Roamni Content Creation Guide
Roamni allows hosts to create two types of content, with ability to upload directly from the app onto the platform ready for users to purchase or download.
Roamni Content Types
Type of content: Self-Guided Tour
Description: A Roamni self-guided tour consists of a Start and End point, with the ability to include other attractions or highlights in between in the form of Waypoints. These self-guided tours allow you to guide a user on a tour of a location you know well, as if you were there with them.
Each segment of a Self-guided tour uses a separate audio file, for example:
1) Audio file #1 – Guiding the user between Start Point and Waypoint #1
2) Audio file #2 – Guiding the user between Waypoint #1 and Waypoint #2
3) Audio file #3 – Guiding the user between Waypoint #2 and the End Point
The break between each segment allows the user to catch up, or spend more time at a Waypoint that interests them.
Once these self-guided tours are uploaded, the host is able to set a price on the tour and begin to earn commission each time a tour is purchased by a user.
Type of content: Story of Place
Description: A Roamni Story of Place consists of a single Start point on the map, and allows you to attach a story or experience to this location. You may want to share local history, or tell a story that is important to you and keep it for posterity in Roamni.
Each Story of Place is made up of one audio file. Story of Place content will always be free for users to download.
Suggested Roamni Tour Creation Process
If you are already comfortable recording on your iPhone or laptop, and have your own way of recording, you have the freedom to go ahead and start creating content for Roamni straight away – guidance on how to submit your content to Roamni is later in this guide in Step #4 – Submit. For users needing some initial guidance, we recommend following the below 4 step process to get started
Step #1 – PLAN
First step – as a host, you must decide where you want to take your visitor. Think about areas you know well and the unique stories and sights that you can share. Ask yourself what aspects of your tour would benefit from personal or historical perspectives provided by your voice.
Start with your tour Start Point and End Point, and then consider some Waypoints in between so that your listener can pause and take a break, enjoy an area or confirm they are on the right track.
At the start of each segment (eg. Start Point to Waypoint #1), be sure to orient your visitor by describing what they should be seeing. This will ensure they are facing the right way and in the right place. This will build confidence in the listener that you know exactly where you are going. Include public transport links as well a few landmarks that make the starting point easy to find. Explain your route during the introduction to prepare the visitor.
A good length of tour to start with is 15-30 minutes.
You are most welcome to record your tour live as you go, but if you prefer to type out your tour commentary to guide yourself as you record, remember that around 100 words equals 1 minute of talking time. You could also record a “demo” tour as you walk with your phone, and re-record it at home at your leisure. Roamni gives you that freedom.
Intro: “I’m Barry Crocker, I’ve lived and worked in Melbourne for 30 years, and I can’t wait to share some of this city with you. Today we’ll be taking a pleasant walk down Swanston Street, via Bourke Street Mall to bustling Melbourne Central – one of Melbourne’s business shopping centres.”
Orient: “You’re standing at one of the busiest intersections in Melbourne. If you have your back to Flinders Street Station, you’ll see the Young and Jacksons to your left. Straight ahead, you’re looking down Swanston Street”
Direct: “Let’s start walking now away from Flinders Street Station, and explore Swanston Street on our walk to Melbourne Central. Up ahead, towards Bourke Street Mall, you’ll see a walkway. Make your way over to that.”
Step #2 – RECORD
Recording a tour as you go
The Voice Memo app on the iPhone is the quickest way to record and submit content to Roamni, just click the Share button and select “Save to Files”. You could also use other apps with recording ability on the iPhone, such as “Garage Band”, “Hokusai” or Voice Recorder and Audio Editor”. However, these other apps must be able to save files that are accessible via the “Files” app in iOS 11 – either directly or by exporting MP3 or MP4 audio to any folder in either Dropbox, iCloud Drive or Adobe Creative Cloud.
We recommend using the headphone and microphone supplied by Apple, such as the Earpods or Airpods, however any headphone/microphone combination that works with your phone will suffice.
If you are recording out and about, see if you can find a time when traffic is a bit quieter, or off peak – however don’t let that discourage you from having a go.
Recording at home
You can also use the same setup as recording a tour as you go to record at home. However, if you prefer to use specialized software and recording equipment or your laptop, this is completely okay as well, there are many ways to upload to us. If you’re looking for free software, try Audacity.
Record in an area that is quiet, carpeting works well. This will ensure you don’t get an echo effect from the open area. You could also record under a blanket, if you feel comfortable with this.
Step #3 – TWEAK
If you are recording and make a mistake, or want to mark a spot to edit later. We recommend either noting the time in the recording you’d like to edit, or you could also clap once into the microphone…this clap will show up as a large spike in your editing software and allow you to focus in on this space.
On the iPhone
Once you make a recording, you can usually edit the file in the app you are recording in, such as Voice Memo. If you need help with Voice Memo, here is a link to a one page guide.
Make sure you save your file as MONO MP3 or MP4 audio, with a bitrate of 64kbps. This will ensure your visitor will receive good sound quality without using too much data.
Step #4 – SUBMIT
At this stage, Roamni is available on iOS devices using iOS 11 and above. If you want to submit via the app you can upload to Dropbox/iCloud/Adobe Creative Cloud when you’re done recording/editing, or transfer to your phone via the “Files” function. However, you can still contribute to Roamni and earn commissions by submitting via our website or emailing your content to us.
If you do not have a Roamni username, you can request one via the webform, or request one when you email your tour to us. When we confirm your username is attached to you, be sure to quote this user name each time you email us your tours, otherwise we will not be able to attach the tours to your name, which will prevent us from uploading your tours as quickly as possible so that you can earn commissions.
Submitting via email/website
You can mail your completed tours to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit via the Roamni website. The website will have all the necessary fields you need to upload.
If emailing, be sure to include the following, otherwise we will be unable to process your tour:
• Your name and Roamni username (if you don’t have one, let us know your preferred name)
• Tour title (Something catchy that represents your tour well, and sounds exciting)
• Tour summary (make this compelling, as users will see this and make a decision to buy)
• Waypoint locations (with audio files that match up to these, clearly marked as Audio File 1, 2, 3, etc.
Submitting via Roamni app
Uploading to Roamni can be done directly from the Roamni app.
1) Click on “MyRoamni” on the bottom navigation bar
2) Click on “Create a Tour”
• The MODE OF TRAVEL that will be used on your tour (Walking/Car/Transit)
• a TOUR NAME, and then;
• Provide a SUMMARY of your tour.
Then click the ARROW (->)
• The CATEGORY of tour (eg. Orientation, Food/Café)
• The PRICE of the tour (eg. Free, $1.99 etc.
Then click the ARROW (->)
Note: Any tour with just one waypoint is known as a “Story of Place” – and these will always be FREE. These special audio stories are designed to capture the local history of a particular local site, or other local insights that you think would be of interest to Roamni users visiting your location.
Now you can begin adding your audio files and attaching them to Waypoints. These will be used to guide your Roamni users to each location, so that they can experience your audio content in the location you intended.
(5) Select (+) to begin adding Waypoints…your first Waypoint should be the Audio file that guides your user from the Starting Point to Waypoint #1 – or your “Story of Place” if you are only focussing on one location.
(6) When you press (+) the iOS “Files” application will open, allowing you to select audio from cloud services such as Dropbox or iCloud, or access files On Your Phone. Select the file that commences from your Start Point.
Note: There are many third party apps on the App Store that allow you to save audio to your phone or upload to these cloud services.
(7) On the “Search Location” screen – enter the Starting Point for your audio content in the search bar, then select the correct location. This will generate a pin on the Roamni map.
Note: On the “Add Recordings” screen you can Change the Location and Change the Audio file for each Waypoint if you need to. Just click on each Waypoint to do this.
(8) If you want to add more Waypoints – click on (+ Add Waypoint) and repeat steps 5-7. Otherwise, click the ARROW (->) and congratulations your Roamni content is now LIVE! Note: The final Waypoint you create is considered the End Point of your tour.