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The Next Big Thing for small businesses- Mobile Apps

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Advertising was evolved tremendously in the last few decades. Is there any advertising media in our Granny’s days? No, Mouth to mouth advertising helped businesses and  then came the era of Pa’s having a cup of coffee and reading magazines and gathering information about latest businesses and its promotions. From there, technology started to grow faster and travelled quickly. As the internet usage increased vigorously in early 2000’s even the small businesses wanted to have their customized and responsive websites. Not too long ago, “having an online presence “meant maintaining a website; now what’s the trend? Mobile has become a disruptive force in almost all aspects of our life. It`s growing rapidly and it is causing dramatic changes in how consumers interact with brands and how advertisers market to these consumers.   

 So what does it really mean to businesses? A small business can achieve its mobile presence in two ways. Either a Website optimized for mobile devices or a standalone mobile app. We will discuss in detail about which investment option is the best for a small business.

 We should not view mobile websites and mobile apps as competing platforms, but rather complementary ones. Whether you should build a mobile app or a mobile website really depends on what type of business you have and what’s your customer preference. You also need to consider what percentage of your customers and prospects are accessing your content from a mobile device.

If your vision is to attract more customers then you can start with a mobile website. Mobile websites are built with responsive design so that it can be displayed in all formats including phones, tablets, PCs and laptops across all platforms. The main advantage of responsive website is that you build one and view in different platforms, while you would have to build a separate app for each mobile operating system and keep up to date with new versions (i.e. iOS, Android, Windows mobile, BlackBerry  etc.).  

 If the goal is to build customer loyalty and increase retention, Your business, can be a spa, salon, a restaurant or a clothing store, It must be connected and engaged with your customer to  promote your brand. Nowadays, Mobile apps play a vital role in brand promotion and help your customer to talk about your brand with their friends and family. Did you expect a spa would build an App? yes,  of course!  Spa chain from Middle East and USA has a loyal customer base and now they want to concentrate on improving and growing their customer engagement level, hence engaged a custom  mobile app development company to build an APP which allows users to view all their services, view offers and book appointments. App developers provides a web panel to let them edit their  

Contents such as About their services, contact locations, menu and categories and customer can make an appointment right from their phone.  Above all of this, users get notifications and day to day offers which make users engaged!

 As social trends changes, a business is no longer being social enough by just being in social media. A mobile app can take advantage of device features included in mobile phones such as push notifications, GPS, contacts, camera phone, and integration with other apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, card2contact– just to name a few.

Contact us and let us know if we can help you find the right strategy for you. We develop customize mobile and Web Apps for start-ups and SME’s around the world.

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