The number of people using the Internet on their mobile device will more than double to reach one billion by 2013. Meanwhile, the number of mobile applications or “apps” available on Google’s mobile platform, Android, has risen sharply from 10,000 in September 2009 to a little under 20,000 in December 2009.
While currently the main uses of this technology revolve around our personal lives, (for activities such as social networking, listening to music and downloading entertaining apps), the predicted increase in the popularity of the mobile Internet and mobile apps is set to filter into the way we run our businesses and interact with customers. To help companies get to grips with this emerging trend here is some advice from T-Mobile on using apps to benefit your organisation.
How can using Apps help my business?
Apps offer great potential to market your business, network, boost customer service and improve the way staff work on the move and communicate with one another. There are many apps already available which can be of use to small businesses. Here are a few examples:
– Note everything lets you make written, audio or visual notes, setting reminders and prioritise important tasks.
– Dedicated business networking sites such as LinkedIn have also developed their own apps to allow easy access to updates on the site for busy professionals.
– Dow Jones has launched an app for sales people which provides up-to-the-minute intelligence about business changes such as management moves and new investments to help sales professionals improve their knowledge of prospects and customers.
– T-Mobile’s free shareAnywhere app helps businesses share information about products and services with customers and colleagues wherever they are. You can use it to automatically compress image files into (read more)