Your favorite summer cinema?
In this newsletter, we’re sharing some of the beautiful #spottersweekend2018 vibes. And we’re asking your help to make it possible to continue our mission to make the world a more tolerant and diverse place.
What a magical #weekendbylocals!
It’s difficult to put into words what we experienced on the 4th Spotters Weekend in The Netherlands last weekend. But we tried, with the help of some of the attending Spotters! Read more
Here’s a short video with highlights:
We need your help to continue this project!
We’re getting so much love for your amazing work helping local entrepreneurs, fighting #starbucksification and making the world a more tolerant place. Spotted by Locals is the city guide network with the most authentic and highest quality always up to date content. We have many really dedicated fans.
Just like you all, we’re in this for the love and not the money. However we do need money to continue our mission. We’ve always invested 100% of earnings into growing the Spotted by Locals network. In the last years, we have been able to sustain this project only by subsidizing our project from our own means, including renting out our Amsterdam apartment.
We prefer not to earn money with advertising, mostly because this means sharing data from our users with huge companies that know too much already… It’s been our goal to become 100% dependent on selling city guides from our apps since 2016. This is difficult. Companies with big money are shamelessly favored by Google & Apple’s app stores.
We don’t want to make any compromises and stay 100% independent. You’re already doing so much, but your extra help in the remainder of 2018 could make sure we can continue our joint mission! Check this document for things you can help with. We are 440 people strong, we can do this! We’re open to all your ideas.
Please write about Christmas markets
It’s that time of the year, almost. We’d love to write an article about “best Christmas markets in Europe & North America”. Please update and resubmit last year’s Christmas markets articles, or spot some new ones!
Here’s a little update recorded today in Yerevan: https://youtu.be/
Less than 2 months until #spottersweekend2018!
Here’s a short video with some summer news from Athens.
Spotters Weekend 2018
91 people from 49 (!) cities signed up for #spottersweekend2018 where we’ll be staying in this awesome Dutch country house. Feel free to join the Facebook group – also if you’re not coming…
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Thanks for your help on Product Hunt!
Thanks for all your great help! We didn’t make the Top 5, but we have established a very good basis on Product Hunt. You can still join the conversation if you want!
Some nice new partnerships
We’ve started cooperating with our old friends from The Guardian & Sueddeutsche Zeitung (soon online) again and some other blogs like Departful, Eurocheapo, Roam Magazine. Know editors at a nice magazine / blogs / websites we can write for? Please contact Bart!
Lastly, an important request: can you please make sure (new!) firstname.lastname@example.org is in your email contact list, to make sure you get all messages from us & the editing system?
All the very best and have a great summer!
Sanne & Bart
Dearest Spotter heroes!
Thank you for your donations!
83% of Spotters donated their 2017 earnings. Wow. With your support, in 2018 we will improve the apps, spread the word about Spotted by Locals to more people and make our community connect more & better. Stay tuned for more news about all of these projects soon!
What happened to that App Store Feature?!
We told you in the last newsletter that Apple was preparing to feature our new app in the App Store. Apple being secretive as always, we have no news about when this will happen, but we have good hope it will happen soon!
What kind of spots do our users love?
Your readers love us for the tips they won’t find in travel guides. Here’s a few spots that might inspire you to spot some more non-typical spots!
Our app featured on App Store?! Help!
Yesterday, we received great news. Apple will feature our new app in the App Store – probably next week. This is huge…
The first thing users who get tipped by Apple will see is reviews. It really helps if recent reviews are very relevant and explain our concept well!
Please review & rate our app, or update your rating (to latest version of app). You know apps are free for Spotters right?
Also, if you want to ask friends who have used our app to review it, that would be awesome!
Every review really helps a lot. Thank you for your help!
4 new cities!
Our Spotters community now has members from 4 more countries! We launched blogs for Yerevan, Tbilisi and Podgorica. Coming up very soon: Prishtina.
Our Balkans train trip
In January we traveled to Thessaloniki, Skopje, Prishtina, Podgorica & Belgrade by train. It was an amazing trip!
Need inspiration for a new article?
How about writing about a comedy club, like Warsaw Spotter Nitzan did?