NUI Galway MA helps Galway Mum Achieve Global Sales for App

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Pictured is Ann Brehony with kids Jessica 11 and Rory 8 enjoy the summer fun despite the weather!
Pictured is Ann Brehony with kids Jessica 11 and Rory 8 enjoy the summer fun despite the weather!

Galway mum-of-two Ann Brehony launched her essential family holiday helper app called Ireland Are We There Yet? last October in the Apple App Store to rave reviews. The idea had come about while studying for her MA in Publishing at NUI Galway. As part of her course Ann completed a business plan for an innovative publishing venture, such was the positive reaction from course tutors that she set about getting the project funded. A mere nine months post graduation an international publishing deal was secured with American digital travel publisher Sutro Media.

The app has now sold in over eighteen countries worldwide, feedback has been universally positive leading to a further release on the Android platform in early 2012.

“The beauty of this product” explains Ann “is that it is like a living breathing organic publication, I constantly update the material which keeps everything fresh and vibrant”. The app is a 32-county guide to things to do and see with your kids in Ireland, rain or shine. The latest version, which is free to existing customers, has just hit the App Store and is already flying off the digital shelves!

The new updated app is packed with over 70 additional entries with a new layout and improved search facilities. “Through the comments section in the App, I can enter into conversation with my customers and respond to their needs and experiences; initial feedback told me that people were looking for more things to occupy teens and older kids so I was able to create a whole new section easily searchable under the same tag. As a mother of two, one of whom has special needs, I know how hard it can be to keep the kids amused all summer, this app was born out of my own need so I do understand what my customers want.”

Publishers Sutro Media say: “This app is like the local cousin you never knew you had! It has sussed the best ways to visit Ireland with kids so you don't have to do the legwork;  It's like having a bunch of native kids show you the best stuff to do in this magical country.”

App highlights include:

  • Packed with places kids will love to visit.
  • Quirky car games to keep them amused and engaged with the trip along the way.
  •  A full nationwide listing of free outdoor play areas.
  • Scavenger hunts and car bingo will get you working as a team so you get the most of your family time together.
  • Improved layout with Twitter and Facebook links to each entry.
  • An introduction to the Faery World.
  • Listings of nationwide fun activities like Diving, Surfing, Sailing, Whale and Dolphin Watching Horse Riding and Cycling Trails.
  • A guide to famous film locations.
  • Price: €2.39, £1.79, $2.99

 Available on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ireland-are-we-there-yet/id464158415?mt=8

Available on Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sutromedia.android.guide.ireland.kids&hl=en

 ENDS

Keywords: Press

Author: Marketing and Communications Office, NUI Galway
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