With the restrictions of recent Covid-19 events finally easing, we’re slowly being reintroduced back into contact one another – albeit from a safe distance – to re-connect and catch up, in person!
What better time for on and offshore crew recruiter Yotspot, to launch their FREE new app, Yotspot Connect, the first networking application specially designed to help yachting industry professionals stay connected. With just a few clicks Yotspot Connect enables the user to find out which of their contacts is nearby, which vessels are in port, the status of each vessel and how far away they are.
Utilising the address book populated in the user’s iPhone and making connections with those who’ve also downloaded and enabled the app, it shows up who’s in town, within a mile’s proximity!
By including limited advertising space within this FREE app, fully optimised for mobile devices, users will be the first to hear about special discounts, offers, events and networking opportunities specific to the yachting industry and specific to a particular location. Great for business, great for the user. Advertisers can even drill down to reach individuals who are only in their locality and by job title. So, if you’re running a limited 10% discount from a particular outlet in the South of France you can target deck crew in that region alone. Likewise, if you’ve got a trade show coming up next month, why not target specific job titles on vessels within a certain radius?
With a database of over 65,000 current and active maritime crew professionals on sister platform Yotspot, you could have access to an average 50,000 unique visitors each month, all with a specific, active interest or role in the yachting industry, offering advertisers the opportunity to communicate a brand, offer or event to a really niche audience and stay visible and at the forefront of their mind.
App features include:
Keeping Track of Vessels, so you’ll know when your friends arrive in Port.
With in-built AIS programming and the marinetraffic.com plug-in simply input your MMSI (Maritime Mobile Service Identity) number and Vessel signature code and your vessel’s location will be transmitted to your contacts – as long as they’ve also enabled the app. Type in any vessel’s MMSI and see where it is in the world, crew can tag themselves to that vessel and you’ll see who is onboard.
Connecting your Yachting Community.
By accessing your phonebook, the app enables you to stay connected with people you already know and want to stay in touch with, however far apart you think you might be!
Stay in contact with your Yacht Crew
By tagging yourself and other crew to your vessel you can find yacht crew you work with, whether they’re onboard or in port, so you can keep in contact when you need to.
Organise private or public events anywhere in the world and invite contacts who are in your locality to come along.
It’s easy to set up ‘push notifications’ on the app, for friends, colleagues or professional contacts in your network so you’ll be informed if they’re nearby.
In those long, only too recent days of social distancing and the increasing issue of mental health awareness amongst yacht crew, often living far from their loved ones, trying to find their feet on a new vessel, in new surroundings with new crewmates, they need as much support and connectivity as possible. That’s why Yotspot Connect have included a shortcut within the app for users to access ISWAN to quickly signpost them to a free, 24 hour multi-lingual helpline dedicated to seafarers and their families.
For more information, advertising rates and availability, simply contact Steve Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org