Due to the skyrocketing popularity of mobile shopping, more and more individuals are using their smartphones to make purchases. Neglecting the mobile-first strategy by not having a mobile app means disregarding a significant group of your customer base.
While the development of a fully custom native app can be expensive, there is another option available. By leveraging a mobile app builder, you can effortlessly create a fully operational and top-tier mobile app for your Imweb store without breaking your budget.
Continue reading to learn the process of converting your Imweb site into a mobile app.
Why You Need a Mobile App
Mobile's market share in ecommerce now stands at over 72%, showcasing an increase from slightly above 52% within five years.
This aligns with the overall trend of mobile internet usage, which leans more towards mobile with each passing year. Mobile currently enjoys a market share surpassing 50% in comparison to desktop and tablet.
It's also worth highlighting that 15% of Americans currently use smartphones exclusively for internet browsing. This implies that they solely rely on their mobile devices for accessing the online world. This points towards the future of ecommerce, with customers who are not just mobile-first but also mobile-exclusive.
Optimizing your website for mobile is merely a starting point; it has its limitations. Mobile apps deliver a superior user experience, resulting in improvements in several essential metrics, such as:
- Increased conversion rates
- Higher average order value
- More products viewed per session
One major advantage of mobile apps is push notifications, which achieve average open rates of 20% and click-through rates of 28%.
Apps equip you with an exceptional tool to improve and maintain relationships with loyal customers.
While it may not be crucial to convert your Imweb store into a mobile app, the advantages it can offer your business are significant.
Can You Create Mobile Apps for Imweb?
Imweb does not offer a direct option for publishing a mobile app. Imweb is specifically designed for web-based stores. To develop a mobile app using Imweb, you will require additional resources to bridge the gap.
Here are some options you can consider:
- A third-party platform that specializes in creating mobile apps for Imweb.
- Opt for a technology-driven solution that transforms your Imweb store into a mobile application.
- Hire a skilled team of developers to build Android and iOS apps and seamlessly integrate them with your Imweb store.
Can I Turn My Imweb Store into an App?
To transform an Imweb store into an app, you have multiple options available, as mentioned above.
However, it's advisable for most store owners to dismiss the third choice of hiring developers to build native apps. The primary reason for this is the high cost involved in mobile app development. Building a native app alone can range from $30,000 to $150,000, and keep in mind that you'll need to double this cost to launch apps for both Android and iOS platforms (which is recommended).
Developing an app is a time-consuming, complex, and expensive process in itself. It becomes even more challenging when your developers need to create an API and establish a connection between the back end of your apps and your Imweb store.
Considering budget constraints, you may not have the financial resources for such an endeavor. And that's not even taking into account the annual costs associated with maintaining and running your app.
The Recurring Cost of Having an App
Most individuals tend to overlook the ongoing expenses associated with launching an app. The regular upkeep and maintenance, including OS updates, Imweb updates, bug fixes, and introducing new features and enhancements, typically accounts for about 15-20% of the initial cost each year.
However, these costs can potentially escalate even further. During Rainbow Apparel's app launch, David Cost conducted extensive research and discovered that the annual expense could reach up to a million dollars.
"If we had unlimited time and resources, a custom native app would likely be our choice. But the maintenance alone would cost half a million to a million dollars annually."
David Cost, VP of Marketing, Rainbow Apparel
Let's take a conservative estimate and assume it costs $150,000 to develop apps for both mobile platforms. In this scenario, the cautious estimate for updates and maintenance amounts to $30,000 per year.
For most store owners, these expenses are too costly to fund. Managing multiple platforms instead of solely focusing on your website can also become a major headache. It significantly triples the workload whenever you need to make changes to your site, needlessly complicating your workflow.
The Best Way to Turn Your Imweb Store into an App
Employing the expertise of a reputable mobile app builder is the most recommended option to convert your Imweb store into an app.
An Imweb mobile app builder allows you to convert your Imweb website into a mobile app that provides similar functionality to a native app, and users can conveniently download and install this app on their mobile devices.
Top mobile app builders provide you with a mobile app experience with 90-95% of what a native app can provide, all at a more affordable price and with minimal hassle.
But remember, not all options available in the market are suitable for building high-traffic, polished mobile apps that reflect your brand positively.
How to Convert Your Imweb Site Into an App
If you happen to be a well-established brand like Nike, Target, or Zara, with ample resources available, you could potentially enlist professionals to develop your shopping app completely from scratch.
If not, MobiLoud is undoubtedly the best option for creating your app. It provides a simple, affordable, and rapid solution. Not only this, but maintaining your app becomes much more cost-effective and easier to handle.
We'll explain the process, with a step-by-step walkthrough:.
Step One: Preview Your App or Get a Free Consultation
You have two ways to get started.
- You can dive right in and generate a free preview of your site as an app using the MobiLoud builder. Simply visit the MobiLoud builder.
- Alternatively, schedule a free consultation call with one of our app specialists to discuss your project and understand how the process works.
Either way, you'll quickly realize that 90% of the app creation work is already done if your site is optimized for mobile. It's that simple!
If you need assistance with optimizing your site, feel free to reach out to us. We'll be more than happy to lend a hand. This crucial step ensures a smooth process going forward.
Step Two: Work With Our Team to Build Your App
When you're prepared to start the app development, sign up to MobiLoud. All our plans come with a 60-day money-back guarantee, and you won't be tied to any long-term commitment.
Once you've finished signing up, our team will assist you in configuring and designing your app. It's important to keep in mind that most of the groundwork has already been completed. You won't have to start from scratch and develop a completely new user interface. Instead, a few tweaks are all that's necessary to ensure it has the appearance and functionality of a native app.
Upon approval of the design, we'll start working on building your mobile app. We handle all the technical aspects, so you won't have to worry about coding or having any coding skills.
If you'd rather have our team handle the entire process from start to finish, we can accommodate that as well. Our comprehensive package covers everything necessary to configure, design, and publish your app, allowing you to be completely hands-off.
Step Three: Prepare for Launch
When your app is ready, it's time to prepare it for public launch. A solid launch plan is crucial to attract users and boost app downloads.
Our services include providing you with assets for captivating app store descriptions, creating impactful launch announcements for your website and email list, and distributing engaging press releases.
You can also use extra features at zero additional expense, such as smart app banners and app-exclusive discounts, to incentivize your existing customers to shop using your app.
Step Four: Launch and Submit Your App to the App Stores
At the final stage, we'll launch your apps on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
The submission process for these app stores is notoriously challenging, especially for first-time app owners and developers. However, our extensive experience in this domain allows us to navigate it effortlessly.
Our team will handle the entire app submission process with Apple and Google, ensuring a smooth and efficient launch. With our 100% app approval guarantee, we'll manage multiple submissions if needed and offer recommendations and implement any necessary changes.
You can leave the entire process in our capable hands!
Once your listings are live, you can officially start attracting downloads and enjoy the countless advantages that come with having your own Imweb mobile app.
Wrapping Up – Why You Should Use MobiLoud to Convert Your Imweb Store into a Mobile App
We are in the midst of a mobile revolution. Most of your current revenue likely comes from mobile users, and if not, it won't be long before it does.
Your Imweb store needs more than just a website optimized for mobile. A branded app will maximize your earnings from mobile users.
Nowadays, transforming your Imweb store into a mobile app is easier than ever if you approach it correctly. Instead of spending a significant amount of money on mobile developers, MobiLoud offers an accessible and user-friendly solution.
Here are some of the key advantages of using MobiLoud's Imweb app builder:
- It costs only a fraction of the price of custom app development.
- You can launch professional, high-quality apps in less than two weeks.
- Your apps will retain all the great features of your website, including product collections, payment gateways, plugins, tools, themes, and more.
- Everything stays synchronized across the web, Android, and iOS platforms. Any changes you make on your site will immediately reflect in your apps.
- You can rest easy knowing that we guarantee app approval, so you don't have to worry about submitting your apps to the app stores.
- Our team will be there for you every step of the way, handling all the heavy lifting so that you can focus on other aspects of your business.
With this simple and code-free app builder, you can successfully launch your own shopping apps and position yourself alongside the biggest brands in the app stores.
Contact us now to learn more about how we can assist you in launching an app for your Imweb store. Schedule a free, personalized demo, and one of our app experts will guide you through the entire process.