Monday, May 30, 2011
We have received an email from a ShowNearby user who shared with us a review of his. This is a screen capture of a review he has posted on the SBS Transit iris app on Apple iTunes. He hopes that, with his review, others would share the same sentiment.

While ShowNearby does not endorse the views of our users, we feel it is important to listen to each and everyone of them, and if they have requests or share news with us, we'll do our best to accommodate them, hence this post.

SBS Transit's decision to block third party applications from accessing and aggregating bus timings has affected ShowNearby.

We have met with the relevant parties and hope to resolve the issue and reach an outcome that is favourable to all our users.

We have also indicated that we are open to collaborating with SBS Transit, so they can leverage on our platform and have a wider reach to commuters in Singapore, whether on iPhone, Android or BlackBerry.

It is after all our primary goal to create and continually improve a location-based utility application, and we have invested a lot of our resources into development and collaborations with different agencies to bring the most relevant information to all users.

Bus Timings on ShowNearby
ShowNearby users will be happy to know they can still view bus timings using the ShowNearby application.

We have recently introduced an interim measure which allows users to view the bus timings at various bus stops. We wish to state that all information belongs to SBS Transit and as before, we rely on them for bus timings.

Be rest assured that ShowNearby continues to function and together with the community, we are always seeking to improving it and making it an ever-reliable app for all.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
ShowNearby has openings for the following positions. If you have what it takes, feel free to drop us an email at career [at] shownearby [dot] com. All the best =)

BUSINESS CONSULTANT - ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE - SALES
Job description:
Your main responsibilities will be to explore and grow partnerships that will benefit users and partners alike. Working closely with merchants you will create attractive offers that will increase the business performance of the partners while designing extremely attractive offers for subscribers.
Our partners mainly include F&B, leisure, entertainment, aesthetic industry and any merchant able to offer great deals to our subscribers.  
We want you!  if you consider yourself a rock star, very dynamic sales oriented with some experience in the sales field, online business, advertising, internal sales, used to cold calling, social, focus and oriented to results. It is desired you leverage on your connections for better performance.
If you are interested in working in an exciting, fast-paced startup with friendly environment, ShowNearby is the place for you. Here at ShowNearby, we are result-oriented and emphasise on individual career development of our team members. With a casual work setting where less emphasise is placed on formalities and regulations, ShowNearby has attracted a team of young, energetic and talented individuals to become a part of the ShowNearby family. So if you believe you make a good fit to our organisation, ShowNearby invites you to work and play together with us.
Requirements:
MUST
Minimum 3-5 years experience of sales with proven track record
Strong interpersonal and social skills.
Excellent persuasion skills.
Self-motivated and proactive
Excellent networking, presentation & communication skills
Very detail oriented and organised person
Adaptability and used to change and fast peace
**
PLUS:
Existing contacts with key accounts in F&B, leisure and entertainment.
Former experience in online sales, advertising and social media.
Excellent spoken and written communication skills in English, Chinese or Malay.
Excellent team player
Bachelor degree
Singaporeans and PRs only
Compensation / Benefits:
High Competitive compensation, base + commission + bonus on monthly performance

EDITORIAL
Copy writer & Editorial (1 full time + 2 trainee positions)
The main target for our copy and editorial is to make people read and enjoy the entire editorial, even if they have decided, upon looking at the title, that they do not want to buy it.

Your Responsibilities
• Your creativity will Boost sales by promoting offers
• Stylishly entertaining/amusing/informing the reader to encourage repeat custom, drive traffic through the site and upkeep SNB’s editorial reputation
• Representing the merchant in a favourable light and showcasing the platform as a valuable marketing tool for businesses
• Ensuring our offer descriptions clearly communicate the key selling points, entertain the reader within the SNB Voice, and consistently fulfill our commitment to transparency
• Ensuring that write-ups clearly present deals to subscribers
• Ensuring that the most compelling and relevant selling points have been clearly expressed and logically organised
• Ensuring a creative content

Your Skills

• Ability to write in an accessible, and engaging and friendly tone
Excellent command of English language.
• Computer literate with a good understanding of MS Office, HTML and CMS
• Ability to prioritise workload meet deadlines
• Positive attitude, energetic approach and self-motivation are all essential
• Previous writing experience is essential

If you are interested in working in an exciting, fast-paced startup with friendly environment, ShowNearby is the place for you. Here at ShowNearby, we are result-oriented and emphasise on individual career development of our team members. With a casual work setting where less emphasise is placed on formalities and regulations, ShowNearby has attracted a team of young, energetic and talented individuals to become a part of the ShowNearby family. So if you believe you make a good fit to our organisation, ShowNearby invites you to work and play together with us.

QA & scheduling (full time & trainee)
QA & scheduling team is responsible for ensuring the quality of the featured deals as well as the right mix of deals every day.
Your responsibilities
•           Review, check and approve the deals that fulfill the quality standards established by SNB
•           Schedule along the time, communicating the partner the publishing of the deal.
•           Analytics on the performance, structure, price, and other KPI’s of the deals reporting internally and the key stakeholders the results.
•           As QA & scheduling you will be communicating with several teams, so it is important to be teamplayer.
•           Taking ownership and be proactive
Essential skills
•           Analytic and critical thinking.
•           Team player and able to convey and communicate the new findings with the rest of the teams
•           Able to work with daily deadlines
•           Experienced scheduling will be a plus
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Dear ShowNearby users,

In view of the news today (Straits Times, Home section, first page), you know by now that SBS Transit, the bus company has blocked apps such as ShowNearby from featuring bus timings.

We at ShowNearby have initiated conversation with the bus company. However, they stand by their decision not to allow ShowNearby to feature their bus timings.

We believe that with the provision of bus timings on multiple platforms and various applications, commuters in Singapore are better served as a result of wider reach and convenient access to the information.

We also wish to state that we are open to collaborating with SBS Transit to bring the timings to iPhone, Android and BlackBerry users.

We have almost half a million users using our free-to-download app and see it as a genuine disservice to all of them when access to bus timing information is blocked.

This is an unfortunate setback for us as a provider of information to people in Singapore. We are always working in collaboration with state and public service organisations to aggregate relevant and value-added information to any person in Singapore who downloads the app.

We are most supportive of the free flow of information in the interest and benefit of the public. There are similarly spirited initiatives spearheaded by the government in the Data.Gov.sg  project. There have been movements towards and arguments for open information too, and we wish to share them here and here. According to the latter source, the opening of data will "drive the creation of innovative business and services that deliver social and commercial value".

We will continue to work hard towards an outcome that is favourable to all our users, whether they are on iPhone, Android phones or BlackBerry. We hope to continue to provide value-added services to people in Singapore.

Sincerely,
The ShowNearby Family
Monday, May 16, 2011
After developing and submitting an app for the BlackBerry PlayBook, we are delighted to have received a PlayBook from BlackBerry on May 16!

 
Thank you BlackBerry =D


Nice huh? Now we have something to play with, and of course, develop on, all thanks to the generous folks behind BlackBerry.

By the way, speaking of BlackBerry, we are looking for awesome BlackBerry developers to join our dynamic mobile team. Feel free to drop us an email at career [at] shownearby [dot] com if you feel you have what got it takes to be an awesome BlackBerry developer.

For other openings, please check out our job listings here.

We also like to take this opportunity to seek your support and "likes" for ShowNearby's Aseanpreneurs Ideas Canvas project - The Green Mobilisation. We have been selected as the finalists and are very honoured. "Like" us like you like us k? =D
ShowNearby has won The Pitch at the Mobile Marketing Association Forum Singapore 2011, held at the Grand Hyatt Singapore,on May 5!

Our Business Development Manager, Amarpal Singh, also affectionately known by the mononym Ace, represented the company and presented a demonstration of the full capabilities of the ShowNearby mobile application in a 6-minute pitch. ShowNearby's pitch emerged the most popular among a group of 6 companies.

Thanks to the raised hands and applause, ShowNearby has earned a Samsung Galaxy Tab!

Go Ace! Go ShowNearby!

Ace delivering his presentation. Image by mshisham.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Within the short period of its launch during the Singapore General Elections campaign, the "GE2011" search category has garnered thousands of views.

We provided information on rally sites and consituency locations, that proved useful to our ShowNearby users.

ShowNearby takes this opportunity to share with our users the top 5 most popular and most frequented constituencies on ShowNearby! These are the most searched and most visited rally site points of interest based.

*drum roll*

#5 - Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC
#4 - Tampines GRC
#3 - West Coast GRC
#2 - Ang Mo Kio GRC
and ...
#1 - Aljunied GRC

The top 3 most searched and visisted SMC rally site points of interest are:

#3 - Joo Chiat SMC
#2 - Hougang SMC
#1 - Sengkang West SMC

We hope ShowNearby has your mandate to provide free location-based services to all users in Singapore! =D

We are very honoured to be building the app with our users' suggestions, ideas and support as ShowNearby enters its fourth year in the business. Please keep the feedback, ideas and suggestions coming in!

Feel free to reach out to ShowNearby via our feedback channel on the app, our Twitter account and our Facebook page (be our friend). With all these convenient avenues, you definitely do know what to say! =)

Monday, May 9, 2011
"URGHHHHH" "ARGHHHHHH", and other groans, moans and expletives have been hurled into the ShowNearby customer feedback email recently. Reading some of them makes one feel violated in many places, but that is the only way for us to understand the legitimate frustration of our dear users.

Comments that would make a tough-talking Samuel L. Jackson movie character blush like a schoolgirl have been directed at our Twitter account too. We have replied them all as we value the feedback and assistance our loyal users have provided us.

We wish to let our dear users know that we have received and listened to your concerns and feedback. And more importantly, we remain humbled by them and remain resolved to tackling this.

The folks at ShowNearby acknowledge there is an issue with the Bus Timings at the Bus Stop points of interest.

We have been working very hard to minimise server downtime and to ensure a smooth aggregation and presentation of information from our different partners. In view of this, there can be extraneous factors which can disrupt this.

Further to this, we wish to clarify that ShowNearby depends on the bus company for bus timings. And that the signal between both parties appears to have been affected recently, independent of whether we have had no downtime or server issues on our part.

We have been in touch with the relevant party and hope there will be a development that is in the interest of all our users.

We seek your kind patience and gracious understanding as we do our best to resolve this.

We use ShowNearby ourselves and share your concerns. =)
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Last Friday, we were honoured to been part of the workshop and mingling session organised by Careermums and Mums@Work.

The afternoon event "Flexiwork Mums Mingling Sessions With Employers 2011" was held at the National Library Board.

The first part of the event promoted the idea and awareness of flexible work arrangements on the part of employers to cater to mothers seeking work.

ShowNearby, Singapore's leading location-based service provider, supports flexible work arrangements. We are pleased to have participated in the Flexiwork Mums Mingling Session With Employers 2011 on April 29 at the National Library Board. The event was organised by Mums@Work and Careermums.
Employers shared with one another what their concerns were pertaining to hiring staff on flexible work arrangement, with lack of continuity/retention, integrity, confidentiality, data security, resistance to change, clash of time needs being some of them. More importantly, we picked up some useful tips on how to overcome these challenges.

ShowNearby, Singapore's leading location-based service provider, supports flexible work arrangements. We are pleased to have participated in the Flexiwork Mums Mingling Session With Employers 2011 on April 29 at the National Library Board. The event was organised by Mums@Work and Careermums.


We had the opportunity learn the relevance of flexibility in work arrangements, work-life integration, compressed workweeks, telecommuting and job sharing. Most of these items fit very well in our company culture, and we are very fortunate to learn how these may be integrated.

ShowNearby, Singapore's leading location-based service provider, supports flexible work arrangements. We are pleased to have participated in the Flexiwork Mums Mingling Session With Employers 2011 on April 29 at the National Library Board. The event was organised by Mums@Work and Careermums.

Above, our shady strategic relations manager poses with our ShowNearby standee, as the artistically misdirected communications manager takes a snapshot. At least he will grow and learn to have some sense of lighting.


After the short informal seminar, the mums came in and we had a good time learning about their diverse persons and skill sets. We have already shortlisted some of them for interviews.

Image above from Careermums Facebook page! "Like" them k? =)

Thanks for organising an awesome event and mingling session, and for inviting us too! See you folks at the next one!
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Dear ShowNearby friends, feel free to wear the ShowNearby badge! =)

You may embed it in your profile picture on Facebook.


Or on your website or weblog.




Awesome, isn't it? What you waiting for? =D

By the way, have you checked out our Facebook or followed us on Twitter yet?

Do remember to give us your "likes" for the TiE50 Awards! Please take some time to go here and "Like" ShowNearby under the Wireless/Mobile category. Thank you so much for making ShowNearby one of the best apps in Singapore, and putting ShowNearby on the global stage!