Apps are here, and they’re here to stay. They’ve already had a huge effect on many key industries that most of us have used or encountered at some time or other. Here are five industries and how apps are being used by the companies and startups in them.
- Capital Raising
Raising capital is one of those things that has always presented a challenge for young entrepreneurs. They have to get money if they are going to turn their business idea into a real business. But finding an investor is not easy. There are always more people looking for investors than there are people willing to invest. But businesses and entrepreneurs can use apps and online services to crowdfund their ideas. It’s all at their fingertips in a way that was never possible before.
- Car Service
Car services used to be dominated by taxi companies, but that has all changed now. With services such as Lyft and Uber offering smartphone users ways to get a ride to where they want to get, things are never going to be the same again. Taxi companies are understandably concerned about what this means for their prospects. But it doesn’t look like it’s going to be possible to turn the tide or turn back the clock. The dominance of app-based car services is not going to go away anytime in the near future.
- Financial Services
Financial services companies are grabbing hold of apps and tech advances to make their jobs easier. They can use apps to map out financial projections easily and no matter where they are. And the same kinds of software can be used when accessing the sensitive financial information of their customers. In the world of financial services, technology plays a bigger role than ever before, and apps are a huge part of that change. Those that don’t use them are lagging behind their competitors.
Healthcare is an industry that has always had to embrace new technology. And that is as true today as ever before. It’s not all about revolutionary new treatments and surgical technologies, though. These days, you can use a telemedicine app to speak to your doctor when you have a problem. This is a completely new way to interact with patients and offer them diagnoses on the spot. It’s particularly good for people who have busy schedules and can’t always fit in a trip to their doctor’s surgery.
Retail companies use apps for very obvious reasons. They create their own apps and turn them into platforms that can be used to allow customers to buy things from the company. They have been doing this for a few years now, but the practice is really starting to expand like never before. Giving people new ways to buy products, no matter where they are or what time of day it is can only be a good thing. These app stores are often better designed and easier to use than conventional mobile sites too.