As a business develops so too must the way that you market and develop that business. In such a fast moving world, it is all too easy for you and your business to be left behind by competitors who were simply on the pulse of technological advancement.
For that reason, being aware and making sure you match this is of vital importance. At this point in time, this means that you might be considering developing an app in order to support your overall business functions and customer interactions.
As a result, there are a number of reasons why your business should invest in an app…
In order for a user to access the content of an app it needs to be directly downloaded onto their mobile device. Barring users who download, use once and then delete the app, this means that you are far likelier to achieve more consistent interaction than via a website. A website is something the user has to actively seek out. Whereas if an app is already on their device, it becomes much more accessible.
This consistency does a good job of ensuring brand interaction is kept high. Your customers are regularly reminded by seeing your icon in their phone, from receiving push notifications, etc. And depending on the function of the app, they could end up using it daily – a fantastic way to ensure sustained brand engagement.
As apps develop, so too do the ways that we can offer a more personal experience for users. This improves their experience of apps, makes them more engaged and serves as the best way to ensure a successful app. The fact is that when customers download an app, they expect it to be targeted and know that there will be some personalised marketing involved. So, actively working to make this as effective and user-friendly as possible is important.
App personalisation is a good way to help retain users over a longer period of time. As you can collect data, consistently serving better and more personalised content as you continue to do so. Opening up your ability to maintain long-term user relationships.
The most important thing to remember about an app is the fact that you are directly installing your content on a user device. Whether you choose traditional apps or seek something like an Alexa developer, it is a lifeline to that user. Which opens the door to very direct marketing methods.
So long as users allow your app to send push notifications, you have a direct line to their home screen. Use this power wisely (i.e. don’t spam them and cause them to delete the app) and it could be an extremely useful tool. Obviously, this ties into personalisation. As the better targeted your direct ads are, the more likely they are to be successful. So, in this sense, you can overlap two of the biggest reasons why your business should invest in a mobile app.
Encourages Brand Loyalty
Brand loyalty is often a difficult thing to master in the modern age. Where simplicity and cheaper alternatives can be achieved at the flick of a wrist, stealing your customers/users away. So, working to achieve better brand loyalty is important. And a good app can help you do just that.
It improves the accessibility of your products or services, giving your user 24-hour access should they require it. Over time, you may also want to include app-only incentives for your most loyal customers to enjoy (20% off codes and the like). Incentivised loyalty methods like this can be much more easily served via apps, so it should be an avenue you explore if possible.
Serve them a great experience overall time and time again, then you will begin to see the benefit. It is one of the surest ways to gain significant brand loyalty in the modern age.
Investing in an app is no small decision. To do it right, you could be looking at parting with thousands in development fees. This alone may turn some businesses away from this avenue. However, if you are looking for a way to improve user engagement and brand exposure over time, then the app is perhaps the perfect way to do so. However, it must be a good app that time and money has been invested into. Otherwise you risk losing your users entirely.