Step is the new app that combines social media, culture, and travel to provide a new way for users to explore the world. Here, Influencer CEO Ben Jeffries sits down with Step co-founders Robyn Nicholl and Rachel Rockowitz to discuss how they are changing the game in culture exploration.
Firstly, tell me a little bit about Step and when a user would find it most useful?
Robyn: "Step is the app for finding, saving, and sharing recommendations for places!
"It can be used in everyday life to explore your own city - try out a restaurant you didn’t know existed in your neighborhood, go and spend the day in a new area of town you are unfamiliar with, stay up to date on where your friends have been, explore maps populated by our Culture Curators… I can’t tell you how many places I now have on my list to check out in London since we launched, it's amazing.
"That being said, the app really shines when you travel and most acutely feels the need for relevant, trusted, and up-to-date recommendations."
What gave you the idea for the app?
Rachel: "We were constantly sending our friends recommendations from our home cities or places we had traveled to and were, equally, always asking our friends for recommendations when looking to go somewhere new. There was nothing in the market that felt like it solved this issue in the way we wanted it to and, thus, the concept for Step was born."
How is Step changing the game?
Rachel: "We really found that we couldn’t trust the majority of reviews that were out there on other platforms, which is why we strongly felt that peer-to-peer recommendations were the most valuable. As a result, on Step, you only see places, comments, and photos from the people you choose to follow. It's totally opt-in!
"We also plan to implement a “green leaf” sustainability identification system on our app so that users can make informed and conscientious decisions on the places they are visiting and recommending."
Who is Step’s target audience?
Robyn: "Step caters specifically to millennials and Gen Zs in that we have focused on building a core community of “Culture Curators” who are creative leaders within these generations, who now act as our Step ambassadors - bringing their communities along to the platform with them.
"I think Step also sets itself apart from other apps in the space by opting for a minimal, modern, design-build, which took inspiration from typographic layouts in design magazines. This build appeals to a more design-centric millennial audience."
How do you navigate being co-founders?
Rachel: "We have known each other for our whole lives and have shared a lot of the same experiences growing up which I think has sculpted our outlooks on life in similar ways. We both have quite different skill sets though, which are complementary and mean we don’t step on each other's toes too much!"
Do you have any future plans for Step that you can share?
Robyn: "To become a truly global platform! There are so many features that we wanted to build out of the gate but we ended up scaling back massively to build our MVP, focusing solely on the core functions. Now that we are live and have users telling us what they want, we will be building new features monthly according to feedback and will be focusing on expanding our global reach.
"We are also currently working on building a suggestion-based algorithm that will help users to find new and relevant people and places on the platform."
Step: Culture Map is now available to download via the App Store.