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Why Mobile Apps Are Important Business Tools

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Why Mobile Apps Are Important Business Tools

There are estimated to be more than 35m smartphone users in the United Kingdom, a figure that is predicted to rise to more 43.4m by 2017.

The common perception is that smartphones and the mobile apps designed to serve them are primarily focused on the gaming, leisure and entertainment sectors.

Whilst these sectors are hugely popular, the potential applications for this technology and connectivity is not limited to personal or entertainment use: we should think more than just Angry Birds when we think apps.

The mass adoption of smartphone technology presents great potential for businesses both large and small to build apps that serve as tools to aid a business in its day-to-day operations and marketing.

Apps For Business Efficiency

Apps have the potential to increase efficiency by allowing businesses to send data whilst travelling. This is ideal for salesmen and tradesmen, enabling them to send job reports, quotes, and progress updates in real time back to head office.

These apps can range from generic solutions – such as project planning or calendar apps – to bespoke solutions that are integrated into the company’s business processes and operations.

Apps for Customer Experience

Apps have great potential to allow companies to engage with new and potential customers. Apps can allow customers to access information about a company on the go, as well as providing a simpler and improved customer experience.

A good example of this could be the Trainline App, which allows users to access train times and book tickets from their smartphone.

Is An App Right For Your Business?

Whether your business could benefit from an app is dependent on the unique nature of your business. The important thing is to analyse your business and to explore the ways in which an app can do any of the following:

  • Increase efficiency
  • Improve the customer experience
  • Create new sales platforms
  • Retain customers
  • Reach new customers

If you are unsure of how to go about this, then give us a call and we can talk about the best way to use mobile development to grow your business.

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Anoop Panesar

Business Development Manager

Digital marketing and tech specialist Anoop is a well-known figure in the Harrow and North London community. Currently the Operations Director for Aspiring Panda, the company uses cloud and development expertise to solve some of the toughest business challenges – which has recently included consulting with East African nations to provide sustainable farming.

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Chips And Chips: 5 Ways To Market In The High Stakes Casino That Is The App Store

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Chips And Chips: 5 Ways To Market In The High Stakes Casino That Is The App Store

The app world is a Las Vegas Casino floor, you’re playing against start ups, the people are the dealers… I’m going to teach you to count cards.

It would be easy and quite cliche, to suggest that launching an application on iOS and Android is a complex task. In all honesty it is. Just type in a few key words in an appstore search engine, scroll down to find the remnants of hours of thought, coding and hard work, initially thought to be a good idea by their inventor, to help make things easier for people, to be discarded by the public sent to the bottom of the pile, never to be downloaded. This game is high risk, there are no low stakes.

1: Meet people.

Go to shows, meetups, hackathons, but be vigilant, keep your eyes peeled, take a peek to see if you can see anyone else doing what you’re doing. People will try to keep their cards close, but you can always get an idea. You can do this through friends and family, twitter and facebook etc.

2:Make sure you app idea has a market.

It’s all very well creating the most complex card game ever conceived, but if people keep on playing poker and roulette instead, you’ll have no one to bet against and you’ll lose your money.

3: Diversify yourself from them, and be prepared for change.

As a marketer you are taught to focus on the positives, but the market is dependent on people, other companies, marketing and to some extent, though companies and gamblers alike like to hope that they aren’t; people are unpredictable, they can shuffle like a dealer switches his deck, changing the game.

4: Make sure your App doesn’t suck 

Even if you do follow these methods of app promotion, the app world is a knife edge. If the game isn’t fluid, fun or easy to understand, it will be deserted in favour of online black jack and poker.

5: Make sure you have a plan

When it comes time to win big at a casino, you raise the stakes that draws attention, it pulls people in. Raising the stakes in the app world depends on your market, but you raise the stakes in their favour, make them think they gain something out of having your app, you’ll cash out.

To do that, make links and connections, advertise effectively in areas where you know you’ll get traction, make functional memorabilia, (there are reasons why casinos brand their own chips!) and always be aware of how you can get the most out of your buck, it’s all well and good going all in when you’re holding a royal flush in a poker game, but pushing all your chips forward on a pair, will get your bluff called.

You are stepping into a highstakes casino on the San Jose strip, the pay offs could be huge. It always helps that you know simple math and how to count cards, but that never guarantees success.

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Anoop Panesar

Business Development Manager

Digital marketing and tech specialist Anoop is a well-known figure in the Harrow and North London community. Currently the Operations Director for Aspiring Panda, the company uses cloud and development expertise to solve some of the toughest business challenges – which has recently included consulting with East African nations to provide sustainable farming.