Swapit Introduces: Swapit Premium Day Pass, WhatsApp, Sorting (Distance vs. Date, Global vs. City)

swapit-blog_filterWe just updated Swapit with several new additions.

You can get the latest Swapit app from Google Play and the App Store or by simply clicking here: http://get.swapit.la/now

You told us you love Swapit Premium, but you’d like to pay for it on-the-go. We’ve been listening and now we have finally released our latest Swapit app update with the Swapit Premium Day Pass, which gets you access to the full range of Swapit Premium features for a full day for just $0.99 (HK$8).

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We’ve added a lot more in this release as well. Let me highlight some points.

SWAPIT PREMIUM DAY PASS

Back in April this year, we launched Swapit Premium as a monthly subscription. While some people have picked this up and were happy they could access to such additional features, we knew that a monthly subscription was more attractive power traders. Yet, Swapit was build by individuals for individuals – as a true consumer-to-consumer marketplace.

To make sure, individuals can access Swapit Premium when they need to, we’re introducing the Day Pass now. It costs the lowest price we can charge through Google Play and the Apple App Store: $0.99 (HK$8). It’s a one-off payment. You won’t get charged again and you can use all Swapit Premium features for a full day starting from the time of purchase.

Of course, at any time, you can purchase a Day Pass again and take advantage of another full day of all Swapit Premium features.

swapit-blog-whatsappWHATSAPP SHARING

With our last release we’ve introduced a much easier way to share Swapit items you like on your favorite social media. Besides supporting Facebook, Twitter, WeChat and LINE, we have now added WhatsApp to the list of 1-click shareables. It was a quick and easy change for us, but we feel that many of you will take advantage of it and enjoy telling your friends about your listings on Swapit.

SORTING THE SWAPIT ITEM LIST

You might not have noticed that, but we’ve been experimenting with different kinds of default sort settings in Swapit over the past couple of months. Initially, we’ve had our default sorting of the Swapit item list set to “Distance” – meaning, the items closest to you showed up at the top of the list. The further down you scrolled, the farther away such items were from your current location. Then we switched to the default sorting of “Date” – meaning, the items at the top of the list are the most recent ones and the further down you scroll, the older such items are.

swapit_screenshots_1-13-3-3_1_sortingNow there are limitations to such sorting settings. Swapit has been built as a globally applicable app, which connects buyers and sellers that are in very close proximity to each other – no matter where they are located at.

[start of tech talk] One of our main goals was to build a truly scalable backend. That means, we use the most modern technologies (NoSQL database, insanely scalable, easy to extend) in order to be able to have one single database for the whole world. Every Swapit item that is stored on the Swapit backend has at least one location reference to it, so we can match it with potential buyers nearby. [/end of tech talk]

So the very simple task of sorting your items by distance or by date created a bit of a challenge. If you see the closest item listings that are nearby your location first, it is very likely that those are actually relevant to you – in terms of language and currency. But if you sort by date – remember, we have one huge database for the whole world – you quickly realize that item postings in India, Philippines or the USA might show up at the top of your list. Those might be in a different language and usually have a different currency. Remember? Swapit supports 148 currencies. It was imperative to ensure that you only see items there, which make sense.

Solution. In the end, we came up with the solution of listing the whole world’s items when you sort them by Distance, but we only show you items within your city when you set the sorting to Date. That way, you will always see the most relevant items (in terms of language and currency) at the top of your list – no matter you’re sorting by Distance or Date. That’s why you now see clearly the distinction between “Distance Global” and “Date City”.

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Currently, the default “sort by” setting is Distance Global, which makes the most sense for the on-boarding process of new users. Sometimes those users are located in cities where no items are available yet. So a sorting by Date City would return no items. That in turn, prompts the majority of such new users in new cities to deinstall the app – even though they might actually like the app itself. No content, no fun, right? So we would have created an artificially high churn rate ourselves. In order to prevent that, the default “sort by” setting is set to Distance Global. So you will always see the item that’s the closest to you – even if that item is in a different city, country or continent.

Should you change your “sort by” setting, Swapit now also remembers that setting and every time Swapit launches, it will use that same sorting again and again – until you change it.

A nice side-effect of all of that is: By sorting your list by Distance, you can browse all Swapit items that were listed in the whole world. The location of the item listing just gets farther and farther away, the further down you scroll. I sometimes try to challenge myself to reach the bottom of the list, which takes a lot of scrolling and could almost be considered a workout.

Besides all those changes above, we’ve done a lot of “under-the-hood” improvements and bug fixes to make the Swapit experience a lot more seamless.

Have you tried Swapit yet? Give it a try: http://get.swapit.la/now

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Swapit is Featured at Best Spot on Google Play

Following our recent updates of Swapit (second-hand trading dataSwapit Premium, incredible traction), Google Play is now featuring Swapit at the most desired spot on Google Play. The top row banner. Only very few outstanding apps are chosen to be featured there and Swapit is amongst that elite group of apps now. We feel very honored by being chosen to be featured and we are certain our users appreciate that too. Have a look:

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Head over to Google Play today and download Swapit for free. Remember, in April you’ll get 1-Month Premium Services for Free: Download Swapit from Google Play

Swapit Premium Launched – Sell Faster!

We are excited to announce the launch of Swapit Premium. Now everyone can sell their pre-loved items even faster than before! If you join during the launch month of April, your first month will be completely free. You can cancel at any time. No questions asked. Nothing charged. Rest assured, all existing free features, remain free for everyone.

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Get the latest Swapit update on Google Play: http://get.swapit.la

 

BENEFITS OF SWAPIT PREMIUM

post-itemUnlimited Posts
Post as many items as you wish on Swapit. We invite everyone to leverage the Swapit marketplace to the fullest and you can trade as many items as you’d like to.

photos10 Photos per Post
Premium members can post up to 10 photos per item. The free account allows for 3 photos per item. Being able to share more photos has proven to increase the chances to sell an item dramatically.

highlightUnlimited Highlight
Highlight as many items as you wish when posting them. Highlighted items show up with a green bottom bar in the standard item list. Therefore, their chances to be discovered increase significantly.

featuredUnlimited Feature
Feature as many items as you wish when posting them. Featured items show up with a green ribbon at top right corner of the item’s image in the standard item list. Therefore, their chances to be discovered increase significantly.

post-item_premium-categoriesTwo Premium Category Posts per Month
You can post up to two premium items per month in any of our 4 premium categories: Cars & Motorcycles, Yachts & Boats, Property and Memberships & Debentures. There is currently no limit on the price of such items.

edit-postEdit Posts at Any Time
Premium members can edit their posts at any time. As before, the free account still allows editing an item within 15 minutes after posting.

verifiedVerified Member
The identity of each verified member has been digitally authenticated. Verified members are an integral part of our vibrant Swapit community.

 

LAUNCH OFFER: 1 MONTH FREE

During our launch month of April, the first month of Swapit Premium is free of charge. Get the latest Swapit update today to join: http://get.swapit.la

After the first free month, Swapit Premium costs HKD $88 per month.

We are absolutely convinced that Swapit Premium will help sellers sell their items even faster than before. The additional benefits, which Swapit Premium members get access to,  are carefully chosen to increase their chances to sell items much faster. By providing unlimited access to all those premium features, Swapit has now an easy and straight forward way for sellers to tap even better into the vibrant Swapit marketplace. More premium features are planned to be added over time and our subscribed Premium Members will receive access to those new features automatically.

 

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: CANCEL AT ANY TIME

We believe so much in the power of Swapit Premium that we offer cancellation of the service at any time. Even within the first free month, you could cancel at any time and you will still have access to all premium features within that month.

After the first month, when the Swapit Premium membership converts into a paid monthly subscription, you can cancel the membership at any time. You will still remain having access to all premium features for the rest of that month.

 

Have you tried Swapit yet? You can download it for free at: http://get.swapit.la