Social media managers keen to stay abreast of the latest developments in the industry could do worse than check out fledgling social planning outfit, YPlan.
Despite being around for less than 12 months, September saw the London-based company extend its reach into New York City and yesterday it upped the stakes a
notch further with an announcement that the service can now be accessed through an Android app.
So, how does it all work? Well, if you’re an end user, the answer is it’s essentially very straightforward. The app curates and collates a hot list of 15 events that are happening that night or over the next couple of nights. Interested parties can then pay for tickets through the app without having to worry themselves about producing paper copies at the door.
The key point here, according to co-founder Rytis Vitkauskas, is that YPlan offers users a discerning selection of events rather than saturating their phones with a long-list of less salubrious options – or, as he puts it, the company is, “razor focused on being the answer to the question ‘what am I doing tonight?’ ”
Content managers curious about why a company that’s laid claim to more than 300k downloads over the last 10 months should have waited until now to launch an Android app, will perhaps find some sympathy with YPlan’s official line. According to Viktoras Jucikas, “Developing a quality Android app takes a lot of time so we’ve been working really hard on it over the summer, splitting effort between Android and expansion to NYC.”
And there, you might think, is the end of it. In reality, as any forward-thinking community manager knows, getting the message out there on as many platforms as possible is an important building block of a successful strategy. Rytis Vitkauskas certainly thinks so – as well as launching the app, he was keen to point out that functionality will eventually include extra social elements that makes it easy for families or large groups of friends to get together at their chosen events.
With $12 million in Series A funding led by General Catalyst and a new app, it seems like this is one social story that’s set to run and run.