My Mobile App doesn’t work?
A potential client said to me during the week as he debated whether to get a mobile app ‘I heard they don’t work’. I asked him what did he hear about why they don’t work and he replied that he heard people don’t download them. Working in the mobile app business I like to think I know a thing or two about app performance. To me saying apps don’t work is like saying bars, restaurants, shops, social media, marketing, tennis rackets, and TV’s don’t work. It’s like blaming the TV maker for what’s on TV or the builder for the fact that nobody likes the food in your restaurant. The fact is in business and life that some things work and others don’t and it largely depends on how they are done. In simple, things done well work and things not done well don’t.
Lets look at 2 key mobile app facts to put things in context
• Fastest growing industry of all time: Mobile apps are the fastest growing industry of all time ahead of oil, gold, and the internet itself. To put it in some context in 2014 developer in the just the apple app store were paid out more than all the Hollywood studios box office taking worldwide. And consider that most apps are free it gives you the context of the size of the market here.
• Bigger than the internet: In 2014 the use of apps overtook the use of websites in how consumers consume information. This is a huge eye opener for business as they need to fit in with this shift in behavior.
• Twice as likely to use your business: Research around the world is showing that if a customer has your app on their mobile phone they are twice as likely to do business with you over a rival.
A mobile app is potentially the most effective marketing tool. Why?
• No other medium gives you a place on people’s phones and brings your business within a touch of a button.
• Apps can be very functional tools for consumers to interact with your business at the touch of button.
• With apps you have free communication to people’s phones at any time to make call to actions.
So what determines a successful mobile app?
• Reason to download: Before you design an app make sure there are reasons why your customers would want to download it. This can vary depending on your business or entity. If you’re a golf club maybe have the notice board, event calendar or tee time booking. If you’re a retailer have a loyalty program or a voucher section. One of our clients is a one outlet lunch venue and has nearly 1100 users on its app and 600 people use the loyalty card every week. They are obviously delivering a feature that their customer really value.
• New content: Clients need to manage their apps. New content is key whether this is new vouchers to drive business, new events, new products in your catalogue or an educational blog stream.
• Reputation: See your app as something you have to build its reputation. If people find it useful for whatever purpose it will get downloaded.
• Promote it: This is key. Staff, social media, in store posters and much more allow you to always promote your app. Read more on promoting your mobile app.
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Author: Alan Brogan The Digital Department Follow on Twitter