38% Of SMBs Depend On Mobile Apps
Some 38% of small businesses view mobile applications as essential to their operations, according to a recent survey conducted by AT&T.
About 72% of small businesses — defined in the survey as firms with between two and 50 employees — reported using mobile apps in their operations. And 38% said “they could not survive — or it would be a major challenge to survive” — if their mobile apps vanished. AT&T polled 2,246 small business owners and IT stakeholders in December.
PS and mapping topped the list of most popular services, with close to half (49%) of companies utilizing them. Roughly one in four small businesses are using social media marketing and document management apps on their mobile devices. Location-based services (24%), time management (23%), travel and expense tracking (22%), and mobile credit card payments (20%) followed closely behind in terms of regular use. Saving time was the chief reason given by businesses for employing mobile apps. The smaller the business, the more likely it is to seek to save time with mobile apps, according to the report.
While business apps might be maturing — in turn helping fuel increased adoption of mobile devices by SMB users — it seems clear that they still have plenty of room to grow. A study conducted in January by Network Solutions and the University of Maryland, for instance, found high awareness but relatively low usage among small businesses of various mobile marketing tactics. For example, 59% of respondents in that study said they were aware they could develop a mobile app for their business, but just 3% had done so.