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About

How many times have you traveled somewhere only to learn later that a friend or colleague was not far away? And those are just the situations you happen to find out about, but it has probably happened much more often than you ever knew. 
 

Stand for Your Location Privacy! 

In Range Contacts is designed to help let you know when these situations exist. BETTER YET, you don’t have to give away your exact whereabouts to find out when a friend is nearby. Furthermore, we DO NOT SELL LOCATION DATA about your personal movements like many location apps do!  

A Revolutionary Location App Created by a Non-Techie  

After spending many years as a “road warrior” – sitting in airports (sometimes having a beverage), attending conferences and going to trade shows, watching sporting events, and visiting cities all over the place, I decided to create In Range Contacts.

Countless times have I met and spoken with fellow travelers, and found so many of them wishing they knew if their friends and "some" colleagues might be in the area. Problem was, the only way to find out was to use apps that are designed to show your exact whereabouts, like on a map with pinpoint accuracy. They wanted to get a heads up, not get stalked!  

I bootstrapped the initial app development for the Apple and Android platforms, and those traveler encounters helped me develop some easy to use and unique features that people would find easy and useful. Five simple screens will cover 95% of your app use.  

Since I have chosen NOT to sell ads or phone location data in order to recover my investment, I added a user “upgrade” feature for $3 per year to enable tighter distance range settings for notifications.

Getting on the App stores was only a start, but marketing with wider recognition and use is what makes an app really work. With millions of apps out there, the marketing needs to be focused and relevant. So now it is time to get the word out and help people see how the app can help them connect in a useful, simple, private, noninvasive way.

Introducing a Solution to Your Teen Not Texting Replies!  

One unplanned benefit of the app I discovered in my own use during the launch phase was with my 2 teenage daughters. When they went somewhere that I wanted to learn whether they arrived safely, I would ask them to text me. 

They would virtually ALWAYS forget and I would end up worrying and have to text them, only to get a much-delayed typical teenage reaction. If you have a teen, you know what I mean!!

We connected on my app and because it works in the background on their phones, it does not run down their batteries. As they arrive in the narrowed range I set for their destination (+/-1 mile or kilometer), I receive a simple push notification that they are in that range. The girls never had to do anything to let me know and I get peace of mind.

Use of Proceeds  

I am running this campaign to raise money for several purposes, but namely to fund these key areas:

  • certain enhancements in the app that will make connecting with your friends and colleagues even easier,
  • targeted marketing promotions to reach influencers and certain audiences to raise awareness about In Range Contacts,
  • creation of videos to promote how the app helps to better connect friends and colleagues.
Thank you so much for taking the time to check out my campaign, and I hope you might find it worthwhile to give your support.  Your $30 gift will get you a very nice technical T (I'm a distance runner) recognizing you as a pioneer in spotting the future of location-based app technology.


Risks and challenges

Development enhancements for mobile app platforms can encounter unexpected technical challenges that may require more time than planned for new features to become operationally stable. Planning and scoping details have been prepared and there is an added benefit from having a few months of experience with the core app released for Apple and Android platforms to ensure its functionality is performing as expected.

The effectiveness of targeted marketing efforts may not resonate as planned, but digital marketing support from experts who have conducted successful campaigns will be involved in the development of content and its curation with influencers, verticals, and social media platforms.

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