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3 Things to Consider When Having A Mobile App Developed for Your Business

3 Things to Consider When Having A Mobile App Developed for Your Business

In my quest to educate business owners regarding technological advancements such as smartphone applications, I noticed there was a lack of concrete information a non-tech savvy business owner could attain. I decided, it was time to write a book to help answer some of the most recurring questions and concerns business owners have regarding smartphone technology. In this article, I share some excerpts from my book to give you a better understanding of smartphone innovations for businesses and why the technology is essential for business owners of all ages.

1. A mobile application is not limited by reach.

Through the power of social networking sites, mobile applications are advanced and linked up enough to reach every corner of the world. This gives business owners the advantage of exposure. They’re no longer confined to their own community, state, or even country! If a business owner in the United States realizes that his niche is more popular in South Africa, he doesn’t need to fret. He doesn’t even have to plan a trip to South Africa. He can design a mobile application, market it on local South African websites, and he has his advertising taken care of, all in the palm of his hand.

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Besides being able to send information to targeted audiences, mobile application development has many other perks! Some of these include (but are not limited to): GPS tracking, coupons, analysis of applications, and push notifications. Restaurants, Law Firms, Medical Clinics, Public Schools, Churches, Community Centers, Bakeries, and Antique Shops are some of the many types of businesses and organizations that could benefit from these extra perks.

This is because mobile app fills the gap between customers and businesses. Every customer is able to keep track of their own home, their own history, and their own interests, while the business is able to keep track of everyone’s homes, everyone’s history, and everyone’s current interests. Mobile applications give an outside-of-the-box point of view to both the business owner and consumer.

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2. Developers should be familiar with a wide range of devices.

When my company, Tech From Vets, develops mobile applications for businesses, we include an Android app, iOS (Apple) app, and an innovative HTML5 app. If you want your mobile application to be most compatible with Apple iPhone, but also compatible with Samsung Galaxy, this is critical information for your developer to know. They should be familiar with these exact devices. Whether that they have owned one themselves, or taken a class on that specific model, they should know what they’re doing―both the ins and outs of it.

Most likely, you’ll want to target Apple and Android products. There are other manufacturers, but because they’re less popular, it would be less profitable to make them your target model, unless your application is focused on or related to that model in some way, shape, or form.

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3. Communication is key.

“We are helping people establish a brand that they can be proud of. Businesses need to create a unique and personal identity. At Sugar Unlimited we are always looking to innovate and inspire,” said Brandon Sugar of Sugar Unlimited.

It is overwhelmingly important to choose an application software development company that understands your needs. You must communicate, and they must provide. Provide what? Well, provide an app that is user-friendly, professional, and well-designed. This can be a huge make it or break it opportunity for your business.

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As a small business owner, making every single customer count is one of the most important things you can do. You need to be able to get your business in front of as many faces as possible. With the rise of smartphones and smartphone apps, consumers are spending countless hours with their heads buried in their phones, either searching this, or playing that.

It is time that you realize where you can fit into all of this.

Featured photo credit: Startup Beat via startupbeat.com

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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