes
    • "4.9- 26 REVIEWS We provide more than pretty websites and decent apps, we serve ground breaking tech solutions and we strive not just to impress but sweep you off your feet with our work. So let technology be your ladder to success and we its builders."
    Quotes
    • "Startups Love Us and Big Brands Trust Us We strive to uplift the start-ups to achieve the goal they desire and big brands to maintain their brand by rendering world-class digital solutions"
    Quotes
    • "Startups Love Us and Big Brands Trust Us We strive to uplift the start-ups to achieve the goal they desire and big brands to maintain their brand by rendering world-class digital solutions"
    From Part 04
    Quotes
    • "At SharpWebstudio, Web and Mobile App development team has created various industry related tools like music, video, news broadcasting, live streaming multimedia apps where people can watch and download latest songs as well as inbuilt music players. Technology gives effective and reliable data sharing solutions to access real-time media and entertainment files. Web & Mobile apps for media and entertainment facilitates companies to cross-leverage their assets, and manage the sharing of different types of media formats."
    From Part 05
    Quotes
    • "SharpWebStudio has top-quality engineers, resulting in a dynamic & responsive workforce. The company has a strong customer focus. Employees are incentive to maximize customer satisfaction. Our clients are spread across the globe; we serve the needs of large to small business and industrial groups."
    Quotes
    • "Sharpwebstudio, an ISO 9001:2008 certified business, are consultants for your IT needs. We specialise in mobile & web market and deliver quality solutions by using technology and our vast experience. We offer services for Startups, Businesses that are looking to reach the next level and help them through this process of transition."
    Quotes
    • "Founded in 2004, Primcast is a multi-national company based out of Brooklyn, NY. Our passion for media and content delivery has brought us to become one of the industry leaders in rich media delivery, along with our sister company Server Room. Uptime is critical, which is why we've custom designed and built our network specifically for streaming, with low latency and global coverage. "