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People now spend more time using apps than watching TV

Mobile apps are taking over — but, really, are you surprised?

A new report from Flurry says people are spending more time in mobile apps than watching TV. In 2015, U.S. consumers spent 198 minutes in mobile apps per day compared to 168 minutes watching TV. That time in mobile apps is up from 139 minutes in 2014 and 126 minutes in 2013, and that doesn’t include time spent in mobile browsers.

The report also notes it’s difficult to quantify how much of that time spent on apps overlaps with time spent on TV, since lots of people use their phones while watching TV. And while apps are making headway, TV usage isn’t decreasing. while apps are making headway, TV usage isn’t decreasing.

Meanwhile, mobile users have been trained to pay for content, according to the report. Games have traditionally dominated the top-grossing charts of app stores.And with a growth in sales from in-app purchases, traditional media companies could “move its content to apps and stream it over-the-top, charge consumers for it through the App Stores, and still make money from ads,” the report concludes.

Flurry’s data comes at the cusp of the new Apple TV announcement. At Wednesday’s Apple event, CEO Tim Cook said the television experience has been static while mobile innovation has flourished. His response is a simple vision: “We believe the future of television is apps. In fact, this transition has already begun.” With the Apple TV’s new OS supporting apps and an App Store for third-party apps, users can stream content from Netflix as well as shop and play games.

With new features like these, one thing is clear: The future of television means more than just watching television.

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The Importance of User Experience for Mobile Apps

Today, mobile application development technology is evolving at a very shocking pace. However, in a market where quality and performance always come before brand loyalty, creating a fluid user experience (UX) is key to the success of any mobile app development project.

User experience is becoming an increasingly crucial feature when it comes to the digital landscape. It defines how the user feels and thinks about your product from his or her own perspective. It is about making something valuable, easy to use and effective for your target market.

Therefore, there is a need to adopt a user-centered approach to mobile application development that gives emphasis to the needs of target users. Improved UX translates into several key benefits for the companies that provide it, and here are some of them:

1. Loyal User Base :

Everyone has the experience of using an app with lots of bugs and errors, complexities, frustrating interactions and unexpected behaviors. The truth is that, a poorly designed application reduces customer loyalty. Users won’t have a high tolerance for unstable applications and nothing can turn them away faster than a bad first impression. You may not be able to foster a lasting relationship with users.

2. Reduce Support Costs :

A well-designed app can save you money and time. Consumers regularly struggle with simple issues that solutions can easily be found on a well-designed app. Mobile applications give customers a way to not only find solutions but to connect with your business 24/7, irrespective of where they are. They can offer direct personal calls with sales people, access to a help desk, live chat and even provide on-going support to customers.
3. Increased Customer Satisfaction :

Customer satisfaction is one of the keys to running a successful business. Success in any industry is often measured by the number of satisfied customers. The better experience you provide for your clients, the more satisfied they will be – and the opposite is true. The worse experience you create for your customers, the more frustrated they will become with your offering. They will rarely recommend your product to their friends and relatives. The same applies to mobile applications.

The most common reason why users might abandon or delete an app is poor user experience. If an app can’t provide a positive first impression, it is probably going to frustrate users and it is likely going to be deleted.

4. Increased Sales :

A well-designed app will have increased traffic, transactions, and conversations. These apps will attract and keep more clients who will buy more products and leave positive feedback. Happy customers often spread the word to their friends and families. Users won’t share your app if it fails to meet their expectations. They also review your application online, which plays an important role in convincing other potential users to download the application. Also, the reviews reflect the current user satisfaction with the application. Remember online reviews is a trusted sources of information, and building trust with users is a key component in ensuring that more people download and use the app.

5. It Gives You an Edge Over the Competition:

It is nearly impossible to stand out in a crowd of well over a million. It is important that your app stands out from the rest. However, making your product stand out in a saturated market is not as easy as you think.While there are a lot of tricky gimmicks that you can try to make your app noticeable, you need to involve the user from the beginning in order to succeed. You have to make sure your item is user-friendly – before anything else. Users are attracted to apps that can provide them with what they really want.

 

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36% of Smartphone Owners Use Messaging Apps, Says Research

Small business owners seeking to use social media to connect with customers may want to take a closer look at mobile messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Kik, and iMessage.
Those are among the more popular types of apps that smartphone owners are using, according to a recent study.
Specifically, these messaging apps are most popular among young-adult users, the survey says, It notes that 49% of smartphone owners ages 18 to 29 use these apps. While 41% use apps such as Snapchat or Wickr which automatically delete sent messages after a short time. Including adult respondents, the survey says 36% of smartphone owners reported using those mobile messaging apps, while 17% said they used temporary messaging apps like Snapchat and Wickr.
Mobile messaging apps, for the first time, were separated into a different category from cellphone texting in the survey. Results reflect the larger growing trend of mobile use among consumers for Internet access and connecting with their friends. In fact, according to the survey, 85% of adults are Internet users and 67% use smartphones.
Writing in the official Pew Research Center report, Maeve Duggan writes:
“These apps are free, and when connected to Wi-Fi, they do not use up SMS or other data. Furthermore, they offer a more private kind of social interaction than traditional social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter.”
At the same time, small business owners can hardly abandon social media. Sites like Facebook continue to reach millions so small business owners can’t go wrong continuing to focus on them to reach clients and potential clients. While the social media platform’s popularity has leveled off since 2012, it is still a major platform for reaching general consumers, the Pew Research Center explains.
“Facebook remains the most popular social media site,” the report notes. It adds that 72% of online adults use Facebook. At the same time these Facebook users are highly engaged, with 70% saying they access the platform on a daily basis.
Also worth highlighting: The proportion of online adults who use Pinterest and Instagram has doubled since Pew started tracking social media platform adoption in 2012. Some 31% of online adults use Pinterest compared with 15% in 2012. While 28% use Instagram versus 13% in 2012.

 

36 Percent of Smartphone Owners Use Messaging Apps, Says Research

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Are marketers underestimating the power of apps?

In a mobile-first environment, marketers need to ensure they are providing highly-customised mobile-friendly experiences both in-browser and in-app.

Google recently announced that this is the case in 10 major countries, including Japan and the US. According to research from the IMRG, mobile devices now account for 45% of all visits to ecommerce sites, and with mobile sales up by 27% in Q4 last year and climbing.

So what do brands need to do to gain agility in the mobile marketplace and increase conversion rates in an increasingly competitive market?

The shift in attitude has been monumental and the app market has grown exponentially over the last few years, with some of the largest companies on the planet depending on it.

Google’s recent statement that it has changed its algorithms to begin indexing mobile apps means that whereas before a click would definitely lead to a specific browser page, now it can lead to the appropriate part of an app, which massively reduces friction, creating a friendlier user experience.

When you consider that 89% of consumer media time is spent in apps, it is easy to see that if a brand is able to engage with a customer in app, then there will be greater loyalty when compared to doing so within a browser.

People constantly refine the number of apps on their device, compared to the vast swathes of pages they open within their browser, so having an app is often a mark of loyalty and signals that it’s a key step on that consumer’s path to purchase.

With this in mind, to a loyal customer, an in app advertisement is going to go a lot further than a standard banner ad on a web page. For the brand, getting it right will mean greater engagement, higher spend and brand advocacy through recommendation via social media and word of mouth.

Despite this, apps are an often overlooked resource. Although mobile browser optimisation is crucial, the technological similarity to desktop means that marketers are already well versed in honing their web pages and collecting data.

Native mobile apps however, are developed from the ground up and are hard-coded, requiring app developers to modify them ahead of marketers re-submitting them to app stores. However, marketers can take the following steps to begin optimising their native apps:

The personal touch. Use data to pinpoint specific consumers with user-defined in-app offers and preferential content based on multi-channel user-level profiles that combine information from every channel and touch point.

Optimise the experience. The effectiveness of app pages can be split tested to see what works best. The ability to swap in content in real-time will give more accurate and versatile results. Creativity is key as minor changes, such as the colour and shape of a buy button, could drastically affect conversion rates.

Dynamic data collection. Integrate tagging to your apps. By collecting data from app usage you can analyse it alongside other channels at the user level to gain nuanced insight to the consumer.

Forward-thinking marketers are increasingly realising that native app optimisation will pay dividends further down the line.

A smartphone screen is the first thing someone looks at in the morning, and the last thing they see at night, so it is essential that marketers get to the heart of what the consumer wants.

By using effective testing practices, clever use of data and subsequently delivering a personalised user experience in app, it’s possible to radically boost conversion rates.

The future of marketing is rooted in delivering tailor made experiences across every channel and touch point, be that on desktop, a connected TV or on mobile. Mobile apps are simply the next gold mine that marketers are sitting on, while waiting for the next stop in the consumer journey to become a reality.

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How to Market Web Apps Online

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With more than 1 billion websites that are online every day, it is difficult to get the attention from people whom you want to market your product, especially if you’re still starting to grow your brand from scratch.

In the tech industry, there are already existing websites that are dominating the web in providing great content (blog posts, reviews, guides) to people they want to target.

If you’re a web app site owner, there are tons of things that you need to consider not to get behind from the competition and still attracting sales from your targeted customers.

In this post, I’d like to share a few tips on how you can market your tech-related website.

1.Choose a good hosting provider

If you’ve been blogging for quite some time now, you already know that a good hosting provider will positively impact your website in terms of providing life time website experience to visitors.

Server errors and issues brought by a bad hosting provider are some problems that you may encounter if you choose not to invest your money in a good hosting.

If you’re using WordPress, you can choose any of the listed hosting provider sites here. Find one that is most recommended (proven to provide high quality services) but is still affordable to pay in a monthly or yearly basis.

2.Publish useful content

It doesn’t mean that you are not a techy person, you can’t write any posts related to technology or web apps. In fact, a simple research on the most common problems faced by non-techy people (e.g. senior citizens) and sharing how to solve them in your blog posts could already be considered as a useful content.

A good example of a useful app-enabled accessories website is Appcessories. It consistently publishes news, reviews and resources about the latest tech-related accessories for niches like health, fitness & sport and cameras.

A list post like this is a one good example of content that requires only a small amount of time and effort to research and write about.

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Top 5 Tools for Multi-Platform Mobile App Development

We all know how bothersome multi-platform mobile app formatting can get. Each platform is unique and exhibits different features, capabilities and behaviour. But then, multi-platform apps are truly “in” today, so you as the developer, need to find solutions to develop the best cross-formatted apps, without emptying up all your resources on developing for just a couple of platforms at one time.

Fortunately for you, there are some really great multi-platform developer tools in the market today, using which you can easily achieve your aim. Here is a list of the top 5 dev tools for cross-formatting mobile applications.

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1. RhoMobile

RhoMobile offers Rhodes, which is an open-source framework based on Ruby. This permits the developer to create native apps, spanning over a stunning range of OS’ and smartphones. The OS’ include Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian, iPhone and RIM, which pretty much covers it all.

The framework supplied by RhoMobile is such that you only need to code once. This code can be used to build apps for most of the major smartphones. Native apps are great for working with available hardware, so your job gets done with ease, speed and accuracy.

RhoMobile also offers developers RhoHub, which is a hosted development environment, and RhoSync, which can be employed as a standalone server to keep all the app data current on the users’ handhelds.

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2. PhoneGap

PhoneGap, which won great acclaim at Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco’s 2009 Launch Pad event, is an FOSS environment that allows developers to create apps for Android, Palm, Symbian, BlackBerry, iPhone, iTouch and iPad devices. This platform uses standard web development languages such as HTML and JavaScript.

PhoneGap allows the developer to work with device hardware features such as accelerometer, GPS/location, camera, sound and much more.

PhoneGap additionally offers an Adobe AIR app and also online training courses to help the developer access native API’s and build mobile apps on its own platform.

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3.Appcelerator

The Titanium Development Platform from Appcelerator, which incidentally has a formidable fan following in Twitter, aids the development of native mobile, tablet and desktop apps via web programming languages such as HTML, PHP, JavaScript, Ruby and Python. It now powers over a 1,000 native apps per month. The best thing about Titanium is that if gives users easy access to over 300 APIs and location information.

Additionally, Appcelerator also offers customizable metrics for actions and events. Apps can be totally hardware-based and all app data can be stored either in the cloud or on the device.

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4.MoSync

MoSync, yet another FOSS multi-platform mobile app dev SDK tool, is based on standard web programming. This SDK offers the developer integrated compilers, libraries, runtimes, device profiles and other useful tools. While support for JavaScript, PHP, Ruby, Python and such other languages is planned, MoSync now includes Eclipse-based IDE for C/C++ programming.

MoSync offers support for several types of OS’, including Windows Mobile, Android, Symbian, Moblin and even a mobile Linux distro. Support for the iPhone OS andBlackBerry will be coming soon, after the release of MoSync 2.4.

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5.WidgetPad

WidgetPad is a collaborative, open-source environment for development of smartphone apps. This program uses standard web technologies, such as JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3.

Included in this platform are source code editing, collaboration, debugging, project management, versioning and distribution. WidgetPad, which is now in private beta, can be used to create apps for the iOS, Android OS and WebOS.

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AppReview: Five Nights at Freddy’s

There are just a few people on the internet by now that has never heard or played Five Nights at Freddy’s. Sure, it is originally a point and click game for PC’s and even consoles, but Five Nights at Freddy’s has gained a lot of attention from being playable in cellphones and tabs too. It has gained so much popularity though its gameplay is very straightforward and even downright simple. Garnering so many fans from so broad a demographic, this game has gone on to merit two sequels to the original game a testament to the success of this simplistic yet very likable game.

Five nights is a scary game where the player works as a night watchman for a pizza place not that different from a regular Chuck E. Cheese. All one has to do is get through five nights of being in the guard’s quarters. There is one kicker thought at night, the haunted animatronics of the pizza place move and become murderous.

More than anything, the game five nights at Freddy’s succeeds at being one thing-scary. It is, at its very core, a horror game. There is not much that can be said about it except that it is just a bunch of clicking.It does fit in well to the goal of the game though- checking the security cameras for the activities of the scary animatronics and conserving electricity to survive the night.

The game gives a great portrayal of the creepiness that comes with a job of being a night watchman. People have loved the simplicity of the operation of the game and the fact that it is not as complicated as other horror games. That said, the game’s not being complicated most certainly doesn’t mean not complex. Yes, there is a background story to the game. There are a lot of things that happen on and off screen and some that one would just have to be very observant about to know more. In this, the game succeeds by not pretending to be
anything more than what it is- a scary point and click game.
Though there are some detractors, this game still proves to be a very worthwhile endeavor for its creator as it delivers exactly what it promises chills down the player’s spine. This type of game may bore others but for those open-minded and adventurous, this is one that should never be missed.

Disclaimer: The content of the above mobile app review are the opinions of the reviewers and is intended for informational, educational and discussion purposes only, and should not be used, interpret or relied upon as any form of recommendations. We does not endorse or accredit the mobile app. We make no representations or warranties with respect to the app for the company owned the app and the app developer developed the app.

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AppReview: Clash of Clans

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Once upon a time in a clearing in a magical forest – these words are very familiar to the millions of players worldwide that are hooked unto the popular mobile game Clash of Clans. This game has been topping the lists of most popular mobile games all over the app stores.
For the few people who have never heard of this game, it is a form of real-time strategy game that involves building and training units for battle, all the while keeping a form of working economy and a constant striving to compete and team up with other players all over the world.
One thing that people can attest with this game is that it is very addictive. It is a great game for casual gamers who just want to while away a few idle hours as well as for those hardcore mobile gamers who like strategy and fantasy games.

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Clash of Clans is a fantasy based game- meaning the theme is set in a magical kingdom-type of place and just about all of the units and characters is either medieval or magical. What ultimately makes people come back to this game is the fun and unique kind of gameplay that it offers for players of mobile games. It combines the action of popular real time strategy games with the time-based progress of mobile and Facebook games like Farmville. One other great point of this game is that it is online and people can interact and team up with each other to compete with others in “clan” wars. The graphics also present a slightly cartoony yet stylish and even fantastic kind of feel to the game. Though the game mainly has to do with fighting, the cheerful and even cute profiles of the characters enable the game to be good for all ages.

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Though the game has its ups and downs as a strategy game, it prevails as an online of absolute fun. There really is a reason that people get addicted to such a widely popular game. Yes, Clash is one of those games wherein spending money on it can give one an advantage, but opting not to shell out a single cent can be just as fun. All in all, Clash of Clans is one game everyone and anyone can enjoy and love.

Disclaimer: The content of the above mobile app review are the opinions of the reviewers and is intended for informational, educational and discussion purposes only, and should not be used, interpret or relied upon as any form of recommendations. We does not endorse or accredit the mobile app. We make no representations or warranties with respect to the app for the company owned the app and the app developer developed the app.

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13 steps to perfecting your app optimization

When it comes to ASO, there are two types of people: one will admit to not having a clue what that is, and the other will tell you that it’s basically like SEO, only for Appstores. While the latter is partially true, the real story behind ASO is far more complex, deep and interesting.

Our purpose isn’t generating app-page traffic, but instead making sure your app is discovered by relevant, loyal users who will not only visit the app page but continue to install your app and use it on a regular basis. It’s not about traffic, it’s about conversion.

In other words: to truly optimize your app store page, you need to pay close attention to various aspects that will come into play during a potential user’s visit. The following list details the key steps in creating a creative, compelling and informative experience that will do just that:

Keyword research

Most organic traffic to your page will be the result of a simple App search, so give it all you’ve got.

App description

Potential users don’t know or care about keywords. They want the app asking permission to access their most sensitive information to be serious and smart. Don’t write text that might suggest otherwise.

App logo

When potential users scroll and examine different options, your icon is the first thing they notice. You have to stand out.

Screenshots

just like you would never use a bland, simple banner, don’t let such a crucial part of your app page become boring and predictable. Use screenshots to tell a story.

Video trailer

Your trailer allows users to see not only what your product does, but also how creative the people behind it are. Keep potential users both informed and entertained.

Competitive research

It’s always good see what the current standard is, and then do something completely different to become an Appstore superstar.

Reviews and 5 starts rankings

Users expect you to be ready with an answer in an hour, so if there are loads of reviews consider assigning a staff member to stay on top of it.

App Name

Only the first characters of your chosen title will be visible to users, so make it short and sweet.

Category

Your chosen category gives potential users a better sense of what your app does, and allows them to find you in a relevant search.

Price

If your app is on sale, make it part of your PR plan as well, and get featured on an “apps gone free” post.

Localization

There’s no “one size fits all” in ASO. Include local phrases, slang and cultural references to match each specific location.

Analytics

It’s a trial and error business. The saying “if you don’t try you will never succeed” was never more fitting.

For app developers to fully understand what drives potential users to install an app, think of your app page as a storefront on the busiest boulevards in your area and apply each part of our guide as if were a way of attracting window-shoppers. Focus on creating an emotional shopping experience for users and you’re bound to see the results right away.

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3 Challenges for Mobile Apps: Getting, Inspiring, Keeping Users

Did you know that 20 percent of all mobile apps downloaded are opened only once? Marketers face three key challenges in promoting an app:

Getting new users
it’s not enough to add users. You also need to know where those users are coming from. What channels are more effective? When you know that, you know where to focus ad dollars. Getting this data can be a challenge when an app store is in the way.

Inspiring users with great experiences
Once your viewers have downloaded your app, what parts of the app are the most useful to them? Where do they find value? Viewers who understand and value the experience the app offers are more likely to stick with it.

Getting users to come back
On-screen push notifications are a great tool to let users know that your app has something new to share—perhaps a new trailer or other video—but half of all mobile users disable push notifications. Notifications grab a user’s attention, but not everyone likes that.

Marketers recommended that brands deep-link their app content, so that they benefit from search engine traffic. It’s a great way to get people to return to the app. Also, video providers can benefit from inserting milestones to measure how much of a video is viewed. Just because a video is located in an app is no reason to skip useful analytics.

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