Bought yourself a new phone? Well, maybe you want to spring clean all your existing apps and websites and bookmark or download some of these new and notables instead that have just come online.
ZILINGO – Buy from Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market without actually going there (Mobile Website and App)
No need to rush to Bangkok, this website enables shoppers to navigate prolific shopping hotspots in the region from the comfort of their own home. It is the first digital platform in the region to feature the most interesting sellers from not only Bangkok’s Pratunam and Chatuchak but now, from also Singapore’s hipster paradise Haji Lane and Bugis Street. Check out Founder Ankiti Bose’s favourite stores Lazy Girl and NakedHeart. Her latest buys are from Thailand at a store called Mirror Dress and in Singapore – The Lazy Girl Collective!
There are over 2,000 small enterprises on the site that sell apparel, accessories, bags, shoes, and lifestyle products to over half a million active users. Aiming to be the best guide for their customers in helping to find the most relevant products, the website and the app includes dynamic recommendations, wish-lists and social shopping.
To help you make a good decision, find in-product video content, vlogs and dynamic videos. No boring collections on drab homepages, Zilingo’s objective is to engage and they have a a visual recommendation engine & visual search feature that allows consumers to snap a picture of something they like and find clothing similar to the colours, patterns, styles they see anywhere!
Launched this year in January, Zilingo is currently available on Apple Store and Google Play. See: www.zilingo.com
HELLO TOBY – Digital Yellow Pages Online (Mobile Website)
Looking for a plumber, dog walker, tutor …. or any local service provider? Remember Ask Jeeves? Well, now you have Toby actually ready to do the work for you.
HelloToby.com is the newest one-stop online marketplace in Hong Kong for services. It connects customers who have service needs with Service Providers in just a few clicks, saving time, money and hassle.
For small businesses and freelancers, HelloToby offers a business-oriented and transparent platform to gain visibility, connect with quality customers, build online presence and win new business.
Just launched in August, there are about 1,000 Service Pros across 130 service categories that have signed up. In addition, over 6,000 customer introductions have been made on the site so far, generating close to HK$1 million in revenue for the Service Pros.
Just like Uber, you rate the quality of Service Providers on HelloToby after the job is done. Pros receive a ranking based on real customer feedback and are rated based on a five-star ranking system which gives new users a quick indicator of customer satisfaction and service performance. Customers can also post reviews and provide detailed feedback to HelloToby.com directly.
PAKTOR – Asia’s Very Own Dating App
Every true blue Singaporean knows what ‘Pak-tor’ means. For the non-Singlish speakers, it’s Hokkien speak for ‘going on a date’. Launched in 2013, there are 12 million users in 7 countries in Southeast Asia and Taiwan and you can sign on with the traditional log-in or using your Facebook account.
Users have made up to 20 million matches a month and since it’s launch, Paktor has become the de facto dating app for Southeast Asians bringing people together and leveraging on the latest technology on mobile and digital platforms by creating the opportunity for users to curate who they talk to and who gets to talk to them.
CLINK – An App For Group Dates
So, you love to party! CLINK is Hong Kong’s new nightlife social platform, officially launched to help connect friends in the city’s favourite hangouts and it’s objective is to bring fun-loving people together. Think of it as a Tinder Group Date. The idea is to meet over drinks, making it a fun, casual and organic process for party-goers alike.
At present, CLINK has over 7,000 users with over 3,000 connections made. The app is currently available for download on the iOS platform, with the Android version to come soon this year.
The creators of the app share that their inspiration for this came from what was missing – an app that allows you to meet new friends in a casual group setting. Groups with common interests and matching preferred hangout locations will be connected in a chatroom to break the ice, get acquainted and plan their night out.
Singapore knows Carousell! It has become every small time wanna-be entrepreneur’s app to buy and sell in Singapore, the way yahoo auctions used to work before it got canned. Effectively, Carousell is mobile friendly and it is eBay without the listing or commission charges. The app, just launched in Hong Kong in June this year has over two million listings of new and pre-loved items on Carousell. So sell, buy or browse – whether it really takes on with Hong Kongers who prefer new to used, will be interesting to find out.
In Hong Kong, Carousell is free to use, and is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. There’s also a desktop version available at hk.carousell.com or you can catch various events and updates specific to their community on:
HOTSPOTTING WORLD – Crop And Shop Fashion Finder App
A: You see someone wearing an outfit that you quite like but you don’t want to barge up and ask her where she got that top. No matter, just discretely snap and scan a photo of what she’s wearing.
B: You see a fashion spread in a magazine, on a billboard, on your social media feed or pinned up somewhere on a poster. You like the outfit or accessories but have no idea where to get it. It’s ok just snap and scan a photo.
Then download the new HotSpotting World mobile app, send your photo and an intelligent fashion concierge returns with a curated selection of exact or similar items – all shoppable directly and securely through its user- friendly interface.
The shopping experience is all about “Crop and Shop”. To shop, users simply have to click on the HotSpotting World “button” on the screen, Scan or Crop the selected item and the object recognition app will search through our database of more than 18MIL SKUS for the closest match.
Powered by Braintree, the payment choice of unicorns like Uber and AIRBNB, HotSpotting World users are able to enjoy a safe and effortless image-driven m-commerce experience.
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