Phase 2 of beta testing for the Advomate app began about a week ago, this time with a total of 21 users on both iOS and Android versions. Users are located in the Tampa Bay area, as this is where we'll launch the app initially before expanding into new markets.
The primary goal for testing this time around is DESIGN. We want to make sure we're creating an app that's not just easy on the eyes, but easy to use - all the way from initial signup down to searching for volunteer initiatives. With that in mind, we've instructed our users to nitpick the crap out of us and tell us about ANY element of the app that could be more appealing, and/or more user-friendly.
We actually hit a big milestone last Saturday...the first ACTUAL initiative was participated in by a user! We partnered with the Great American Cleanup to post their event in Pinellas Park on the app, and a user selected it, participated, and got credit for it. The first of MANY to come!
Most of the initiatives posted during this phase will be just for test purposes, but that said we do have a few other actual ones posted right now. Very exciting times for sure.
After Phase 2 testing is over (in 2-3 weeks), it'll be back to the grind as we incorporate users' suggested changes into the app's next version. This process should take a few weeks as we want to make sure it's ready for Phase 3. This third and final phase will be very important, as the app will host nothing but actual Initiatives. We'll be working with MANY more nonprofits and other charitable organizations, so we have to make sure it's fully on point.