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College Campus & Community App Adoption Continues to Climb

Posted on 10/30/2013 by in Mobile Apps Community Connection Clients

College Connection KSU, or C2KSU, is a new app that offers students a way to get around campus and keep up with what is happening around town. The app features a campus and city map, a guide that includes shopping, dining, salons, spas and nightlife, a car finder for large Kent parking lots and easy access to multiple cab services.

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3 Things to Consider with a Mobile App 4SmallBiz

Posted on 10/15/2013 by in Mobile Apps Reasons to go Mobile

If you’re considering creating a mobile app for your business (so easy with 529 Mobile!), there are three main questions that are good to ask: 1. Who are your customers? 2. What do they want in a mobile app? 3. What can you give to them? Each industry has app functions that make sense across most of the businesses within the industry. For example, it’s generally useful for restaurants to put mobile ordering in their apps, but the feature is bizarre when it comes to real estate brokerages. For them, a tab with available listings makes more sense. But even within industries, there are sometimes variations between businesses that lead to the need for differing sets of app features. For that reason, each business should ask itself these questions before designing an app (which is a breeze with 529 Mobile!).

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Mobile App vs. Mobile Website – How to Decide 4SmallBiz?

Posted on 9/15/2013 by in Mobile Apps Mobile Websites

If you’re like most business owners that are being confronted with a mobile world, you may be wondering whether your business would be better off with a mobile app or mobile website. (Or, you may just be wondering which one you can safely ignore and not have to deal with.) Well, whether you approach mobile strategies with enthusiasm or reluctance, we’ve outlined the main advantages and disadvantages below to help you figure things out. We’ll spare you the suspense, though: we think you need both. Anyhow, without further ado, here is how mobile apps and mobile websites stack up against each other: Features When it comes to features, mobile apps come out ahead. They can do more and also have access to other device tools, like GPS and the accelerometer. For that reason, they offer a wider range of features, and allow you to create a more robust suite of offerings to users. Mobile websites, on the other hand, are somewhat limited in the types of features they can offer through a browser.

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Mobile Commerce Facts 4SmallBiz that Will Make You Want In

Posted on 8/11/2013 by in Mobile Apps Mobile Commerce

Mobile commerce may seem like a cool extra channel for generating sales, until you learn more about it. Then you see that it’s quickly becoming the main channel for generating sales online and connecting with customers. In fact, if trends continue, there may come a day when m-commerce is referred to more simply as just “commerce.” Okay, that’s overselling it. But m-commerce is a big deal, and we’ve got four facts to back that claim up. Read on, but be warned – once you hear more, you’re going to want in. The opportunities are just too darn tasty.

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Most IT Spending In 2013 Will Go Into App Solutions

Posted on 6/15/2013 by in Mobile Apps Reasons to go Mobile

The U.S. still accounts for more IT consumption than any other region, in terms of total spending. The fastest-growing region, however, might surprise you. While the population numbers in Asia often make it a growth leader, Latin America will actually soon see the largest increase in IT spending. By 2014, it is projected to be the fastest-growing region, with IT spending increasing at a rate of nearly 11%.

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Mobile Apps Show No Sign of Slowing Down

Posted on 5/11/2013 by in Mobile Apps Reasons to go Mobile

Flurry has recorded roughly 1.3 trillion in-app events, worldwide, over approximately 300,000 apps, published by 100,000 developers, across a billion devices. These include actions taken inside apps that serve functions such as retail, logistics, travel, social networking, gaming, music, and more. In short, people are playing, getting things done, and performing almost every type of activity they can through apps on their smartphones, and they’re doing it all in record-breaking numbers month after month. Some of you are even reading this article on a smartphone right now! (And when you’re done, you might even type in a comment, or share the post via a social media button. Only the very coolest readers will do this, of course. We understand that not every reader can be that cool).

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It's Tribe Time!

Posted on 4/2/2013 by in Mobile Apps Clients

The first pitch of the 2013 Cleveland Indians season is upon us and we have the best way for you to connect with other Tribe fans. The Warpath Podcast App is a fan-focused roundtable discussion hosted by 3 diehard Cleveland Indians fans from Northeast Ohio. The combination of these personalities, and the unique perspective they bring to the game is well worth the free download! The Warpath Podcast App will focus exclusively on Cleveland Indians Baseball discussion. This show is ONLY for the most diehard of Tribe fans. If you can’t get enough baseball talk, come join us.

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529 App Solutions announced at PhoCusWright@ITB Berlin today by TourWrist CEO

Posted on 3/6/2013 by in Mobile Apps Press Virtual Tours Sphere

Berlin, Germany – March 6, 2013 • TourWrist, the best-in-class virtual tour platform, announced today more than 40 travel companies have signed software licensing agreements in the last 90 days to integrate the TourWrist technology within their apps and websites. “Our virtual tour technology empowers travelers to make faster, more informed and confident travel planning and booking decisions,” said TourWrist Founder and CEO Charles Armstrong whom is also a speaker at PhoCusWright@ITB travel-tech conference today. “By integrating our panoramic recording, viewing and sharing experience into their apps and websites, TourWrist will help these innovative travel companies increase bookings and traveler satisfaction.” The TourWrist software development kit (SDK) enables easy travel app and website integration of the device-agnostic TourWrist technology. “If a photo is worth a 1,000 words, then a 360-degree spherical panorama ("pano") is worth 10,000 words to help research, plan and book travel,” said TourWrist SVP and Chief Marketing Officer Dan Smigrod. “Travel, hospitality and tourism companies can now supercharge their mobile and web experiences with our TourWrist pano tech.” The 30+ travel companies licensing the TourWrist technology include 18 travel organizations announced in January; and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Visit Calgary and the Las Vegas Sands Corp. which were announced in November at The Travel Innovation Summit @ The PhoCusWright Conference.

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