Why a smartphone app? AWBF has always tried to make it easy for our subscribers to receive and share news and information about the festival. NewsBlogs, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels are popular methods of publishing these days. And as the readership on channels continues to grow, we hope we are on the right track.
We have now developed a free Festival smartphone app to enable visitors to have the festival program and other handy information in their pocket. The app connects to all our updates about the festival, so you always have the latest information.
Many readers are already familiar with apps as most of us use them for mobile banking, social media and many other purposes. The growth of this sector has been staggering – for more information on the enormous popularity of mobile apps, see this article.
Besides the festival program, the app includes a map of the festival grounds to help visitors unfamiliar with the layout. (You can always ask a volunteer for assistance, too!) Then there’s the Boat Directory to find more information on the boats on display. Information updates are provided by the News, Facebook and Twitter sections so you can quickly find the latest stories – and share them with your friends.
There’s other very good benefits in the app. Some of our commercial exhibitors have offered coupons for special offers on their products and services. In fact you can save lots of money with your AWBF app. Up to the time of publishing, the following exhibitors are offering a coupon:
Battery World Hobart – PW1 Stand 56 : Offering 10% off all batteries
Franklin Marine – PW1 Stand 49 and 50: Offering 12% off all Raymarine Electronics!
Margate Marina – PW1 Stand 54: Offering 10% off slipping/haulout costs
Sandi Hands – PW1 Stand 40: special offer on their innovative sanding gloves
O’Connor Wooden Boats – PW1 Stand 36: Offering 33% off freight for their kits
Southern Seas Marine – PW1 Stand 15 and 16: Offering 10% off Lehr LNG outboards
Australian Maritime College – Marquee near Mure’s: discount on marine radio handbooks
Norglass – Marquee near Mure’s: free consultation on any coating/paint issue
Extra Pair Of Hands Clamping System – PW1 Stand 25: free Joina Jig or $100 discount
(Some conditions apply – see full details on the coupon.)
Also available on iTunes App store.