And Now a Service to Roll Your Own iPhone Apps

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-12Sweb Apps publicly launched an eponymous web site today where small- and medium-sized businesses can create their own iPhone applications, providing a new way for them to market their services and promotions to the increasing number of smartphone users.

On the Sweb Apps site, a business selects which buttons it wants to feature on its app, such as a map, menu, contact information — there are even buttons for Facebook and Twitter that will send customers straight to its company Facebook fan page or Twitter feed. Businesses can choose from packages of four, six or eight buttons, which cost $200, $300 and $400 respectively; there’s also a $50 onetime set-up fee and a $25 monthly hosting fee.For $10 a month, a business can add the “App Tracker” feature, which measures how many times its app is downloaded and the number of times each button within it is pressed. Once approved by Apple, businesses are able to update any information on the app in real time since Sweb Apps saves the information uploaded on the site in its server database, according to Sweb Apps CEO Magaly Chocano. So if a restaurant’s menu or hours have changed, the owner can submit the edits to the Sweb Apps site and the changes will be made instantly.

Currently, there’s no space for a business to add advertisements on its app, but Chocano said the company is working on that functionality. Businesses can, however, charge users to download their apps on the iTunes (s aapl) Store. San Antonio, Texas-based Sweb Apps received $60,000 in funding in June from Chocano’s family and the company plans to expand its app-building service to BlackBerry (s rimm), Palm Pre (s palm) and Android-based (s goog) phones by the first quarter of 2010.

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www.punchmediagroup.net

But leave BlackBerry apps (and need we remind everyone they outsold iPhone Q1 of this year) to the pros!

Rodrigo

Not gonna lie, swebapps’s concept is not anything new.

Check out http://www.mobileroadie.com
Comparing the two… swebapps is way more expensive and looks weak compared to the apps that mobileroadie makes. They let you customize a lot of stuff and won’t jack up the prices to do so.

I downloaded their Spinal Tap app and thought… “this one goes to 11”. Ha!

Zvika Ashkenazi

At http://www.mobileapploader.com we would like share with you testimonials from our customers (hundreds of small businesses). I just got this today:
 
Our customers also loved the app, they were most excited about the appointment options that were available to them. Within the first 24 hours after the app was available on the store we had 8 appointments made.

From Jason Goldman from Quicy Auto Aution

We at http://www.mobileapploader.com have been launching Apps for small business since the beginning of the year. We probably have more customers than any other company and the best products and pricing in the business..

Please let me know if you would like further information about MobileAppLoader

Sincerely

Zvika Ashkenazi

CEO

Terry Smith

I hope they make lots of money at this, at least until next Tuesday when someone will set up another web site to do this for free.

qureshimedia

wow this seems very interesting could be a solution for clients who do not have a budget for a custom iphone app solution!

fritz

this has been long time coming it will be good to see their growth in coming months

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