Not too long ago we talked about mobile apps being the future. And now? There’s an app for everything. But… is there an app for your business? Being mobile has allowed entrepreneurs to do things that they never dreamed were possible in the past. They’re able to keep their customers for longer and make them happier, all thanks to the mobile platform. So how has mobile helped?
Connecting with Customers
Some of us have noticed web ads mimicking our shopping preferences. We see ads on Facebook showing us something that we may just browsed on Amazon.com. Although we sometimes think of it as big brother watching, the truth is that it’s brilliant marketing. Keeping it in front of our eyes keep it on our mind. Having a mobile app is rather like the perfect secret service weapon. Using your mobile app, you begin to build up a profile of their preferences and personality. This can help offer products and services to your customer at the right time. And you can send your customer alerts depending on their purchasing history or location.
For example, if you run an online jewelry shop and one of your customer abandons her cart before checking out, you could then use that information to market free shipping to them to entice them to complete their order.
Other companies are using the mobile platforms in very inventive ways. Dutch airline KLM has developed a mobile game that lets customers fly paper jets over a 3D version of Amsterdam. The idea is to promote customer loyalty by offering in-game rewards. The game is also location-based. It means that KLM can track customers through the airport, and unlock different game features as they move. We know another popular location based game that acts in a similar way, don’t we? If you don’t have the skills to write your own app, hire a software development company to get the job done.
You Can Provide Content And Exclusive Deals
Spam is a bad thing, right? Well, it depends. Remember, it’s only spam if it’s not relevant to your audience, and you send it without their permission. Your audience has decided to download your app. That means that they’re already interested in your product, and they’ve given you permission to show them relevant information. Take the Starbucks app (LOVE!) as an example. The app itself is designed to make user experience at Starbucks better by making payments easier. And it’s how customers collect rewards when making purchases. And when Starbucks has specials and deals you get a Push alert so that you don’t miss out.
Some Apps allow businesses to tailor deals to the time of day, or even the individual customer. Offering deals gets customers to check into apps regularly
You Engage On A More Meaningful Level
In the past, if you wanted to engage with customers, you plastered your brand everywhere you could. Brands showed up on billboards, mugs, cups, pens and radio stations. But the problem with this approach was that it wasn’t tailored. Businesses were just putting up their ads and desperately hoping that something would stick. It didn’t work. The Internet, and therefore mobile apps introduce a potentially endless number of ways to change customer interactions and make them authentic. For instance, many brands are finding ways to get your product in front of customers.
The organization behind TED talks decided it wanted to use mobile apps to drive interest in a conference. The conference was on the subject of perfection. The app wrote the word “perfect” over the top of people’s pictures. The idea was to make people curious about the subject of the conference. And it worked. Suddenly everybody was talking about the concept of perfection and taking their discussions to social media.
If you decide to use mobile, it’s important to remember to be creative. Think about what it is that your audience wants, and get them to take your brand along for the ride.