Tag Archives: Small Business

The Mobile Web vs. Mobile Apps: It’s All in the Family

brother sister frenemies

Right off the top, a confession: I am not an apps guy. I have never designed an app, nor have I developed an app. I’m a web guy. Yet, I’ll not let that deter me from offering some opinions and observations about apps, motivated in large part by the “web is dead” debate. (I dealt with this from a different perspective in my last blog post.)

While I’m at it, a second confession: I am not a huge user of apps. Most of my time with apps is spent reading news (sorry, NYT home page) or playing games.

Back to the article. This article will focus on a particular subset of the “web is dead” debate, which is “the web is dead, long live apps.” I think the dilemma of apps versus the web can be especially confusing for small businesses, who have limited marketing budgets and resources. Under those limitations, and with the pressure that SMBs feel to get the most bang for their buck, the decision of where to invest can become difficult.

And, back to my undeterred opinions and observations. My essential argument will be that the two sides of mobile marketing, mobile apps and the mobile web, serve different purposes. Neither side precludes the other. We’re one big, happy family. And, I will start by looking at the ways in which apps have been implemented by some small businesses in my local market.

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Video Content Marketing Opportunities with Meerkat and Periscope

Meerkat & Periscope logos

Meerkat and Periscope. By now you must have heard of them, so I will dispense with nutshell introductions of what they are. Well, just this: both apps facilitate real-time video streaming on Twitter.

I will also avoid predicting which app is going to win this particular social media horse race. I suspect it will be Periscope, but I could be completely wrong. And it doesn’t matter, at least not for the purposes of this article, which aims only to explore the possibilities of video content marketing with either app.

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The Web is Dead, the Paperless Office, Jet Packs, and Other Prognostications

vintage pic of man with jet pack

Apparently web sites and home pages are dead, along with what we’ve broadly called the web. I’m late to the party on this one. I suppose I’ve been so lovingly cradled in the web’s warm embrace that it’s demise had eluded me. Huh.

FYI, here is a sampling of the eulogies:

OK, so I’m clearly poking fun at the prognosticators, from my seat here in the peanut gallery. And, to be fair, they have valid points. Home pages have become less important than they once were, and use of mobile apps does appear to be a growing trend, funneling users away from pure web browsing. But… the web is dead? In this article I’ll explore aspects of the "web is dead" debate, especially from a small business perspective.

What about the paperless office and jet packs? More on that a little later in the article.

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