How to Build an Internal Communication Mobile App

Internal communication apps can be a great help to businesses, especially in this new era of remote-first, distributed organizations. 

How do you build one that covers all your needs though?

We’re going to show you how you can build a custom internal communication app in record time with our platform MobiLoud Canvas. 

We’re going to make two assumptions:

  1. You already have a web based communication tool
  2. If not, you’re willing to build one

Why these assumptions? To find out, let’s take a look at how Canvas works. 

What is Canvas

Canvas is a web to app platform for converting any website or web app into iOS and Android apps. 

Canvas is used by hundreds of startups and international brands – and also works perfectly for internal management and communication tools. 

It doesn’t matter what CMS or platform you used to build your web tool, Canvas will turn it into mobile apps while retaining the exact features and functionality of the originals. 

The apps will also sync completely with your existing platform, updating automatically, so there’s no extra work for you in maintaining it. 

How does Canvas work? 

Canvas creates what is known as “hybrid apps”. Hybrid apps mix native and web elements to build apps faster and more efficiently. 

Canvas uses what are known as “webviews” to display the content from your web app in a native “wrapper”. 

Think of it like a dedicated browser that can be installed on the device, published on the App Store and Google Play, and has all the native elements added to ensure a great user experience. 

Canvas adds all the important native elements!

You can read more about the principle in this article by the founder of Basecamp – “native navigation – web content”.

Lot’s of major tech companies use this approach, according to UX Matters:

“We know that Facebook, Evernote, Instagram, LinkedIn, Uber, Slack, Twitter, Gmail, the Amazon Appstore, and many others are or have been WebView apps”

It works equally well for internal communication platforms. We take what you already have, convert it to mobile apps (in two weeks) – then the apps are ready for your team members to use. 

You’ll save tens of thousands of dollars compared to custom development, and months of effort and hassle. 

But what if you haven’t already built an internal communication platform on the web? Read on and we’ll give you our advice. 

What if I don’t have a web platform already?

If you have not already built an internal communication platform for the web – it might be a good time to build one!

It’s better to go cross-platform rather than trying to just build a mobile app version so that your team can access it easily on both desktop and mobile. 

Building internal communication tools used to be a large development project, but thanks to low-code and no-code tools it’s easier than ever. 

Many internal communication apps have functionality like:

  • Hosting a knowledge base, wiki, SOPs, training materials etc
  • Team networking/messenger/chat functionality
  • Open forums for teams / projects
  • Staff directories
  • Calendars 
  • Key announcements and company news

You can build all of this in WordPress, or use a no-code app builder like Bubble for the job. When you’ve built it you could use ToDesktop to convert it into a convenient desktop app, then use Canvas to build iOS and Android apps that replicate the exact functionality!

Why use Canvas for your internal communication app?

Canvas is the ideal platform for converting a web based internal communication platform into mobile apps. 

Here are a few reasons why.

Replicate all features and functionality

No matter what features, functionality, or existing content your internal communication platform has – Canvas will replicate it exactly right out of the box. 

This means that whatever functionality you want, you just built it for the web and it will automatically cascade to the apps. 

Simple management

You’ll only need to maintain one codebase, and won’t need to rely on expensive and specialised mobile developers. 

The apps will be low maintenance, and will update in real time with your web platform. There’s no work to add for you or your team!

Launch fast, save thousands

Contracting an app agency to build custom apps would cost tens of thousands and likely take months. 

With Canvas you can launch in just a few weeks, and keep costs at a reasonable level – see our pricing here.  

Full service

Canvas isn’t just a software tool, it’s a full service.

We’re with you every step of the way to get the apps built and launched, and we help you to get them published on the App Store and Google Play. 

It doesn’t end there though – as we also handle all future updates and maintenance on the apps and make sure they keep running smoothly. 

Guaranteed result

We’ve built over 1200 apps over the last few years, and hope to build thousands more. We guarantee the success of your apps with a 60-day refund policy. 

If you aren’t happy with the apps for any reason, we’ll refund you. 

Your Canvas apps will have all the features you need. For example, you’ll have unlimited push notifications that you can use to notify company employees of important announcements and updates. 

To learn more about Canvas’s features, check out this page and the FAQ section. 

Start building your internal communication apps today!

To summarize:

  • You can convert any internal communication app into iOS and Android apps with Canvas
  • If you don’t already have one, you can build it for the web then use Canvas for apps
  • The apps will keep all the functionality/features from your web platform
  • The process takes just weeks, and we handle all the tricky bits 
  • The apps will update automatically, and our team will handle all technical maintenance 
  • The apps will have the features you need for 
  • There’s no risk, we guarantee a successful project

Whether the app is for a small team, or thousands of employees – Canvas is the most efficient way to build it. 

The process starts with a free demo call with one of our team. 

We’ll go through the whole process, answer any questions, and you’ll get all the information you need to decide whether Canvas is right for you. 

Let’s get started – book a demo today!

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