Smartphone Aps Help Sell Cleveland to Consumers

Community groups, neighborhoods even whole suburbs in Cleveland are helping advertise their offerings using smart phone aps. These portable guides can help you catch a film, catch the bus or grab a bite to eat when you’re on the go in the Cleve.

This is definitely a policy other communities, public agencies and businesses should be looking into to help with marketing and customer service.

This is a guest post from my friend, the lovely and talented Ashley Shaw. It originally appeared on her cooking-themed blog Shroomin with Shaw.

Cleveland International Film Fest

I don’t know about you, but I find the Cleveland International Film Fest guide to be somewhat overwhelming. There’s pages and pages of films but it’s so hard to remember what you want to see. Every year, I write down all the films I want to see and every year I forget what’s what and miss half of them. Well, this will no longer be a problem now that I’ve discovered the CIFF iPhone app!

The CIFF iPhone app allows you to see updates, film synopsis’s and screenshots as well as browse by category, program, date, or even theatre. Navigating the film fest has never been easier!


Beachland Ballroom

It’s Friday night, you’re at happy hour with your friends and you feel like seeing live music. Before getting into your car and driving over to Collinwood, you better check who’s playing at the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern. This might require you tracking down a Cleveland Scene, logging onto the Beachland’s website (which is rather difficult to navigate on your phone) or hoping they’ve recently updated their Facebook/Twitter pages. Wrong. Just open your iPhone app to see upcoming shows and even purchase tickets.

The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern is one of the best music venues in Cleveland. Visit the Tavern on Saturdays and Sundays for brunch as well!


Even though it’s so easy to drive in Cleveland, I love riding public transportation. Your commute may be longer but it’s an excuse to do some leisurely reading or have a real conversation with your child instead of just looking at him in the rear view mirror while you drive.

Google Maps makes riding public transit really convenient but oftentimes the app does not give you control over which bus line you want to take. With TransitGuru, RTA riders can look up the schedule for any bus or rapid line as well as the schedule for each bus station. In addition, riders can access maps, find nearby stations, create routes and set alerts for these routes.

EXP: Tremont, Lakewood, Kamms Korner

Located in the heart of Tremont, SCK Design has developed EXP apps for Tremont, Lakewood and Kamms Corner. Look up bars, restaurants, shopping, churches and other services as well as upcoming events and neighborhood history. You can also look up points of interest and historic landmarks such as Union Gospel Press or a building that housed an old grocery (ca. 1875) in Tremont. Whether you’re new to the neighborhood or a long time resident, the EXP apps are great for exploring our neighborhoods’ past and present.

Cleveland Historical

From the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University, Cleveland Historical is an archive of schools, museums, sports facilities, bridges, historic and cultural landmarks in the city. You can read about the history of these places, view pictures, videos and even listen to stories.

Download this app if you’re a history buff like me who constantly finds yourself walking through this town trying to imagine what it used to be like in the old days.

Get the Plain Dealer straight to your phone. With this app, you don’t even have to get out of bed to read the newspaper!

Dim and Den Sum

Chase down the lovable food truck that started the food truck scene in Cleveland and look up their ever-changing menu while you’re on-the-go!






There you have it. Check your ap store for each!


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