Swapit Update: Feature Your Items

swapit-blog_downloadWe’ve just updated Swapit again and this time with a great new feature that gives you the power to feature any of your items all by yourself!

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After our last update with the brand new home of Swapit, we’ve now added a feature many of you have been asking us about: You can now feature your own items inside Swapit.

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Getting featured on Swapit is really easy. You can simply open any of the items you’ve posted and click the FEATURE button at the bottom of that screen. Follow the instructions and your item will be featured. At a rock bottom price of $1 per feature, your item will remain featured for a full week on the home screen of Swapit.

Here is how that looks like on the new Swapit home screen:

Large Profile Pictures

Again, due to our users’ great feedback, we’ve now made it possible to view the profile pictures of sellers in big format. That makes it easy for people who want to meet up, to know what the meeting partner looks like before they are at the spot.

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Swapit Update: A New Home

swapit-blog_downloadWe’ve just updated Swapit again and this time with a big new revamp of Swapit’s home screen!

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Note: The crash that occurred on startup of Swapit on iOS in the last release has been resolved. Please get the latest version.

After several smaller changes in previous versions, Swapit’s latest update was a rather significant one. At least in terms of user interface and navigational entry points. We’ve been conducting extensive tests with our users, competition analysis and constantly collect feedback on the usage of Swapit. As a result, we believe this current change brings a lot of benefits to all users of Swapit.

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New Home Screen

The new Swapit home screen has been carefully designed to offer easy to understand entry points to our Swapit marketplace. A few months back, we did introduce Quick Select to Swapit’s navigation. Now, we’ve basically blown up our Quick Select choices with beautiful pictures and a clear name, and we have extended them to cover more topics of interest.

As a result, it is now much easier to quickly jump right into a category that might of interest to the buyer who is browsing Swapit. It’s a quicker way to get to the product you’re really interested in.

1_img_browse_and_buy_enPreventing Subconscious Compartmentalization

While that’s a mouth full, it clearly boils it down to the point. We’ve always been strong believers in the fact that people should be able to browse our catalog of 220,000+ listings (that grow by the minute!) as quickly and as easily as possible. That was the main reason, why right after starting the Swapit app, you previously saw a list of items posted nearby your current location. While the beauty of that was, Swapit’s content looked different for every user’s app launch. It was customized to that current location.

Compartmentalization. The problem with the above described situation, was that first-time users saw whatever items were being offered nearby right from the onset. If a nearby seller was specializing women’s fashion, then everyone in that vicinity would see women’s fashion when they first opened the app. The human’s nature of compartmentalizing first-time impressions kicked in, and for those folks Swapit was right away an app just for women’s fashion. If that user was a gadget fan, he would then most likely close the app and never open it again, because he is not interested in women’s fashion. Yet, Swapit has some really great gadgets listed on its marketplace.

8_img_get_stuff_for_freeTo prevent such kind of compartmentalization that happens when first opening Swapit, we’ve now got our beautiful list Quick Select images that show right away the vast diversity of items and product categories that are available on Swapit.

Several other small improvements and bug fixes did also make their way into this release. It’s needless to say, that they improve stability and performance. We’ve also strengthened our fight against spam and scam attempts. That is running in full steam and we’ve already suspended several accounts, ensuring Swapit is a secure and trusted marketplace to conduct safe trade.

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Preventing Scams

10011701674_af46cbf86e_bWith growing popularity of Swapit, more people are joining every day. Besides many great and enthusiastic folks, there will always be that small percentage of people who just come to your platform trying to scam other users. Every platform with a large enough user base has this issue. Swapit is no exception to this.

Over the past weeks we’ve seen an increase of users joining Swapit, who then approach as many sellers as possible for the sole purpose of driving the conversation with them out of Swapit into their personal email accounts. They do this not for the purpose of closing a sale, but much rather to scam the sellers and get access to their private information. That is something that’s annoying to all users who have been contact and it also damages Swapit as a trusted marketplace.

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To solve this issue, we now do not allow to compose comments or chat messages that contain email addresses. Previously any sort of web link, email address, phone number may be clickable directly inside the app. We believe in convenience and making our user’s lives as easy as possible. However, in this particular case, allowing such email addresses to be sent and then being clickable, created an opportunity for scammers who started reaching out to Swapit users. To protect the Swapit user base we have now deactivated this functionality for email addresses.

While generally, we’d be fine with buyers and sellers choosing their preferred medium of communication, we do encourage all buyers and sellers on Swapit to keep their conversation exclusively on Swapit. That provides various advantages:

  1. All conversation is in one place
  2. A conversation about a particular item can be easily found
  3. All conversation is traceable in case of any dispute

As a result, Swapit is now even more secure than it was ever before. It’s the trusted marketplace where sellers can easily sell their items to buyers nearby – may it be second hand or new items. Swapit brings them together.

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Swapit Update: Faster Post Creation, Faster Sale

swapit-blog_downloadWe’ve just updated Swapit with several changes, performance improvements and a rather neat change that makes it more efficient and faster to post an item for sale or give it away.

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Besides all those small changes and something really big we are preparing to launch soon, we’ve just added a small change that makes everyone’s life easier when it is about selling.

beta_1.15.0_post-item-select-image_1_croppedWhen you now press the “+” button in the main Swapit screen, you can easily select either “Take a photo” or “Choose from gallery”.

Swapit already had one of the fastest ways to post an item for sale, but now we’ve increased that by such a simple change. I particularly like the small subtle animation you get when clicking the “+” button.

At the moment, only the Swapit Android is up-to-date on the store. Swapit for iOS will hopefully be approved soon.

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Time Spent by Users in Swapit is up 80%

About a month ago I wrote about the Time Spent by Users in Swapit is up 91%. Now a little over 4 weeks later, that metric seems to be going up constantly. Have a look:

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It’s great to see our Swapit users spending more time in our Swapit. That’s probably due to some of our recently added features, like following or the change in our web teaser sites where you can even browse most recent Swapit items with your web or mobile browser. Though, the web browsing not even count into the statistic shown above, which is for in-app behavior only.

swapit_marketing-chart-growWe are still focusing on making Swapit the most efficient marketplace for buyers and sellers, it is great to see that our Swapit users do more and more enjoy browsing it and spending time inside Swapit.

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Swapit Air: April Fool’s (for now)

swapit-blog_skydroneYes, our Swapit Air announcement on April 1st was an April Fool’s Day joke. We had a lot of fun with it! 🙂

To be very clear: We do not have a drone fleet nor have we launched any such service in Hong Kong.

I would like to point out that the feedback we received over the last couple of days has been very very good. If we would have actually launched Swapit Air, we would have gotten a lot of media coverage.

Thanks a lot to the great folks at Sky Drone who played along well in our April Fool’s Day joke.

To be honest: Even though, it sounds futuristic or as some put it “too good to be true“, from a technological point of view, Swapit Air is doable. However, from a regulatory point of view, it is challenging to launch such a service. Most countries in the world have no legal framework to either allow or properly regulate such services. However, if you are interested in drone technology – especially for command & control and video transmission over extremely long / beyond-line-of-sight range – please do reach out to the Sky Drone team. They’d be happy to help you out and get you up and running in no time.

img_peak_swapit_iconsTHOUGHTS ON DRONE DELIVERY

During the process of thinking about Swapit Air, writing the press release, composing the blog post and creating the artwork, I more and more realized that Hong Kong would actually be a perfect place for launching drone delivery.

There are several structural challenges in most other countries, which Hong Kong does not have due to the places people’s homes are located at. Let me point some of those factors out. My secret hope is, that the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department CAD is reading this.

  1. Building Proximity
    Due to the fact that Hong Kong is the #2 city in the world with most high-rise buildings and they are all in very close proximity to each other, flight time between two buildings would be really short. That means less energy (=electricity) and less delivery time is needed, which drives down costs significantly. A short delivery time also warrants for a superior customer experience.
  2. Population Density
    High population density means, that by servicing just one building, up to a thousand people could be connected to a drone delivery network. That’s very cost efficient and provides a stellar public service.
  3. Empty Roofs
    Usually, building roofs in Hong Kong are not utilized. They are mostly reserved for maintenance equipment, air-conditioning and as fire escape locations. Though, I am not sure if it’s wise to be trapped at the roof of a 60 story building when all the floors below are on fire. Yet, in an every-day scenario, those rooftops are just sitting there empty. Hong Kong landlords are all about maximizing rental income. You can see that by every other roof hosting network cells of mobile carriers, which the landlords collect rent for. So deploying drone landing and launchpads at those roofs as well, would extend their purpose and increase rental income of landlords.
  4. Easy Flight Paths
    Using roofs as take off and landing locations for drones, removes a lot of obstacles urban environments in big area countries have. The drone could just take off vertically and climb to an altitude of say 50 meters above the tallest building in the city. Then it flies directly to the destination building and vertically descents to land on the landing pad to drop the parcel. It’s a simple take off, fly a straight line and land scenario, which could be done ensuring high safety standards and short traveling and transport times. In other countries, drones would have to land at a different landing spot for every single customer / parcel destination. That creates an incredible about of possible scenarios such drone deliveries would need to be able to handle. Imagine simple things like landing in the front yard of a house where the kid left his or her skateboard at. Such unexpected conditions make it near impossible to operate a safe and cost-efficient service.

So never say never. We might just announce a service like Swapit Air in future. It is now at least clear that people love the idea and are interested in using it. So stay tuned into our Swapit blog. We’ll for sure post some more exciting and real-live innovation very soon!


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