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Giacomo Balli

Innovation consultant specializing in mobile strategy

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I help traditional business owners improve productivity, enhance employee satisfaction and increase profits by optimizing their established processes. #DigitalTransformation #OpenInnovation

I help startup founders jumpstart their success. #Architecture #UA #ASO #Monetization #Performance #Feasbility

I help modern companies better understand competition and fast-track R&D. #Intelligence #ResearchAndDevelopement

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Mobile Consultant

The mobile app industry is growing at an unprecedented pace... Barely keeping up or are you leveraging all the opportunities it brings?

If you made it this far I know you have motivation, enthusiasm and drive. However, you will need a mobile consultant like me by your side to fully reap all the benefits of what technology has to offer.

Until not long ago, iPhone apps were like the very first websites: in a world where websites were few and far between, just having one was enough.  It wasn't particularly challenging to be a player in the mobile app development game without much competition. Now, as the market becomes more saturated, it is increasingly difficult to stand out from the crowd.

My years of experience in the field, combined with my MBA and business savvy, make me a shrewd ally to anyone looking to make their mark in the mobile world.

I live in San Francisco, the epicenter of the startup boom.  While I've seen some amazing concepts come to life, I've chosen not to get involve in revenue sharing, equity or similarly structured projects. Instead, I lend my technical and business know-how to early stage startups and established brands as a mobile consultant.

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Do you already have a mobile app? Make sure you know how to properly generate more downloads.

Apple App Store Expedited Review


Last year I created an app for the famous Crawford County Fair which takes place in Meadville, PA.
This is the largest agricultural fair in Pennsylvania! :)
My wife's family lives here and have therefore been able to attend quite a few times and love it!


It has also been featured in the local newspaper (Meadville Tribune).


app-store-expedited-reviewThis year I didn't have much free time so when it was time to update the app (new program, events, regulations etc) I realized time was very short. It starts in a week and it's still waiting for review.
From experience I know this could take anywhere form 1 day to 1 month so just to be sure I decided to request an App Store expedited review on iTunes Connect.


The App Store expedited review process is very simple and painless; hopefully it'll also be as smooth to execute.
Although this is one of those things that Apple likes to keep a little hidden, I read around (don't remember where) that every developer has certain number of App Store expedited review he can request within a time period.


The updated app was uploaded to iTunes Connect on August 5th at 14:40. Just now, Aug 11th at 15:00, I made the App Store expedited review.
Let's see what happens (fair starts on the 18th)!



Update (15:49):


I just received an email with the following:



Thank you for submitting your request for an App Store expedited review.

We are working hard to process submissions as quickly as we can and expect to complete the evaluation of your request within 1 to 2 business days. If your request is granted, you will be notified and your app will be submitted for an App Store expedited review.

App Review Team

...we'll see what's next.


Update 2 (2 days after):
I just received another email form Apple with the following:



Hello Giacomo Balli,

Thank you for contacting us regarding your app, Crawford County Fair - The Full Guide.

While we do our best to honor all requests for App Store expedited review, we unfortunately cannot accommodate your request at this time as it does not meet the criteria for expediting a review.

Helping you get your app or update onto the App Store is very important to us, and we are working hard to process all submissions as quickly as possible. We thank you for your understanding and your continued patience.

Best Regards,
App Review Team

I asked them to share their criteria.


Update 3 (3 days later):
the app is now in review.... app approved.



#App Store Expedited Review, #iTunes Connect
Published: Sat, 11 Aug 2012 19:07:58 +0000

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About

Currently working as an innovation consultant based in San Francisco. After studying in Madrid and New York, earning an MBA, he broke into the emerging mobile developing market when Apple first released the iPhone. Among one of the first successful Italian developers, Giacomo relocated to San Francisco to broaden his reach within the burgeoning tech sector. While working as part of a travel-tech startup launched in 2013, Giacomo has continued as a consultant to both independent and incubator-based startups. Confident and innovative, loves fast-paced environments collaborating with a team of professionals and experts to ship delightful, efficient products.
Giacomo's passion for progress often finds him speaking at conferences (both in the US & Europe) and teaching college courses.

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Apple App Store Expedited Review

Apple App Store Expedited Review


Last year I created an app for the famous Crawford County Fair which takes place in Meadville, PA.
This is the largest agricultural fair in Pennsylvania! :)
My wife's family lives here and have therefore been able to attend quite a few times and love it!


It has also been featured in the local newspaper (Meadville Tribune).


app-store-expedited-reviewThis year I didn't have much free time so when it was time to update the app (new program, events, regulations etc) I realized time was very short. It starts in a week and it's still waiting for review.
From experience I know this could take anywhere form 1 day to 1 month so just to be sure I decided to request an App Store expedited review on iTunes Connect.


The App Store expedited review process is very simple and painless; hopefully it'll also be as smooth to execute.
Although this is one of those things that Apple likes to keep a little hidden, I read around (don't remember where) that every developer has certain number of App Store expedited review he can request within a time period.


The updated app was uploaded to iTunes Connect on August 5th at 14:40. Just now, Aug 11th at 15:00, I made the App Store expedited review.
Let's see what happens (fair starts on the 18th)!



Update (15:49):


I just received an email with the following:



Thank you for submitting your request for an App Store expedited review.

We are working hard to process submissions as quickly as we can and expect to complete the evaluation of your request within 1 to 2 business days. If your request is granted, you will be notified and your app will be submitted for an App Store expedited review.

App Review Team

...we'll see what's next.


Update 2 (2 days after):
I just received another email form Apple with the following:



Hello Giacomo Balli,

Thank you for contacting us regarding your app, Crawford County Fair - The Full Guide.

While we do our best to honor all requests for App Store expedited review, we unfortunately cannot accommodate your request at this time as it does not meet the criteria for expediting a review.

Helping you get your app or update onto the App Store is very important to us, and we are working hard to process all submissions as quickly as possible. We thank you for your understanding and your continued patience.

Best Regards,
App Review Team

I asked them to share their criteria.


Update 3 (3 days later):
the app is now in review.... app approved.



#App Store Expedited Review, #iTunes Connect
Published: Sat, 11 Aug 2012 19:07:58 +0000