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“WHY WOULD A LIBRARY EVER NEED A WEBSITE?” - 1999

“WHY WOULD A LIBRARY EVER NEED A MOBILE APP” - NOW

Why?

Libraries are no different than their commercial counterparts when it comes to the need to provide fantastic customer service. Your patrons are using their mobile devices more than you may realize. Statistics show the use of these devices has been steadily growing since its inception. 欧冠买球盘口All of us use websites to reach out to a group of people, people that communicate quite frequently through use of the Internet. However, there is an ever-growing group of people that have no need to check a website, or be online for any reason in the traditional sense. These individuals live in a mobile world. They work from the convenience of their pocket, not their desktop.

We created a mobile website, isn’t that enough?

Ask yourself this question; “Do I use the Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest app more than I do their AMAZING mobile website?”欧冠买球盘口… the answer is usually yes. Those companies pour tons of money into creating a fabulous mobile website, but at the end of the day apps are just so much more user friendly.

Mobile websites are nice for the occasional visitor and can be a great way to display mobile friendly information, but truly cannot provide the personal level of engagement that a properly designed mobile application can provide. Patron engagement is the key to serving our mobile community. 欧冠买球盘口Mobile applications provide interaction for the patron, a way for them to experience in-library type service at their convenience. 24/7 access has never been easier. Many services cannot function through a mobile website. For instance, it is quite difficult to display a patron’s digital library card from a website and most people will not want to wait behind patrons struggling to gain connectivity during checkout. A mobile website alone just does not fit the bill.

Aren’t mobile apps just a fad?

Many people said the same thing about websites when they were first released. “Who’s really going to sit down at a computer to check something online?” 欧冠买球盘口was a question once posed during the beginning stages of website development. There may be something after mobile applications. No doubt another type of technology will break through, and we’ll transition to that, just as we have from websites to applications.

Think about how much time mobile users spend on their devices. Facts say, mobile users spend between two and five hours a day using their mobile device. They’re checking emails, writing texts, playing games and even engaging in video chat conversations all over the world. You see, their devices are personal, trusted and important. These mobile users are not easily disconnected from their devices, but rely on them for constant contact and communication. How about making the library personal again for these patrons?

Mobile apps are personal!

People leave the house with a few key items in their handbag or pocket. Keys to the car, the office, maybe even a wallet or a little change in their pocket. Not many leave without their mobile device. In fact, forgotten mobile devices are the number one reason for turning around on the way to a destination, to retrieve these most useful devices. Now you can provide access to the device in their pocket or handbag. CapiraMobile provides your patrons with the most useful library application in the marketplace.

The experience of an app vs. mobile websites

Simply put, it performs better than a “mobile” website. It becomes a better, faster, easier discovery layer than a mobile website. It becomes a tool – as opposed to an experience (sometimes a belabored scrolling prison of irrelevant content experience). Apps are directly designed to get several jobs done with guided design – not a repurposing of webspace best viewed on a computer.

Last year, the total number of app downloads was record-breaking 197 billion. Modern users run 9 apps daily on average and spend 86% of their total mobile time in them. 

欧冠买球盘口Let’s compare to see why:

The drill down for mobile website users:

  1. 欧冠买球盘口Open Browser

  2. Type in URL

  3. 欧冠买球盘口Find the tiny “My Account”

  4. Log In

  5. Hope that you remembered to say “keep me signed in” this time or, for that matter last time, if you haven’t cleared your cache.

  6. Pray that all content displays dynamically enough across browsers to be engaging.

The drill down for app users:

  1. Open App

  2. 欧冠买球盘口You are already logged in - explore the catalog, renew your check out materials, and more!

If you’re not sure about how this is best characterized, uninstall your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Tumblr for a day or two and access them only through a browser. It will be evident that the app experience outperforms the web experience on a mobile device. The same can be true for your current discovery layer that exists as only browser-accessed.

Now the hard stats…

Pew Research:

  • 81% Of Americans own a smart device

  • 17 % of smart device users have no broadband- so around 1 in 5. The implication is that smart devices – that are best employed in an android app platform – are the only means for these individuals in your community to connect.

  • 欧冠买球盘口Two-thirds of non-high school graduates – members of the community that could use the help from programs, classes and other learning opportunities libraries provide, use smart devices, plus it’s key to overlay that 85% of all smart device activity is through apps.

  • 1 in 5 Americans listen to audiobooks – and we would to suggest they’re not plugging in to a tower or laptop computer to do that activity – they’re connecting  through an app on a smart device. We can integrate those resource in one place in your app.

  • 71% of under $30K earners and 78% of $30-$50K earners have them. People who might benefit from an institution that could reach out to them through push notifications about resume writing classes, skills adoption, literacy refinement and more that could lead to higher income or better opportunities for earning. All for free.

  • 欧冠买球盘口Rural users have adopted smart devices at a level of 71% - with the evolution of wireless protocols this will go even higher.

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