Shoutem and MobiLoud are both solutions for building modern mobile apps, but they are very different.At MobiLoud we help digital publishers grow on mobile by converting WordPress sites into custom mobile apps. We simplify the app development process, saving time and money compared to a traditional app development agency.Customers often ask what the difference is between us and other app development solutions like Shoutem.In this article we're going to explain.We've also included customer reviews of both, so you don't just have to take it from us.Check out this video summary of the article for an overview, or just dive in below!
- Customer Reviews
- Recap - Shoutem vs. MobiLoud
What does Shoutem do?
Shoutem is a platform that provides tools and templates for non-coders to build their own apps using a drag-and-drop interface.[caption id="attachment_960" align="aligncenter" width="513"]
Cigar Dojo app, built with Shoutem[/caption]Users select pre-built elements and arrange them as they see fit, customizing both the visual elements and app functionality.[caption id="attachment_959" align="aligncenter" width="485"]
YogaBody, built with Shoutem[/caption]The templates look good and the UI is intuitive. There’s a wide range of customization options, with many ways to change the colour scheme, typography, layouts, and themes.If you have a specific idea for an app that you want to test out, and are able to use one of their templates, Shoutem is worth looking at.[caption id="attachment_1109" align="aligncenter" width="498"]
YogaBody using push notifications to engage their audience[/caption]
The platform supports both Android and iOS, and has three tiers of pricing depending on your requirements.Android only. $49/mo (paid annually)/ $59/mo (paid monthly): Includes automated app publishing, and push notifications.Standard - $79/mo (paid annually) - $99/mo (paid monthly): Includes support for iOS, analytics, notification center, and user management.Professional - $149/mo (paid annually) - $179/mo(paid monthly): Includes data importers and advanced Shoutem extensions like Social and Loyalty to grow your app.
Reviews were all sourced from Shoutem's Clutch profile and you can read them in full there.Shoutem users praise the platform for having robust features without becoming too complex.D. Marsden, an entrepreneur, writes that: "Shoutem had everything I needed. There’s that fine line between being complicated and advanced or being simple and bland. They’ve managed to make a product that’s advanced but isn’t mind melting."Others speak highly of Shoutem’s service, with another IT professional writing that: "The Shoutem team is blazing fast and very competent. We've had a great experience."Others echo this sentiment. Kevin Convey, a professor, praises Shoutem’s service: "I have never worked with a software company where the customer service and the support was so good."Jerry smith, a web developer, thinks that the platform is well worth the investment - "Shoutem meets my needs for a fraction of the cost of what I'd have to spend to get this type of custom-developed app."As we can see, Shoutem provides a solid app building solution that their users love.
There are several alternatives to Shoutem that target a similar market, allowing you to build apps based on pre-built templates.If you’re interested in this type of app builder, here are five Shoutem competitors:
These app builders all provide a platform for you to design your own app, so if that's what you’re looking for they’re worth considering.If you're a WordPress based digital publisher and want a presence on the App Store for your brand, MobiLoud is for you.Let's take a look.
What is MobiLoud?
MobiLoud is a Done-For-You solution for digital publishers who want a powerful custom mobile app.Most digital publishers see up to 90% of their traffic from mobile, and an app is the ideal way to offer the mobile user experience that your readers expect.[caption id="attachment_1027" align="aligncenter" width="522"]
Custom apps for digital publishers[/caption]Having a place on your readers' smartphone homescreens keeps your brand top of mind, and the ability to reach them with push notifications is invaluable for engagement and retention.The app development process with MobiLoud starts with an initial call with our experienced team to determine your exact requirements.Then, the work will begin and your app will be built.You’ll have plenty of chances to customize it how you see fit, and make any adjustments necessary.In the end you’ll have a fully functioning app and another valuable channel for your business.
Key Benefits of MobiLoud
1) A Proven Platform for Digital Publishers using WordPress
With over 900+ apps published, with MobiLoud your app will be built on a proven platform used by established digital publishers like Business Insider NL and Foreign Policy Magazine.[caption id="attachment_1046" align="aligncenter" width="1342"]
Your app will update in real time with your WordPress website[/caption]Your app will be completely integrated with your WordPress site, and when you publish new content it will be automatically updated in your app.
2) Done For You Service
With MobiLoud you won't need to spend any of your own time editing pre-configured app templates.While templated app builders like Shoutem have their benefits, they aren't for all businesses. If you don't want to spend time configuring your app with an app builder when you could be spending time on growing your business, MobiLoud is for you.We do everything for you - from app development, to publishing your apps the iOS and Google Play App Stores, to providing ongoing app updates and maintenance.
3) Integrations to Grow Your Business
Your app will be complete with powerful tools to grow your business.If you monetize your pageviews using ads, then your app will include those. Your app is compatible with all of the leading advertising platforms like DoubleClick for Publishers, Admob, MoPub, and Facebook Audience Network.You can send engaging push notifications whenever new content gets published via our integration with OneSignal.[caption id="attachment_1029" align="aligncenter" width="504"]
Send push notifications with new content to your readers[/caption]MobiLoud is ideal if:
- You have a web presence based around creating and sharing content
- You want to focus on creating, sharing, and monetizing your content…. Not the complex, time-consuming and costly process of building an app
- You want a powerful, functional and well designed app quickly and at a fraction of the cost an agency would charge
MobiLoud has a tiered pricing structure.
- Different price plans include different features for higher traffic news apps such as:
- Monetization through subscriptions and in-app ads
- Integration with third party SDKs for advertising and analytics
- CDN and caching
- Support for higher or even limitless traffic
- Priority support for launch, promotion and monetization
There’s no risk with our 60 day money back guarantee. Price includes all development, configuration, publishing and maintenance.For more detailed information about MobiLoud pricing click here.Now let’s take a look at what MobiLoud users have to say about our service…….
All reviews were sourced from our Capterra profile.Building high performance apps that perfectly sync with existing WordPress operations is a key goal for our customers.Writing on Capterra, Stephan W recalls: “MobiLoud was all about getting content out of WordPress and into a native app specifically branded for us - this was by far the most important thing for us”.John M, co-founder of a digital media company and longtime MobiLoud customer, agrees: “It just works. We can use our existing WordPress install and have our material presented in a beautiful way on both iOS and Android....... We worked for a year trying to create our own app - and then decided to go with MobiLoud and haven't looked back. We've been happy customers for over three years and our readers love our iOS and Android apps”.Others love how simply and effectively they can manage their new app.Josh G, a digital publisher, loves the: “Simple to navigate the backend, great at sending alerts and notifications”. He goes on to talk about how he “needed a bit of help on some advanced customizations - however the team was extremely easy to work with... EXCELLENT customer service. They made sure I was totally satisfied which I appreciate”Our customer service is personalized, fast and never leaves your side. If you check out our reviews on Capterra you’ll notice the quality of our support is a common thread.Stephan W, a Vice President of Client Services was happy with our service standards - calling them “amazing” and adding that our team “work tirelessly to ensure you are happy with your apps. We can't recommend MobiLoud enough”.To hear from more of our clients, take a look at our reviews page.
Recap - MobiLoud vs Shoutem
Shoutem is a great solution if you have an idea for an app and don’t have the time, skills or resources to build a custom app from scratch. If you have a concept for a mobile app that solves some specific problem for users and you want a low-risk way of testing your idea and bringing it to life, take a look at Shoutem.A lot of successful apps have been created using their platform, and yours could be too.MobiLoud is the ideal solution for digital publishers.You get a custom app with features on a par with top publishers like NYT and Buzzfeed - all done for you from start to finish by our experienced team.Unlike Shoutem - MobiLoud uses your existing site content and integrates directly with WordPress, so there’s no need to do any extra work or learn anything new.We hope that this article has helped you with your decision.If you’re a successful WordPress publisher and want to grow your brand and revenue - let’s have a chat and see if we’re right for you.