App Facts – How The usrentacar App Is Doing A Year On

Hi all,

We first launched the usrentacar voucher app back in April 2011 as a way to help customers collect their car rental without having to print of paper car rental vouchers.

Since its first incarnation the app has morphed to include our Wait Time feature, our review option and our popular car finder service. Recently we hit the 5000 downloads  milestone  so I thought I’d share some information regarding the app.

Obviously the UK is the Country that has provided the most downloads, but which other Countries like our app?

  1. UK
  2. USA
  3. Italy
  4. France
  5. Brazil
  6. Netherlands
  7. Norway
  8. Ireland
  9. Australia
  10. Spain
The app has provided over 1000 individual reviews which are live on the usrentacar.co.uk website, found here – car hire USA reviews and can be defined by the source field (as highlighted below).

The app has provided over 2000 wait times at over 50 USA locations all of which have been embedded in to our results page to create an unique average.

The features of our app have been copied by a host of car rental companies which I guess is a compliment!?
We’ve started work on a new version of the app which we believe will again be another first within our industry, I’ll keep you posted on the new features as soon as I learn more.

I can confirm that the feedback we’ve received regarding the apps own review system has been heard and will be amended, if you have any feedback for our mobile team please feel free to comment below.

regards,

James

 car hire USA

Grrr Stop Waking Me Up usrentacar.co.uk!!

Hi all,

Apologies for the lack of posts recently. I’ve been taking advantage of some holiday time owed by snowboarding in Austria and soaking up the sun in Orlando. Yep life’s been tough…. any way I’m back now and have a lot of posts to come, mostly regarding our eminent launch of the new look usrentacar website, fingers crossed Wednesday could be the launch date.

Back to the subject of today’s post, Grrr stop waking me up usrentacar.co.uk!! An interesting title perhaps but something that’s been bugging a few people who use our award nominated iPhone app.

One of the push notifications the app provides is to ask users to rate the app so others can get a good idea of how it works and if its useful.

Now when we programmed this particular notification we assumed people
would want to review the app while on holiday so we set the notification to activate at 8 am U.S. time. This however was a mistake as if you’re in the UK the notification would hit at around 3 am!!!!

I can confirm today we have fixed this error and would like to apologise to anyone that was rudely awoken by us asking for a review. I know how much I value my own sleep so the new time is now 17:00 UK time.

I hope this now fixes the issue and people can continue to use the app without losing sleep.

regards,

James

usrentacar Voucher App Hit’s 2000 Downloads

Hi all,

Got some great news through today from our IT guys showing that theusrentacar voucher app has now had more than 2000 downloads from the apple app store.

We released our voucher app in April of this year to make collection of your USA car hire as quick and simply as possible. Uptake of version 1 was excellent and we got some great feedback from users.

The app was also nominated for a couple of awards this year including the British Travel Awards Best Travel and Tourism iPhone/Smart Phone App up against heavy weights like British Airways and Kayak.

The original version featured

  • Online voucher – pick up your car rental by showing your phone.
  • Wait Time feature
  • Review feature
  • Blog

We launched the next version of the app (version 1.2) last month and added our popular Car Finder feature and some push and local notifications.

You can download the usrentacar voucher app by visiting the apple app store and typing in usrentacar or you can scan the QR code above.

I wonder how quickly we can get to 3000 downloads?

regards,

James

How The usrentacar.co.uk® Car Finder Works

Hi all,

On the 21st October we launched version 1.2 of the usrentacar voucher app, along with some push notification amendments we launched our Car Finder feature.

What is Car Finder?

Car Finder is a usrentacar.co.uk designed feature to help our cust0mers locate their vehicles after a long day at the parks or when shopping in an unfamiliar location.

How it works?

Car Finder works by integrating the iPhone’s inbuilt gps system and google maps.

Step 1

Once you have logged in to our app using your email address and your password, press the Car Finder icon positioned far right on the navigation bar.

Step 2

Once your iPhone has picked up your GPS position click on the “Save Location” button in the top right hand corner.
You will note an icon of a car appears in your position.

You can also view your car’s position in Satellite mode.

Step 3

When you are ready to locate your car, click on “find car” positioned in the top left hand corner, this button will alter to “refresh” once used.
You will note that your current position is symbolised by walking human icon.

You can also view this in Satellite mode.

Step 4

As you follow the route the human icon will also move, you can speed this up by clicking on the “refresh” button which replaces the “find car” button.

To add a new position for your car simply click on “Clear Location” and begin the process again.

I hope you like this new feature, what are your first impression’s?

Is there something else you’d like us to add?

regards,

James,

 car hire USA

usrentacar.co.uk Voucher App Six Months On

Hi all,

The usrentacar.co.uk Voucher App is fast approaching its 6 month birthday, so I thought now would be a good time to look at its short life.

We officially released the voucher app on the iPhone, on April 4th 2011. Those of you who follow us on facebook actually got a sneak preview a few days prior.

The app itself, basically, makes your car hire USA voucher mobile, instead of having to show our suppliers a piece of paper or in some cases several bits of paper, our customers are able to show these details via their phone.  However the app also has a few other unique features which over the past 6 months have proven to be very popular.

The usrentacar.co.uk WaitTime feature is an example of this, customers are asked to add the amount of time it took them to collect their vehicle and displays the average time other customers have had to queue.

Another great feature, is the ability to add a live review of your car rental experience, usrentacar.co.uk was the first car hire company to offer customers the oppotunity to leave a review of their hire, however this has always taken place after the hire is complete. The voucher app allows customers to review immediately upon collection and send a picture or video.

Nice and clean F350 12 seated. Only 4000 miles on the clock. Bit different from the “premium car” we had last week. Managed to get it to 20mpg on a run to Ocala, but locally it’s horrific, but who cares! Dollar tried to sell us the sunpass thing but it’s not worth it. We know where are going and knew we would encounter few tolls

The app also gives you access to our popular car rental blog.

In June 2011 the usrentacar.co.uk voucher app hit a 1000 downloads from iTunes, during this time we’d had a few customers asking when it would be available on the Android platform.

So on the 6th June 2011 the usrentacar.co.uk voucher app was released to the Android market place featuring all the same features as the iPhone version, the app quickly reached almost 500 downloads.

On the 22nd June 2011, the usrentacar voucher app was nominated for a prestigious Travolution award under Best Mobile Application along side such travel giants as British Airways, Ebookers and Kayak.

On the 26th July 2011 the usrentacar voucher app received its second award nomination, this time from the British Travel Awards for Best Travel and Tourism iPhone/Smart Phone App.

The Future

Well obviously we’ve got two awards to cross our fingers for but more importantly we will be releasing a new version of the app in October, with a few new and innovative features.

So if you have an iPhone or an Android phone why not download our free app today.

iPhone – Click here to download the usrentacar iPhone app

Android – Click here to download the usrentacar Android app

Kind regards,

James,

 car hire USA

Top 10 Countries To Download The usrentacar Voucher App

Hi all,

We are now a week in to the launch of the usrentacar voucher app and we are delighted about the amount of downloads we’ve had .

One of the more interesting statistics (well I think its interesting) is where our app is being downloaded from.

Below are the top 10 Countries to download the usrentacar voucher app

  1. UK
  2. USA
  3. Germany
  4. Italy
  5. Turkey
  6. Switzerland
  7. Australia
  8. Ireland
  9. Taiwan
  10. Kuwait

Interesting to see Taiwan and Kuwait in there, I definitely wouldn’t have ever guessed we’d have had downloads from there, it does truly show that usrentacar.co.uk is now a global brand.

About the usrentacar voucher app

If you are fed up with having to bother with the hassle of printing off pieces of paper to take with you when you collect your car then the usrentacar voucher App is for you.

Its simple; just download the iPhone App from the App Store and your rental voucher will be available via your iPhone.

But its not just an voucher App it will also give you access to some pretty snazzy information. The App will also help you find out the current average wait time to collect your car, you can also review and rates your car rental experience as well as keep up to date with all the latest news and info from the usrentacar.co.uk blog.

To download the usrentacar voucher app and turn your voucher mobile, please visit the apple store by clicking here

regards

James

10 Facts About The usrentacar Voucher App

Hi all,

Yesterday was a very exciting day for us as we released V 1.0 of theusrentacar voucher app.

About the usrentacar voucher app

Download the ‘usrentacar voucher iPhone App‘ and make your USA car hire rental voucher mobile! If you are fed up with having to bother with the hassle of printing off pieces of paper to take with you when you collect your car then the usrentacar voucher App is for you.

Its simple; just download the iPhone App from the App Store and your rental voucher will be available via your iPhone.

But its not just an voucher App it will also give you access to some pretty snazzy information. The App will also help you find out the current average wait time to collect your car, you can also review and rates your car rental experience as well as keep up to date with all the latest news and info from the usrentacar.co.uk blog.

We hope our voucher App will help take a little bit of hassle away from your travel plans.

Here are 10 facts about the usrentacar voucher app

  1. The blog post about the launch was our most visited story ever.
  2. The app can be used even if there is no wifi connection as long as you have logged in previously.
  3. The app works with Alamo Rent A Car and Dollar Rent A Car.
  4. The “wait time” feature is unique to usrentacar.co.uk
  5. The UK have download the app more than any other Country, with the USA and Germany coming in second and third.
  6. On the 01/04/11 the pre-launch via our facebook page resulted in over 100 downloads.
  7. The app is compatible with the iPad and the iTouch.
  8. Environmentally friendly, as no paper or ink is involved.
  9. The only car hire app to offer immediate review service.
  10. It’s FREE

Have you downloaded it yet?

regards,

James

 car hire USA


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