There is plenty of research out there that proves mobile is here to stay. Users are taking advantage of the ability to stay connected to their favorite brands wherever they may be. It is important that you position your company to maintain that connection. If your website is not easily accessible from mobile devices (IOS, Android and Windows), you are shooting yourself in the foot.
Say you send out an email marketing campaign that links to a page on your website. If users click on your link but your website does not fit on their device they have to scroll to the side or zoom in/out just to read your content. The results are a frustrated user and a hit to your brand experience. What is the most efficient way to cater to a whole new segment of existing and potential customers? Build a responsive website.
Creativo Inc. builds all our clients’ websites to respond by modifying its layout depending on the device that is being used to access it. It provides a clean and simple user experience while still maintaining low overhead costs. Mobile apps are great solutions, but only in special circumstances. Your organization’s choice to develop a mobile app should never be permission to ignore the mobile users who want to visit your corporate website. A mobile app is in addition to your corporate website not a replacement.
So, what’s the ROI? At a conservative estimate of 234 million U.S. adults with mobile phones, here’s the breakdown:
|Channel||Cost||Reach||# of people pre $|
|Mobile app (iOS only)||$30,000||6.75%||526.67|
|Mobile app (iPhone, Android, Windows)||$90,000||23.04%||599.00|
In other words, you can reach nearly five times as many people per dollar invested with a responsive website rather than a native mobile app. And that’s conservative, assuming it costs just the same to create the Windows app as it does to create the iPhone app (it doesn’t), or that a mobile website will cost the same as an equivalent iPhone app (generally, not even close).
Before making a decision several criteria should be considered. Below I summarized some of the main points to help you make the right decision for your business. Feel free to comment or add to my list.
Application designed to run on a specific mobile device
Website developed to respond based on the device accessing it.
|Portability||Needs to be developed for each platform (iPhone, Android, Windows and the list goes on…)||95%+ portability|
|Hyper Links||For the best experience many things will need to be self-contained within your mobile||Because the website does not reside on the device hyperlinks work just like they do on a regular website with full flexibility|
|Distribution & Market Size||At the mercy of the App Store police in regards to availability of your app and approvals to get it in.Limited to the number of users on the released platform||Anyone on the web has access to your site|
|Supportability & Upgradeability||Difficult to support and maintain after app is downloaded. Every new release with bug fixes requires you to go through the entire approval process of the app store. After new version of application is placed in the store, it requires all existing users to upgrade in order to get it- big barrier||Easier to support and maintain as developer has complete access to the site. No need to upgrade, all users see the latest version|
|Entry Costs||Some app stores charge extra fees for publishing or certifying your app||None|
|Revenue Share||Need to share sales revenue with the app stores (Apple takes 30%, RIM takes 20%)||It’s all yours|
|User Experience||Full control of User Interface||Limited to the capabilities of HTML/CSS. User experience will largely depend on how the responsive website is developed.|
|Performance||Able to achieve high performance through app code that runs locally on the device||Performance will largely depend on how the responsive website is designed and Internet speeds.|