Mobile Site or Mobile App?

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Almost half of UK internet users now go online via mobile phones, discovered by the Office for National Statistics in 2011. In 2010, only 31% used their phone, a significant rise.

For businesses who are not yet embracing the mobile market to engage their customers, a decision has to made as to whether a business develops a mobile website or a mobile app for their customers. Each individual business may make a different decision based on their customer profile and services. However, some factors are generic between the two solutions.

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Mobile Apps

Advantages

  • Good for linear processes and tools
  • Can use all the screen, without any browser chrome
  • With customer market research to establish your customer app use and platform, you can tailor an experience for them
  • Can use the phone's native interactions, taps, rotation, GPS, Camera
  • Can use the phone's native tools and toggles, all familiar to the customer

Disadvantages

  • Apps have short lifetimes, 20 days or less
  • Less than 20% of brand apps are downloaded more than 1000 times
  • Apps are limited to phone platforms
  • Requires long term investment, updates to an app every few months
  • If its heavily ad supported, users will not like it
  • Requires customers to download it before they can experience it
  • You have to get it right first time - app reviews stick.
  • App updates and revenue cut taken by the app store

Mobile App Stats

  • 73% of users expect a mobile app to be simpler than the website
  • 23% told others about a bad experience with an app
  • 13% have avoided subsequent app downloads with a brand due to a previous bad experience - even if the app is for a different purpose
  • 2/3rd of users Adobe surveyed preferred to download a game as an app than use it online

Mobile Optimised Websites

Advantages

  • Can be updated more easily than apps
  • Work well to extend or convert an existing site
  • Can be developed to be in sync with the main site
  • Often require less maintenance, updates annually or more often
  • Platformless (apart from support for javascript, flash and screen size)
  • Investment required is often less
  • Reach a wider market by not limiting to platform
  • No fees to update or revenue to share with an app store

Disadvantages

  • Relies on having an internet connection
  • Sits inside browser chrome
  • Less control on how the site renders on different handsets
  • Can't make use of native interactions

Mobile App Stats

  • In June 2010, 73 million mobile users use their phone to browse the web, whereas 69.6 million used apps.
  • 76% of customers think brands should have apps to make interacting and shopping with them easier. Why not apply that thinking to the whole business?

Considering a Mobile Solution?

We can provide mobile optimised websites, or designs for your in-house team, and with ReallyAppy, our joint venture, we can create great mobile apps too.

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