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Dinner Party Funding Platform

Published 06/01/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

Zokos is a unique dinner party funding application that helps users host gatherings with more convenience. Rather than ask each guest to chip in at the event, Zokos lets users handle the financial aspect of the party beforehand. The user visits Zokos and sets up a new event. The user can set a minimum and maximum number of guests as well as basic details such as when and where the dinner party will occur. The user can invite guests through Gmail and Facebook. The user also specifies a chip in price. This is the amount guests must contribute to attend. Users can also add the menu for the evening so guests can see what their money is going towards. Zokos supports chip in payments through Paypal.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Zokos was created to encourage individuals to host dinner parties at home rather than spending money to go out to noisy, uncomfortable social venues. The application offers a specialized funding service, but has still managed to draw some attention. Zokos has been praised be reviewers and users who compare it to the hugely popular crowdfunding website, Kickstarter. Zokos can help users organize their next social gathering at home without carrying the entire financial burden.

What are the differences to other apps?

Crowdfunding has become a very popular way to make things happen. Many websites have sprung up designed to help anyone with projects or charitable endeavors. Most of these sites are more general or focus entirely on projects. Zokos is unique because it offers the same service specifically for dinner parties. Users can create a space for their personal gathering, invite guests and accept donations from those guests to help them fund a successful party.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Zokos makes users feel right at home with a calm teal color scheme accented by a light wood grain background. The user almost feels as though they are sitting at the kitchen table, planning their party. Unlike doing it at the table, users are given a simple form and a quick way to invite guests that doesn’t require stamps or phone calls. The user friendly interface streamlines the entire party planning process.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can join the Zokos community by clicking the white “Sign Up” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. A box appears and invites the user to sign up with their Facebook account. Users who do not wish to do so can click the small “Don’t have a Facebook account?” link below the blue button. The box extends to reveal a from that asks for an email address and password. The user is automatically logged in after submitting the form.

What does it cost to use the application?

Zokos offers its services to all users for free. There are no fees for creating a new account. All users receive the same level of access to all current features. Users should note that Zokos supports chip in donations through Paypal. Paypal will charge fees for making online payments. This should be taken into consideration before determining chip in amount and budget for the dinner party. All fees are associated with Paypal.
The company does charge a fee to hosts who use the chip-in feature, but the site is free for everyone else. Zokos charges hosts 3% of the money chipped in and 30 cents per guest.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Zokos is ideal for anyone who wants to hose a dinner party on a budget. The application lets users tactfully ask guests to contribute funds to cover the cost of food and event supplies. The service is very easy to use and allows users to share important details with their guests without making a phone call or sending an invitation by mail. Zokos is flexible and can work for any kind of personal gathering or event.

  • Create an online space for a gathering or event
  • Share events on Facebook or through Gmail
  • Allow guests to invite other guests to attend with them
  • Set a chip in amount for guests that can be paid through Paypal
  • Add menus so users can see what they are paying for

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