With the ever-increasing popularity of mobile commerce, more and more people are using their smartphones to shop. Ignoring the mobile-first approach means neglecting a significant portion of your customer base.
While developing a fully customized native app can be costly, there exists an alternative solution. By using a mobile app builder, you can easily create a fully functional and high-quality mobile app for your JTL-Shop store without breaking the bank.
Continue reading to know the step-by-step procedure for converting your JTL-Shop into a mobile app.
Mobile's dominance in the ecommerce market has grown from just over 52% to more than 72% in the span of five years.
This aligns with the overall pattern of mobile internet usage, which increasingly favors mobile each year. Mobile currently holds a market share of more than 50% compared to desktop and tablet.
Also, 15% of Americans today exclusively use smartphones for internet access. This implies that they solely depend on their mobile devices for connecting to the web. This signifies the future of ecommerce, with customers who are not only mobile-first but also exclusively mobile.
Simply optimizing your website for mobile is a beginning, but it falls short. Mobile apps provide a superior user experience, leading to enhancements in various key metrics, including:
Mobile applications also offer an incredible advantage of leveraging mobile push notifications, which achieve average open rates of 20% and click-through rates of 28%.
Apps give you a great tool to cultivate and retain a loyal customer base too.
Although it is not required to convert your JTL-Shop store into a mobile app, the potential benefits for your business are substantial.
JTL-Shop's features and uses are geared towards webstores, which means you cannot directly publish a mobile app through JTL-Shop. To build a mobile app using JTL-Shop, you'll need add-on resources to make the connection.
Here are some alternatives:
You have the option to transform a JTL-Shop store into an app using one of the methods mentioned above.
However, it is advisable for most store owners to disregard the third option, which involves hiring developers to build native apps. The main reason for this is the high cost associated with mobile apps. Building a native app can range anywhere from $30,000 to $150,000. And that cost only covers one operating system. To launch apps for both Android and iOS (which is recommended), you would need to double that cost.
App development is a time-consuming, complex, and expensive process in itself. It becomes even more intricate when your developers have to create an API and establish a connection between the back end of your apps and your JTL-Shop store.
Considering the budget constraints, it is highly likely that you do not have the financial resources for this. And that's not even taking into account the annual costs to keep your app running.
A considerable number of people overlook the ongoing costs that come with launching an app. Maintaining and keeping it up-to-date with OS updates, JTL-Shop updates, bug fixes, and adding new features and improvements can easily account for 15-20% of the initial cost annually.
In fact, it could be even higher. David Cost, VP of Marketing at Rainbow Apparel, thoroughly researched this when they were launching their apps and discovered that the yearly cost could reach up to a million dollars.
"If we had unlimited time and resources, we would probably opt for a custom native app, but it would require half a million to a million dollars per year to maintain."
Let's take a conservative estimate of $150,000 for building apps for both mobile platforms. The cautious estimate for updates and maintenance amounts to $30,000 per year.
For most store owners, this amount is too much to invest. Not to mention the added complexity and hassle of managing multiple platforms instead of solely focusing on your website. It triples the amount of work required whenever you want to make changes to your site, unnecessarily complicating your workflow.
Converting your JTL-Shop store into an app becomes a hassle-free process when you enlist the services of a reliable mobile app builder.
With a JTL-Shop mobile app builder, you can transform your current JTL-Shop website into a mobile app that closely resembles a native app. This app can be downloaded and installed on users' mobile devices with ease.
Competent mobile app builders offer a mobile app that provides 90-95% of the functionality you'd get with a native app, all at a lower cost and with less hassle.
However, note that not all available choices are suitable for building high-traffic, top-quality mobile apps that reflect well on your brand.
When it comes to brands like Nike, Target, or Zara, with more than enough resources available, they may decide to recruit individuals to create their shopping app entirely from scratch.
If you're not a major brand with extensive resources at your disposal, MobiLoud is undoubtedly the ideal way to build your app. It's a simple, affordable, and fast solution. Plus, ongoing app maintenance becomes much cheaper and easier.
Here's a simplified guide to the process, divided into four straightforward steps.
You can begin in two ways.
No matter which path you choose, you'll discover that 90% of the work to create your app is already completed, as long as your site is optimized for mobile.
If you need help with optimizing your site, feel free to let us know. We're happy to assist! This step is crucial to ensure a seamless process ahead.
When you're ready to begin the app building, sign up to MobiLoud. All our plans offer a 60-day money-back guarantee, and there's no obligation for a long-term commitment.
After signing up, you'll work alongside our team to configure and design your app. Keep in mind that the bulk of the work has already been completed. You won't need to build a new UI from the ground up; just a few tweaks are needed to make it appear and function like a native app.
After the design is approved, we'll proceed to build your mobile app. Our team takes care of all the technical tasks, meaning you don't have to worry about coding or acquiring coding knowledge.
If you'd like us to take care of everything, our team can manage the entire process from start to finish. Our all-inclusive package includes all the elements needed to configure, design, and publish your app, providing you with the convenience of a hands-off approach.
Once your fantastic app is ready, it's time to launch it to the public. To get users to download your app, it's important to have a solid launch plan in place.
Our services include providing assets for app store descriptions, launch announcements on your website and email list, press releases, and other promotional materials. You can also enjoy additional features at no additional expense, like intelligent app banners and exclusive app discounts, to motivate your existing customers to make purchases through the app.
At this stage, it's time to launch your app on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
The submission process for these app stores is notoriously challenging, especially for those who are new to the world of app ownership and development. However, we are well-versed in the complexities of this process, having gone through it numerous times.
Our team will take charge of the entire app submission process with Apple and Google, eliminating the need for you to lift a finger.
With our 100% app approval guarantee, we'll handle multiple submissions if necessary and recommend and implement any required changes. You can leave it all to us!
Once your app listings are live, you can officially begin attracting downloads and reaping the benefits of having your own JTL-Shop mobile app.
The mobile revolution is here. Most of your revenue currently comes from mobile, and if not, it's bound to happen soon.
Your JTL-Shop store needs more than just a website optimized for mobile. To maximize your earnings from mobile users, it's a good idea to offer your own branded app.
Nowadays, transforming a JTL-Shop store into a mobile app is easier than ever, as long as you follow the right approach. Instead of spending tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars on mobile developers, MobiLoud provides an accessible and user-friendly solution.
Here are some of the key advantages of using MobiLoud's JTL-Shop app builder:
MobiLoud's app builder requires no coding and empowers you to launch your own shopping app and establish your presence in the app stores alongside the world's leading brands.
Reach out to us now to explore how we can assist you in launching an app for your JTL-Shop store. Schedule a free, personalized demo, and one of our app professionals will guide you through the entire process.