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We are proud to announce the global Meter Selector App for iphone and Android available now for download on Google Play and Apple store! You can find the right meter by searching for features or applications. Attached is a presentation with an overview of the app and following is the landing page:
Please share and let us know what you think!
Added link to the promotional landing page for the App
first of all compliment for this interesting app!
In my opinion it is simple and well done, without many useless details.
To maximise the diffusion on countries, speaking about Italy I would suggest:
> Priority 1 for Italy: translation. If we have only english language it will be quite impossible to diffuse and to promote this app on italian market.
> I think that both PM200 and PM800 should be introduced and then, after the WW launches are finished we can remove them introducing the new offers
> Why not adding also technical drawings (dimensions, technical & connection drawings)?
> From italian point of view it would be important also add the Compact/Masterpact offer with mesaure embedded: e.g. why don't you contact Daniel Neves (Micrologic specialist) to see if it is possible to integrate also that part of the offer?
Very nice! So far so good. Just downloaded and tried it out for the 1st time.
One thing I'd say it needs is some more help and info on the meter selection screen. When you're building your Search parameters.
When on the 7650 search part builder...
Form Factor - Missing Remote Display option
MID compliance? What is it?
Measurement Current - Show it as 5A (makes it a little more clear)
Communication Protocol - This is misleading. It's like you can only have one Protocol
Power Quality - What does this provide? A basic 7650 already has a lot of PQ features.
Memory - Showing a MB number here is often confusing to customers. Context to the number is more important. How many 15 min Data Records, Events, PQ waveforms does it provide? How many days?
Thanks for the feedback Roberto, we will take it into consideration in the upcoming versions.
--> V1.1 will have localization of the offers, not sure about language, I will check.
--> Regarding the old offers, it was a conscious decision since we want to promote the new offers - PM5000 and PM8000, which can replace PM200 and PM800 in most of the cases. But I will bring that feedback to the team anyway and maybe we can revisit the decision.
--> Once a meter is selected, the user is directed to the catalog page, which has the dimensions, drawings, etc
--> I will keep that in mind, but for now this is a challenge since the offers come from different BUs and we need to understand if they will have the resources to support the effort. I know Daniel and will talk with him on the topic. Do you have any documentation on how do you position the offers, stand alone vs embedded, in Italy?
Thanks for the feedback Erik.
The challenge we have is how to come up with an app that can be used for all our metering offers. Although you mention good points and they make sense when we think about high end meters (memory, PQ, comms) they might not make mush sense for the lower end of the range. So it was a conscious decision to make the selection screen as simple as possible. That doesn't mean that we can't make it better and you give some good ideas for improvement. Thanks!
I do found in Android really easy from my mobile, but as all i have to add some comments.
I think to select a meter you can do by:
We have all that data in the "function and characteristics" documents for each one... so why not using that?
So for language i think you can choose in the first step of opening the app same with the country.
If we have a internal webpage where the products manager from each country select the available meters for that region and the app read that and show only the available...would be awesome !
I'm proposing a webex to talk about this to add ideas, i think the app would be good but need the feedback of the countries.
I think that I found the problem. When I hover over the app link in the power point presentation I see that you will be directed to the Canadian web site for iTunes and not the American. This will need to be verified.
Hi Jorge, thanks for the feedback.
In terms of localization, the idea for V1.1 is exactly what you suggested, the user will select the country first time he or she uses the app. The meter availability per country will be given by each global offer manager, since it's almost impossible for us to ask local product managers to do that - too many countries. So if you find any mistakes on product availability for version 1.1, please contact the offer manager and he or she can fix that.
As for the selection fields, I bet that if we ask 100 people we will have 100 different ideas on what fields are more relevant. But I think most of the fields you mention above are available when you choose the option "I am familiar with meters". We do have fields for memory, comm, I/Os, sampling, etc... And we already have plans for improvement of the fields, to make it easier and intuitive to choose.
Thanks again and please keep the ideas coming!
I still cannot locate the app for my iPad when using my iPad to access the App Store. I get the message "No results for "meter selector by Schneider electric"". Has this been addressed?
Really nice to see this Daniel. For those of us who live and breathe meters, we sometimes forget that meter selection isn't always obvious to others. This is a great first step in empowering everyone to begin to understand why you would choose one product over another. I'm sure this will evolve over time, but it's a great start.
Thanks Mike. Our biggest focus now is getting people to use the app. I am very interested in ways to make this happen and thought that we could somehow announce to level 1 support in the countries, since they get questions on product selection all the time. They could answer the question and point customers to the tool, for example. Any idea on how do I send a message that will be heard by level 1 support across the world? Any other ideas on how to engage customers and make them aware of the tool? V1.1 is coming by the way!
Though I agree with Erik, it's still a good app for a salesperson and for PAE's.
For the general public especially, the tweaks and additions Erik suggested would be very useful.
I'd also like to add: Describe acronyms they don't always mean the same thing to different people. Try googling "Acronym list" Response: "About 61,300,000 results(0.23 seconds) "
For how to broadcast to Level 1, I think this will be a good topic to discuss with when he is in Victoria in two weeks. It's good timing, as I've just found a way to open up some space for you two to spend an hour together on March 24th!
For other ways to make customers aware of the tool, I do have one idea. It's a bit outside of the box, but it works for Starbucks! I'm sure you've seen the free app cards on Starbucks counters. Many of our customers first experience with our meters is when they open the box for the first time. If the first thing they saw was a card inviting them to download this app, it could be a good moment to let them know the app is available. If there was a redemption code on the back, it could make them think they are getting something for free (even though it's already free). The other benefit is that the Apple App Store has a camera function that would make redeeming the code and automatically downloading the app extremely easy. They wouldn't have to search for it. I don't have much Android experience, but I assume there is a similar process for those devices.
Sorry Gary; we discovered that the App wasn't compiled to show-up as iPad compatible which is why you can't find it on the App store when accessing via an iPad. We have requested for this to be corrected in the soon to be released V1.1
For now, here is the link:
Here is the correct (not Canadian) link which I'll update in the attached presentation above
Very good point indeed.
@Daniel Brandao: Please send me the message you would like to share with the CCC organization (L1 and L2) and I will publish it in their community in Spice.
Thanks Mike, I like the idea! But I am not sure the meter box is the best place for the cards, since we are trying to reach customers before they actually buy the product. So I will explore if we can do something like this but having the card in some distributors, or even at the back of our catalogue. Thanks again!
Is this still available? I don't see it listed anymore in the iOS App Store?
We are aware that the "Meter Selector App" has been removed from the App Store, and are actively working to create a web-based solution. We will provide an update when we have more details.
Please check out the link above if you're looking for a meter selection tool.
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