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Discover Northwest Houston Unifies a Dispersed Community

 The official app of the Spring, Klein and Cypress Creek Communities is working to unify a large and diverse area of Northwest Houston, Texas. Discover Northwest Houston is a newly launched zCivic app developed in partnership with the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce. The Spring-Klein and Cypress Creek Community is located 20 miles from Houston’s central business district, and is...

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Our Odessa iOS App

The Official App of Odessa Texas Reaches Residents, Visitors and the Business Community

 The new official app for Odessa, Texas, Our Odessa, is now available as a free download on Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. The Odessa Chamber of Commerce partnered with zCivic, a division of Bar-Z Mobile Development, to create the comprehensive community resource. The app combines features and content from the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, the City of Odessa, the Odessa Convention...

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Four Pillars

The 4 Pillars of a Successful Mobile App

 Bar-Z Mobile Development has built and deployed over 600 mobile apps. We’ve learned a few things along the way about what makes an app successful once it is released and want to give you the highlights. If you or your community are considering going mobile, make sure you have our four pillars of success in place!1) The app has to function. This one seems obvious but we know that going...

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Fayetteville Arkansas Connect iPhone App

The Fayetteville Chamber Connects the Community with its New Mobile Project

Connecting the Fayetteville, Arkansas community through mobile is one of the goals of the newly launched Fayetteville AR Connect app. A collaborative community mobile project, the app is now available for download on iOS and Android devices. The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce partnered with zCivic, our Bar-Z Mobile Development division focused on creating mobile solutions for civic...

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Passport 2 Midland App on iPhone

Passport 2 Midland Connects App Users with the Business Community

The new official app for Midland, Texas, Passport 2 Midland, is now available as a free download on Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. The Midland Chamber of Commerce partnered with zCivic, a division of Bar-Z Mobile Development, to create the comprehensive community resource. The app combines features and content from the City of Midland, the city’s destination marketing...

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Simplify Your App Marketing with Google AdWords Universal App Campaigns

As we’ve written about in past blog posts, app marketing is an important consideration for generating app downloads and retaining app users. From optimizing App Store keywords to developing an app launch strategy, there are many ways that your marketing team can help to build your app audience. When it comes to paid digital advertising campaigns, Google AdWords offers several options to help...

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How Community Portal Apps Can Connect A City

Mobile is the preferred method of communication these days, so it makes perfect sense that mobile apps enable cities to communicate more quickly and effectively with citizens. Whether it be a crime alert, or a voting reminder, mobile solutions can offer seamless, instantaneous communication from the city to citizens. Sharing information, offering mobile access to city services, and increasing...

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Friends looking at apps

Why Your Organization Needs a Mobile App

If you are still wondering whether your organization needs to get a mobile app, the answer is yes! Mobile is just too important to ignore and a website alone is just not going to cut it anymore. Consider these numbers: Over 80% of mobile phone users in the U.S. now have a smartphone. (comScore)  About ¾ of Americans check their mobile phones at least once per hour. (Gallup)...

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Newspaper in hands

Local Newspapers Still Play a Vital Role in Our Communities

This week, October 1-7, 2017, is National Newspaper Week. As the climate for news coverage continues to shift and alternate sources of information proliferate, you may wonder, what role do local newspapers play in our communities today? We are pleased to say that newspapers play a far more complex role in the civic life of communities than many Americans may believe. According to a 2011 Pew...

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iOS 11 Offers Big Gains in Productivity, Features & Some Other Cool Stuff

While the beginning of fall may inspire thoughts of cooler weather and pumpkin spice lattes in some, as a mobile development company, the end of summer means that we’re eagerly anticipating Apple’s new hardware and software launches. The unveiling of the much heralded iPhone 8 and iPhone X happened earlier in September. Now we’re shifting gears to analyzing what the new iOS 11, which launched...

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