The height of marketing power right now may come in the smallest of forms; in fact, small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Although marketers have been employing cell phones for years—via call surveys and even text message campaigns, for example—the newest and smartest way to engage on-the-go customers is now by creating mobile applications that smartphone users can download immediately and use indefinitely.
Can’t They See My Website Online?
Yes, but mobile apps load faster and provide a much more user-friendly experience for someone who’s viewing your data on a small screen, with the range of buttons available to them (as opposed to a full keyboard and mouse). With a mobile app, your menu can be tailored to services that people are most likely to be seeking while out-of-home. For example, your main page can reflect your directory and a map to your location. Or you can offer one-click sales without all the flash and graphics or the dense text information that’s available on your website. Plus, you’ll be listed among their favorite and most-used programs on their phone. It’s an automatic bookmark and frame of reference so they’ll never forget your name—or that cute little logo or icon that reflects your brand.
What Perks Does a Mobile App Offer?
The greatest single advantage to offering a mobile app is that you can interject your business at any time, anywhere and give your customers—or prospects—an immediate, direct connection to your products and services the moment they think of needing them. Besides that, constantly seeing your application and thinking of your brand keeps you top-of-mind. At the very least, because mobile apps are so prevalent, if you don’t have one, it’s probable that your competition will make one first.
How Can I Stand Out in the Crowd?
There are numerous jokes being made about the number of apps out there in the world; but the answer to making a big statement with yours is actually quite simple: Target your key audience. It’s not like your account is going to be the new Facebook and show up on the face of every cell phone; not every single person will want a direct route to your business information. But there is a group of niche individuals who will. The greatest task with mobile applications, as with most forms of marketing, is identifying and getting in contact with those who will benefit the most by communicating with you. Once the app is downloaded, it’s all downhill from there.
By tying in your mobile app with a comprehensive marketing campaign, you can direct interested parties to your mobile app and keep them connected. Once someone has you listed among their collection of valued apps, you can offer incentives that are only available through your mobile app and then consistently reward prospective customers for having it on their phones and checking in on a regular basis.