The past month has been absolutely insane.
For starters, I had a baby (patting myself on the back).
And that’s about it…
Oh wait. Nope. Ziyak launched. And thaaat’s about it.
But that isn't "it" at all!
Our “office baby” is now available for the entire world to download. Although, it wouldn’t do someone in Greenland any good to download Ziyak, unless they’re planning an American adventure! Then, Ziyak is absolutely perfect for Greenlanders to download. While we have plans to dominate the entire world by helping people from Madrid to Melbourne connect with the perfect events near them, or any city they’re traveling to, we haven’t quite conquered the entire world yet. We’re just starting in the great United States.
If you haven’t downloaded Ziyak, yet, then STOP RIGHT NOW. Wait. Don’t stop. Keep reading for just a moment.
Go to either iTunes or Google Play and search Ziyak then download the most amazing app you’ve ever used.
NOW you can stop and do that. But then come back and keep reading, because we are going to make sure you know every single thing you need to know about Ziyak.
If you’ve already downloaded Ziyak, you get a golden star! (Not really… but smile proudly and nod to your neighbor like you know something they don’t know. Then, when they look at you funny, smile sheepishly and say, you’d know if you downloaded Ziyak.)
Apps are like friends. You find out they’re great, and think, “Hey! I want to be friends with that little guy!” You download it, then you have to get to know that app. You spend time with the app, you figure out how it works, what it likes and doesn’t like and so on. Then one day, without you even realizing, you know everything there is to know about the app! You could even navigate it in your sleep! You and that app have bonded, you’ve become close, you’ve become best friends.
We want to help you and Ziyak become best friends by giving you a little tour of everything this app has to offer… and there is so much! So, open up your app and follow along, as you get to know your new BFF. (Do people even use the word BFF anymore? You have kids and then you don’t even know what’s happening with the language today…)
Let's Begin This Tour...
Please, keep your hands and feet inside at all times, and keep your shoes tied nice and tightly, otherwise, we will knock your shoes off your feet.
Open up that marvelous app with the saucy looking “Z” and either sign in with Facebook, or create an account. The joys of singing in via Facebook is that all of your friends on Facebook can sync with your followers on Ziyak. You can post a photo and share it on Facebook and you can share events you’re going to on Facebook! The email you use for Facebook is the same email Ziyak will automatically use. So, if you want Ziyak to use a different email, change your email on Facebook before proceeding.
The Main Screen
Are you getting ready to travel later this week? Then you can pre-plan your trip using Ziyak!
Click on the “Location” button in the upper right hand corner. You can either type in what location you would like to look at, or you can use your current location. You can also customize how many miles you’re willing to travel for an event. After you decide your location, or select “Use My Device Location”, just click the back arrow and the app will reset to your chosen location! MAGIC! Or just a really amazing app.
Searching for events or businesses has never been easier! Just type in the event, business or person you’re looking for and choose through the list of results. By typing “Museum” I can see all kinds of museums all over the country! When you make your selection, you’ll either find yourself on that business’ page, on the event page, or on a person’s profile.
On the bottom of the screen you’ll see a button for the “Map”. This is amazing because you’ll get to see every single event that is happening within the radius you’ve selected and with the filters you’ve chosen. Feel like your city is boring? You won’t after viewing the map! There is so much happening in Kansas City! I’m sitting at home snuggling my sweet newborn, but completely envious of all of the action happening this week and weekend! Baby might be getting a tour of Kansas City a little sooner than I originally planned!
The “Share” button, in the lower right hand corner, is where you can connect this app with all of your other favorite social media apps. You can invite friends to download Ziyak by posting on Facebook, Twitter, or selecting “Other”, which give you the option to send a message, an email, or post to a few other apps. You can also “Share an Event” by finding a specific event you want friends and family to know about. You can share it on any social media platform you choose. And finally, you can “Post Something” onto a specific business’ page or a specific event. In that post you can write something or share a photo and share that post on both Facebook and Twitter! Just select the little white arrow when you’re done and the little white X once that’s saved!
The “Menu” button can be found in the upper left hand corner. When you click that button, You’ll be able to view your profile under the “My Profile” button. There, you’ll see any posts you’ve made, have the chance to make a new post, or find your friends who are using Ziyak! Have some friends who might enjoy the app? Then you can invite your contacts to download Ziyak! They’ll just get a little text message from you letting them know that downloading Ziyak will literally be the best decision they’ve ever made in their entire life. Literally.
You can also select “Settings” and add a special bio just for you. If you are logged in through Facebook, your profile will change when your information on Facebook changes. If you’re satisfied with all of your information, just click the little white arrow in the upper right hand corner and PRESTO! You’re all set and your profile is saved. Just click the little white X when you’re done on that page and your bio will be ready to read by anyone who follows you!
Also under the “Menu” button is a little place where you can “Find Friends”. This is pretty much the same as inviting friends under the “My Profile” button. You can follow any friends on Facebook who are already using Ziyak, you can view your followers and view who you’re following. Ziyak works similarly to Pinterest and Instagram in that just because people follow you, doesn’t mean you follow them. You have to approve people to follow you and they have to approve you back.
“Earn SWAG” is the next tab down the line. You are able to earn SWAG points just by doing some activities on the app. The more points, the cooler your title. And trust me, you should probably try to get out of being a Noob as quickly as possible, because no one wants to be a Noob. The coolest part? We’ll be releasing a SWAG Cash-In feature, where you can “cash-in” your SWAG points for cool stuff, restaurant gift cards, and more. This is kinda like going to Dave & Busters, but even better.
Become a Ninja
Other Cool Features
Really in love with a particular business? Then you can “Like” the business by clicking that little smiley face found on the business' page! The more “likes” a business has, the more Ziyak users really enjoyed their experience there!
By “Checking In” somewhere, even if it isn’t during an event, you get some awesome SWAG Points! You can post something or share a photo and all of your friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter can see!
Events are cool things happening around you, but they also feature specials, happy hours, and deals going on! Ziyak not only gets you out and exploring your city, it helps you save money, too!
At Ziyak, we are excited to help connect people to cities all over the country. From finding the best places to eat, to exploring the best events in town, for the old in spirit and young at heart, Ziyak is for everyone.
Kendra is an Executive Assistant at Ziyak. She loves to share her humor and share her passions with anyone who will take the time to read what she writes.