The importance of social networking has become increasingly important for large companies to small organisations, clubs, events and one man band operations. Getting your message out there via as many social channels as you can, and it seems like every man and his dog has a Facebook page as well these days. Like every other social channel, you want to be able to update it on the fly, from your Windows Phone.
That’s where Page Manger steps in, and although I am looking at the Beta version of the app in this review, which should appear in the store in the next week or so, it’s worth mentioning that this is a long-term project by the developer, who stated,
Version 1 has bad reviews against it because it crashed on users. I did try to fix it, but I was not very experienced then. The bad reviews hurt me, not my ego, cause of the fact that it was a bad experience for users. Honestly Page Manager 2 is really an attempt at redemption and to set things right for all those users who had issues the first time around
I appreciate that sort of commitment, as it always pays dividends for end users.
Page manager allows you to manage multiple pages from the app, and opens to a list of your pages, [I don’t have multiple pages, but you get the drift], tapping on any of the listed pages will take you to the dash-board for that page.
From that dash-board you can post text and links, photos and view your page insights[analytics] to see how it’s performing. The basics of what you need to effectively use a Facebook page as a marketing tool.
For each page you can pin a link to the dash on your home screen for quick access, or you can pin a direct link to the functions for each page on your home screen. Simply, if you manage a lot of pages, Page Manager puts them all at your fingertips.
What’s interesting is that the developer has mixed the design up, from a couple of static input pages, to a panoramic view to encapsulate all the different aspects of your page insights.
The amount of detail reflected in the info you can get from the app has gone into the design, and you have to appreciate that attention. While there’s a simple help page, the dev has also tried to get away from the hard to read FAQ pages, that usually appear in a smaller font, and scroll forever.
There’s also an online portal that is nicely personalised, as well as the usual settings included. Which again adds another twist to the UI.
Page Manager is incredibly well thought out and the humility displayed by the developer in his acknowledgement and openness, the ability to instigate a dialogue with users through the app is extraordinary. It is a good-looking app, without bells and whistles to try to impress, purely functional, that does it’s job well without a huge learning curve. Certainly an upgrade that will make it a tool that people will want to use.
Version 2.0 will be available in limited trial mode [starts up with a reminder and has advertising] that will only support managing one page, and the full version will be available on the Australian store for a measly $1.99. That’s almost a gift, knowing the work and passion that has gone into this update.
The app has been submitted, and pending approval should be available in the next week, for details and it’s availability status follow the developer on Twitter @SrikanthNairPro , or hook up with him via his personal website.