Over the past few years, we’ve seen a surge in mobile use and a decline in desktop. For businesses, this means having their own dedicated app is equally, if not more important than having their own website.
Having an app for your business gives customers a quick and simple way to communicate with their customers and encourage loyalty. Mobile apps have the advantage of being right there on a customer’s home screen, and can be accessed with just one tap. Mobile apps can also be used by businesses to share their news and updates with push notifications, offering customers an easy way to keep up with promotions and important changes to a business.
When looking to develop your own app, there are several things that you need to make sure of to enable your process runs smoothly. Here are 6 simple steps to producing your own app the easy way, no coding required:
1 Define and clarify your objective
The first stage of any creative process is to plan. Get your ideas down on paper, consider their flaws, ask a friend or a business partner what they think, seek customer feedback… The more thoroughly you can plan your app in the first place, the easier it’ll be to get started.
2 Select your app-making tool
Making an app for your business is as simple as making a website – but it’s all about how you choose to do it. Just like there are platforms that allow you to make websites with a drag and drop function, you can do the same with creating an app. Many app-making tools allow you to produce apps for a range of businesses, including apps for ordering drinks at a bar, apps for takeaway delivery, and apps for loyalty schemes.
3 Choose your template
Once you’ve found a tool that offers what you’re looking for, get started by first selecting the template that best fits your needs. Don’t worry if there are several features of the template that you’re not a fan of – you can always amend these later on down the line.
4 Personalize your app
The thing that will distinguish your app from others is the theming. It’s important to personalize your app with the color scheme, images, logos and other features that your customers have grown to recognize your business by. The best app making tools will save you the time and effort of doing this yourself by syncing your app’s design features with your website’s.
5 Amend as necessary
You should now have something very close to the finished result on your screen. All that’s left to do now is customize your app, removing any features that aren’t relevant to your business and adding in those that will benefit yourself or your customers.
6 Make your app live
Once everything looks good to you, you can sit back and let the experts finalize any of the technical aspects of your app and make it live. You’ll then be able to start promoting your app to your customers – and watch as the downloads start adding up.