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How These Days Mobile Apps Assist Plumbers

How These Days Mobile Apps Assist Plumbers We have entered the era of mobile technology. More and more businesses are considering smartphones as important as another employee. Today, app stores are full of various types of mobile apps for a wide variety of industries and businesses. In today’s post, we will pay special attention to mobile apps for plumbers.

Apps as a channel of convenient contact with consumers

Plumbers and plumbing contractors understand that staying efficient and profitable means they must embrace modern mobile technology. First, mobile apps provide a channel of communication between the service providers and consumers. Using mobile apps, plumbers can locate potential clients and consumers and quickly reach a specialist all with the same tool.

Apps as a powerful tool for work with data

Another useful feature is the daily log. Plumbers can instantly record data from their jobs onto their phone, allowing them to instantly access their library of logs at a moments notice. Specialist can easily access clients information, as well as send it to their boss with just a few swipes and touches on their phone.

Apps as an instant payment system

Mobile apps can even connect consumers to online banking modules. In other words, they can make cashless payments using credit or debit cards. This is also useful for plumber supervisors as they are able to track all payments and store check information right on their smartphone.

Create the best app for your business yourself

Despite the huge number of ready-made business apps in the app stores, it’s difficult for most companies to find the one app that meets all of their specific needs. However, plumbing services’ owners, and even the plumbers, can create powerful mobile apps themselves.

Snappii, an app builder the requires zero coding ability, enables everyday users to create powerful mobile apps. Snappii is a rapid app development company that offers over 400 pre-made apps, and over 100 features that can be changed within them with absolutely no programming. With Snappii, any business can have a mobile solution. Start building yours today.

Mobile Apps Provide New Opportunities for Field Service Businesses

Mobile Apps Provide New Opportunities for Field Service BusinessesAdvanced tools continue to storm the field-service market. Business owners understand that the better communication they have with their clients, the more successful the development of their business. Companies are constantly working for clients who depend on their service, however, the degree of customer’s involvement in the process has changed. In Aberdeen’s State of Service Management 2015 report, “the top initiative to improve customer engagement for the best-in-class is to create a communication strategy that interact with customers on the channels and frequency they want”. Business owners want simplicity, flexibility and on-the go services.

Engage customers through mobile apps

Today mobile apps allow users to always stay in touch while keeping the whole process under review. Field service apps can help customers track the progress of work without the need to call the workers, track the payments with detailed calculations, get instant notifications, and a wide range of other features.

Maintain the workforce

Mobile solutions also provide benefits to the workers themselves. Through real-time access to information, specialists can significantly increase their productivity, speed and quality of work. Field service managers can make real-time analysis and decisions. Also, mobile inspections of equipment and workforce contribute the decrease of maintenance costs, prevention of incidents and improvement of services quality.

Start with Snappii

The range of features are wide. If you don’t know where to start implementation of mobile solutions to your field service business, Snappii can help you. Snappii has a directory of ready-made apps for a variety of industries. If you have any specific needs, our team will be glad to tailor any app for your business.

The uniqueness of Snappii lies in the possibility for anyone to become a real app developer and create powerful apps independently. A codeless platform allows users to choose from the huge collection of templates, tabs, color schemes, etc. and build a unique product with 100% meeting of your needs. Don’t waste time and join Snappii today!

Top 3 Trends of Mobile Apps for Hotels

Top 3 Trends of Mobile Apps for HotelsLike most other industries, mobile technology has become a critical part of hospitality, allowing for fluid service, modern features and passive marketing. According to HT’s 2016 Lodging Technology Study, mobile engagement is one of the top expenditures for hotels in 2016.The sudden interest is no coincidence – mobile apps enables multiple perks for both the end user, and the business owner. With the flexibility of having your business in every smart phone, the mobile phone influence on the hospitality market will be game-changing.

Room Keys Go Mobile

Smartphones can even be used as room keys. After a user checks-in using the businesses mobile app, the virtual key is generated and used on the special sensors found in every hotel room door. Hilton’s “Honers”, an app created for the Hilton hotel line, allows its users to open doors at over 400 hotels. “With the digital key, we are making the guest experience even more seamless through our improved mobile app,” said Geraldine Calpin, senior vice president and global head of Digital, Hilton Worldwide.

Smartphones as a hub for room electronics

Mobile apps can turn every room into a digital playground. Guests can control things such as the TV, lights and sound systems. Or they can turn the air conditioner before they get back to the room after a long day at the beach. Hotels can also save money by eliminating the in-room telephone and enabling guests to use their app to contact the front desk. Some of these solutions can already be found in Hub, an app published by the hotel chain Premier Inn, based in London’s Convent Garden.

Virtual Tours on the go

Virtual reality tours have been increasing in both the housing and automotive industry. When restricted to the scope of a website, though, this technology can be limiting. Hotels can now offer powerful virtual reality tools within their apps that allows guests to visit the hotel from anywhere. With additional tools that allow users to rate certain hotel rooms, a hotel can gain publicity without spending a dime in marketing.

Today’s mobile solutions are an integral part of the hospitality industry. Learn more about mobile apps in the hospitality industry and try to create your own app yourself with Snappii’s codeless platform.

Substantial Transformation in Logistics and Supply Chain Industry

Substantial Transformation in Logistics and Supply Chain IndustryThe logistics and supply chain industry is constantly growing to meet the demands of new technologies. These growing demands cause additional communication issues, and introduce new problems to previously working systems. To complete assignments, companies have begun to branch out into new technologies to improve communication and accuracy. For industries that are constantly on the road, or sizing up the warehouse, mobile apps provide a solution.

Easy and convenient way to manage warehouses

Apps are extremely malleable, and can be created to fit any need. Warehouse management tools allow paperwork to be reduced, or even replaced, by mobile forms that can be printed or emailed right from the device. A user can also check inventory at a glance, without going to a computer or accessing a confusing program. It can also help to reduce human errors with its ease of use, and cut costs generated from paper and supplies. A report from Intermec found that mobile technologies can save logistics and transport companies around $471,400 a year!

Streamlined tracking system

When delivering products, the most important elements are the time, and destination. Apps enable users to track processes in a real-time GPS. It allows managers to communicate with their drivers, and grants the driver remote access to the database. It can streamline every process, creating unforgettable customer experiences.

Instant reporting

Instant access to detailed data provides another layer of accuracy when reporting, aside from the time it saves. Mobile apps allow paper forms to be reduced to a few taps on a touchscreen. Forms can be printed and emailed directly from the device, and will even automatically queue in an offline area. Specialists can even create spots for signatures, attaching photos and hidden location stamps.

Where to begin

The marriage of mobile solutions with the logistics and supply chain industry has created a lot of buzz in the way product and sources are managed, and it has caused significant increases in revenue. Snappii, a codeless mobile app development company, offers to start joining the movement with its ready-made apps (like Warehouse Inventory & Shipment, Invoice Assistant), which are 100% free and available in both iTunes and Google Play. Visit Snappii’s website to find more unique, and affordable, mobile solutions.

How to Create a Killer Design for Your App

How to Create a Killer Design for Your AppA new study from Kitewheel clearly indicates that today mobile apps are the fastest-growing channel of customer outreach and hold great potential for brands in 2016. However, Kitewheel also cautions us by saying that such mobile apps “will require a strong, real-time capability”. Below we discuss additional aspects a mobile app developer needs to consider when designing apps that win customers’ hearts and minds.

Color Scheme

First of all, you should determine what colors will have a beneficial impact on your customers and at the same time be associated with your brand. Next, carefully choose a secondary color, text and background colors, shades and shadows. Remember that color creates hierarchy, so use color shades and hues to help users distinguish between more important and less important elements. Like one fantastic article about designing creative mobile apps demonstrates, “If you make one button black, the next dark grey, and the third light grey, what you are in effect saying is this: “Button one is most important to the visitor, button 2 is less important, and button 3 is least important.”

Generally speaking, numerous online color palette generators like Adobe Color CC greatly assist app developers in this process. That being said, Snappii has created a number of killer ready color solutions themes so that you can make all these decisions in a matter of seconds.

Text

Less text is usually more. Keep it short, clear, and consistent. Make sure your font choices complement the overall design. Ask yourself:

– Can I easily use it on mobile/web?

– Is there a variety of weights?

– Is it legible?

Overall most users cannot tell the difference between Arial, Avenir, Roboto, or Helvetica. That is why as long as your font is clean and easy to read, you have nothing to worry about a more sophisticated font when you’re focusing on brand and less on usability.

App Icon

Icon design is another key factor determining the visibility and, hence, popularity of your app in app stores. First of all, you should make sure it communicates the core essence of your app, clearly conveying the main functions it can perform. Second, it should be beautiful, easily-identifiable, memorable, but not overly complicated. Ideally, it should complement the overall design of the app and the brand. Scalability is another important consideration because the icon should maintain its legibility and clarity in a variety of sizes. Last but not least, try to think what would appeal to your users since their demographic, cultural, and professional characteristics can greatly affect their preferences.

Thanks to modern codeless app development platforms like Snappii’s, today the creation of app is a matter of minutes, not months. Snappii offers a variety of mobile solutions so that you have less to worry about. We hope that the above-mentioned recommendations and resources will further assist you in the process of creating unique and sought after apps.

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App Store Optimization for Your Business Apps: ASO 101

App Store Optimization for Your Business Apps: ASO 101Every quarter it seems new data is released or new stats shared about the rapid migration of users to smartphones and mobile apps from desktops and the “web”. In 2014 the time spent in mobile apps surpassed time spent accessing the web from desktops. In 2015 Google announced more video is watched from mobile devices, more local search is conducted via mobile and even more web search comes from mobile than desktop.

Traditional business directories and large retailers from Yelp to Target and Macy’s adopted mobile-first strategies with great success. If the two previous years were the large tech and digital companies moving their businesses to mobile apps, the holiday season of 2015 announced that mobile was clearly not only for tech companies but “brick and mortar” retailers as well.

As search moves from simply “Googling” to interacting with a growing array of digital assistants (Google Now, Siri, Facebook M) and users are more frequently searching for content that exists in apps (Facebook, Yelp, Fandango, AllRecipes, Target, Amazon, Netflix etc.) – it has never been more clear a wide variety of businesses stand to benefit from a mobile app for their business.

Building a mobile app is an important first step, but helping your target market find your app, and then access it easily and quickly on their device requires creating an optimized app listing. The strategy of optimizing an app store listing is called app store optimization or ASO.

The two largest app stores, Google Play and Apple’s App Store, account for over 90% of active smartphones, but have different app listing fields with different requirements. While the approach to optimizing an app for each store is a bit different, the opportunity is the same:  Most users find new apps via app store search, and an optimized app help tap into this huge stream of organic traffic.

There are all sorts of strategies and approaches for optimizing a mobile app, but one of the most important things to understand about app store search is how users search the app stores is very different than how they search the web.

A simple demonstration you can do yourself is to search “bakery” or “craft beer” or “sushi” in Google or Bing, and then again in the Apple App Store. The different results you are sure to have received help show just how different the intentions of a user are when performing an app store search versus a web search.

Users searching the app stores tend to search for features and functions, with brands making up the balance of search. Be sure to use your business’ name, and then what you do, or location if relevant.

Ideally you are optimizing your app using the words your target market is using to find your app, which generally requires partnering with an app store intelligence platform – a service that tracks app store search, trends and related search phrases.

The infographic below provides a good overview of ASO for Apple’s App Store. The Apple App Store listing is comprised of an app name, description field, icon and screenshots as well as a “stated keywords” field for you the publisher to help Apple understand what your app is and who it is for.

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As more and more users of all age groups turn to mobile first, now is the time to look at how a mobile app can help your business connect with your target market and future-proof your business during this time of change.

About the author

Dave Bell is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Gummicube. In this role, Dave is responsible for overseeing the business strategy for the company, driving growth and market development. Dave is a pioneer of the mobile entertainment industry with more than 15 years of experience publishing, marketing and distributing mobile applications and games across carrier, direct to consumer and app store channels.

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Snappii Offers Brand New Customizable Sign-In Guest Book App and Check-In Book Template for Modern Businesses

Snappii Offers Brand New Customizable Sign-In Guest Book App and Check-In Book Template for Modern BusinessesNow any company can afford to use a Mobile App to conveniently track the visitors, instantly create a database of guests as well as save time, improve customer service and make any operation more effective. Continue reading “Snappii Offers Brand New Customizable Sign-In Guest Book App and Check-In Book Template for Modern Businesses” »

New Guidance for Health App Developers from OCR

New Guidance for Health App Developers from OCRThe demand for health apps continues to grow, and Snappii has already written about the role of mHealth in healthcare delivery. We also have mentioned special regulations for mHealth solutions and the role of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in health app development. However, many app developers wondered when they are subject to HIPAA regulations. Fortunately, on February 11, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released “Health App Use Scenarios & HIPAA” (Health App Guidance), which addresses the applicability of HIPAA to mobile device apps that collect, store, manage, organize, or transmit health information.

“Health App Use Scenarios & HIPAA” Guidance is the latest invention of OCR’s mHealth Developer Portal, a platform linked to the OCR privacy site and created for mobile health developers and others interested in the intersection of health information technology and the HIPAA privacy protection.

“These scenarios address two questions under HIPAA:

  1. How does HIPAA apply to health information that a patient creates, manages or organizes through the use of a health app?
  2. When might an app developer need to comply with the HIPAA Rules?”

Also, “Health App Use Scenarios & HIPAA” Guidance has a series of questions that developers should consider to determine whether or not they may be a business associate under HIPAA.

The Demand for mHealth Solutions

mHealth is an extremely popular solution. According to Transparency Market Research’s report, “the global mHealth services market is expected to expand at a 23.90% CAGR during the period between 2014 and 2020 owing to the rising areas of mHealth applications, increasing incidence of chronic diseases, and the increasing demand for home care services. The global mHealth services market stood at US $5.8bn in 2013 and is predicted to reach US $23.4bn by 2020”. So, to be successful in this direction, modern app developers should make sure to comply with all necessary regulations.

A Mobile Breakthrough in Education

students-703001_1280-300x201Nowadays education goes hand in hand with technology, so their evolution is interdependent. The mobile revolution has fundamentally changed all spheres of life, including education. In fact, students generally find learning with mobile devices more enjoyable, interactive, and effective, while teachers appreciate the affordability, accessibility, and variety of education mobile apps currently available on the market.

The Growth of the Education Apps Market

Technavio, a leading market research company, has released a study which indicates that “the education apps market in the US is expected to reach USD 5.80 billion by 2019”. Also, the report provides an in-depth analysis of the market, dividing all education apps into 3 categories:

– Pre-primary education

– Primary and secondary education

– Higher education

Multilateral Benefits

According to the report, modern parents are overall tech savvy, thereby contributing to their children’s adoption of education apps. The report also predicts that with skills in this field of technology, modern students will enter the workforce as more skilled and digitally-driven professionals. As for teachers, they appreciate their speed and convenience, advanced tracking systems, real-time assessment, and on-demand access to student process, to name but a few.

Personalized Education

Individualized education is not uncommon in our days, and mobile solutions offer great opportunities in this respect. “Research in Turkey with 221 university students has found that e-learning was as effective as face-to-face instruction for learning English. A comparison of those who received training through electronic means reported more positive attitudes and equally effective results compared to traditional approaches” (Ekrem Solak and Recep Cakir, “Face to Face or E-Learning in Turkish EFL Context,“ Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education).

Darrel M. West, a vice president and director of Governance Studies and founding director of the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings, has written a curious article “Connected learning: How mobile technology can improve education” and came to a great conclusion that “mobile technology is a way to transform learning. It is a catalyst for creating impactful changes in the current system and is crucial to student development in the areas of critical-thinking and collaborative learning. Those are the skills that young people need in order to secure their place in the globally competitive economy”.

Mobile Emergency Response Apps

Mobile Emergency Response AppsSmartphones and mobile apps accelerate numerous processes in our life. Not surprisingly, emergency apps are on the rise since they allow users to immediately get in touch with emergency services and notify others of potential or imminent danger, thereby averting or minimizing injuries, crimes, and casualties. Continue reading “Mobile Emergency Response Apps” »

3 Main Approaches to Mobile App Analytics

3 Main Approaches to Mobile App Analytics According to the recent data by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the market of mobile apps is going to keep getting bigger, and, by 2017, there will be over 268 billion downloads. That said, due to the intense competition in the modern mobile app market, it is not enough just to know how many people download your app. Instead, you also need to learn how, when, where and by what kind of audience your app is used. That is why mobile app analytics is key to remaining competitive and keep demand for your app.

Analytics is a key to app optimization

Josh Todd, CMO of Localytics, an analytics provider, “says that it’s crucial for digital content providers to invest in optimizing their mobile analytics to garner key insights into who their users are and how they’re behaving in your app, which can result in better engagement, retention and conversion”.

Mobile app analytics consists of several approaches.

– Business-related approach

This approach helps to track the status of the app from a business perspective. Such metrics as conversion, retention, engagement rates, etc. can directly show app’s impact on the business.

– User experience approach

The approach focuses directly on the user experience and helps to figure out what features of the app are used heavily or rarely and what users want to get from the app.

– App operation approach

This approach entails the analysis of the app operation generally, for example data on any crash, bugs or bad behavior. This analytics helps to prevent the problem with minimal disruption of the user experience.

Lauren Moores, vice president of strategy for Dstillery, ad analytics and targeting company, says, “Publishing an app without utilizing mobile analytics is similar to throwing up a website without any site tracking”. All things considered, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that mobile app analytics in some way supports the viability of your app. And using the analytics with multilateral approaches will give you even more advantages in app optimization.

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