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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, August 25 2018 11:11 AM UTC +00:00.

NJspotsBy NJspots
First created
NJspotsBy NJspots
First created
$2,673
pledged of $12,000pledged of $12,000 goal
63
backers
7days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, August 25 2018 11:11 AM UTC +00:00.

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About

NJspots App: Find Your Spot.

When I started NJspots in 2015, it was only an Instagram account. There are really cool places in New Jersey that a lot of people don’t know about, and I created NJspots to show off amazing images to smash stereotypes about New Jersey. As time went on, I no longer was the one creating NJspots — you were. Over 243,000 #NJspots Instagram posts later, you have helped show off the best spots in New Jersey.

Today, NJspots has grown to over 31,000 community members sharing images, videos, and stories — but we need to do more to fill the void of discovering new places throughout the Garden State.

- Virginia, Founder of NJspots

Where We Got The Idea

When NJspots first started, Instagram allowed users to view places that photos were taken on a map, and this helped our community find spots nearby. When this feature was discontinued in 2016, it was important to us to find a way to help provide a resource like that again.

NJspots Maps
NJspots Maps

Enter NJspots Maps. In May 2018, we launched several maps on our website with waterfalls, sunset spots, lighthouses, hiking trails, sunrise vistas, and so much more to encourage you to find your spot. But this was just the beginning. 

An App Made From A Map

NJspots App Concept
NJspots App Concept

NJspots App is all about finding your spot on the go. Whether you’re adventuring with friends, heading to the beach with family, or looking to capture that perfect sunrise, the app will allow you to access the maps and spots around our state on your iPhone or Android device. You can discover new places to check out while you’re out exploring.

Features on the NJspots App:

  • Several Filters for Different Spots & Interests
  • Easy Navigation Directly with Google Maps
  • Further Details like Picture, Description, & Resource Link for Spots
  • Ability to Submit Your Own Spot to be Added To the App
  • Share Spots with Friends Directly Through the App
  • [Phase 2] Notifications When New Spots Are Added In Your Area
  • [Phase 2] Favorite A Spot To Save To Your Bucket List

The Types of Spots & Filter Options:

  • Outdoor Sights - Explore the outdoors with parks, hiking, & more
  • Urban Spots - Appreciate unique buildings, architecture, & historic places
  • Photo Op Spots - Perfect sunset views, peaceful gardens, & more
  • Top NJspots - Our favorite places that are MUST-SEE in NJ
  • Food & Drink - Discover new restaurants, breweries, & food spots

Our app is built with you in mind — your passions, your places, your spots. With several layers of map options to cater to your interests, the NJspots App will allow you to filter through a number of different spots right in your neighborhood. Looking to go for a drive? Discover other spots around the state that you never knew existed.

Find places like this!
Find places like this!

How It's Going To Work & Why We Need Your Help 

When building the app, we’ll be rolling it out in two phases. The first phase will allow you to begin using the maps and viewing all the spots across the state — learning more about spots with pictures, details, and resource links. During phase two, we’ll cater it more to your specific interests. You’ll then begin to receive notifications of new spots added in your area and favorite spots that you’ll want to visit on your bucket list.

Popular Sunrise & Sunset Spots Map
Popular Sunrise & Sunset Spots Map
Top Spots map
Top Spots map

Our Collaborators 

We want to thank our kind and generous collaborators that are helping with our Kickstarter campaign and our app.

  • OtterBox
  • Sticky Brand
  • GNARBOX
  • YuZu Kitchen
  • Mountain Creek Water Park

How Our Budget Will Be Used

Our budget for NJspots is broken down with a few factors in mind. The majority of the budget will be allocated towards the development costs of the app, to create the design of the app, the database, server, any troubleshooting in the first phases of publication, and other work regarding the app to be fully functional for our audience. A smaller portion (and remaining) of the budget will be allocated towards the marketing of the app to the NJspots community and New Jersey region which will include, but not limited to social media ads, search marketing ads, and print ads.

NJspots App load screen
NJspots App load screen

Huge thanks go out to the following Team Members for their great help in creating this Kickstarter Campaign!

  • Abbey Dufoe
  • Ty Poland
  • Sean Mahon
  • Vin DeMilio

Risks and challenges

Some challenges that we may run into are not being able to easily convert the spots into the database quick enough. However, we are working with app developers to find the easiest and most functional way to combat these possible issues.

Also, from the beginning, the user functionality has been important to us. Making sure that the user experience is easy and simple. It can be difficult to load a lot of data at once on an app for so many interests. We are keeping it easier for users to be able to filter through their interests for different spots, so it's easier to navigate.

Some other challenges we face are not being able to get the word out enough to new people to help the project reach our goal. We are working on making more media and local business connections in the New Jersey area to help spread the word. Also, we are going to be using some advertising dollars to help spread the word through our already established community.

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    The total cost of traveling the Turnpike & Parkway the length of the Garden State (with extra money for a coffee or two!).
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    The cost of diving under the Hudson into both tunnels to visit NYC. To thank you we want to send you 2 stickers and a shoutout on our Instagram stories from our Founder!

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    Like Water Parks?

    Grab your swimmies and bathingsuit to head north to Mountain Creek Water Park this Summer! With this reward you get a one-day pass to the Water Park in Vernon, NJ and also an NJspots Sticker!

    Ticket Expires September 2018 & will be sent as soon as campaign concludes 8/25.

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    The cost for crossing the bridges over the Delaware into Pennsylvania gets you some perks. As a thank you, our founder will give you a shoutout on our Instagram story & send you an NJspots Explore Hat!

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    Drop Your Samsung Galaxy S9 Much?

    Don't worry NJspots has you covered! With our partnership with OtterBox as the exclusive phone case of NJspots, we want to protect your Samsung Galaxy S9 during your adventures in New Jersey. We're also going to be sending you some stickers too!

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    Drop Your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Much?

    Get protected with a new OtterBox case exclusively for NJspots. Now you can go on your next New Jersey adventure with the right protection for your phone.

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    Drop Your iPhone X Much?

    Exclusively partnered with OtterBox as the smartphone case for NJspots, we have a brand new iPhone X case just for you as a thank you for contributing to the campaign.

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    Drop Your iPhone 7 or 8 Much?

    NJspots is working exclusively with OtterBox to provide you a brand new case for your iPhone 7 or 8. Don't worry about broken phones anymore when your capturing your next Insta-famous photo!

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    Join Us on Instagram LIVE

    Join the NJspots Team on Instagram live for a 10-minute discussion about anything! Your favorite spots, traveling, food, funny things about NJ, or anything else (even unicorns!). Also, grab a shoutout on Instagram stories and an NJspots sticker!

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    Hand Pick My Spot on the App

    For the cost that gets you a round-trip ticket with the Cape May-Lewes, DE Ferry you can get your spot on the MAP (...and app!).

    As a thank you, you get to choose your favorite spot* in NJ to be on the app along with credit to your name. Also, we are going to thank you with a post on our Instagram with a photo of the spot you chose!

    *Spot must not be a place of business or private property.

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    Feature Me!

    Love Instagram as much as we do? This is a perfect reward for those photogs out there. We will feature YOUR photo on the NJspots Instagram feed and also give you a shoutout on our story!

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    Come To My NJ Business

    Want to get your name out there into the Instagram world? With this reward you can invite the NJspots Team to come to your business to feature you on Instagram (Over 31,000 followers!) and show off your place!

    Whether you're a food spot, brewery, axe-throwing, attraction, or store, we can come by! We will show off your business through our Instagram Story and also have a featured post tagging you on our feed!

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    Host A Meet Up at My Business!

    Are you looking to give your business some Instagram boost? Hosting a meetup at your place of business is a great place to start!

    We typically have 20-40 attendees to our meetups that will share and shout out your business when we have our meetup with you.

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    Advertise on NJspots for 2 Years!

    Want to be seen on the NJspots App everytime people are searching your area? Get your business seen on the map with a permanent spot on our app. This is basically unlimited advertising on the app!

    You will be allowed to provide a link to your website, photos, and information for your place of business too.

    Perfect for Restaurants near popular spots, bars in busy areas, boardwalk spots, breweries, and more.

    Listing Expires After 2 Years

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    Love Sushi? - Have Some on Us!

    Partnering with our Sushi-Loving friends at Yuzu Kitchen in Manalapan, we are giving away a gift card for their AMAZING sushi burritos, nachos (our founder's fave!), and more! Hurry, feed your belly now, because there's only ONE!

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    I'm A Photographer & Need A GNARBOX

    Grab this reward to capture the top accessory of NJspots with a GNARBOX. Store your photos on the go and upload from anywhere with a GNARBOX. Better grab this reward before it's gone! There's only ONE!

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