Here at Matrix, we often get a familiar request from clients – “I need a mobile app ?” We generally don’t like to pour cold water on any client’s enthusiasm for web projects. After all, we spent our formative years trying to convince businesses that the internet was not a “big fad” that was going to disappear within 5 years. Business fads come and go, some of our younger staff members develop puzzled expressions when the conversation turns to fax machines, floppy discs, drive in banks, and filofaxes ! We think it is safe to say that the internet is here to stay.
Credit where it’s due – in terms of technology, Irish business owners have become a very open minded and progressive lot in recent years.
The most important question to ask here is WHY ? The most common reasons we get from clients are :
The Arms Race – our rival has an app, we can’t let them get one up on us
Braggadocio – we can tell everybody that we have an app
Broad Church – our customers are asking for a better mobile experience
Black Hole – we could be losing business if we do not cater for mobile devices
In simple terms, mobile apps are a piece of software, downloaded from an app store which is installed on the device. A mobile / responsive design website is a version of the website shown to users on smartphones / mobile devices which has been optimised to work intuitively and look / feel natural on that device.
This infographic ( courtesy of MGD Advertising ) below, outlines the main areas to be explored when weighing up the options.
To summarise, giving your clients an attractive, user friendly mobile experience is no longer an option, it is crucial if you are serious about retaining / growing your clientele. Deciding on mobile apps or responsive sites is an important decision and hopefully the guide above will help.
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