The fight to deliver fresh content to your mobile app users is often a tedious one.
You're trying to pump out new coupons, but you don't want to cut into your margins too much. At the same time, generating interesting tweets, Facebook posts and events can turn into a fulltime job in itself.
However, a new release could potentially solve a few of those content creation problems. If you've ever run a Tumblr blog you know how easy it is to create a website, post an article and field comments and social shares.
Some argue that it's still the best blogging platform for individuals and businesses who would like a simple, no-hassle way of boosting SEO and sharing free content with customers.
This new iBuildApp feature takes it a step further by taking your Tumblr articles and sending them to your mobile app. This way, when you create a new post on your Tumblr blog, it shows up as a feed on your app on iPhone and Android.
Not to mention, you can grab a feed from another blog that relates to your industry as well. This tactic completely cuts out your need to generate cool articles, but it keeps things relevant throughout the process.
Keep in mind that the Tumblr feature works for both iPhones and Androids.
What are some of the Tumblr features that transfer over to your mobile app?
- Create the blog for free.
- Manage your blog from the comfort of the Tumblr dashboard.
- Post fresh articles with an easy editor.
- Reveal a comment section on the mobile Tumblr app for users to let you know what they think of the article.
- Let your users reblog posts they find interesting.
- People can also go on the mobile app to like certain Tumblr articles you share.
How Do You Setup the Tumblr Blog on Your iPhone or Android?
Step 1: Create a Tumblr Account
The first step in the process is to get started with a Tumblr account. This is a completely separate part of adding it to your mobile app, but it's essential for developing and managing your own Tumblr blog. If you already have a Tumblr blog setup, congratulations! Feel free to skip this step and move onto the next ones.
As for signing up for Tumblr, click on this link and hit the Get Started button. It will ask you about some of your personal information, along with what you would like you login credentials to be. Make sure you remember the login credentials for future reference.
You basically just have to walk through the Tumblr signup steps for this part, so complete all of the questions they ask you. Then you can move onto the next step.
Step 2: Create Posts on Your Tumblr Blog
Creating a post is done on the backend of the Tumblr interface. They give you a dashboard where you can generate a post, customize text and insert different types of media. For example, if you wanted to upload an image you found online, the Tumblr interface is ready for that.
After you've got a few articles that your customers will enjoy, you're ready to start sending those posts to your mobile app. We also recommend following a few other bloggers that relate to your industry. This way you get fresh ideas about content you can share, and they may end up following you as well.
Step 3: Add the Tumblr Feature to Your Mobile App in iBuildApp
Go to the iBuildApp Manage panel. This is where you can add the new Tumblr feature to your app. You may have to get started by building an app from one of the many templates in the iBuildApp library.
You also have the option to go straight to the feature page for details and an installation button.
Step 4: Copy Over the Tumblr URL to Your Mobile App Field
While inside the app editor, click on the Tumblr button to reveal a field that asks for your Tumblr blog URL. Copy this from the browser where your Tumblr blog is opened, and paste it into the field. Click on the Save button to see a preview of the blog.
That's it! Now anytime you create a new blog post in Tumblr, the app gets updated with the fresh content. You don't have to publish it twice, and your users receive new articles to read more regularly.