Content Strategy in a Mobile World

Content strategy is not a new concept, however the ways in which we create and distrtibute timely, thoughtful and relevant content has transformed with each new technical advance. Now, as we are faced with consumers looking for up-to-the-minute (sometimes even second) content updates it is important to understand not only what to share but how best to share it.

iBusiness Magazine LogoContent Strategy in a Mobile World is an article recently published by iBusiness and authored by Suzanne McKee, Director of Marketing at InspiringApps. Read the full article here to explore how content strategy has evolved and what you can do to successfully share content with your mobile audience.

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Book Excerpt: How to Successfully Market Your Mobile App

What do I need to consider for a successful external marketing campaign?

If your app is heading to the Apple App Store, Google Play, or other app deployment site, you will want to put significant time and effort into making sure your target market is aware of its presence. Gone are the days when simply putting an app in the store means it will be seen by the masses. The app market is so saturated it is imperative to implement solid marketing strategies to get the word out about why your app stands above the rest.

Within external marketing there are a few other things to think about. When your app is published, will you be employing a push or pull marketing strategy? In other words, do you want people to go to the app store knowing exactly what they are looking for, or will you rely on people stumbling upon your product and trying it out? Sometimes both are appropriate.

Either way, traditional marketing concepts apply.

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Book Excerpt: Marketing Your App Internally

Your marketing team makes a critical contribution to the planning and development process with their market knowledge, research, and branding expertise. They serve as an important representative of the customer’s voice from the moment your idea for an app is conceived.

Involving your marketing team from the beginning means not only do you benefit from their input throughout all phases, but because they have been fully engaged and have a strong sense of product ownership, they will be poised and ready to act when your app is ready to launch.

The adage,”If you build it, they will come.” does not hold true in a marketplace flooded with apps, books, and games. It’s time to focus on how to get the word out about the amazing app your company has put so much energy and brainpower into producing.

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The Burgeoning Market of Business Apps

Why are there comparatively so few apps for business? Is there a business in business apps? Why don’t we see the same level of development activity?

For the answer to these questions and more about the business of enterprise apps, read Brad Weber’s guest blog for Appcelerator, “The Burgeoning Market of Business Apps”.

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Healthcare—Should It Go Mobile?

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For an industry that intensely relies on cutting edge technology to prevent disease and save lives, can it be said that they are, in some respects, behind the times? It’s an interesting dichotomy that you can be standing in the same office and experience the newest, most advanced ultra-sound machine at the same time as encountering shelves and shelves of 2-inch thick file folders on each patient that walks in the door. Does high-tech equal paperless? If it does, our healthcare system has some catching up to do.

When healthcare meets “healthtech”, there is an endless amount of things to consider. This post does not profess to cover the nitty gritty details but rather to get us thinking—how can the healthcare industry benefit from going digital? From doctor offices to hospitals to the ambulance careening down the street, could patients receive better care if mobile technologies were more widely embraced?

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You Have a Great New App, Now Get Your Team on Board

How do I effectively communicate with and motivate my internal staff?
You’ve just created a business apps that is going to revolutionize your business process, or boost sales with ground breaking new presentation tools and now you need to know how to get your team on board. Don’t be fooled by the fact that you aren’t selling the app externally for money, this may be one of the most important “sales” activities that you embark on.

A business app’s success, no matter how beautifully designed or technically constructed, relies on internal adoption. If you build an app for your sales team and they don’t embrace it then you can say goodbye to all those great projections you made about increasing efficiency, lowering costs and improving the bottom line.

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App Development – Custom Or Off-The-Shelf?

If you’re thinking that your business could benefit from updated software applications (either for your desktop users or for those going mobile) there are a few things to consider to ensure you make the right choice. If your business has an issue that would benefit from an innovative software solution the first place to start is to compare off-the-shelf products with a custom option.

It is oftentimes the case that a pain point for one business is an issue for others as well which means that a solution may already exist. Other times, your needs are unique and an off-the-shelf product can not provide the necessary solution. There is also a middle road where custom apps can fill in the gaps between existing solutions that you work with. For instance, if Salesforce mostly takes care of your database and CRM needs then don’t start from scratch. Determine what still needs to be addressed and build a smaller scale app that will integrate and exchange data with other tools.

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