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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.

Donations in iPhone apps - one of the few things to be done outside the app

Last week I finished the app for Florence's mayor Matteo Renzi. I personally like him and he will be running to be prime minister. I'm happy to provide help.

I uploaded the app to iTunes Connect and this morning it went in review.

Unfortunately it was rejected. By now I've submitted tons of apps therefore was quite surprised to see the that email form the Apple Review Team and was immediately curious to find out why: there's always something to learn from them! Being able to play Apple's game is an art... ;)

Turns out there was an issue with the donations button. It was set up to leverage the server API to allow users to make donations to the campaign but Apple didn't like this. Donations may not be implemented in iPhone apps. The only thing you can do is include an external link that kicks you out of the app.

Apple recognises that is awful from a user experience point of view but I guess the potential liability when dealing with this is way too big to bare.



It's funny when you think about how many rejections are do to pulling external content or things not being local for a privacy/security issue and now they will not allow it.

Here is the full email I received:
21.2: The collection of donations must be done via a web site in Safari or an SMS







Apple

Nov 5, 2012 03:15 PM



21.2

We found that your app includes the ability to collect donations within the app, which is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines

While donations may not be taken within an application, it is possible to provide a donation link to your web site. This link should launch Safari to collect the donation. You could also add a link to send an SMS to make the donation.

We understand that directing your user outside of your app may not be the user experience you prefer to offer your users. However it is a common experience in a variety of iOS apps. And in the case of collecting donations for charities - regardless of whether the donations are in cash or another form - it is also the required user experience.

We encourage you to make the necessary changes to your app and resubmit it for review.





 

For pointers on other elements to keep in mind to avoid rejection, you can check out this, thisthis, or this (included in this book).

 

#appstore, #books, #review
Published: Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:43:07 +0000

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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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Donations in iPhone apps - one of the few things to be done outside the app

Donations in iPhone apps - one of the few things to be done outside the app

Last week I finished the app for Florence's mayor Matteo Renzi. I personally like him and he will be running to be prime minister. I'm happy to provide help.

I uploaded the app to iTunes Connect and this morning it went in review.

Unfortunately it was rejected. By now I've submitted tons of apps therefore was quite surprised to see the that email form the Apple Review Team and was immediately curious to find out why: there's always something to learn from them! Being able to play Apple's game is an art... ;)

Turns out there was an issue with the donations button. It was set up to leverage the server API to allow users to make donations to the campaign but Apple didn't like this. Donations may not be implemented in iPhone apps. The only thing you can do is include an external link that kicks you out of the app.

Apple recognises that is awful from a user experience point of view but I guess the potential liability when dealing with this is way too big to bare.



It's funny when you think about how many rejections are do to pulling external content or things not being local for a privacy/security issue and now they will not allow it.

Here is the full email I received:
21.2: The collection of donations must be done via a web site in Safari or an SMS







Apple

Nov 5, 2012 03:15 PM



21.2

We found that your app includes the ability to collect donations within the app, which is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines

While donations may not be taken within an application, it is possible to provide a donation link to your web site. This link should launch Safari to collect the donation. You could also add a link to send an SMS to make the donation.

We understand that directing your user outside of your app may not be the user experience you prefer to offer your users. However it is a common experience in a variety of iOS apps. And in the case of collecting donations for charities - regardless of whether the donations are in cash or another form - it is also the required user experience.

We encourage you to make the necessary changes to your app and resubmit it for review.





 

For pointers on other elements to keep in mind to avoid rejection, you can check out this, thisthis, or this (included in this book).

 

#appstore, #books, #review
Published: Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:43:07 +0000