RELEASED JUN 2014
RELEASED FEB 2014
What Retailers Want
GrowIt! also supplies Plant Retailers with the data that they need. For the first time, we will have data available that identifies consumer plant preferences like never before. Data like this can make retailers exponentially more efficient. They know who their customers are. GrowIt! can finally tell them what their customers like.
What Consumers Need
If you know where you want to plant something and what color you want, GrowIt! can help you out.
In the past, it could take hours to find and understand information on plants that would work well in a given area, or people resorted to trial and error with plants, taking a gamble with their money. Now, people can search for plants on GrowIt! by color, light, etc., and see what a plant has been rated by people nearby.
How GrowIt! solves this
GrowIt! is different from gardening apps in that it is the first app to allow users to rate plants. These ratings are the lifeblood of GrowIt! Plants are an extremely local thing. Flowers that look great in a landscape in Texas are probably not going to look great on a windowsill in Seattle.
GrowIt! uses geolocation to ensure users see only flowers, vegetables, and herbs that have been grown locally and rated by your peers. This will help the next generation gardener make better decisions, so that their first gardening experience is a success.
Discover the right plants for your garden. Sort plants by color, light needs, and plant type! GrowIt! includes all plants, not just one brand.
GrowIt! is the only app that allows you to rate plant pictures locally. By giving a picture a “Leave It”, “Like It”, or “Grow It” you can finally voice your opinion on specific plants.
Upload pictures of your favorite plants to show your neighbors how great they look, or upload a picture of one of your least favorite to warn people!
Follow other users for gardening inspiration and ideas that work well in your area. See photos and comments of gardeners in the same area using geolocation technology.
Use the comment field to ask users for help, or simply to compliment their plants!
Help fellow growers by suggesting a name to identify the plant. Become the plant genius in your area!!! Plants that need suggestions will have a "Help Identify" tag on them.
We designed the GrowIt! app to be friendly and inviting. Custom imagery and color schemes give the app a bright, floral feel while simple iconography and carefully planned layouts provide a UI that's easy to learn and use. Users can quickly pick up and begin using the app with no learning curve or frustration.
Interactive activities such as the Lurie Garden Tour offer unique, location-based experiences for plant enthusiasts. Additionally, our special Gro*wards system uses fun illustrations to encourage and reward users for using the app and add an extra layer of engagement and fulfillment to the experience.
Storage, User Accounts, and Privacy
GrowIt! began as an iOS application distributed through Apple’s App Store utilizing Parse.com for storage and persistence mechanism. We used the API and iOS framework provided by Parse.com as a means of data delivery to the Parse data stores. Adhering to the Parse terms, the GrowIt! work was protected by the privacy policies set forth by Parse.com. GrowIt! allowed for user accounts and Facebook authentication. We are able to leverage the security built in to both the Parse.com authentication process as well as both the Parse.com and native iOS Facebook integration points.
As we migrated our client off of Parse to a custom Ruby on Rails solution, our backend team developed a suite of APIs and a database schema to ensure the data was protected. Working with our hosting provider, taking this client to the next level of their product required one-way encrypted passwords as well as SSL certification to ensure API payload is secure for some common attacks. As the client needs grow, we will explore more robust privacy solutions. As products grow, the need for thoughtful security and privacy plans becomes more and more important.
GrowIt! is a social app that seeks to also provide a service to people looking for great plants. By utilizing various paid and unpaid social media content we seek to connect with people already talking about plants on different networks and bring them to ours by offering them “just a little bit more” than what they can do currently.
We’ve all seen a million “different” automated email companies. The story is getting boring. However, the story behind GrowIt! is not. It’s an idea that seeks to completely revolutionize the consumer plant industry. That makes for great news especially in tech circles seeking for something completely different to report on.
Every garden writer writes about plants all year long. They’ve been writing about the new color of geranium forever. GrowIt! not only gives them a chance to showcase something new and different, but it also gives them another outlet to showcase their plant knowledge.
We give garden centers an outlet to reach more customers in their local area, and in return they promote GrowIt! to all of their customers who are already buying plants. Landscapers promote the app by using it with their customers to select a product that will work and that the customer likes.
This dialogue has directly impacted updates to the platform such as: Plant identification, Improved search, optimized photo uploads, more robust profiles with the ability to create projects, the list goes on. Now with version 3.5 (our most ambitious update yet), GrowIt! users will enjoy the new Gro*wards program that will recognize their achievements and provide encouragement along the way.
Karli Kujawa Smith
Meredith Elise Packham
Co-Founders of GrowIt!