If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you won’t be surprised to find that I sat down, in a virtual coffee shop, and picked the brains of half the mastermind behind Qwiqq, Jack Wrigley, to have him introduce my readers to its awesome power.
Sure, you could go to the app’s site and read the about me page, but, that’s what everyone else is doing. Don’t you want to be a rebel, a revolutionary, an operating innovator?! DON’T YOU?!
Check out the seemingly silly build-up to the critical need-to-know stuff I managed to weasel out of Jack:
1. We all love the letter Q. It sort of gets the shaft in terms of usage in everyday words so this app sparks our interest three-fold just based on its spelling. The letter Q aside, share with me what Qwiqq actually is.
QWIQQ IS TWO GREAT TASTES IN ONE..OK, THAT'S STUPID BUT HERE'S THE DOPE. QWIQQ EMPOWERS LOCAL MERCHANTS TO SHARE WHAT THEY LOVE TO SELL WHILE EMPOWERING CONSUMERS TO SHARE WHAT THEY LOVE TO BUY. TWO GREAT THINGS COMING TOGETHER ALL FOCUSED ON SELLING PRODUCTS AND SERVICES IN A COOL, FASHIONABLY AWESOME SOCIAL WRAPPER.
2. Everyone loves a good picture. Paint the picture of how yourself and co-founder, John Phan, gave birth to the idea of such a pivotal app for marrying photo-sharing with hyper-local exposure.
JOHN CAME TO ME ABOUT A YEAR AGO WITH A REALLY DUMB IDEA. (LAUGH) IT WASN'T DUMB HE'S A SMART GUY. BUT THROUGH A CONVERSATION, I EXPLAINED I WAS ALL ABOUT CROWD SOURCING-EMPOWERING PEOPLE TO DRIVE COMMERCE, DEALS, STUFF. KNOW WHAT I MEAN? MUCH OF WHAT I THOUGHT WAS COOL WAS BASED ON A GREAT BIZ MY WIFE STARTED IN 2007. BRINGING HIS IDEA TOGETHER WITH MY THOUGHTS…QWIQQ WAS BORN.
3. So iPhone users are the lucky ones who can get their hands on the app now, for fellow Androids like myself, what are the plans for developing and launching the Android app?
I CARRY AN ANDROID, TOO. WE WILL GET THERE. HONESTLY, WE ARE SO FOCUSED ON DEVELOPING A KILLER UX ON IOS FIRST. ONCE WE NAIL IT, AND WE ARE VERY CLOSE, WE WILL BUILD AN ANDROID VERSION.
4. In an attempt to get some of the merchants thinking a bit outside the box, what suggestions do you have for merchants to get their customers utilizing the app?
LOCAL MERCHANTS SHOULD USE THE APP NOW. ITS BEEN BUILT WITH THEIR FEEDBACK FROM 1.O WHICH WE LAUNCHED IN AUGUST. QWIQQ MAKES IT SUPER SIMPLE TO CREATE A POST OF SOMETHING A MERCHANT WANTS TO SELL, WHEN THEY WANT TO SELL IT AND THEN SHARE THE POST TO WHERE THEIR BEST CUSTOMERS ARE; FACEBOOK, TWITTER, FOURSQUARE, SMS AND EMAIL-TURNING ALL THOSE PLATFORMS INTO CONSISTENT SELLING MACHINES AND HAVING THEIR BEST CUSTOMERS INFLUENCE OTHERS. ITS SO EASY FOR A MERCHANT TO MANAGE THEIR SOCIAL PRESENCE WITH ONEQWIQQ POST…THEY WILL LOVE IT. SO, START USING IT. YOUR CUSTOMERS WILL FIGURE IT OUT AND START USING IT TOO. OH, DID I MENTION THIS IS FREE TO MERCHANTS AND CONSUMERS. THAT'S HOW WE HANG.
5. What type of resource is available to those interested in becoming beta-testers for future app development roll-outs or even active merchant or customer users looking to get help on use strategies? Even the "qwiqqest" need a little hand holding from time to time.
JUST PING ME. @JACKWRIGLEY OR JACK@QWIQQ.ME OR CALL ME. YOU CAN FIND MY PHONE NUMBER ON MY QWIQQ BIO IN THE AP, AND YES, IT REALLY RINGS ME.
6. In my personal experience using the app over the course of the past few days, I enjoy the fact that this app, though available for free, is not a half-ass, crash-y app. Tell us a little about the team you have behind the scenes laying the framework for such a pleasant user-experience.
WE HAVE ROCKSTAR DEVELOPERS WORKING WITH US. SUPER TALENTED GROUP DEVOTED TO JOHN'S AND MY DESIRE TO DELIVER A QUALITY PRODUCT THAT IS FUN TO USE. IT TAKES TIME, TALENT AND DILIGENCE TO PRODUCE SOMETHING GREAT. WE ARE VERY PROUD OF QWIQQ.
7. Finally, what type of journey do you see for Qwiqq in the next year? Where are you going? What rad things do you plan to see along the way? We'd love a sneak peek of your soon-to-be-scrapbook.
THE WORLD'S OUR OYSTER! OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. LISTEN, QWIQQ IS THE FIRST SOCIAL NETWORK FOCUSED ON COMMERCE. IN OTHER WORDS, WE ARE BUILT TO SELL STUFF SOCIALLY AND HYPER-LOCALLY. WE PLAN TO ADD FEATURES THAT MAKE IT EVEN BETTER FOR MERCHANTS AND CONSUMERS FROM DIGITAL COUPON INTEGRATION (PRIMARILY FOR MERCHANTS) TO PRESSING "BUY" TO COMPLETE THE CONSUMER TRANSACTION. ITS ALL COOL AND WILL CONTINUE OUR QUEST TO BE A BIT DISRUPTIVE IN THE MARKETPLACE. ALWAYS WITH AN EYE ON MAKING THINGS EASIER AND MORE EFFICIENT FOR MERCHANTS AND CONSUMERS.
I mean how “my people” are these people?!
Download the app from the app store today and get to sharing the stuff you love locally! Everyone wins, here guys. Everyone.