LobbyUp, the popular legislative tracking service developed by Bradley Phillips, has a few improvements on the horizon.
First, Matt Baker is leaving a post at UAMS to run LobbyUp’s day-to-day operations full-time. Baker, who helped develop UAMS’ patient tracking system, will also oversee a number of improvements coming to the company’s smart phone app ahead of the fiscal session, including new Facebook and Twitter features.
Additionally, the firm is preparing for a 15-state southern regional launch in the first quarter of 2012.
“We’re excited about bringing Matt on full time," Phillips tells Talk Business. "This will allow me to take my hands out of the operational side of LobbyUp and focus on product development and relationship building in other states. Matt did some great things over at UAMS in with their patient tracking system and we think this was a natural progression for LobbyUp."
Phillips will remain President and CEO and Baker will serve as Vice President of Development.
Future plans for the company include development of a native application for the iPad that will take advantage of Apple’s new iCloud. The legislative tracking iPad app, as well as some expanded features for the free LobbyUp app, will be ready to use by the beginning of the fiscal legislative session in 2012.
“We’re looking at doing some fun things with our free LobbyUp app. During the 2011 session we had over 2,000 using our LobbyUp app so there’s no denying that people are enjoying it. We’re looking at some geosocial elements to add to it and expanding its functionality by beefing up some of the Facebook and Twitter features," Phillips said.
He also hints that a new product could be out by end of the year.
“I’m not ready to reveal too much about our next product. We’re calling it VoterUp, if that gives you any indication of what it will do. I’m confident it’s going to change the way people run for office and how campaigns are structured. We’ll begin testing it next month," Phillips said.
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