After releasing our MVP in April, we were inundated with ideas and feedback by you, on what you loved, and more importantly, for us, things we could do to improve the overall experience of using the Like Locals app to explore a new city. You told us, and we listened, spending the past few months behind the scenes brainstorming ideas, carrying out focus groups and developing the new features that will make using the Like Locals app less complicated, yet more fun and engaging. So without further ado, we’d like to present Like Locals 2.0.
So What’s New?
If you used version 1.0 of our app, then you’ll notice how different this new and improved version looks. This is the result of working tirelessly with our design team to create new features, that provide you with a seamless user experience. If you haven’t already downloaded the app, be sure to download it now for free and get started.
See Individual Places
So our initial release focused on our core offering at the time, the self-guided, multi-stepped, themed itineraries known as footprints. The idea behind this was that you select a footprint that is in line with your interests, which you would use to spend the afternoon walking around and exploring some awesome spots around a specific area.
The general feedback we got from this was great, but a recurring suggestion which kept popping up was that people wanted a way to see individual places. Say you don’t have the whole afternoon to explore, there should be all of the places listed separated from the footprint.
So that is exactly what we did, you can know search and find individual spots, whilst still enjoying our footprints if you can’t decide what you want or CBA to plan an afternoon. We now have close to 700 locations in the app, with over 200+ in Budapest and London.
See What’s Trending
The new trending category allows you to see the most popular places in the city at a given time. What appears here changes, based on the time of the day. So in the morning, you’ll see the best breakfast spots, afternoon museums or lunch, in the evening you may see cocktail bars and late-night pig out spots. Oh, and if you want to browse the different places trending at a specific time, you can do so by giving your phone a shake. Just make sure you grip your phone tightly, we won’t be responsible for any broken phones due to crazy shaking.
Intuitive Recommendation Engine
Our initial release had a very basic filtering system based on 6 categories. However, this failed to deliver the specificity and personalisation that today’s travellers seek. So our team spent over six months heavily researching how users behave when interacting with the filtering systems widely used by traditional platforms.
We found that although existing systems do seem to work, they fail to deliver the specificity that the user needs, usually showing too many results per query, causing the consumers to become extremely overwhelmed, also known as the choice overload phenomena.
So we’ve built something better, an intuitive recommendation engine that uses a unique hashtagging system, the way we think and self-talk when making these decisions, to show you the places which are most accurately aligned with your preferences.
Based on a single sentence, all you do is fill in the blanks and you’ll be shown spots that have been tagged by the selected terms, to give you a single and highly accurate match. So you don’t have to spend hours scrolling through options, see your spot and head down.
You can now create your own profile, using either facebook or email, and begin to personalise the app to your needs. This includes adding them to your favourites, keeping track of your travels and even sharing your own map with friends, through WhatsApp, messenger, facebook and text message. So never lose the info on an awesome spot you find and impress your friends with your new-found knowledge.
You can now see all of the locations on an immersive map, alongside the existing list view. So set your location, browse the spots nearby, and use the map view to give you a birds-eye view of what’s nearby.
We hope you’ll enjoy using the new and improved Like Locals app, and it helps make the experience of exploring your next destination more fun, easy and exciting. Also, we’d like to thank everyone, we wouldn’t be here without your feedback, so if you have any questions, please drop us an email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Download the Like Locals App now for free on both iOS and Android devices, and start exploring. Also, stay tuned, we have some exciting updates on the way.