There are a few sites most go to for travel assistance. Whether you are looking for maps, places of interest or to map out a travel itinerary, travel sites and their accompanying mobile apps come in handy.
To give an example of how utilized some of these map websites are, here is a look at visitor usage of MapQuest from 2011 in this infographic MapQuest. Staggering numbers and trends presented include:
Over 330 Billion miles routed / logged
Concentrated tourism activity along both US coasts
Over 14 Million visitors to MapQuest each month
Ave 2.4 visits on MapQuest per month per user
Ave 2.6 minutes per visit
Impressive 7.2 Million MapQuest App downloads
It is interesting to note the popularity of their mobile app, mirroring travel or mapping services for users on mobile devices. It would be obvious that travel apps need to be more user-friendly while users are “mobile”. If an app can mirror the services provided on your site, and works well on mobile devices, your strategies and plans should incorporate the development of mobile apps that would be beneficial to your customers.
From Frogloop, here are some helpful tips in planning out a mobile app that meets consumer needs:
Growing trends in the use of mobile devices for business has exposed many challenges faced by mobile users. With revealing these issues, businesses (both on the development and supplier fronts) need to ensure mobile users can effectively and efficiently use their mobile devices to get the work done. Businesses also need to ensure their own employees are geared up appropriately if the environment is flexible to allow and encourage work on the road and / or at home through mobile devices.
Here is an interesting infographic from harmon.ie highlighting survey data on what challenges mobile users face. Businesses should take note and adjust accordingly.
84% of Mobile Users cannot work effectively on the road (platform? programs?)
Top places Mobile Users work: Restaurants, air travel, bed (56, 55, & 45% respectively)
50% cite problems receiving timely responses and info from colleagues
48% state issues with trying to connect or can’t connect to work web-based or conference calls
54% express concern with lower personal productivity
46% answered that mobile work caused project delays or missed deadlines
43% experience missing document sections when viewing on a mobile device
Mobile User – Other blogs and articles of interest:
Popular Apps – The Best Apps for Small Business [infographic]
App development, sales and downloads for mobile devices are booming. The app data, from Marketing research firm M2 Research, has been predicted to blow past the $6 Billion mark in 2012 for mobile gaming apps alone.
This infographic from app-promo.com , breaks down the slim minority of app developers who are making a go in app development businesses, while the majority of app developers struggle. A key fact in this infographic, those entrepreneurs who spend more on marketing to promote their apps, have better success. Here are some highlights on mobile apps and app developers:
12% earn $50,000 or more per year
11% achieve 500,000 downloads or more
Top Earners spend an average of $30,000 on marketing
80% of app developers don’t generate enough revenue for a stand alone business
59% don’t make enough money to break-even on development costs
68% have earned $5,000 or less on their best-selling app
63% experienced 50,000 downloads or less for their top-selling app
Tools and resources are critically important in keeping your business operations competitive and efficient. Multiple functions require multiple solutions and tools to get the job done more effectively and efficiently. Thousands of apps are readily available to assist businesses and entrepreneurs in all functions such as sales tracking, marketing, financial management, project management, data backup and payment processing.
Some of the highlights of this infographic produced by Mavenlink include these popular apps in the following functional categories: