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Field Reports Will Make Your Form into an App in Minutes

The number one reason why people approach us to make a mobile app for them is paper. Every company has their own reason, but none of them miss paper after they’ve finally made the switch. From improving the speed of your workflow, to establishing immediate communication, to going green, replacing your paper forms with a mobile form is going to help you in some way.

At Snappii, we make it a point to equip ourselves with the tools that our clients need, and we’re constantly trying to improve. Although our form editor has gone through self iterations, we believe that the new Field Reports is the most intuitive version of the editor to date. We’re introducing features like an enhanced look, quick-switching through forms and even field mapping, in the easiest to use editor on the market.

Creating an app from scratch can be expensive. However, using our editor, any layman can access the editor and create an entire mobile form with absolutely no coding experience. For the amount of perks it brings, it’s an almost sure-fire way to improve your business.

Improved UI

Our old form editor, while powerful, didn’t look the best. One of the biggest headaches of it’s old design lied in the color of the background of the screen. With a white background, it makes it very difficult to focus on the project for too long. We found it was much easier to see the letters in black, so we inverted some of the colors. We also took away the mock phone to make the preview more relevant to what you would see on your actual device.

Field Reports also allows you to do a few extra features from within the form editor. Publish an app directly from the platform, without having to back out into Express. You can also switch forms directly from inside Field Reports now, so it’s easier to navigate when you’re working with several applications.

New Feature: Field Mapping

Field Reports now allows you to create a mobile form that translates into a PDF of your choice in minutes. When uploading a PDF document with fill-able fields, the editor now automatically creates a mobile form alongside. This mobile form can be altered, and is much easier to use than zooming in and out of a PDF that was intended for desktops.

Previous iterations of our editor had this feature as well,but only Field Reports does half the work for you. Every field that is mapped will be labeled, so it’s easy to go back and forth between the main PDF, and the vertical form you’ll be creating alongside of it. If you decide to add extra fields than the one’s the PDF automatically created, you just need to drag and drop the fields to the vertical form.

It looks better in action. For a better explanation of this, check out the video on the top of the post (will be posted on 7/21).

The Benefit of Mobile Forms

Field Reports was designed to make the conversion to mobile forms as easy as possible. Mobile forms can be used in a variety of businesses, from logs to inspections, wedding receptions and guest check-in’s, they have truely revolutionized the way we capture information.

Communication with a mobile form created with Field Reports is instant. When forms are completed, they are automatically sent to the email of choice, or can be backed up in a cloud-based service. If you ever lose your forms, simply sign onto the Snappii website and navigate to your reports.

 

Snappii is a mobile app development company that has created a platform that allows users to upload a document they already use, and make a complete app out of it. Our platform features the latest features, and is constantly improving in the direction of the market. We believe that any business can have an app, and that creating your own should not be out of anyone’s reach.

For custom development inquiries, please contact support@snappii.com

Push Notifications vs. Emails: Not Better, Just Different

Customers want to be a part of your business. In our modern day techno-bubble, there’s a lot of ways they can do that. They’ll follow you on Facebook and Twitter.  They sign up for newsletters and emailed alerts whenever your business does something new. They may also give you their number when they want instant updates on certain products. It gives them a means to stay connected with your business, even when they aren’t shopping with you.

Push notifications work in a similar way – they’re a tool used to inform people. Through your mobile business app, you can send push notifications at the press of a button. When a customer receives a push notification, it comes up as pop-up that almost looks like a text.

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Publishers can send out a push notifications whenever they want – users don’t have to be using their app, or even device, to receive them. This provides a quick way to reach customers, and as certain studies show, is a great way to get customers to act on time-sensitive opportunities (like flash sales).

Around 70% of customers (surveyed by Responsys) found push notifications to be valuable to them. 43% said that they would exclusively use apps with push notifications, meaning just listing it in your description might net a few more downloads. Another study showed that when the message is time sensitive (today only, flash sales), push notifications are preferred over emails. When the message is about something that’s going to happen (future sales and promotions), emails are preferred.

However, using it irresponsibly could just as easily drive customers away. Remember the pop-up epidemic when the internet started? Recognizing when to use emails and when to use push notifications can make or break your mobile marketing campaigns. While emails and text can’t be turned off, most apps allow the flexibility to turn off Push Notifications – we don’t want that!

How do Push Notifications Work?

Every system is a little different, but the foundation is the same. Similar to an email,  you have to come up with a short message that captures user’s attention. Long messages may be a deterrent, but unclear messages will get your push notifications turned off even faster. Having a concise message with a strong call to action will go a long way.

Different mobile app makers have different means of sending out push notifications. Snappii, a mobile app development company, makes this process easy by setting their users up with a dashboard upon completing their app in Snappii’s code-less, visual editor. Within the dashboard, users can easily track analytics, view trends and, of course, send push notifications.

Email marketing can get you far, but as technology continues to evolve, competitors are going to get smarter with how they market to their (and potentially your) audience. Push notifications are just scratching the surface of mobile app capabilities. Mobile apps can offer small business’s a multitude of neat features (like loyalty cards and event calendars).

If your business doesn’t already have an app, check out Snappii’s zero-code, completely visual app editor and start sending your own push notifications to your customers today.

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