Swapit Update: Quick Select & Post Title/Description Translation

swapit-blog_downloadWe’ve just updated Swapit with two key improvements:

  1. Quick Select popular categories and filter settings
  2. Translate Post Title and Description to and from 100 languages.

Get Your Update Swapit Today: http://get.swapit.la/now

We’re constantly improving Swapit and all changes Swapit introduces are based on our user feedback and demand.

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This new update is already available on Google Play and will soon also be available on the Apple App Store.

HOW QUICK SELECT WORKS

We’ve added a small horizontal bar at the top of our list where you can now quickly select popular categories and filter settings. Here is how it looks like:

The top left image shows the standard way our Swapit product browse list looks like. After clicking one of the pre-defined “quick select” buttons, you can now quickly narrow down the content that’s shown to you. It’s easy, useful, and works like charm.

One of the reasons, why we introduced this feature, was that people didn’t realize – at a first glance – that there is such way to narrow down and filter the choice of products you see. From the onset, Swapit has some quite sophisticated filters, which allow you to only show what you’re interested in. However, many people don’t discover that at their first use of Swapit. As a result, they see a lot of items they might not be interested in right now, and as a result of that, they believe Swapit is not for them.

It’s that psychological compartmentalization, which then puts Swapit as an app and marketplace into that corner of the user’s brain where it might be useful, but is not at this moment in time. Swapit got used less because of that. In order to reduce this behavior, we’ve introduced our Quick Select bar. On purpose, we want Swapit to require as minimal or best no education on its usage at all. It just simply needs to work out-of-the-box and feel natural to our users.

Anyhow, just give it a try. We’re sure you like it.

HOW POST TRANSLATIONS WORK

Again, we’ve built this in the most easy way possible. If an item post is in a language you do not speak (check your profile settings), you will see a simple “See Translation” button in it. By clicking that button, the post’s title and description is being translated into the language your phone is set to.

The translation might take a second or two as we are using cognitive background processing to ensure a close-enough translation of such text.

Have you tried Swapit yet? Get it from: http://get.swapit.la/now

Swapit is on Instagram now

Swapit just got on Instagram. You can follow us here: https://www.instagram.com/swapitla/

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We’ll be posting the “Swapit Item of the Week” on our @swapitla Instagram account as well as other interesting items and sellers on Swapit. Make sure to follow us on Instagram, there might even be some exclusive promotions popping up on Instagram — especially when you least expect it.

If you haven’t tried Swapit yet, you can get it from: http://get.swapit.la/now

3 Winners Were Chosen for the Swapit Mobile Studio – XMAS Promotion

CONGRATULATIONS to the 3 winners of our Post+Win a Mobile Studio from Swapit!

The 3 Winners:

  1. 219 posts: rads*****@gmail.com
  2. 72 posts: julia*****@gmail.com
  3. 44 posts: nani*****@gmail.com

 

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We’ve just reached out to our three winners and they now have 24 hours to reply to our email. Once we receive a reply, we’ll arrange for a hand over of a Swapit Mobile Studio to each of the winners.

It’s been great to see a lot of people participating and sharing Swapit to their friends.

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

Patrick from Swapit is one of the CoCoon First 100

swapit-blog_cocoonWe’re incredibly humbled that we’ve been honored with a full 3 pages in CoCoon’s First 100 book. Thanks a lot CoCoonians!

CoCoon was one of the first places I actually pitched Swapit publicly. In March 2015, we’ve been at the CoCoon Pitch Night Semi-Finals and it was a great event. I still remember vividly, how nervous I was. Personally, I believe my pitches have improved a lot since then and the nervousness before going on stage, has turned into excitement. In the following month in April, we went on to pitch at the CoCoon Pitch Finals, which was great as well!

Over the past 1.5 years, we’ve been involved in several events and exhibitions organized by CoCoon and their partners. It is a great community, which also runs a huge co-working space as well, by the way.

Thanks a lot CoCoon Team!

We are very grateful, that we’ve been chosen to be featured in their first CoCoon First 100 book. Yes, it is an actual book with real pages. Here are our three pages in there:

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If you want to find out more about CoCoon, just check out their website: http://www.hkcocoon.org

Have you tried Swapit yet? Get it for free from: http://get.swapit.la/now

Post+Win a Mobile Studio from Swapit

It’s holiday time, it’s gift time, and we want to give as well. That’s why we’ve just launched another great promotion where we’re giving away 3 Mobile Studio sets. They are lid up with LEDs and create a great environment for you to take the perfect photo of an item you want to sell on Swapit.

It’s really easy to participate: Open Swapit, post an item for sale, and you’re in the race for winning one of three mobilM Studio sets. Swapit user with the most item posts wins.

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Open Swapit & Join To Win a Mobile Studio

It only takes 30 seconds to post your item on Swapit. That’s it and you immediately joined joined the race to win one out of three Mobile Studio sets, valued at $75 (HKD580) each.

This promotion runs until January 2nd, 2017. In early January we will know the top three participants. So make sure you’re in and join right now!

Remember? Last year we gave away a OnePlus X in a similar promotion. It was great to see the happy winner back then, and now we’re giving away 3 Mobile Studios. So we are already excited to make 3 winners happy very soon.

Post+Win Mobile Studio Timetable:

  • December 19: Launch campaign
  • December 19 to January 2nd: Swapit users who post items, join automatically
  • January 2nd: Campaign closes
  • January 3-5: Three winners will be determined
  • January 5-7: Winners will be contacted
  • January 8-15: Winner ceremony will be held (exact date to be confirmed)

If you have any question, feel free to contact us.

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

Swapit Update: Chat Across 100 Languages with Instant Translations

swapit-blog_downloadSwapit is all about bringing people together. We’ve always been about removing barriers and with this release, Swapit buyers can chat with sellers across 100 different languages. It’s easy, instant, helps sellers close their sale and buyers get what they really want.

Update Swapit today: http://get.swapit.la/now

We’ve created the easiest way you can imagine, to communicate with someone who does not speak your language. It’s a free feature in Swapit and has just been rolled out across the globe in our iPhone and Android apps.

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How Chat Translations Work

When you receive a chat message in a language you do not speak, you will now see a small “See Translation” button right next to that chat message. When you tap it, we translate that chat message into your own language and show it to you. This is how it may look like:

Furthermore, let’s see how it looks for different chat partners.

The translations are not perfect, but they are sufficient to get the gist of it. They help buyers to communicate with sellers who do not speak their language. It’s something many of our users have asked for and we really like to listen and act on our user feedback. Thanks again to all of our loyal Swapit users! You really rock!

More Information While You Chat

In any chat window you might have with a buyer or a seller, you now see a re-designed header, which shows you the item the chat is about and your chat partner. At the same time, we now also show you whether it’s an item you’re selling and what languages your chat partner is speaking.

Languages which you speak and your chat partner speaks, are highlighted. So it’s easy for you to determine, that you two can actually communicate in the language you have in common.

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We introduced a new language setting in your user profile. When you launch your app for the first time, Swapit reads the language you have set your phone to, and sets it in Swapit as a language you speak. That’s the language, chat messages will be translated to when you hit the “See Translation” button.

In your profile you can also add additional languages you speak. That will help us identify matches between the languages you speak and your chat partner speaks. There is no upper limit to the number of languages you can add here. So even the Pope with his 7 spoken languages can join us!

Sale Posts In Your Language

In fact, we did not just improve chats. We’ve also added a more flexible setting when you’re posting items for sale. Up until recently, it was only possible to choose manually whether the item you post is in Chinese or in English. Now, you can choose any language you like. Similarly, the first time the post item screen opens, Swapit reads the language setting from the phone and sets that as a default language for the item you’re posting. We just assume you also post in the language you are using in your phone.

This language setting helps us sort through content on Swapit on a global scale.

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Swapit is being used in dozens of countries and many different people with different nationalities who speak different languages are using it every day. When you open Swapit, you’ll automatically a list of items listed and you can jump right into them. Due to our standard search order setting of “by Distance”, all such items were posted nearby, which makes them most relevant to you.

Yet, in Swapit you’re also able to filter those items by language. Especially in multi-cultural cities like Hong Kong or in border areas, this is a very useful feature. Personally, my Chinese reading skills are very limited, so I do prefer item posts in English or German. So I can adjust this to my liking and only the items where I can read the title and description.

We’ve built a smart filter in this, though. Instead offering users to choose their languages of the item list out of the 100 languages we support, we offer you exactly the choices of languages, which are actually available by the current list of items. For example, if there are only items in the current result list, which are in English or Chinese, then you’ll be able to choose only between those two languages in the filter setting. It’s a quick one-tap switch to switch one language off.

Have you tried Swapit yet? Get it from: http://get.swapit.la/now

Swapit Traction Update – 160,000 Traders on Swapit

We are proud to announce that Swapit just recently exceeded 160,000 registered traders on our hyperlocal marketplace!

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Over the past 12 months, that is an incredible increase of 2,105%! At the same time, all of our other metrics (listings, sold items, chat messages, comments, likes, etc) are growing at least at the same pace. This has a lot to do with our focus on marketplace liquidity and the growing and maturing environment of our still very young marketplace.

Have you tried Swapit yet? Go to: http://get.swapit.la/now

Want to check out our previous traction updates? Just go to the Traction category on our blog.