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By 2015, it is estimated that close to a billion consumers will be using mobile devices only (no laptop, no desktop). And many, many others will be using their mobile devices more often than their other devices. For small businesses, this means that maintaining a mobile presence is highly important, if not essential.
The main choice many business owners face is, “Should I have a mobile website or an app?” Luckily, the answer is clear: both!
Recently, we surveyed 500 small businesses that have mobile websites and apps, and 81% said both are equally important!
Here are the highlights:
Mobile website versus mobile app:
• Value. 61% said an app provided a better return on investment.
• Customer preference. 81% said customers preferred the app to the mobile website.
• New customer generation. 75% said app was better for customer generation.
• Repeat business. 86% said app was better for creating repeat customers.
• Usage. 61% said app was used more often.
The app pretty clearly has the edge in the opinion of most small business owners. But that doesn’t mean that apps are right for everyone. The infographic found below contains the rest of our findings, and a wealth of information for small businesses considering “going mobile.”
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The quality of your App Store description can have a huge impact on downloads, so it pays to think it through, design it carefully, and make sure you get it right. While there are variations in the ways that each type of app should be presented, depending on function and target market, the tips below cover the most important things to keep in mind if you want your description to help, rather than hurt, the success of your app.
(As always, step zero is “Build a great app.”)
1. Get to the point
In the first few sentences, let people know what the app does and what the benefits are. Don’t get too lost in details and jargon; just get your point across quickly. Users are often browsing for a solution to a problem, and if you don’t say you solve that problem up front, you can lose a lot of potential downloads.
2. Keep it simple
This ties in to the first point. Your app may have a lot of neat features and use cases, but it generally pays to focus on your core offering in your description. Once core users are liking your app and submitting favorable reviews, you can worry about branching out into secondary markets.
3. Search engine optimization (SEO)
Rule number one of the Internet: be findable.
A distinctive and unique app title is nice, but sometimes the direct approach is better. Your GPS-enabled bathroom locator might sound cute as “PottyMap,” but “Bathroom Locator” or “Bathroom Finder” will bring you far more organic search leads. Follow through on this approach in your description as well. Hit popular and relevant keywords, and ensure that your description is working for multiple purposes and bringing searchers to your page.
Don’t be spammy, though. Just make your words serve SEO where possible, and only where your text will still sound natural.
4. Use a couple of screenshots
Don’t go overboard, but if your app is nicely designed, give prospects a taste of the user experience with a few screenshots. Sometimes, images are exactly the shortcut you need to connect with certain prospects who prefer to learn visually.
As always, a picture is worth a thousand words.
5. Consider including quotations from reviews or testimonials
Testimonials on sales pages have been found to boost sales. If you can find a way to work a credible testimonial, or better yet, an independent and favorable review quotation into your description, do it. The “outside voice” is more convincing to the consumer than the “inside voice,” who is always going to say that everything about the app is great. With testimonials and reviews, you gain the most important thing in sales: credibility.
6. Include a call to action
A clear CTA is a must-have at the end of your description. It should be straightforward, and something as simple as “Try it free, today!” is just fine. If you can generate a little urgency and excitement, even better.
As a final note – play around with a few descriptions if you’re not sure what will work best. Test different pages, tweak them based on what you learn, and then use the one that produces the highest conversions.
See you at the top of the charts!
Recently, the digital analytics company comScore released a report regarding mobile trends that contains a number of useful facts for those trying to target buyers on their mobile devices. As new technologies are introduced and user behavior continues to adapt in response, businesses that aim to connect with customers on their mobile devices must also change to keep up with the trends.
Here are some of the highlights:
• Of the social media platforms available, Facebook is by far the most popular, accounting for over 80% of time spent on social media activities. In fact, among all apps, Facebook is the most popular, with Google Maps and YouTube also taking up very large shares of user time.
• Demand for video is still increasing, and ad placements in and around video content are increasing along with it.
• Smartphones have reached 50% market penetration, and Android now makes up half of the market for the first time.
• Retail e-commerce growth percentages are in the teens, and are four times higher than brick-and-mortar percentages. Total e-commerce sales were almost $300 billion for the year.
• About 11% of all e-commerce now takes place on mobile devices.
• 28% of smartphone users also own a tablet.
• 38% of tablet owners made purchases online.
• 37% of time spent consuming digital media is spent on a mobile device.
There are a few takeaways from this information that can help your business produce better results from its online and mobile marketing efforts.
First, social media is king. Users spend the lion’s share of their time browsing Facebook. Therefore, if you want the best chance of being seen, Facebook is where you want your ads to appear.
This doesn’t mean that you should target social media exclusively, however. One of comScore’s main conclusions is that the multi-platform approach works best. Effectiveness of various ad channels is different for each user segment and depends on what industry you’re in, so ad placements in search engines and inside apps can also be quite valuable. Diversify, and you’ll get the best results and learn which channels provide your business with the best ROI.
Second, while Apple devices are incredibly popular, Android is making a big push to cement a position as market leader, and can no longer be ignored. If your business is publishing an app, an Android version is probably worthwhile, and placing ads into Android app networks should also be considered. Again, the theme is that putting your eggs into one basket is a bad approach when a market is still developing and changing rapidly. Experiment with promotions through a variety of channels, platforms, and devices, and stay nimble.
Third, the time is right to enable mobile purchases of your products. With users gaining comfort in purchasing items using a variety of mobile devices, and making more and more purchases via mobile, business owners have the opportunity to get a head start on their competition. Go mobile now, and you’ll enjoy participating in a trend that is developed enough to make it worth your while, while still being new enough to provide you with plenty of room to grow.
It’s now a mobile world. Is your business poised to take advantage? Follow these tips, and you’ll be in great shape.
Niche markets, despite the lack of large numbers of targets, can be incredibly profitable for app resellers. If you develop the proper offering, and really hit it out of the park, you’ll face almost no competition, and will enjoy the benefits of an incredibly loyal and tight-knit group of customers.
So, how can you effectively make the most of a niche opportunity? Let’s go step-by-step:
Step 1: Don’t be an outsider
Repeat after me: study, talk, and stalk.
Study your market, talk to members of your target group, and stalk their activities (in a legal manner, of course). Read as much as you can about what their main concerns, problems, and issues are. Find out what they wish they could do better. Talk to them wherever possible, and gain information about their needs. Listen to what they say to each other, read what they write, and watch what they do.
You get the point.
You need to understand them deeply, or you won’t be able to meet their specific needs well (or sell to them effectively). Outsiders have too large a “wall” to climb. So, don’t be an outsider! Instead, follow insiders around until you find the secret entrance to their club, and you’ll be halfway to your goal.
Step 2: Master their app needs and develop a custom-tailored offering
Now that you know the niche market so well, you can figure out exactly what features they need in an app. Simple is best, so focus on the most important single feature and be skeptical about adding many beyond it. Each feature needs to be carefully chosen to serve the needs of your targets and their end users.
If your niche is take-out restaurants, for example, a function that lets users order food might be very valuable. If your niche is high-end restaurants, on the other hand, that function might be utterly pointless.
Focus on the true needs of your targets, and be creative. Don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach. Figure out what makes your niche special, and tailor your offering to that.
Step 3: Find them where they live
When it comes time to reach out to your targets to get them to try your app, find them wherever it is they call “home.” Don’t blindly use the same channels you would use for other markets. If your niche loves a particular Internet forum, meet them there. If there’s an event that is critical in the industry, be there. If they never leave their own locations, pay them visits. The point is, you want to show that you live in their world, and you’re willing to conform to them, not the other way around. Once you’ve got the ball rolling, you can start learning whether you’ve made a good app or not.
Step 4: Give out freebies to earn testimonials and referrals
Now that you’ve got some connections with members of the niche, get them to try your app for free. The feedback you get at this stage will be critical to the ultimate quality of the app. Listen carefully to what they say about it, and take copious notes. If things are going well, get testimonials to help you break down the doors for future sales.
Consider providing incentives for referrals, as well. One member of the niche just might become your most powerful product evangelist, because specialty niches tend to be highly interconnected communities. This can be true even between competitors.
Step 5: Tweak, tweak, tweak
You’ve deployed your app, and gotten lots of feedback. Now it’s time to transform it into the killer app it was always meant to be. Keep in mind, however, that this process doesn’t have to end. There may be room for further rounds of improvement. The key is to make sure that the design of your app always reflects the feedback you get from the users.
In short, listen carefully to your market, and meet its demands. If you do that, your chances for success will be maximized.
If you’re trying to convince someone to buy from you, you can talk about the benefits of your offering until you’re blue in the face. Often enough, it works. But if you don’t have all day to spoon-feed your targets, you need a shortcut.
That’s where testimonials come in.
Testimonials use simple logic to persuade a target to buy from you. “Person X is just like you, and Person X liked my offering. Therefore, you will too!” It’s hard to argue with that, and most people won’t. The power of testimonials has been demonstrated many times. In fact, one website saw a 34% increase in conversions just by including a few bland testimonials on a particular page.
So, how do you get testimonials and use them effectively as a mobile app reseller? Here are some tips:
1. Don’t hide them
Don’t imprison your testimonials on a special “Testimonials” tab on your site. Celebrate them, and sprinkle them liberally around your site and marketing collateral. You don’t want people to have to find them, you want them to be on the fence about contacting you, and then to notice a testimonial that comforts them and seals the deal.
Testimonials should find prospects, not the other way around.
2. Ask for testimonials (timing is key)
Don’t wait for people to gather outside your door and start singing hymns of praise. Instead, incorporate testimonial or feedback requests into your regular business practices. When you complete an app, and the customer is at a peak of happiness with it, that’s the time to ask for a quick note about their experience.
This also ties into keeping in touch with your customers. You should contact them regularly to check in or deliver info. Don’t harass or irritate them, but don’t drop off the face of the Earth either.
3. Get as much personal information as you can
Let’s look at two example testimonials:
“This app developer is the greatest there is!”
–Jeff Worthington, Owner of Jeff’s Pastries (jeffspastries.com).
“This app developer is the greatest there is!”
–Some guy named Jeff
Which one looks more credible to you? The first one, of course!
The more personal information you obtain for your reviews, the better. First and last name are key, a photo is great, and a link to their business is also nice. If you can attach a link to a related case study or showcase their app in some way, that’s also good.
The more credible your testimonials are, the more amplified their power becomes.
4. Deliver great service
That’s where glowing testimonials come from – great service experiences. If you’re just adequate, the testimonial will be, too. Ensure that your clients are enthusiastically satisfied, and their testimonials will make you look like a hero.
5. Use them when selling
Reference your testimonials and past cases when selling to prospects. If someone sends an email with a question, talk about experiences with past clients in your response. You don’t have to cite them directly, but if a prospect asks about whether the app will work well with their customers for example, you can say that most clients are surprised at how fast the apps show a return on investment, and add, “One client I worked with was concerned about the same thing, but he ultimately said the investment was worth every penny,’ so you don’t have to be worried there.
Again, testimonials are a an extremely effective way to help with common obstacles when selling.
You do good work, so don’t be shy about sharing the kind words that your clients have said about your services. Testimonials are one of the most powerful tools you have – we recommend that you don’t leave them lying in the toolbox.
If you’ve ever read an article online, checked out a post from a business you “Like” on Facebook, or bought something from a business after viewing their video tutorial on YouTube, you’ve proven the value of content marketing.
Content marketing is the use of informational or entertaining content to reach customers (traditional marketing, on the other hand, relies on direct selling and communication of product or service benefits in order to solicit a sale). Content marketing makes use of a wide variety of media, such as press releases, videos, white papers, ebooks, infographics, case studies, how-tos, Q&As, and more.
Content marketing can be a powerful strategy for those looking to connect with and sell to small businesses. Small business owners and employees are often searching for free information that can help them improve their business cost-effectively. If you regularly give them what they want, you’ll stay top-of-mind and boost your chances of making a sale later on.
Here’s how to do it:
• Scheduling. Don’t scramble for content each day. Brainstorm things weeks in advance, and create a content calendar that shows what you’re publishing (an article, a video interview, etc.), where you’re publishing it (Facebook, your own website’s blog, etc.) and when you’re publishing it. This gives you room to plan, revise, and keep quality high while pressure is low.
• Creativity. Don’t get into a rut. You don’t always have to publish an article in the same format. Be free and share what is relevant to small businesses. If you want to scan one of your kid’s fingerpaints and offer observations on what a small business can learn from it, go ahead. Fresh content is memorable content (hopefully, for the right reasons).
• Keywords. This might sound boring, but researching keywords really pays off. Not only can you find out what small businesses are searching for, and tailor your content to their interests, but you will also gradually gain a sense of what’s on their minds. That is, your efforts will pay off in an SEO sense, but will also be beneficial more generally by helping you understand your targets.
• Feedback. Listen to feedback from your targets, read their comments, and then address their concerns in your content. It’s the simplest strategy there is – ask people what they want, and then give it to them.
• Usefulness. Entertaining content is fun to create, and your audience will appreciate it, but don’t overlook useful content. Something as simple as a directory of resources can be a huge help, but more complex content like how-to guides and infographics are also fantastic, and can become some of your greatest hits, generating views continuously over time.
• Copycat. What do your targets love? Is there a content provider that small businesses are flocking to regularly? Study that provider’s approach and learn ways to incorporate their successful tactics into your own strategy.
• Helpfulness. Remember, content marketing isn’t about selling. Instead, sales are an indirect benefit. What you should focus on is finding ways to help others. Put yourself in their shoes, and find ways to provide value to small business users. When they ultimately need what you’re selling, you’ll be on the short list of providers they consider.
• Tone. The way you speak on Facebook, Twitter, your company website, and other places, won’t always be the same. Chose the right tone for each channel. For example, be more colloquial on social media, and more formal in a white paper. Sharing content with the right tone is important for meeting expectations and ensuring that your efforts are a natural fit for each platform.
In essence, content marketing is a key way to raise the profile of your business and to become positioned as a thought leader in your industry, and thought leaders become market leaders. Good luck!
Chambers of commerce are an often-overlooked way for businesses to market their services. Their influence can be so powerful that a tiny startup can be launched into the national conversation primarily because the startup was active in chambers of commerce.
This is exactly what happened with Constant Contact, the small business marketing solution that now sits in the top half of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500. Constant Contact’s CEO attributes much of the company’s success to participation in chamber of commerce activities.
So, what is a chamber of commerce, and how can mobile app resellers get in on the action? Let’s break it down.
Chambers of Commerce
A chamber of commerce is, in its simplest form, a network of businesses and a generalized trade organization. There are chambers of commerce in almost every city, state, and nation, and they number in the thousands worldwide. Total membership includes millions of businesses.
The purpose of a chamber of commerce is to promote the interests of its member businesses, which usually involves interaction with government entities and other related organizations. Chambers of commerce also hold events and pursue other initiatives to promote the member businesses themselves and help them grow.
How Not to Fail at Networking Events
One of the most important types of event held by chambers of commerce is a networking event, where representatives of member businesses can meet, exchange information, and hopefully enter into mutually beneficial relationships. For a mobile app reseller, these events are a great way to spread the word about the services you can provide to local businesses. That said, many people aren’t quite sure how to make them worthwhile. Here’s our advice.
First, don’t be a wallflower. When you go to a networking event, if the first thing you do is hug the wall and look for someone you know, you’re missing out on golden opportunities. While your contacts might introduce you to someone new, it’s best to simply walk over to the first people you see. Do it the first minute you’re there, as soon as possible, before anxiety gets a hold of you. Your introduction doesn’t have to be very formal. If you see a lively conversation circle, you can open with something as simple as, “Hey guys, what am I missing over here?” Just join in, get introduced, and meet some new people. Let the conversation flow naturally from there.
Second, don’t focus too much on selling. The goal is not to immediately try to sell people on your services. Think longer term. You’re there to cultivate relationships, and they don’t always have to begin with or be directed toward a sale. Listen to people, think about what they need, and remember it for later. Sometimes, the best thing you can do is to connect two other people that need each other, and who will both be grateful for the introduction. It turns you into a player in the local market, and helps improve your profile. It’s a classic maxim of business and networking that if you help others, sales will follow, and you’ll also be developing contacts that are beneficial in a variety of ways.
Other Benefits Available through a Chamber of Commerce
• You can place ads in the membership directory online, or in its regular publication, to reach local businesses more effectively.
• You can participate in committees that relate to your business (e.g. a technological development committee, or something similar) and meet people in your industry.
• You can enjoy discounts (10-20%) on services from other members.
• You can establish credibility by incorporating your chamber of commerce’s logo into your marketing collateral, business card, etc.
Chambers of commerce present a wealth of opportunities to mobile app resellers to get to know their market, make connections, and boost sales. And if one is good, two is better. Get involved in chambers of commerce today and you’ll soon reap the benefits.
What makes this app so special?
For the first time, business owners can now manage their app on the go without having to access a computer to send out push notes or check their app analytics.
What else can this app do?
Besides sending push notes, scheduling push notes, and checking analytics — “Manage Your App” can sync with a businesses social media pages to simultaneously post to their Facebook and Twitter pages along with their push notification. With this feature, a business can keep their customers informed with their app and social media pages all at once.
For example, Joe’s Pizza can send a message that reads “Come in next Friday night for 10% off your Pizza order!” — and this message can update their app users, Facebook fans, and Twitter followers all at once directly from their mobile device.
Is there any cost for clients to use this app?
This app is completely free to use.
Is this app white labeled so my clients can use it under my brand?
Right now this app is “generic” branded without any association with Bizness Apps.
What new “Manage Your App” features can I expect next?
We plan to expand this mobile app to allow more advanced communication to customers with templated “offers”. More information to come on this but it will be very awesome to say the least.
Will this app come to Android anytime soon?
We plan to develop this app for Android in the near future, but likely not for a couple months.
Where can I download this app?
Download here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/manage-your-app/id605792332?ls=1&mt=8
Or search “Manage Your App” in the iTunes App Store.
I’m interested in becoming a Bizness Apps Reseller, where can I learn more?
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“Every business should be thinking about building mobile apps today. It’s not a fad or a passing trend. It’s customer service.“ – FORBES
Life in a mobile app company can be challenging, but helpful apps are like helpful staff – they make your life easier and take burdens off your shoulders. Here are five of our favorite apps that are trusted by many to perform critical business functions:
Unlimited free calls, worldwide.
If we told you, years ago, that a company would one day offer unlimited free calls, worldwide, you would have laughed at us, right? Then you would have asked us what the company’s name was, so you could short the stock when they adopted such a crazy strategy, correct?
That notwithstanding, it’s exactly what Skype offers, from your desktop. They also offer communications solutions at extremely low rates on your mobile devices, as well. If your provider is expensive, and your business has a high call volume, Skype can be an amazingly cost-effective workaround.
2. Bizness CRM
Bizness CRM features a user-friendly sales pipeline that easily tracks sales without the confusingly useless 10,000 additional features. We organize local leads by industry clearly and concisely and then narrow them down based on numerous optional criteria. Bizness CRM is simple to use, free to try, and the only CRM built for companies specifically targeting small businesses.
Also, as a Bizness Apps reseller, we include a free lifetime account to Bizness CRM which makes selling to small businesses easier than ever!
Evernote’s slogan is “Remember everything.” While that sounds kind of terrifying, the point is that we all have a number of items each day that we want to remember, but that we forget for one reason or another. Evernote is designed to fix that.
With Evernote, you can, of course, take notes, but you can also keep photos and perform other functions as well. It works with nearly every device, and it also auto-synchronizes across your various platforms. If you need a single, simple place where you can jot down ideas, reminders, tasks, and more, so that you can keep yourself on target, this is the app for you.
Oh, did we mention it’s free? It doesn’t get more cost-effective than that.
Have you ever tried to email someone a file and gotten a “bounceback” notice saying the file was too big?
Dropbox is the answer.
If you’ve got large files (say, 25MB or more), you can upload them to Dropbox, send someone a link via email, and then they can download the file at their leisure. Dropbox works really well for those that regularly have to share monster-size pdfs, collections of rich images, or video files. Uploading can also be very simple, using a Dropbox folder on your computer. Just move items to the folder, and they’ll appear in your online Dropbox location.
As with the other items on this list, Dropbox is usable for free.
Mint? Isn’t that just for personal finances? Nope.
Mint can easily be used as a business solution. It’s quite a powerful financial planning and tracking app, automatically reading from various account sources and organizing expenses to enable easy tracking and reporting. The interface is simple, clean, and intuitive, making Mint a pleasure to use.
And guess what? Yep, it’s free!
As case studies continue to roll out that show the undeniable importance of online marketing in the modern world, small business owners and mobile app resellers must examine their own marketing efforts to ensure that they are gaining sales in the most cost-effective way possible. The tips below will help you get started with online marketing and ensure you spend your online marketing dollars effectively:
1. If You Don’t Have a Website, Get One
This should go without saying at this point. There are very few businesses that can survive without a website in this day and age, and they are very special indeed. If your business is one of them, however, there’s no way of knowing when the day will come that this will no longer be true. And by then, it may be too late to change.
Moreover, if you’re not online, you may not know what you’re missing. In fact, customers may be submitting reviews online about your business that are having a massive negative impact on your incoming leads, and you wouldn’t even know it.
A simple website is free to create, cheap to maintain, and couldn’t be easier to get up and running with ready-made site templates like WordPress. Think of it as an online business card, at first. Then, once you’re comfortable, keep developing your site and online efforts, and find the ocean of new leads from people looking for your products and services.
2. Understand the Value of Each Social Media Channel
The U.S. Small Business Administration reports that only 24% of businesses have waded into the social media waters, stating that most owners simply don’t know where to start. They advise that, instead of trying to learn everything all at once, spend a little time getting to know each platform (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) each week. Then, once you’re familiar with them, there are a couple of simple things you can do to participate. One is to “follow” or “friend” influential people or businesses in your industry, and the other is to post or share information or content that is relevant and interesting to you.
3. Know How Customers Spend Their Time Online
There are five main ways people spend their time online, and they’re all about even in terms of time spent. The activities are:
• Social Networking
• Online Searches
• Sending Messages
• Watching Video / Shopping
Keep this breakdown in mind when allocating your online marketing budget to various channels. This doesn’t necessarily mean that each should represent equal spending, as effectiveness of ads and content varies from each channel and depends largely on what industry you are in. That said, it’s important to be aware that a consumer is just as likely to be spending a given minute on social media as watching video or pulling up a search engine. Spend accordingly.
4. Don’t Ignore Mobile
People love their mobile devices, and usage continues to climb. Soon, mobile usage will overtake desktop usage, according to certain projections. As important as a website is, a mobile-optimized website has become a necessary companion item. Put it on your list!
5. Buying Ads Online
Pay-per-click campaigns are ad campaigns whereby you place an ad that appears in search results (on Google, for example), or on a popular website (a local newspaper’s site, for example), and pay a very small amount each time someone clicks on it. A basic ad placed in the right online location can drive a decent amount of traffic to your website, and is worth testing out. There are many popular services that can help you get started. Google AdWords is the mainstream solution, and is a great place to begin.
6. Email Campaigns
Email campaigns are the modern equivalent of sending postcards and letters to prospects in your area. There is still a place for both, but it’s worth noting that email campaigns are far cheaper to run and much easier to coordinate.
As with other solutions above, there are excellent tools and programs available to help you get started. MailChimp and Constant Contact are two popular ones. Resources like these will allow you to gather a list of email contacts, schedule message transmission, and manage/analyze responses.
Don’t be sacred to get online and start promoting – the (virtual) world awaits!