Connect to Customers with My Shoppe

James Montemagno

Does your business have one or more storefronts? With the amount of competition today, it can be difficult to differentiate your shops from the masses. You need a convenient way to promote your business, enable customers to find you, and make it easy to find information about your offerings. What if you could combine all of this in a mobile app that also makes it easy for customers to engage with your stores when they have a great experience or need help?

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Introducing the My Shoppe Template App

Our newest template app, My Shoppe, solves this problem. My Shoppe enables you, as business owner or operator, to easily connect with your customer base in several ways. Create a browsable list of shop locations so customers can find the nearest location, call the shop, see shop hours, and even get directions to the shop with a single click. In addition, customers can easily provide feedback on the experience they have in-store.

My Shoppe is based on Xamarin.Forms, so 100% of its code can be shared across iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. Several powerful Plugins for Xamarin are leveraged to provide platform-specific features from the shared codebase.

Built on Azure Mobile Apps

AzureMobileAppsLeveraging Azure Mobile Apps as My Shoppe’s backend enables a super fast online/offline synchronized experience across all platforms from a single code base. Simply set up Azure Mobile Apps as your .NET backend and you’re ready to go.

Highly Customizable

My Shoppe leverages Xamarin.Forms to provide an incredible shared cross-platform user interface that is also highly customizable; for instance, you can adjust the colors to match your shop’s branding. My Shoppe was built to be backend-independent and the data store implements a simple interface, enabling you to swap out your backend for any other solution, such as json, Parse, Couchbase, or a local SQLite database.

And, of course, since My Shoppe is a template app, you can easily add and extend My Shoppe with your own unique features and enhancements using the familiar MVVM architecture that has been implemented.

Administer Easily

My Shoppe is more than a customer facing mobile app. It also includes a complete administration app for iOS and Android that enables you to work with the same source backend as the consumer app. Easily add and manage your shops from your mobile device and reply to customer feedback with a single click, or call them directly from the app.

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In Action

Take a peek at My Shoppe in action:

Give it a Spin

You can build your own mobile app for your shop today by downloading the entire template app source code from GitHub. Want to give it a try without downloading the code? You can download our sample My Shoppe app today on the App Store for iOS Devices, Android’s Google Play or Windows Phone Marketplace.


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