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Exciting new projects

News letter April 2014

The first quarter of the year is already behind us. How time flies! I find myself saying the same thing at the beginning of every month 'I can't believe its .... already'.

Every time I write a news letter I always spend hours racking my brain, trying to remember all that has happened in the last few months. In this quarter so much as happened that I had a long list within seconds and have had to pick and choose what to talk about. I hope you enjoy what I have chosen.

Probably one of are most exciting projects in the UK was launched a few weeks ago, The Battle of Bannock Burn. We have a special feature on this further on in the news letter, which also talks about our latest project in Germany, Botanisches Museum and a new project with Hermitage Amsterdam.

On the technical side there have also been some great developments, how about all the great tours that are now in the App and the new features for showing video, and selecting content from a map. Another new tool within the platform is a tool for children's tours. You can add points to quizzes and have high-scores for children, which is great way of stimulating learning. A third and maybe most important developments is 'Map My Visit', a new marketing tool for developing an email database and increasing revenues per visitor. Find out more about all three of these developments in our 'latest developments' article.

If after reading the news letter you are interested in hearing more, please never hesitate to contact us. Something to already think about, is a trial, for which we have a great 0 risk solution. Learn more about the trial further on in the newsletter.

As you can see, we have been very busy and these are just a few examples of was has happened in the first quarter. We hope you have been just as busy and that you have equal success over the coming months!

Frits Polman

New Projects

A warm welcome to our new customers

UK & Ireland:
The Battle of Bannock Burn
A cutting-edge £9.1m digital visitor center in Scotland. The only 100% digital project in the UK. The Podcatcher takes care of all the foreign languages and the audio guide is available in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Gaelic. This project uses an interactive tool which Guide ID developed especially for this project. This tool can detect a Podcatcher and let the main system know that there is a foreign visitor.

Expedition Silk Road, Treasures from the Hermitage.
From the first of March 2014 up until the 5th of September 2014 the Expedition Silk Road, Treasures from the Hermitage will be on show at the Hermitage Amsterdam. With help of the Podcatcher, visitors will be able to travel the trade routes themselves. Discover Antique treasures and cross barren areas , where centuries ago convoys trekked passed kingdoms, monasteries and nomadic tribes. The tour is being written by our partner Marie Baarspul, from Een Woord, een beeld and will be available in Dutch English and German.

Botanisches Museum
The exhibition of the botanical museum in Berlin "Caucasus, plant diversity between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea " , starts May 2014. With the Podcatcher you will be able to take a family tour which is focused on helping you to discover the breathtaking beauty and diversity of nature between great and small Caucasus. A walk in the botanical gardens will lead you to actual living Caucasus plants, while visiting the exhibition in the Botanical Museum you can learn more about the typical habitats and research.

Guide ID Latest developments

Learn more about our latest developments within the platform.

After the launch of the latest version of the App for IOS and Android, many museums have started offering their tours in the App. Download the App and start enjoying the different tours from; The Edams Museum, Museum M in Leuven, Garden Museum in Londen, Royal Museums Greenwich, the Twentse Welle, The World museum en The West Fries Museum. Besides audio, text and images it is now also possible to activate stops via an interactive map and also include video's.

We are happy to help you publish your tours in the App. For more info go to our website or contact one of our Business Managers.

Map My Visit
This is are latest addition to one of the key elements of the Podcatcher platform; Marketing. Map My Visit has been designed to help heritage sites like museums and galleries to create an email database. Besides this, it can be used to extend the visitors experience and connection with the museum by offering the content and extra content online. In this same online platform heritage sites can show visitors what the listened to and what the favorite stops were. Besides this they can also use the platform to sale matching products and merchandise to increase revenues. We had an interested article published online, which you an read here.

Kids quiz
We already know, from speaking to our clients, that the Podcatcher is very well suited for children. By using the ABC buttons you can do quizzes and trails. A new feature is that you can now add points to the answers that children choose when asked a question. During the tour the scores are saved via a special IDentifier. Museum In the Attic in Amsterdam, the Natural History Museum in Rotterdam and the Museum of the 20th century already are using the Podcatcher interactively for children's tours.

Their commitment and passion has been evident and unwavering from our initial meeting to the delivery of the project.

Ioannis Ioannidis, Interpretation manager, English Heritage

Trial offer

Trial the system for six months, with no financial risk.

With the trial you can use all elements of the system for 6 months. You can choose between providing audio guides to all visitors as a free service or using the audio guides to create extra revenues. Whatever you decide we will provide the following tools; Free matching Apps, evaluation reports, standard survey, all necessary hardware, all necessary software, branding on the Podcatcher and branding on the IDentifiers. With most trials we even cover the costs for the development of a professional tour in one language. If after the trial you wish to continue, we will use the data collected during the trial to draft a suitable long-term contract. For more information please contact one of our Business Managers.

Coming soon

What projects are we currently working on

We always have clients who have recently signed and are still developing their tours, and working on adding more interaction. We like to keep you up to date and show you which new and challenging projects we are working on.

Kode, Bergen, Norway

Edvard Munch - There are Worlds Within Us

Eusebius church, Arnhem, NL

From 6 September - New in the Eusebius tower!

Prinsenhof, Delft, NL

Pieter de Hooch- From the shadow of Vermeer

KBR, Brussels

The world of Bruegel in Black and White

Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston, TX USA

Witness the unprecedented expansion and revitalization of this important museum

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte, NC USA

Nomadic Murals: Tapestries of the Modern Era

Tour of Flanders Center, Oudenaarde, Belgium

The ultimate cycling experience in Belgium

Thermenmuseum, Heerlen, NL

The Roman story in the Netherlands

U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI

Welcome to a glimpse into Hawaii's past

Seeing is believing

Come and see the platform live

The Podcatcher Walk-in's are the perfect opportunity to experience the platform yourself and see what it's like for visitors. The Walk-in's have a very informal setting. The idea is for you and your colleagues to take a tour as if you are a visitor and then to meet with one of our Business Managers for a short chat and a coffee. This will give you the opportunity to receive more specific information and ask questions.

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