Jack Jones is the creator of the incredibly popular Ghost Radar series of mobile apps. These apps are designed to “detect” various things that can’t be seen or felt with our normal 5 senses. They use the phone’s various sensors, mics, etc, to pick up on and analyze “odd changes in the flux.” As the app description says:
The various readouts are an interpretation of certain readings from the sensors. An intelligent energy should be able to influence the readouts and communicate with you.
Though Jack is also careful to caution that:
What those readings mean and how you interpret them is up for debate. Note that since results from this application cannot be verified scientifically the app should be used for entertainment purposes.
These highly popular apps have gathered a following of fans who like to explore the paranormal. It’s even been featured on cable TV shows and all over YouTube by people supposedly experiencing interaction with spirits or forces that exist outside the scientific world.
Ghost Radar is currently available in three flavors: Ghost Radar: Classic, which is the original app, with it’s original graphics and capabilities; Ghost Radar: Legacy represents a big step forward in the visual interface, and also takes advantage of the latest mobile hardware, including an iPad version; Ghost Radar: Connect takes the features of ‘Legacy‘ one step further, by adding features like audio recording, social sharing, and much more.
Mr. Jones’ app development company is named Spud Pickles. Ghost Radar, and other apps, are only one part of their business. They also develop apps for individuals and businesses. Though they had a huge following with hundreds of user-submitted stories on their website, the site itself was fairly lack-luster and not up to the standards of quality that Spud Pickles wanted to portray to both it’s app customers, as well as those that were interested in hiring them. In-fact there was little information about how to hire Spud Pickles, if you wanted to have them create an app for you, though this is a major focus for Jack and his company.
When we were putting together our proposal for Spud Pickles, we wanted to make sure that it accomplished 3 things very well:
- It should display and promote their current apps in a professional and informational way.
- It should promote and encourage their app development business, and encourage people to contact them regarding custom mobile app projects.
- It should showcase and encourage submission of Ghost Radar user stories.
You can be the judge, but we feel we accomplished all three, very well.
First, apps are featured right at the top of the home page, and a click on the app icon will take you through to the detailed page. The individual pages contain screenshots of what the apps look like on iPhone or other mobile devices such as Android, with reviews, screenshots, and detailed descriptions below. Take a look at the Ghost Radar: Legacy app page for an excellent example.
Second, we included a large section and “Learn More” button right on the home page, to encourage people interested in having a mobile app developed, to visit the “Hire Us” page. This page gives details on how Spud Pickles can partner with you to make your app idea into a reality. It also showcases apps that Spud Pickles has developed for other people and businesses in the past, as well as showing the wide variety of devices and app stores they have experience developing for. Finally, it includes a contact form, specifically designed to collect information needed to begin developing a proposal for a potential app project.
Third, we moved all their ghost stories into a blog, making it easy for them to add new user stories as they come in. Plus it organizes them nicely by date, automatically, as part of the native blog functionality. We took it one step further though: we included a “Submit Your Ghost Stories” form. When a Ghost Radar fan submits the form with their Ghost Story, a post on the blog is automatically created. Jack or one of his staff needs only to quickly review the post, and click “publish” to post it on the blog. This incredibly easy and a huge step forward over their old method of creating a new page, copy and pasting into it, etc.
Finally, we included some other great features, that really make this website a truly professional, awesome, FiddlerStudios website:
- The site is completely responsive, meaning it will re-format content based on the size of the screen. So small, mobile screens get a touch-friendly, reformatted version that’s easy to navigate from a smartphone, iPod, or tablet.
- The site includes QR-Codes for apps, so you can quickly get from the page for that app on your computer, to viewing the app in the app store on your mobile device.
- Reformatted and updated help docs for apps, including expanding frequent questions, a visual map of app features, and more.
- We built a contact form that directs people to go to the proper pages if they want to submit a ghost story, or ask about hiring Spud Pickles, but makes it very easy to still contact them about other things, including bug reports and troubleshooting, if that’s their reason for contacting.