How to make your Bunz post stand out

Hi Bunz, here are a few tips to make your post stand out on the Bunz App!

Pick the right post type

When posting to the Trade zone make sure you mark your post as an Item or a Service. This helps users distinguish between the two types of “offering” posts vs. a “text post” instead.

Use text posts (discussions) when you have questions about something or want to converse with other Bunz about topics.

By default the City Talk, Helping and Jobs feed have only discussion posts but the Trade and Home groups do not.

For home posts fill out as much information as possible

Any listing in the Homes group looks better with images and information filled out. Be sure to enter type of listing (Room for rent, apartment or full home), number of beds/bathrooms if it’s furnished or has laundry. A start (move in) date is required and you can add up to 10 images on any post.

The amount of data and images you have make your post stand out amongst the other posts on Bunz.

Take photos in good lighting

Taking the best pictures does not necessarily mean taking pictures with a very high-end camera, the right amount of lighting can make all the difference in the world. See Bunz user @beebop for example:

Photo tips

Below we’ve outlined a few points that might help you take better photos for your post!

If you’re taking photos of packaging make sure the package is in focus and everything else that’s not necessary in the background.

It might be a good idea to take a photo of the packaging on the back for any labels or information that might help another Bun make you a better offer on your post.

When posting an item for trade take photos which show the item in its best form.

For example if you’re posting a chair for trade, show the chair from an angle that captures the form factor and functionality of the chair.

If the object you’re posting has any defects try to include them in the description of your post or show an image to highlight any defects. This helps everyone communicate better and be on the same page about the post.

In this example the head is a bit broken, the piggybank works but a defect like this should not be something unexpected.

When posting something that’s small in scale try to include a point of reference from a well-known object.

It also helps to show the item or listing in the environment it exists in right now to help others visualize how that item is being used.

That’s it for now! Have other ideas or feedback? Email us at [email protected]

Android updates in March + Some news on iOS

Hey Bunz, over the next few weeks we’ll be rolling out some much-requested features on the Bunz app. We’ll start off with the Android app and then carry those changes to the iOS application once we’re comfortable releasing the iOS update in the wild.

Here’s what we have rolling out March 14th:

Rearrange groups whenever you want!

HTML5 Video

We’re hoping to launch this on Android on March 14th. And yes, Trade will be the first tab.

Group-based Tips

If you couldn’t tell from the GIF/Video above we’re also adding in new group-based tips. This will help existing and new users find relevant content and also allows us to better communicate with you on Bunz.

Trending posts

We added trending posts on the Android app as well. This will help you see what’s good in your city from the last 24 hour period.

You’ll also notice the new…

Home screen design… but this _might_ come later

We decided to focus more on the content and text rather than one huge image. This also comes with better organization of the content on the feed itself and also the post view. Our Android developer Kanghee has completely crushed it but we’re still debating on when this should roll out.

That’s it on the Android front and now for some bad news for the Bunz on iOS: Our iOS developer left the team last week but that’s OK we found another Bunz member to fill that role. It’ll take us a few weeks to get ramped up but when that happens expect all of the above and more!

Here’s a sneak peek: updates rolling out soon

Hey everyone, thank you for your patience while we transition from the old to the new one!

The Bunz team is currently hard at work on building and testing out the new web app. Some of the things rolling out between March 9th — March 14th are:

  1. Create post
  2. Edit post
  3. Trending posts — see the most popular posts everyday in your city!
  4. And bug fixes all around :slightlysmilingface:

In another post we’ll cover some of the mobile app changes coming out over the next few weeks.

 — The Bunz web team

What is BUNZ?

Bunz Trading Zone, (known to many simply as “Bunz” now) has come quite a long way since founder Emily Bitze started it back in 2013. The community has grown, evolved and the Bunz sharing economy has even began infiltrating cities across the globe. What started out as one woman’s idea to get some food, is now a team of rad people who are dedicated to building a great home for the Bunz community. The team has been humbled by the support and enthusiasm of people from all over.

This brings us to the very important question…WHAT IS BUNZ ANYWAY? This post is meant to help you better understand who we are, what we are doing and what we have planned for the future.

Yeah! What is Bunz? 🕵

You can answer that question a number of different ways. It really depends on if you’re talking about our 200+ Facebook groups or the Bunz App (also on the App Store & Google Play), or if you are referring to BUNZ in its current state or talking about where we are going in the future with it… Everyone seems to have a different idea of what we are up to, so I thought it would be a good time to answer your questions.

Here is a short list of the ways I’ve heard people describe Bunz;

  • Bunz is a trading and barter platform
  • Bunz is a social City Network
  • Bunz is a peer-to-peer recycling program
  • Bunz is like Facebook, for strangers
  • Bunz is a Craigslist / Kijiji killer
  • Bunz is a place to meet new people
  • Bunz is all of the above

So which one is it? 🤔

Bunz is essentially a City Network. Although it’s true that Bunz is a local trading platform right now on the app, it’s more than that in the “Bunziverse”, as we call it. When you look at our Bunz Facebook communities you see that it really is bigger than trading things — it’s a place to find a job, to get an apartment or roommate, to share rides, talk to other local people that share your interests, to ask for help from others and meet interesting people.

Bunz is a sum of its parts, and in aggregate, it’s bigger than trading things. We are working really hard to catch up to this with, and it’s going to take some time, but we are on the right path to getting there. We are really stoked because we think Bunz can become a new kind of relationship to each other that didn’t exist before — it brings people together based on the city you reside in, and the needs we share.

Why did you create an app for Bunz? 📱

The answer to that one is really simple. Bunz will forever be subject to the framework/limitations of Facebook if we didn’t build it a platform of its own; we wanted to unlock what is possible, so we got to work on building it. For Bunz to reach its full potential it needed to become its own thing. That means a lot of really hard work for us, but we find tons of encouragement in the support of the Bunz community. We are really focused on making Bunz into something you absolutely love using and want to share with others.

What kinda things are available on the Bunz App? 📺 👠 👗 🕶 🍍 🚴

All the things! You can pretty much use it to find anything could want… People have traded pretty much anything you can think of, we have even seen 30ft sailboats, sports cars, and other really surprising things.

How are you funding Bunz? 💰 💰 💰

We are VC-backed, and have received funding from a small group of silent angel investors. 👏 We are super humbled and excited to have the opportunity to pursue our vision for building a city network, the future is bright!

So how is it going so far? 🚀🤘

We are off to a great start and have a lot of work ahead of us to realize our vision. To date, the Bunz app has seen 1.5 million items, 14 million personal messages, and over 300,000 trades have been completed.

Take a look for yourself! We built a tool that lets us see what Bunz actually looks like overlaid on a map — You’re looking at Toronto with Bunz posts from 2016 alone. It looks alive, like a virus, doesn’t it? Dozens of other cities are starting to light up the map, and we are carefully watching the growth to understand more about how this idea is spreading.

How will Bunz make money? 💸 💵

We have some big and crazy ideas around how Bunz can make money, and in order to sustain ourselves the answer is yes. However, right now we are only focused on building an amazing product. This is probably one of the most common questions we get asked… I think most people are asking this with the context of Bunz being a cashless, trade-only app. For us, Bunz is way bigger than just trading things, so we don’t let that limit the possibilities of what Bunz will become in the future.

I love Bunz and want to get involved, how can I help? 👯 😻

Reach out to us, as we are always looking for community leaders in new cities. You can drop an email to [email protected] and the team will get you all the information you need.

What’s the best part of working at Bunz? 😜 🎉

Working with our team at HQ is the best. They rule. It’s definitely organized chaos at times, but it’s almost always fun. They are extremely talented and motivated people who are passionate about Bunz and building our vision. They are also hilarious and love to laugh. Cracking jokes and trolling each other is how we get through the tough days. We are constantly learning from each other. We also love meeting people from the community! We have met so many awesome people through Bunz and they have been a huge inspiration for us.

Who’s on the Bunz Team? 👪 👪 👨‍👩‍👧 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦

We’re one big family here at HQ… meet the gang:

Jamin (jumanjji on the app), QA LEAD // Kanghee (raylee4204 on the app), ANDROID DEVELOPER // Ayaz (ayazv on the app), MARKETING

Matthias (melomat on Bunz), iOS DEVELOPER // Paul (cerebrous on Bunz), COO // Aubrey (aubreyj on Bunz), GROWTH LEAD

Emily (daggerdebb on Bunz), FOUNDER // Eythan (tradepapi on Bunz), PRODUCT DESIGN // Perry (perry on Bunz), CTO

Eli (shmee on Bunz), PUBLICITY & PARTNERSHIPS // Eddie (arcq on Bunz), WEB DEVELOPER // Sascha (zerocool on Bunz), CEO

Rishabh (rishabh on Bunz), CPO // Ahad (potatozero on Bunz), CO-OP STUDENT // Julian (canuc747 on Bunz), DEVELOPER

Amy (aharpstagram on Bunz), COMMUNITY & CONTENT MANAGER // Kohji (Kohji on Bunz), PODCAST PRODUCER // Bird, DOG

What’s in the future for Bunz 🔮 ✨

We don’t to try to predict the future, we just pay close attention to our community and work hard as a team — that’s our magic formula right now. The future isn’t something we are trying to predict, it’s something we are trying to make.

-Sascha Mojtahedi, CEO

Updated October 2017