(VIDEO) Want to See What an Audio Tour Is Like WITHOUT Audio on CultureSpots?

A few weeks ago, we announced (here) the end of audio being a requirement for you to be able to publish tours on CultureSpots. In case you don’t already know, CultureSpots is our mobile audio tour platform that works on all your visitors’ smartphones via the mobile Web, without any apps for them to download, and without you having to buy, build or install any new hardware or software.

Today I’ve decided to show you, rather than tell you about it.

In this short video (<2mins), you’ll see, and hear, from the perspective of your visitors’ smartphone, how great your tours can be, even without audio.

Pop in for a look and listen – here we go….

BY THE WAY, if you want to play with the demo featured in this video, go here with your smartphone browser: spts.us/demo2

Thanks for tuning in!

With love,

The CultureSpots Team

CultureSpots System Update Announcement – Small Change, BIG DIFFERENCE!

Isn’t it great when you can DO more, with less?

Or, GET more, for less?

YES, of course it is! That’s why we’ve been so looking forward to this day, and sharing the big news…

From this day forward, CultureSpots will not only be the fabulously intuitive and capable MOBILE AUDIO TOUR platform you’ve known about for years, but also, MUCH MORE!

Now, in addition to, or INSTEAD OF AUDIO, you can connect your visitors to…

– A video
– Your online store
– An event registration page
– An eBook or PDF document
– A blog post
– A survey
– A social media post
– An artist profile webpage
– A wikipedia entry
– A podcast episode
– Audio from any one of the major music streaming platforms
– And anything else online…

How so?

In the update we made to the CultureSpots system today, we removed a long-held, self-imposed constraint that made audio a requirement for using CultureSpots. But now, that’s no longer the case. Audio on CultureSpots is now OPTIONAL 🙂

It may seem like a really simple (it wasn’t…), or easy (definitely not…) change to make to our system (LOTS of untangling…), or even silly or counter-intuitive at first. But if you think about it, it’s actually pretty awesome, and a really big deal. As a mobile audio tour platform – which it still is, by the way, and will continue to be – we’ve always made AUDIO a requirement for publishing your Tours on CultureSpots. Makes sense, right – of course we would!

BUT NOW, WE’VE MADE AUDIO OPTIONAL – NOT A REQUIREMENT – for using CultureSpots!

From now on, you can think of a Spot on CultureSpots as not only a container for audio, if that’s what you want, but ALSO a container for links to ANY OTHER KIND OF CONTENT ONLINE — WITHOUT YOUR HAVING TO PRODUCE AND PUBLISH AUDIO to go along with it!

Basically, in addition to any text you want to include, if the content you want someone to experience is online, then you can link to it from a Spot’s “Description” field WITHOUT your being forced to upload an audio file into the Spot. Just give your Spot a Name and a nice-looking Cover Image (also optional), add it to a Tour, and you’re LIVE! Literally, it takes just a few seconds.

Soooooo many times over the years, we’ve heard from clients and prospects: “it’s too much work to produce good audio content”. And we’ve always sympathized with them, understood them, and wanted to help them, but honestly, it’s not always been easy to do so. But now, that problem goes away. If you don’t want to create an audio tour, GREAT! You don’t have to. And instead, leverage CultureSpots to elegantly organize, present and connect your visitors to anything else online. Engage them on their smartphones, and connect their offline experience in your location, or elsewhere, to anything else online, anywhere – quickly, easily, simply, intuitively, affordably, beautifully and effectively, UNLIKE ANY OTHER SOLUTION out there.

Just like all the other companies we’ve been telling you about this week via our Facebook Page status updates, who’ve also broken through their own self-imposed constraints — like Netflix, Apple and Facebook — we expect great success with this subtle, but powerful change, for our clients, their visitors and CultureSpots as a company.

Over the next few weeks and months, we’re going to be providing more detailed and helpful information about what this means for you, how you can take advantage of it, and the exciting new possibilities it opens up in terms of how you, and so many more organizations, can benefit and why.

For all of you who are already using CultureSpots for your mobile audio tours – nothing changes, except the addition of a cute little headphones icon you might notice indicating which of your Tours’ Spots have audio, and which ones don’t. Otherwise, carry on, nothing to do or worry about, all is well 🙂

Much more to come! Thanks for your interest and support. Break on through!!

With love,

The CultureSpots Team

How was your 2017?

Dear friends,

For us, 2017 was all about the amazing things you are doing with CultureSpots and the communities you are positively impacting with your work.  Check out a few examples of what you’ve all been up to…

  • A natural history museum published a comprehensive audio tour of its diaoramas, specimens, programs and much more! – spts.us/ansp
  • A public arts organization created multiple audio tours for visitors to learn about and appreciate the region’s wide array of sculpture, historic figures, buildings and natural points of interest. – spts.us/bca
  • A children’s hospital created a companion audio guide for a beautiful sculpture garden that visitors can enjoy in memory of a family’s beloved child. – spts.us/wm
  • A historical society published an audio guide of notable stories and contextual information for an exhibit about a well-known historical figure – spts.us/chs

See and hear what I mean?  Just AWESOME!!!  And so inspiring.

As we wind down another year, we didn’t want to start our holiday season without letting you know how grateful we are for you and your support.  You have made it possible for CultureSpots to – little by little-  fulfill our mission of helping create deeper meaning and more emotional connectedness between us all.  The incredible work you do is so important, and so relevant, particularly during these times.

Though we’ve been rather quiet for a while, it’s not without good reason!  Besides spending quite a bit of time envisioning and designing the technology enhancements we hope to share with you next year, we’re also expanding the markets that we serve while staying true to you and our vision.

We’re excited and look forward to working with you in 2018.

Have a fantastic holiday season!

Together all is possible.

 

With enormous appreciation,

Cliff Stevens

Founder, President/CEO of CultureSpots
cliff@culturespots.com

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