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Personal Experience Ecommerce Marketplace

Published 11/13/2010 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
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What can you use the app for?

Booking activities can be difficult, even for local residents. It can be hard to know which services are worthwhile and which should be avoided. Skyara allows users to check out ratings and reviews and learn about available services in their area. Users can even book their outings right on the Skyara website. Skyara includes additional features such as a contact function so users can get in touch with the company to get questions answers. Built in calendars, maps and descriptions also help users make a good decision about who they book with.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Skyara was created by Steven Ou, Jonathan Wu, and Dennis Liu in 2010. The site was intended to form a marketplace for experiences, where users could share and provide input on local services. The site also allowed users a number of convenient features, such as online booking and contact details for each service provider. Today, the Skyara team remains small but the site has grown to include many users and businesses.

What are the differences to other apps?

Many websites long ago learned the benefit of creating a platform for users to share experiences so that others can make good choices. The concept is nothing new and other sites like Skyara are out there. The site does offer a well organized layout and plenty of helpful information. Along with user reviews, business profiles are complimented by images, a contact link, and online booking feature. Descriptions are also available as well as cancellation penalties if any exist. The user has all the information they need up front before paying for a reservation.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Skyara website compliments the service it offers. Users can easily locate information without wading through clutter. Each business profile includes easy to use navigation buttons that allow users to learn more, map the location, or review the businesses’ availability through an online calendar. All features are easily accessible and the user can quickly adapt without much effort. The site also includes full color images that go with each business listing to further entice users to book service.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can create a Skyara account by clicking on the white “Sign Up” link at the top right hand corner of the homepage. The registration form is short and clean, requesting a first name, last name, email address, password, and referral code (if the user has one, this step is optional). After clicking the aqua blue continue button, the user is advised to check their email for an activation code to complete registration. Users can then enter their email and choose a location to begin receive email updates as new businesses and communities become a part of the Skyara network.

What does it cost to use the application?

Anyone can visit the Skyara website and create an account. Visitors that are interested in booking services can do so for free. The only cost associated with Skyara is money spent to make the reservation. Those who wish to join up as a service provider can also do so for free. Listings do not cost anything, however when the business receives a paid booking through Skyara, they are charged a 12% fee.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Skyara is a good way for local businesses to get noticed and for users to find reliable services in their area. The site is currently limited to San Francisco, but it is still in beta and will gradually expand. Users can easily find businesses and leave feedback to help other users make a good decision in the future when booking on Skyara.

  • Sign up for email updates from Skyara
  • Leave reviews after using a service posted on Skyara
  • Contact businesses with questions or comments
  • Book online through the business’ profile
  • Review images and descriptions of the service before booking

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