Top 10 ways to build your own business app

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Barely a week goes by on IT Channel Expert where we don’t post a white paper, opinion piece or advice column discussing the role of mobile devices in the workplace.

As the trends for BYOD and remote working continue, and customers are increasingly using their mobile devices to interact with their partners on the go, many businesses are realising the benefits of having their own dedicated app.

Whether it’s creating your own partner portal, providing an easy way for customers to buy stock from you, or giving your employees a dedicated resource centre in the palm of their hands, many IT and tech businesses could benefit from creating their own business apps.

But where do you start? Luckily for you, IT Channel Expert has compiled a list of our favourite app makers for you to sift through and find the right choice for your business.

APPY PIE

- Promises you'll be able to design your own app in minutes

- No coding skills required

- Drag & drop function

- Publish on App Stores, Google Play and iTunes

- App revisions/updates are in real time

- Push notifications options

- Monetisation feature

- Real time app analytics

- Pricing plan ranges from free to $33 a month

APPERY.IO

- ‘Low-code’ platform

- Cloud-based rapid development environment

- Integrated back-end services and middleware

- Simplified integration with enterprise systems and cloud services

- Ideal for businesses of all sizes

- Pricing ranges from $25 (basic) to $180 (premium) per month. There is also an enterprise level with tailored pricing

ZOHO

- Create apps for sales & marketing, email & collaboration, help desk, finance, human resources, business process

- Compatible with iOS and Google as well as Apple Watch

- Pricing varies depending on the type of app

MOBILE ROADIE

- Build apps for iPhone and Android

- Suitable for enterprises and single users

- Cloud platform supports anytime content updates

- Geo-targeted push notifications

- Analytics feature

- Mobile marketing engagement tools

- Integrated user community features

- Ability to generate QR codes

- Guides for app submission

- Pre-made themes

- Annual and monthly payment contracts for Core, Pro and Enterprise users

- Pricing starts at $149 a month

THE APP BUILDER

- Create employee apps and external apps

- Downloaded from private, secure servers

- Suggested ideas include events, information capture, training, content distribution and communication

- Dedicated member of The App Builder team will work with you on your first app project

- Make apps for Apple and Android

- Pricing dependant on the project

COMO

- Specific focus on small businesses

- Supported services include booker, PayPal, OrderIn, OpenTable, Seamless and SinglePlatform

- Guaranteed success within the first six months of app launch or you’ll get six more months for free

- Customise every aspect of your app’s appearance

- Push notification features

- Wide selection of design themes

- Success Team on had to help building apps

- Pricing is monthly - $57 for one month, $48/month for one year, $41/month for 2 years

APPMAKR

- Promises you can build an app in 20 minutes

- Monitor downloads of your app

- Alert your users with in-app messages

- Easily create image galleries

- Share videos inside your app

- Monetise your apps with ads

- Play podcasts form within your app

- Create apps for iPhone and Android

- Pricing: App Basic - £1 a month, App Pro - £6 a month, Become a Reseller - £295 a year

SHOUTEM

- App feature idea include loyalty, content, advertising, events, e-commerce, business info, social, local, catalogues, push

- No coding skills required

- Drag & drop interface

- Unlimited support, maintenance and upgrades

- CMS backend lets you update app content at any time

- Monthly and yearly price plans

- Pricing starts at $19.90 per month for basic up to $119.90 for unlimited on a yearly plan

- Enterprise option for those needing more customisation – pricing varies

BUILDFIRE

- No technical skills required

- Publish for both Android and iOS devices

- Unlimited push notifications

- Free App Store Submission

- Premium support and training

- SMARTSync updates

- Free marketing resources

- Free to build your app – only pay when you want to publish

- Pricing: $49 a month, $44/month for one year, $39 a month for 2 years

APPMACHINE

- Scan your website so you can use its content as a springboard to build your app

- iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 support

- Over 35 pre-coded, snap-together build blocks

- Suitable for businesses of all sizes

- Monthly and yearly price plans

- Pricing: Basic starts at £19 a month on the yearly plan, Pro starts at £49 a month

More business apps:

- Top 10 customer service apps

- Top 10 apps for resellers

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