Out with the old
We have had many clients review their old website during a kickoff meeting and say something like, “Why is Sara still listed on our team page? She’s been gone for over a year!”
A lot of people pay close attention to the information on their website when it is being built, but then forget about keeping the content fresh. You should have an employee do regular audits of your site, and more often than every spring! Monthly or quarterly would work better, depending on your business.
Things that may need to be updated:
- Events (none or old)
- Outdated images
- Outdated functionality
- Outdated Frameworks
- Outdated Security systems
- Contact forms
- Broken custom code
- Broken links
- Old portfolio items
- Outdated contact information
- Disorganized navigation items
- Social media graphics
- Social media “About” information
- Blogs posts and white papers
- Calls to action
- Outdated information
- Team biographies
Your business is constantly changing and growing, and keeping your website updated regularly will help ensure that you’re always giving the right message to your customers.
Have your site “auditor” make a list of all of the updates needed for the site and keep all of the updates in one document (We like to use Google Docs) so that nothing gets lost. Some updates can probably be made in your content management system (CMS) right away, while others may require new information to be written before they are removed.
In with the new
When you write new content for an already existing website, you need to make sure everything stays consistent. You should keep in mind that when you make updates, they should keep the same tone and formatting. This is especially important if someone is making updates who did not write the original content.
As you review the content of your site, you should also review your company mission and goals. Is all of the content on your site working together to reach those goals? Does all of the content reflect what your company stands for? Don’t forget that you should also be providing fresh site content through your blog, and it’s smart to review your blogging strategy regularly.
If you’re feeling a little bit overwhelmed by the idea of updating your website, don’t be! There is a difference between making some updates and going through a complete rebranding. You want to be sure that your site visitors have everything they need. Just like you wouldn’t invite someone over for dinner without first giving them your address, you need to provide the accurate information that customers need so that they don’t get lost!
When is the last time you reviewed your website?
Spring is here, and it’s a beautiful day to focus on clean, updated content!
If you need help in getting your site into shape or you just don’t know where to start, Studio Blue can help. Please call 731-402-0402 and get your site in shape today.
Where most of your competitors are fighting traditionally here are the 9 things that you can do to make your mark by doing app marketing the right way:
1. Choose your Niche:
A start-up in the app market is like a small fish in the ocean. Though most of the ideas are already overcrowded it does not mean that you cannot find a profitable niche. You just need to know where to look. If you want to get noticed then you need to make the most from a small market than to have a little from a huge market. One way to choose a profitable niche in your market is to be highly specific. If you are creating an app for careers then instead of creating an app on all careers try to focus on one career and give really good insights about it.
2. Understand your users:
This is probably the first mistake make most of the ideators make. In the initial stage, start-ups usually try to impress everyone and lose focus on their real users. If you are a making a game for teenagers than trying to attract senior citizens is a big NO. Try to focus on your target market from day 1. This way you will get the reviews which you will need to further improve your app. Driving a mixed traffic may also lower your ratings because no app can possibly impress everyone.
3. Identify your entry route:
Your entry route is your way to enter the market. It can be as broad as selecting the platform and OS to as specific as selecting the right marketing channels. While it is always a good idea to get featured in blog posts, sites, sub_reddits, etc. you should also try to get featured in magazines and books your target audience might be reading. This way you will get decent publicity without tackling the already flooded market.
4. Make your UI/UX
UI/UX of your app can help it stand out in app market. It is a good way to market your app by making the end user happy.
Making a sleek UI is no joke. It will take a lot of work to understand what’s going to work with your users. Your UI/UX should be in accordance with the tastes and preferences of your users. A great way to crush competition is to bring a UI that nobody thought of. Take the game Limbo, for example, it was its monochrome design and undoubted performance that made it so popular.
While finalizing your UI make a prior list of all the sensors you are gonna use to improve user experience as well. Why focus on just auto-rotate when you can incorporate proximity sensors, light sensors, tilting, shaking and a lot more.
5. International Marketing
Once your app is live on app store then it will reach a mass audience. An app is not limited to one nation and you get great revenues from nations all across the world. As overwhelming as it sounds target the entire world with one strategy is obviously not gonna work. You need to have separate marketing strategies for some markets. Take Japan, for example, it is a common practice in Japan to advertise apps on TV. Also in highly app driven markets like Brazil, it will be profitable to use app-based advertising.
Your cost to target International market will vary depending upon the nations so plan well. Try to first focus on markets close to your initial audience. Like for U.S. based users, it would be easy to target Canada and Latin America.
Know the best strategies to market your mobile apps:
6. Umbrella Distribution
Umbrella distribution is a unique distribution model where you can bifurcate your app into smaller niche apps and distribute it in respective niches. This is done by using the same brand name with prefix/suffix of the niche. Once you have established your user base you can prompt the user to download your all in one app or you can just control it as it is.
The reason why this strategy works exceptionally well is because it is easy to target small uncrowded sections of your market than to go all out at once. You don’t need to have a separate code or UI for each app. Use the same base code and tweak it a little as per your app. The SOLO app used this strategy to bifurcate its coding app into separate modules for each language and then coming up with an all in one app later.
7. Use Multiple Platforms
It is an obvious thought to decide between apple and android app store. But why not think about amazon app store or SlideME. You can also focus on type specific app stores like Humble Bundle for games.
This way you get a good exposure, minify competition and generate audience from varied sources. The question while choosing multiple platforms should be “Why not?” instead of “Why to?”.
8. App Store SEO
Just Like SEO for websites there is SEO for mobile apps. You need to get the right keywords in your app description and name. While a name like Magixo is great but some thing like Paint is still a better option if you are not specific. Incorporating the key keyword in your name is always a good strategy. Along with this, you can bring the names of famous apps in your app description. Like for a mail synchronization app, it is a good strategy to include a name like Gmail, YahooMail etc.
Also, work on your app icon. Having an icon that clearly communicates your value to the user can result in huge bursts of traffic. Many games are using their main character as a logo while educational apps are focusing on having a decent logo which signifies authority.
9. Use Review Platforms
Using review platforms like Slashdot & Reddit can give a good boost to your Beta releases. Not to forget Kickstarter which is a crowdfunding platform is also a good place to get decent reviews. These test releases help you craft the best piece for your final user.
By using these 9 ways you can successfully launch your app and get it noticed. App marketing involves everything from doing market research to using analytics to track success. By using multiple ways to bring traction to your app you can mitigate your risks of failures and make your app a success.
Making an app and getting success from it is a tedious task. While most people struggle to get themselves in the spotlight, we at NewGenApps ease things out for you. If you are looking for someone to bring your idea to life then please contact us.
Creating a mobile strategy should always begin with thinking about the basics: who, what, why and how. Sometimes it’s not always clear how business teams and IT groups can work together to drive a company’s mobile strategy, so we help by asking the right questions:
- People– who in the organization would benefit most from mobile technology?
- Applications – what business processes and user activities are the best candidates for mobile enablement?
- Devices – why should the organization sanction the use of specific mobile devices versus company-owned or employee-owned (BYOD) devices?
- Security and Management – how will the company secure, protect and manage corporate assets and sensitive information?
Mobile App Development
Our experts can quickly and cost-effectively build mobile applications and web services on today’s most prevalent platforms like iPhone, iPad, Android and HTML5. We’ve invested in a portfolio of project accelerators that quickly get core features and basic plumbing out of the way. We’re also continuously innovating with industry-specific mobile frameworks for verticals such as Insurance, Energy and Utilities and others.
- Design – we believe the best mobile design comes from experience, which is why shrinking enterprise apps down to a mobile screen just doesn’t work.
- Develop – we have the breadth to build the entire mobile ecosystem including infrastructure, web services, systems integration and disciplined project delivery methodology.
- Deploy – whether it’s apps stores, over-the-air installation or device configuration and deployment, we can help. We can even set up a company’s own Enterprise Apps Store.
Mobile Support and Management
We understand that building mobile applications is just the first step in a successful deployment, so we offer technical support and operations services from our Solution Centers in Jackson TN.
- Technical Support – from regression testing new mobile handsets to resolving bugs introduced by new operating system updates, we’ll partner to create a reliable service level for support.
- Mobile Apps Management – we know that delivery, security, updates, reporting and other services are important. Since most companies are not in the phone business, we can take care of it.
Some of our clients want a partner that covers all the bases, while other clients want a partner to help get their team in the game. We can get the organization equipped and ready for design, development, support or any other aspect of the client’s mobile strategy and operating model.
- Train – how many of us learned to write great software by reading a book? The best training is hands-on, so we’ll spend as many days, weeks or months as it takes for the team to feel ready.
- Mentor – once the team understands the basics of mobile apps development and architecture, we’ll be available to offer onsite or remote support and advice.
- Move – while it makes sense to host the mobile infrastructure and apps with Studio Blue Creative, we also understand a company might prefer to manage this in-house. Our infrastructure experts will work with the team to migrate everything seamlessly onto company infrastructure.
Have ever felt like you website wasn’t doing you any good? Is you website helping your business or hurting it?
Here is are some questions to consider when reviewing your website productivity:
- When was the last time you recieved a contact from your website?
- Is your website EASILY viewable on a mobile device?
- Was you site built in the last 2 years?
- Does your website have bad information on it? (i.e. wrong contact info etc.)
- Here is the hard one. When did you last update the content of your website?
- When you post to your website do you have to then go to all the social media outlets and post the same article again?
If you answered are not getting the response you would like from your website, Studio Blue can help. We design SEO and social friendly responsive websites. All of our sites come with a Content Management System so that you can change any content needed when you want.
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