Mobile Internet Marketing
You’ve probably heard that the most important part of internet marketing is owning a website for your business. That is because a lot of marketing possibilities exists online. In fact, it’s almost infinite.
It’s no wonder 50% of the businesses in the U.S. now own a website. A business without a good enough online presence is missing out on a lot of possibilities. Modern businesses now work hard to get found online.
To take it a step further and put your business in the hands and pockets of your customers and potential customers, you will need to convert your website into a mobile app. You want to have a proper responsive html coded website first.
Remember when people thought it wasn’t important to own a website for your business back in the 1990s? (GFP knew this in 1995) Well, smartphone use grows 18times faster than PC use. So to keep your online presence strong you will have to adapt to the trend and understand why you need a converted website mobile app. Our Stats show almost 80% of the people getting online now start with their phone. You need to be in that phone making it easier for them to reach you and more importantly right now is to have that app to reach a new growing market place that could replace search engines all together.
How does one turn their website into a mobile app?
How do you convert your website to an Android or iPhone app?
In order for you to grab your spot on the mobile scene, Get Found Plus has prepared a list of some of the best places to turn your website into an app for iPhones and Android devices. Some of the tools here will work for any website while others are made specifically for WordPress sites. (We can do all this for you)
The tools listed below don’t only convert your website to a mobile app, they also help you include tools that offer oodles of on-the-go functionality such as menus, coupons, reservations, scheduling and shopping.
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Responsive Web Design vs. Mobile Apps
There’s a difference between developing mobile apps for your site and building a responsive website. We’re talking about the former.
Building a responsive website involves coding your website to “respond” by rearranging its content to adapt to the device it’s being viewed on. This way it is more adaptable to different screen sizes and processing speeds. Ultimately, your website operates optimally no matter what device is being used to view it.
Meanwhile a mobile app is a software application that runs on a mobile device, normally downloaded from Google play store (for Android) or Apple app store (for iOS). Apps (as they’re popularly called) are fully functioning entities that run independently but can be integrated with your website.
Why is it then necessary to develop an app for your website when your website is already responsive? An app is specially modified for the mobile device for which it is designed so it performs better than a responsive website on the same device.
Also, an app doesn’t have to be connected to the internet to work most of the time. So your mobile app can always be run and used. This comes in handy when a customer isn’t connected and wants to get an important info such as your phone number.
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Best Places to Turn Your Website Into an App for Android and iPhone
BuildFire is a richly featured, drag-and-drop solution for building a mobile app. The solution includes design functionality as well as options to add your brand images and select your brand colors. The image below shows the features you can currently add to an app using BuildFire.
The “loyalty” feature stands out here as it enables you to create your own in-app point-based loyalty program.
As with many of the solutions on this list, you can add your blog to an app using its RSS feed. Here’s an example of how this works within BuildFire. Most of the other solutions work similarly:
Como ups the app functionality ante by adding features such as reservations, scheduling, user reviews and more (see image below). Of course, blog and other feed content can be included as well. This is a robust solution and one that should suit a variety of small business.
DWNLD is a newcomer on the scene. But that doesn’t mean it’s at a loss for functionality. Available only for iOS apps currently, this robust solution (look at the features and templates below) is worth keeping an eye on.
SwebApps offers a couple of interesting features that we haven’t see elsewhere. The first, shown below, is the ability to really organize information within your mobile app with lists. This is a really useful feature if you want to provide a useful resource for customers, even if they’re offline.
The second feature is the calculator, which can be used for both tips (nice for a restaurant’s app) and for mortgages (great for, of course, real estate agents).
If you like well designed templates, head over to Onbile where you’ll find plenty along with some useful basic app functionality.
Another solid entry, AppMakr offers one feature we haven’t seen yet: in-app messaging functionality (a.k.a. notifications). An in-app message is a great way to catch a customer’s attention with say, a special offer.
The last solution before we move on to solutions specifically for WordPress sites is Appy Pie. This is a gold mine, not just for building a website app, but for do-it-yourself app creation overall. Just take a look at this overview of available features:
Best Places to Turn Your WordPress Website Into an App for Android and iPhone
Mobiloud and IdeaPress
Both Mobiloud and IdeaPress enable you to easily create a mobile app that is kept up to date via a WordPress plugin. This keeps your app up-to-date whenever you update your site without having to go through any approval process from Apple or Google.
Both solutions are pretty slick though Mobiloud seems to be a more mature solution. Here’s a screenshot from their site:
Whether you provide products or services, mobile is quickly becoming a channel your small business cannot ignore. As the list above demonstrates, there’s no shortage of places to turn your website into an app for Android and iPhone. Most of the solutions listed allow you to try them out for free so take them for a spin to see just how easy it is to step into the mobile app frontier.
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