Is it a phase or the future?

by Martik Banned
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Application creation is something I almost went into 4 years ago but decided not to.

I regret it.



Right now it is the hot thing and many start-ups are making money from it. But my question is this - How long will it last?
#future #phase
  • Profile picture of the author asiancasanova
    We may never know, a few centuries ago the Heavy Metal genre was considered evil, now its really popular. Keep observing and see what happens.
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  • Profile picture of the author lint631
    I think anything "mobile" will be around for a while. But will mobile sites dominate apps (or vice versa)? No one knows. I develop mobile sites and often get contacted by people who want apps. Some of them are crazy ideas but they want them and they are willing to pay.
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  • Profile picture of the author cabroc
    lint631, its kinda crazy so many people want an app for their business but have no idea why or how it will help them. They are just caught up in the craze. I still think in the long run mobile sites will take over as far as local businesses go and apps will be for start ups and etc.

    Either way you go definitely no a phase.
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    • Profile picture of the author lint631
      Originally Posted by cabroc View Post

      lint631, its kinda crazy so many people want an app for their business but have no idea why or how it will help them. They are just caught up in the craze. I still think in the long run mobile sites will take over as far as local businesses go and apps will be for start ups and etc.

      Either way you go definitely no a phase.
      I agree. I think mobile sites will take over also but for some time there will be a place for apps.

      Someone called me and wanted a "weight loss app." I asked what he wanted to do with it and he had no clue. He owned a gym so thought he needed an app. I actually talked him out of it but could of easily charged a few thousand.
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      • Profile picture of the author cabroc
        Originally Posted by lint631 View Post

        I agree. I think mobile sites will take over also but for some time there will be a place for apps.

        Someone called me and wanted a "weight loss app." I asked what he wanted to do with it and he had no clue. He owned a gym so thought he needed an app. I actually talked him out of it but could of easily charged a few thousand.
        Classic, not a phase when people are scrambling to use mobile just to use and have no clue why. Wait until business owners really get it and mobile sites as well as SMS are the must have marketing mediums like regular sites and email. That's the direction we're headed.
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        • Profile picture of the author lint631
          Originally Posted by cabroc View Post

          Classic, not a phase when people are scrambling to use mobile just to use and have no clue why. Wait until business owners really get it and mobile sites as well as SMS are the must have marketing mediums like regular sites and email. That's the direction we're headed.
          Oh yeah that will be nice when that happens. I like working with the people that have a little bit of knowledge then the ones that are clueless. I should say if they are clueless and are willing to learn then that's cool.

          I think he wanted a weight loss app. I told him there are tons of free ones out there but he insisted that he could charge $ and it would sell.
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  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    Just remember for everyone who is making money from apps there are probably a 100 or more who are not.

    For all the millions that are downloaded there are almost as many deleted from phones everyday.

    Q
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    • Profile picture of the author lint631
      Originally Posted by Quentin View Post

      Just remember for everyone who is making money from apps there are probably a 100 or more who are not.

      For all the millions that are downloaded there are almost as many deleted from phones everyday.

      Q
      Good point. Out of the 20-30 apps on my phone I probably only use about 4-5 of them. Weather, banking, music...
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      • Profile picture of the author GreatBallsOfFire
        Originally Posted by lint631 View Post

        Good point. Out of the 20-30 apps on my phone I probably only use about 4-5 of them. Weather, banking, music...
        But out of those 20-30 apps, how many have you paid for?
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        • Profile picture of the author lint631
          Originally Posted by GreatBallsOfFire View Post

          But out of those 20-30 apps, how many have you paid for?
          One. And I never use it. I bought it when working with a client and just wanted to familiarize myself with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author shane_k
    Well if you think about it, we are getting more and more Smart TV's which are going to be gettting more and more apps customized for them.

    So that is an emerging trend.

    However, it really depends on who you are targeting.

    Are you targeting business and trying to create apps for them?

    Or are you thinking of targeting regular people?

    I think with either of these as long as you can provide value and give them what they want, people/businesses will buy
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  • Profile picture of the author murphyslaw
    The app scene is going to peak eventually. I think apps will lose their importance once entry level smartphones are capable of providing all the bell & whistles of a full browser experience or a complete application. When we do reach that point, smartphones will then just be another platform to port full applications to and your existing website will work just fine on them. For now, apps and good apps developers will be in demand.
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    • Profile picture of the author codecreative
      Originally Posted by hamachi View Post

      The app business is the fastest growing industry probably.
      I think the it industry is constantly evolving you got to stick with the times and mobile apps are the forefront currently
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      • Profile picture of the author garyp
        The one good thing about Apps is that they can use push notifications. Once business oweners realise the significance of that then you (As a developer) will be in high demand. The trend for Apps and mobile sites are on the increase. Will there really be and end of mobile craze? "What DECADE did the first PC shipout?" There's legs in this industry - trust me.
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        • Profile picture of the author WillR
          Originally Posted by garyp View Post

          The one good thing about Apps is that they can use push notifications. Once business oweners realise the significance of that then you (As a developer) will be in high demand. The trend for Apps and mobile sites are on the increase. Will there really be and end of mobile craze? "What DECADE did the first PC shipout?" There's legs in this industry - trust me.
          The one downside of push notifications is that a lot of people now disable them by default when installing new apps -- so they are nowhere near as effective as something like text message marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Ayling
    The only apps I tend to use regularly are really specialized - like my bike computer app - hardly a project that a marketer can get into without a substantial investment
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  • Profile picture of the author mydream111
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    it is very hard to say.but i think it is the phase and day by day it is improving.
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