It appears simple, but under the hood, Flipstop offers a slew of purposeful bells and whistles. Here's a complete list.
Flipstop's visual interface is an infinitely scrolling grid of tiles that display Filipino businesses from nearest to farthest from wherever you are based on your GPS location. No matter the type of business you're searching for, it always displays businesses visually and beautifully based on what's closest, providing you options with convenience and the least travel time in mind.
At every launch of the app, Flipstop greets you by the name you entered when you first registered. During loading times, it also refers to you by 'Ate' or 'Kuya'.
Controlled Momentum Scrolling
As a benefit to businesses on Flipstop, the speed at which a user can scroll through the grid of tiles on the app is controlled in a way to ensure each and every tile is seen by the user. A user cannot flick through and miss a tile. This also allows for an accurate count of views (or 'impressions') of each tile, which can be accessed by each business on their account dashboard if they are using a premium Smart Tile.
When a Smart Tile on the Flipstop grid is tapped, it opens up into its Expanded View, which contains all the pertinent information a customer would need on a business: Address, Phone Number, Email, Website, Hours, current distance from the user, Description and Specialties, plus the ability to choose what map app to use for directions. In Expanded View, all visitor interactions with your business are counted and presented to you in your business dashboard. Expanded View is available on premium Smart Tiles.
When a Flipstop user taps on the 'Like' button in your Expanded View, not only are they indicating they like your business, it also saves your business into that user's list of Liked businesses (located in the user's MY STUFF folder on the app). It's a simple way for users to bookmark your business for future reference. The number of total Likes your business garners from users of the app is displayed in real time in a counter on the bottom right corner of your business tile for the world to see.
When a users tap on the 'Follow' button in your Expanded View, it puts your business in a list of businesses they're 'following' -- which indicates they are interested in any new information from your business. When a user Follows your business, she is implicitly giving your business permission to send her promotional messages periodically through the app. Sending promotional messages to users is an upcoming feature. We will notify you by email when it becomes available.
Users of the app can easily put a business in their Bucket List to be automatically reminded of the businesses they want to try in the future. When a user puts your business in their Bucket List, it indicates their intent to try your business at some point. When that user gets within one mile of a business that's in her Bucket List, she will get an alert on her phone asking her if she'd like to visit that business now since she is nearby. It's a fun and wonderful way to be reminded and nudged to checkmark a business off her Bucket List.
Flipstop users can CHECK IN to your business on the app when they are within approximately 30 feet of your location. They can check in only once every 24 hours. The number of check-ins that are logged for a business will help rank its popularity as an establishment in an upcoming feature of the app: searching by MOST POPULAR. >> In your business dashboard, it is crucial that you adjust your pin to point at your precise location, otherwise app users will not be able to successfully check in at your establishment.
Sharing a business with a friend on Flipstop is super fast and easy. Simply tap on the Share button (the paper airplane icon), select a friend or group of friends from your Friends list to share it with, and you're done. This feature is perfect for recommending a service provider to a friend (like a physician or mechanic) or sending a restaurant suggestion for an after-work dinner with your group of friends. The tile is sent to your friends, and tapping on the tile in their chat feed brings up all the details they need to know on the business, along with mappable directions.
Flipstop's very own chat feature is designed to be the fastest and easiest way to share business tiles with your friends on Flipstop. Users can also use it simply for chatting with their Flipstop friends.
On Flipstop, you can discover different types of Filipino businesses nearest you by simply scrolling on the main grid. To find a particular type of business faster, you can filter your search by 6 main categories: Eat/Drink, Shop, Services, Fun, Online and Events. You can further narrow your search by selecting a sub-category under these main categories.
You can find a new business on Flipstop with 3 taps or less, without the need to type anything at all. But you can also search by typing key words into the search field. Just enter what you're looking for. You can search for a business by name, by type or by their specialties. For example, you may search for 'Jollibee', 'hair salon', 'buko pandan' or 'cosmetic dentistry'.
Just as the name implies, the MY STUFF folder on Flipstop contains all of your stuff, including your Friends list, businesses you've liked, businesses you follow, businesses in your Bucket List, your chat feeds and games.
As an active business on Flipstop, you have access to your very own Business Dashboard from which you can update your business images and information any time. Through your dashboard, you may also upgrade or downgrade your tile size and view activity reports generated by app users' interactions with your business tile. Activity reports include how many people have seen your tile ('views' or 'impressions'), how many people have tapped open your tile to learn more about your business, along with a count of all the Likes, Follows, Bucket Lists, Check-Ins, Shares, 'Get Directions' your business has garnered, plus much more!
Flipstop is currently available for iOS devices, including iPhone, iPod Touch and iPads. If you've installed Flipstop on multiple devices using the same user account, all of your chats and interactions on the app are automatically synchronized ("auto-sync'd") across all those devices.
GeoScroll™ is the proprietary name we use to describe Flipstop's GPS-based interface that displays businesses visually from nearest to farthest. Flipstop is the first of several versions of GeoScroll-based marketing platforms that we will release.
We're constantly adding useful new ways to improve how your business connects with more Filipinos. If you have suggestions on other useful features, please feel free to send us a note.