Appreciative Inquiry and App Development

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I am so delighted and filled with gratitude when my clients, or my prospective clients, spontaneously say to me in a somewhat surprised tone:

“You have really helped me think this through.”

“I hadn’t seen it quite like that before.”

“I’m now seeing possibilities I hadn’t considered.”

“You’ve opened me up to a new way of thinking.”

Developmental Conversations

I’m delighted because that kind of feedback tells me our conversation has helped the client progress her thinking.  Together, we’ve created a developmental conversation.  The conversation has constructed something new for both of us.  She has some insights about her situation and me, and I have new insights about my situation and her.  And, I’m grateful because she was open to the inquiry.  She was receptive. She wanted to find a new way.  She was willing to explore and discover. Our generative conversation created the new possibilities.

appreciative inquiry design processOn the surface, Polymash is an app development agency.  But scratch a little below the surface and you’ll find that what we really do is develop people, and their ideas, and ultimately develop innovation behaviors.  We know that through our inquiry-based approach to our client engagements, we help them express that which they want to express.  We begin conversations with our goal to guide them so that eventually clients are able to express what they are wanting to achieve in the most positive way; they express what delights them; what they aspire to; and what brings life to their purpose in life and business. In our app development, we tap into the highest potential for people and for product. Our experience has been that people dig deep to contribute to something larger than themselves, something that allows their voice and creativity to rise to the top.  That’s how innovations happen. That’s how great design and user experience (UX) emerge organically.

Innovation Behaviors

When we come to a project with the mindset of people development over product development, we are focused on the human experience over the technological solution.  Our mindset, when we engage with clients, is that we want them to realize that through engagement with their apps, they can positively impact their user-base. Our Wild Dolphins iPad app and FilmOneFest iPad and smartphone apps are two examples where the inquiry-based approach resulted in not only producing highly attractive apps with great entertainment and utility, but also developed entire client teams involved in gathering all the content for the apps.  Teams can evolve to new heights in their relationships and productivity.  And, apps have the potential to create innovation behaviors among their customers – the users.

In the case of Wild Dolphins, we had members of the organization saying that being part of the content creation for the app was the best experience in their career to date.  They were amazed at how everyone just wanted to jump in and Wild Dolphins Appreciative Inquirycontribute.  They said productivity increased and leadership emerged where they had not seen it before.  New, innovation behaviors that have come from the app users have been greater awareness of what endangers the species, and what new, innovation behaviors they can adopt to help protect wild dolphins.  The Wild Dolphins‘ client wanted to put their mission into the world and be a force for good by bringing awareness to the positive human behaviors that will help protect dolphins in the wild.

FilmOneFest II app was also community-wide effort, where we engaged with various stakeholders whose content and ideas would be included in the app – filmmakers, film critics, sponsors, volunteers, business people. The articulated goal was to be able to show the one-minute films selected for viewing at the one-day film festival to help promote the filmmakers,  the event and the town.  What emerged from our inquiry was a whole new innovative approach to help promote the event and attract new filmmakers for future film festivals and an entirely innovative way of having filmmakers participate in all future events.

Greatest Energy and Excitements

Our approach to our work is grounded in a special kind of inquiry:  Appreciative Inquiry.  By “Inquiry,” we mean asking carefully crafted questions that to seek to expand the thinking and enlarge the conversation and its potential.  By “Appreciative,” we mean inquiring through a lens that seeks to appreciate or  “increase in value” whatever the topic of the inquiry is.  So applying the Appreciative Inquiry framework, we engage with our clients through a lens that looks for what is to be valued, successful and appreciated.  Energy and engagement result.  Creativity is unleashed and innovations pop up from unexpected sources.

What if, instead of looking for “the pain points and problems” in clients’ situations, we inquired into areas of “greatest energy and excitements.”  What if we stopped thinking and acting from a position of “what we lack and our weaknesses” and instead began to focus on “past successes, current best assets and individual and collective strengths?”  When you inquire from that perspective, shift happens!

To learn more and apply Appreciative Inquiry, download our iPad app Embracing Change which leads users through change.  To learn more about the principles of Appreciative Inquiry as a method of inquiry that results in stories of personal and professional triumph, download our smartphone and iPad app Appreciative Inquiry – an Introduction.

 

 

 

 

 

Crankamacallit Breaks Into Top 20 Story Book Apps For Kids

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Effects of our Back To School Promotion

The Crankamacallit story book app for kids continues to rise rapidly in the App Store ranking!

And looking a bit more closely (click here or on the image below), one can see that there are only 4 kids apps in the top 20. So in way we’re in the top 5 for story book apps for kids. As for the rest we’re competing with apps like  iBooks, Nook, Kindle, Scholastic etc. So that’s pretty good company.

story book apps for kids

We are extremely pleased that our back to school campaign is so well received, especially as the books category is the most popular in the app store. This means competition there is fierce, and we can be proud of this ranking. I’m attaching a graphic that illustrates:

story book apps for kids in the competitive books category

Source: comboapp.com

Crankamacallit Story Book App for Kids – Campaign Details

The Crankamacallit will be FREE all day Thursday, August 30th, and will continue to be available for 60%off through Labor Day Weekend!

FilmOneFest II Smart Phone App

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FilmoneFest iPhone Home ScreenFilmOneFest II – iPhone, Android and iPad App

Available Now on iTunes and Google Play

FilmOneFest II – a celebration of the one minute film as an art form.

Polymash created the first FilmOneFest app for iPad in 2011. It was such a huge success that people without iPads were asking for it to be available on their smart phones. We listened. And so this year, for the 2012 film festival, we have designed FilmOneFest II as a universal app, now available on iPhone, Android and iPad.

FilmOneFest App on Google Play

There’s no doubt that the world loves film. Now think about films that are one minute long! Just imagine what it takes to tell a story, deliver a message, connect emotionally and successfully in a film of one minute! It takes talent. So to help share such talent across the world, we have created an app for the FilmOneFest film festival, curating and showing the work of talented filmmakers as a way to inspire others to question, experiment, explore, laugh, cry, and unite us in our common humanity through this medium.

App features:

  • One-minute films from artists from all around the world, categorized by year and award
  • Interviews with selected artists about their passions and inspirations
  • Ability to save videos to your favorites
  • Meet the esteemed selection panel to learn their criteria for award nominations
  • Post to and comment on your Facebook page and Twitter stream
  • Find out how to submit your own work for future FilmOneFest festivals
  • Keep up to date with ongoing submissions throughout the year

Social Media

Most importantly, you can let your friends know what you think about each film by linking to and commenting on your own social media pages from within the app.

Ongoing Submissions

Visit the app often, because we’ll be adding one-minute films throughout the year in preparation for next year’s event. And, if you are a film-maker or know one, you can apply to submit to FilmOneFest from within this app.

App Support:

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FilmOneFest I App

Please find out more about the original 2011 iPad app and download it from iTunes. FilmOneFest partnered with Polymash to create a festival iPad app available through the iTunes store since 2011. The FilmOneFest iPad app is a collection of one-minute films from filmmakers all around the world with supporting stories, artists’ statements and interviews.

World Appreciative Inquiry Conference App

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Available now: iTunes, Android marketplaces.

The 2012 World Appreciative Inquiry Conference in Ghent, Belgium held in April is available for download from iTunes and Android markets.

Enhancing Attendees Experience

The app is the hand-held concierge of the conference. We had fun designing features to enhance the experience of conference goers that can’t be done in a standard conference program, particularly one that is traditional print.

Anticipation and Imagination

In the Appreciative World, we seek to discover the best of humankind, to build on strengths, to celebrate the talents of all participants, to anticipate and imagine what more can be done to make a situation, a person, a product excel.  We used that perspective in designing this app for the World Appreciative Inquiry Conference.

Sustained Connection and Learning

The Conference app is available before, during and after the event so that the learning and engagement continues well beyond the event itself.

Conference-app-system

For a more detailed view of the features set, please visit our conference-app-system website.  The app is a native universal app, designed for iPad and iPhone. No persistent wifi connection required to access the conference program, presenters, sponsors, venue, transportation information and animated maps.

Instant access to Papers and Presentations

Attendees can easily search and filter presentations, papers and abstracts in context as part of the session detail information and provide information as needed during the event.

Sharing and Networking

The Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn integration enables attendees to share interesting sessions with their peers and extend the reach for presenters and event organizers.

Real-Time Updates and Reminders

Attendees receive just-in-time notifications regarding news, scheduling and program changes, made visible on the home screen.

Rich Experience and Paperless Events

The Conference-App-System can make your conference truly paperless, with the integration of slides and pdfs.  The app has a note taking feature, enabling participants to create a personalized and valuable reference app to be used long after the conference and can be emailed to others in the spirit of collaboration.

App Features:

  • Search feature to find presenters, their bios, their photos, their session outlines and room locations
  • Personal session builder to build your personal conference program with an intuitive color coded program view based on themed tracks
  • Notetaker to take your own notes, edit them, collate them and link them to other other notes relevant to the same theme
  • Email individual notes and insights during the sessions, or a a summary report of all notes taken at any time
  • Share your notes with others to co-create entries for blogs, papers and other publications
  • Presenters’ slides and presentations can be uploaded for participants to read
  • Provide feedback to others via notes features
  • News and notifications keep you informed about latest updates, program changes, newly scheduled events and meetings
  • Conference blog feed
  • Participate in live Twitter streams about the conference
  • Share news on Facebook and connect to others on Facebook
  • Sponsors’ information and links
  • Around town: interactive maps with POIs, restaurants, sights and entertainments (iOS only)
  • Local information about the International Convention Center (ICC), the town and its attractions, and transportation

 

App Support:

Feel free to contact us with any feedback and app support questions using our contact page

 

Atlantic Highlands Farmers’ Market App

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Available now on iPhone, iPad and Android:

Atlantic Highlands Farmers’ Market app serves its local community.

Build Community

An outcome of this app will be to build community around fresh local produce, while it serves local residents and farmers.  Atlantic Highlands, a harbor town just 40 minutes from Manhattan by fast ferry, boasts this local Farmers’ Market now in its fifth year.

Vendors

The app will facilitate exposure for vendors to strengthen connections with existing customers and attract new customers to the market. They get to show off and sell their produce to the local community.  And the community gets to enjoy Jersey fresh fruit and vegetables, freshly cut flowers and plants, freshly baked breads and pastries.  Dried fruits and nuts, pickles, olives, Polish and Italian specialties are all available at the Farmers’ Market open every Friday between May and October.

Sponsors

Local sponsors have the opportunity to showcase their products and services in the app and can sponsor events and vendors on a rotating weekly basis.

Mobile Marketing

With links to their websites, and social media pages, as well as email and telephone numbers, vendors and sponsors can promote their businesses within the app. It is active mobile marketing.

News Alerts

The AH Farmers’ Market app keeps you up-to-date with news at your Farmers’ Market on a weekly basis.  Great for customers, vendors, sponsors and visitors

App features:

  • Information about and messages from the vendors
  • QR coupons for loyal customers
  • GPS coupons for those in the area
  • Weekly special board
  • Sponsors’ specials
  • Build your own shopping list
  • Submit your own photos and comments
  • Keep up to date on Facebook:

 

App Support:

Feel free to contact us with any feedback and app support questions using our contact page

Please Notify Me:

Please notify me when the app becomes available.

Appreciative Inquiry – an introduction

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Available Now: on iPhone, iPad and Android!

A brief introduction to Appreciative Inquiry, which is a perspective on the world that invites users to see themselves and the world through an appreciative or valuing eye.  Users will learn how language, questions, and stories shape destinies.

This app has come about by public demand after the author’s success with her iPad app, Embracing Change, for which there have been thousands of downloads and reached Number 2 on iTunes in the Business Category.

“When will you do a version for smartphones?” was the request.

The app provides tips about the principles and practices of Appreciative Inquiry through stories, images, RSS feeds from related blogs, videos and interactive models of Appreciative Inquiry 4-D cycle.

The app allow users to practice the appreciative mindset through images, audio and notes: Users can upload their own photos to the App’s Facebook’s Page with their stories, create audio recordings of their own insights, as well as annotate their thoughts using the app’s notepad.

App features:

– Interactive models of the Appreciative Inquiry 4-D cycle of discover, dream, design, destiny
– Stories that illustrate the principles of Appreciative Inquiry
– Image gallery with inspirational quotes
– RSS feeds from related blogs
– In-built camera to document the world through the appreciative eye
– In-built audio to record personal insights
– Notepad for recording thoughts
– Facebook and Twitter pages for community of practice

Facebook Page

Please consider liking Appreciative Inquiry – an introduction on Facebook.

App Support:

Feel free to contact us with any feedback and app support questions using our contact page

Restaurant App System Launch

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Polymash has developed a sound understanding of the hospitality and restaurant markets. 

We offer clients a state of the art restaurant-app-system that not only delights clientele and patrons with a positive user experience, but also provides a seamless and professional experience for staff as well.  This is achieved through an holistic product, integrating advanced features such as food ordering, reservation systems and dynamic restaurant menus and more.

What facilitates retention and reuse rate for apps?  Good utility, usability and distraction.  So you want customers to come back to your app because it’s a good experience: it provides a service and/or information, it is easy to use and when they are hungry or looking for a favorite restaurant they choose yours.  The presentation of your content is extremely important and the features make their experience engaging and useful.  An existing website does not morph into a great mobile app!

It’s not enough that we build products that function, that are understandable and usable, we also need to build products that bring joy and excitement, pleasure and fun, and yes, beauty to people’s lives.” – Don Norman

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Conference App System Launch

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The Conference App System is a complete conference app package and includes front and back-end features that make it an invaluable mobile companion to large conferences, expos and events. Watch the demo video or explore the system’s features in more detail on our special conference app system portal site.

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#2 Top Ranked iPad App in Business

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Top Ranked iPad App in the business category!

Our “Embracing Change” app made it to #2 yesterday and holds the position today. We gifted it to the world for Valentine’s day.

top ranked ipad app

So take advantage of a very cool, top ranked iPad app, created with the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite that you will help you embrace change whenever you need it.

Find out more on the App’s home page and on the iTunes App Store:

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iPad App Store

Wild Dolphins – iPad App Demo Reel

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