Think of travel and the first thing that comes to our mind is – “exploring places and local area at our own pace”. I mean talking about myself, my travel idea can never be sitting on a hot and cramped tourist bus which I share with 30 other tourists and so. That definitely won’t be so rewarding a travel experience for anyone I guess. After all, now, more than ever, what we look for is rich travel experiences.
Now imagine offering visitors from all across the world the big opportunity to hop on to their own self-guided tours anytime during the day. No hassle to bear with an expensive and rude tour guide, or lugging around a host of travel maps, guides, and brochures, or sitting in that oh-so-cramped bus tour, as now the travelers can treat themselves with a richer, cheaper, and way more convenient alternative.
Create your own audio guide mobile app
Yes, it is time to treat the travelers by creating your own audio guide app. The app can be made available to both iOS, Android, and HTML5 visitors, who can download the app 24 hours a day across the world. As an app owner, you can offer your users audio tours free of charge or may charge a certain amount as a fee.
Most visitors will love to download the audio tour app owing to the freedom & flexibility it offers to them. With the help of your app, the users can be taken behind the scenes and can be enlightened with many interesting local facts and history related to a place or site. Hence, bid adieu to expensive tours, early morning tours, or traveling with a bunch of tourists.
What is Audio Guide app?
Well, this kind of app allows you to be your own guide and explore things which are most interesting and exciting to you, at your own pace, and not as per the time schedule of tour guides. The app can be used as a channel to collect information of interesting sites and places. Meanwhile, the app can only be developed for locations where viewpoints have already been defined. Tourists are led by GPS to various points across a chosen site, and as they reach those points, they will be able to listen to the audio narration associated with that spot on your tour.
Every place has a story to tell, be it historic location, cultural site, natural or scenic locations, and with a location-aware app, tourists receive step-by-step guide through the tour building process, thus making it a fun experience.
What are the benefits of Audio Guide App?
In this blog, we will take you through many aspects of audio guide apps, like what all you would need to create your own audio tour app, various challenges, but before going that way, let’s first explore the benefits these apps offer:
- Know your History
Each place has its unique and rich history and we must all make efforts to capture this splendid information and further share it with the visitors from across the globe. Stories never told before can be heard with audio guide, mini-interviews can be conducted, interesting local or niche histories can be shared which till now have been ignored by conventional guides. Stay assured that your efforts will be hugely appreciated by people and coming generations.
- It is huge Fun
So, are you someone who is passionate about your local community and landmarks with immense knowledge about them? If yes, won’t you like to share your depth of knowledge and unique perspective with the people around the world creating audio guide apps? It would be great fun, wouldn’t it? So, hurry up and team up with your friends and the local community to create something which represents you as well as which is fun & interesting.
- Long-term Recurring Revenue
By getting an audio guide app developed, you can’t just create value but also bring in recurring revenue in a long-term. The app can be monetized in whichever way making sense for the community like you can offer third-party advertisements, banners, additional in-app purchases, or can create a niche tour which can be sold to city government or an institution.
Smartphones are a norm nowadays. They are the means by which we are navigating through more and more around the globe. Compared to conventional print guide or audio guide, mobile apps are a lot more convenient and will soon replace the former. With the dynamic audio guide mobile app, users can make move as per their own convenience, which make things easier not just for users but also guide creators.
The utility of Audio Guide Mobile app
By now it is pretty evident that the tourism industry will be greatly benefiting with audio guide mobile apps, owing to its ability to make travel a lot more convenient and fun for the people. Be its nature trails, history museums, art exhibitions, museums, public art, geologic sites, wildlife refuges or national parks, the experience will be certainly more enriched for the users.
However, the capabilities and benefits of audio guide app are not just limited to the tourism sector, as it can prove helpful for various other sectors and purposes as well. For instance, the app will also prove helpful in case of Campus tours, parks, greenways, transportation, lodging & camp boards, by providing customized content to enrich the user experiences.
How are Audio Tour Apps more useful as compared to Tour guides?
Well, if it’s about the comparison between these two, then audio tour apps will come out as the ultimate winner, owing to the brilliant features and its offerings. In fact, you can decide for yourself by answering these questions:
What is more fun: Exploring a location at your own pace or a tour guide briefing about a site point to a group of 36 people and hastily taking the group to next point, leaving no time for self-observation or relaxation? What if you are keen to enjoy a scenic beauty of a site by spending some time over there? Besides, a tour guide will never give a detailed information of a particular viewpoint as they have to cover the entire trip of the location and then jump to another tourist group.
Pretty certainly, you will go with an audio tour guide app. After all, it has its own beauty to explore places on your own like a free bird, without someone dictating every now and then to head here and there.
Next, let’s explore what all it needs to develop an Audio Tour guide app:
Google Navigation: This feature is quite crucial in this kind of app as it enables users to find their way to the destination using Google Maps.
Geo-Tagging: It suggests renowned destinations to the users as per their location, like nearby places to visit, restaurants and other scenic adventures.
Weather Forecasts: This feature allows users to prep for the day in advance and choose their attire according to the temperatures.
Multiple Language: It goes without saying, this feature is incredible for users that don’t know or struggle with some language. However, mostly the app is developed in one language as too many languages require as many scriptwriters and voice writers.
Multiple Payment Modes: Been able to make in-app payments to restaurants, sites, is quite easier as a number of payment modes are made available to the users such as Braintree, Stripe, PayPal, and Credit/Debit cards.
Push Notifications: Users can be kept updated for a lot of things, via this fabulous features, such it will recommend interesting sites to them as per their location, as well as are kept updated regarding new offers and a lot more.
Login/Registration: It is pretty simple to sign-in to the app by simple registering with your essential details, like email ID or social networking credentials.
Browse/Search Tours: This feature allows users to browse and search exciting tours which best fits according to their timing and area they are in.
Preview Tours: Are you in two minds regarding visiting a site or not, well it is easy to decide by previewing the tours in the app. Decision-making gets easier that way.
Download Tours: Tours can be easily downloaded within the app so that users can choose to view them later offline as well.
Place View Point Map: Users can fix the viewpoint within a site and find a way towards it using the maps.
Google Navigation: It certainly is the best thing ever, ensuring the users never miss the right path. It signals them towards the right destination, thus making the tour incredibly easy for users.
Additional Information: App users can find all the information regarding the ticket prices, the best time to visit, as well as brief information about the places and other things.
Create Tour Lists: Users can easily create a tour list by adding their desired tours into the wishlist and later execute them.
Social Share: This feature allows users to share the tours on social media; however only viewers who have subscribed to the app will be able to view the tour video and others will just be able to see the preview.
Review Place: This feature can be very helpful for the app users as they can share their experiences as reviews, which other users will find useful and can decide their tour accordingly.
View Tour History: The app enables users to view their past tours within the app, so refresh up the memory and plan accordingly for the next.
The Panic Button
One of the Important feature for security purpose that allows the tourist to swipe the maximum 10 to 12 contacts in your phone. In case of emergency, an alarm hits the mobile phones of the five registered users and accordingly the location of the user is delivered within 5 to 10 seconds.
User management: From this section, the admin can manage all the app users and function the tasks accordingly for them.
Manage Content: This is from where the admin manages the app content which is shown to the users, such as tours, media, etc.
Track Payments: Payments made by the users can be easily tracked by the Admin from this section, thus making the functioning a lot easier.
Marketing Tools: Admin can make the best use of marketing tools, such as SMS, Email, Push Notifications, Attractive offers during a seasonal time and a lot more.
Run Advertisement: Admin can also choose advertisements for some personal gains as well.
Content Development Is Real Challenge
Yes, Content Development hands down is the real challenge here. Even though the vital information about the sites can be easily collected from Google but still a lot needs to be arranged, such as Photographs, Voice Artists, Scriptwriters (who also need to decide that how much time each viewpoint should be given), background score (this will different as per the location and city, then local music needs to be sourced as that works best for this purpose, and not to forget the corporate rights). Local experts will need to be hired to get the best and unique information about the sites. All in all, it needs an incredible amount of research and hardworking team to make the idea work.
- For storage or caching with CDNs, it is better to use Amazon S3
- For the primary platform structure, App Developer can take help of Google Cloud platforms or Dataproc.
- Push Notifications – Twilio, Push.io
- SMS, Voice, and Phone Verification -Nexmo, Twilio
- Payments – Braintree & PayPal, Stripe, EWallets, ebanking, Debit/Credit Card
- Mandrill – for everything related to emails
- Database – MongoDB, HBase, Cassandra, Postgress, Mail Chimp Integration
- Cloud Environment – AWS
- Real-time Analytics – Hadoop, Spark, BigData, Apache Flink, Cisco, IBM
- Streaming Media System – Helix Universal Server, Wowza Streaming Engine, Nimble Streamer
- Weather Forecasts – OpenWeatherMap API
- Maps – Google Maps API
- Nearby Places – Google Places API
Audio Tour Streaming Architecture
Choosing right Development Partner is Important
Once the research is done, it is time to hire the best mobile app development team out there that understands your requirements for the app and eagerly work to fulfill them. It is integral to hire a knowledgeable bunch of designers, developers, Testers, & QA Analysts who are also experienced in this arena, as this ensures Quality.
How much it cost to develop an audio tour guide
- US-based developers: $100 to $250 per hour
- Eastern Europe-based developers: $80 to $180 per hour
- India-based developers: $25 to $50 per hour
A feature rich audio tour booking mobile application can cost you somewhere between $7,000 to $15000 for a single platform. If you are looking forward to a mobile app for both platforms along with a kiosk web-portal the cost will go high accordingly.