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The 2014 American Folk Festival App

August 19, 2014

2014 AFF app home screenWe love the end of August here at Sephone. For a weekend each year, the Bangor waterfront transforms into a musical space full of cultures and sounds from across America and the world – and we’re fortunate to bring information about it to Festival-goers through the official website at americanfolkfestival.com and through the Festival’s mobile app.

The app is a great indicator of how the world’s turned to mobile more and more each year. Last year, we saw a 75% increase in the number of people downloading the app compared to 2012 – and the numbers are still growing. We love having an app, too, because it allows people to have the information they need quickly and easily.

In addition to favorite features from years past (including the ability to build your own schedule, push notifications to alert you of upcoming performances, information on who’s currently performing and who’s scheduled to perform, and up-to-the-minute schedule changes), we’ve added a new vendors section with information about all the amazing food and craft vendors throughout the Festival. And if you want to support the Festival but don’t want to miss any of the music and don’t see a member of the Bucket Brigade nearby, you can now donate online, right from the app.

Make sure you have the latest version of the app before you head to the waterfront! Go into the App Store app on  your iOS device and click on the Updates tab, or go into the My Apps area of the Play Store on Android. Updating only takes a couple of minutes!

Don’t forget to share photos from the Festival from the app, and tweet to your heart’s content about what you see using the #AFFBangor hashtag! See you on the waterfront.

By the way, we made a two-minute video talking about the site, the app, and how the Festival has changed over the years. We hope you like it!

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Justin is a web and mobile developer at Sephone. He's interested in user-driven design, social media, and web services. He also enjoys learning and exploring new ways for businesses and people to use the web.

The 2013 American Folk Festival app

August 16, 2013

The 2013 American Folk Festival appThe American Folk Festival returns to the Bangor Waterfront from August 23rd – 25th, and we’re gearing up for it here at Sephone. As we have in years past, we’re happy to have the opportunity to both sponsor the Festival and develop their official mobile app and website.

We’ve kept the popular features from last year’s app – auto-updating schedules for every stage and artist, an interactive map of the Festival grounds, and an easy way to submit photos to an official Folk Festival album on their social media accounts – and added a brand-new look for this year.

But this year’s update is more than just a new look and feel. We’ve added push notifications and favorites this year; tap the star next to any performance to receive a reminder alert that the artist you want to see will be playing soon. You can also star any artist to receive additional information and alerts.

When you star a performance, it’ll be added to a personal schedule made just for you. Tap “Your Schedule” on the app’s home page to see a list of all the performances you’ve marked that you want to see over the course of the Festival. It’s a great at-a-glance look into where you want to go!

If you installed the app last year, getting the new features is as easy as updating the app. If you’re running iOS, head into the App Store app and go into the Updates tab. If you’re an Android user, the app may update automatically, or you may need to go into the My Apps area of the Play Store for the new version.

Before you head down to the Waterfront, be sure to download the app for free on Google Play or the iOS App Store, or visit americanfolkfestival.com for even more information about the weekend. See you at the Festival – and don’t forget to donate to support it in the future!

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Justin is a web and mobile developer at Sephone. He's interested in user-driven design, social media, and web services. He also enjoys learning and exploring new ways for businesses and people to use the web.

Announcing the new WaterfrontConcerts.com and apps

August 1, 2013

We’re thrilled to announce that Waterfront Concerts, the company that brings great music and more to Bangor, Maine’s waterfront, has a new home on the web – and now on your phone!

WaterfrontConcerts.com

We’ve been working with Waterfront Concerts over the past few months to build an updated online resource for thousands of fans of everything from country to comedy and rock to radio. We wanted to make it really easy for people to find information about the shows they want to see: a full schedule, ticket and seating information, and lots of rich media to let them learn more about the show. The new site lets fans see the latest show announcements and find the perfect ticket package, whether they’re coming to the waterfront from across the city or across the country.

QR code for the Waterfront Concerts appIn addition to the new site, WFConcerts now has free apps for iPhone and Android to keep the latest information about Bangor’s concerts at your fingertips. The apps extend WaterfrontConcerts.com and give you a personalized view of your music schedule. After you download the app, you’re two taps away from marking a show as a favorite, giving you access to instant updates about show information and ticket sales. You’ll also automatically receive the latest announcements about the Waterfront Concerts season. You can even buy your perfect ticket right from your phone. Head to the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android – or scan the QR code to the right with your phone – to download the app for free!

We’re fortunate to work with a number of companies who are doing great things for the Bangor region, and we’re excited to add Waterfront Concerts to the list. And we’re not done yet! We’re on track to offer great new features for concertgoers in the future. Hope to see you at a concert!

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Justin is a web and mobile developer at Sephone. He's interested in user-driven design, social media, and web services. He also enjoys learning and exploring new ways for businesses and people to use the web.

The Folk Festival at Your Fingertips

August 21, 2012

We’re in full American Folk Festival mode here at Sephone. Every year we look forward to the music, arts, and culture that the Folk Festival brings to the Bangor waterfront for a weekend in August, and this year promises to be another great time for the tens of thousands of people who join the festivities.

We’re long-time Folk Festival supporters, and each year we try to bring something new to the table for festival-goers. If you remember last year, we released a mobile app for those with Android phones and also created a mobile web site with schedule and performer information. We heard some great feedback about those mobile tools, and we wanted to add a little more for the eleventh year of the AFF. (If you downloaded last year’s app on Android, please update to the latest version!)

This year it’s really simple: if you head to americanfolkfestival.com on your iPhone or Android phone, you’ll be prompted to download the free 2012 American Folk Festival mobile app. Once you’ve installed it on your phone, you’ll have a complete Folk Festival schedule wherever you go, and you’ll also be able to read more information about each of the performers. The app auto-updates the schedule, too, in case there are any changes over the course of the weekend. Want to know who’s playing on the Railroad Stage? It’s really easy to find that out, too. There’s also an interactive map of the waterfront to allow you to find food, crafts, music, and more.

One of my favorite new features is the ability to take photos and submit them to the Folk Festival – they’ll feature the best on their official Facebook page. Take some photos of those moments that make the Folk Festival unforgettable for you, and you might see them featured on the AFF’s Facebook page! (Of course, please be courteous to the other festival-goers around you! We’re all there to have fun.)

Remember, head to americanfolkfestival.com on your phone to download the app for free. We hope the new features in the app will make it even easier to find your way to some great music at the AFF. The Folk Festival makes the Bangor waterfront come alive each year, and it’s always an amazing experience. Hope to see you this weekend, and remember to support the Festival if you can!

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Justin is a web and mobile developer at Sephone. He's interested in user-driven design, social media, and web services. He also enjoys learning and exploring new ways for businesses and people to use the web.

The Community Connector app arrives

March 30, 2012

Today we’re thrilled to announce our latest launch: a free mobile guide for the Community Connector bus system here in Bangor, Maine. It’s available today for Android and iPhone.

A couple of months ago, our friend Jennifer Hooper came to us with an idea for a mobile app to act as a guide for the Community Connector buses. We thought it was a great opportunity to help the community and add to a techy option alongside the paper rider’s guides that are available on the buses.

The first version includes complete schedule information for all the Community Connector routes. It also gives you the option to see the closest stops to your current location. We’ll be releasing updates and adding more features in the coming months.

If you spend any time along Bangor’s major routes, there’s a good chance you’ll see one of the red buses. Bangor’s bus system – known as “the BAT” to many – covers over a hundred miles of roadway in Bangor, Brewer, Hampden, Veazie, Orono, and Old Town, and provided almost 900,000 rides for area residents in 2010. Starting on Monday, April 2, the system is adding a new Odlin Road route.

I remember seeing the buses drive by while I was growing up in Hampden (they were just called “The Bus” back then), and I feel really fortunate that we have such a great and growing bus system right here in Bangor. If you’ve never used the Community Connector, give it a try! We hope the app will show more people around Bangor that the bus can be smart, convenient, and easy, all while saving money on gas.

Download the app and tell us what you think. Head to communityconnector.sephone.com or scan the QR code below with your phone to download it for free!

Download the Community Connector app for free

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Justin is a web and mobile developer at Sephone. He's interested in user-driven design, social media, and web services. He also enjoys learning and exploring new ways for businesses and people to use the web.

Sephone Social Searcher

March 1, 2012

We’ve talked a lot about the advantages of joining social networks early (and social media’s advantages in general) lately on the blog. “That’s great,” you say, “but social media can take a lot of time to follow. Why should I take the time to check it?”

For the answer to that question, read Kelly’s post about listening. There’s a good chance that people are talking about your business on social media; they may be raving about it, they may be complaining, or they may be recommending you to their friends. Social media gives you the opportunity to engage directly with people who are mentioning your business online.

Still, though, keeping up with all these networks takes time. We want to give you a tool to help.

Today we’re launching the Sephone Social Searcher. It’s a lot easier to use the Searcher than it is to say its name: just enter your business name, location, or site address, and the Searcher will give you a launching point to search for mentions of your business on about a dozen social networks. It lets you search for posts, reviews, photos, and more. You can even bookmark your customized dashboard to access it quickly if you’d like to check often.

Let us know what you think about the Sephone Social Searcher. We believe that you should take some time to see what people are saying about your business online – and we want to make it as easy as possible. How’d we do?

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Justin is a web and mobile developer at Sephone. He's interested in user-driven design, social media, and web services. He also enjoys learning and exploring new ways for businesses and people to use the web.

Exploring Maine with your phone

November 7, 2011

Have you ever wanted to know if there is a decent place to eat around the corner while on vacation or out on the town? Or maybe a nice place to stay or something to do perhaps.  The Maine Tourism Association and Sephone are trying to make finding that data easier by launching a new android app called “My Maine“. In just a few “clicks” you can making decisions about where to go.

Features include being able to “bookmark”, explore other regions then the actually town you are in, and use your phone’s navigation apps to direct you to your destination.

How to Install

To install this app, go the android market, and search for “My Maine” or scan the QR below with your android phone.

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Stay Tuned

Stay tuned for more, new features and an iOS version coming soon.

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Alan has been creating websites since CompuServe was huge. Today he still is developing websites using technologies such as CSS3, HTML5, jQuery and CakePHP.

Going mobile at the American Folk Festival

July 27, 2011

It’s hard to believe that the American Folk Festival is less than a month away. As you may have read yesterday, we just launched an Android app for the Festival; this free digital guide is now available in the Android Market.

But we couldn’t let the Android people have all the fun!

If you use an iPhone or other smartphone, you can get your hands (or fingers) on the latest schedule and performer info with our brand-new mobile-friendly site for the American Folk Festival. The new site looks remarkably similar to the Android app; you can look at the schedule for any stage or performer, and you can also read information about the festival itself or about ways to donate and support the Festival for years to come.

Accessing the new site couldn’t be easier. Just head to the AFF’s site – americanfolkfestival.com – on your phone. If you use an iPhone, we suggest that you add the site to your phone’s home screen for easy access throughout the Festival weekend (August 26-28). It’s really simple to do, and you’ll see a little popup bubble that shows you how when you first visit the site on an iPhone.

As Al mentioned yesterday, we love working with the American Folk Festival each year, and we love to see the great acts they bring to the Bangor waterfront. We hope we’ll see you using the new mobile site on the waterfront in at the end of August, but once you’re done finding the information you need to know, remember to put away your phone and enjoy the wonderful music!

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Justin is a web and mobile developer at Sephone. He's interested in user-driven design, social media, and web services. He also enjoys learning and exploring new ways for businesses and people to use the web.