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What’s Up With Applications?

seo Over the course of a year, we do lots of different projects. We’re a design studio of course, but over the years our emphasis has been shifting with our clients’ needs. 10 years ago, we did a lot of brochures, pamphlets and direct mails. These days, we almost never do printed materials, but we’re busier than ever. So what’s replaced all that lovely paper in our workflow? Application programming.

Probably most of you know what an “app” is. We use them on our computers, phones and tablets to do specific tasks. On the internet, it can be difficult to determine what’s an app and what’s just a website. It can be a grey area. Suffice it to say that if you’re inputting some sort of information into it and getting a useful result, we’d probably call it an app.

People using applications like Google Docs, Facebook, or Word have the perception that building applications has to be really expensive. In those cases, it is of course. But luckily for simpler tasks, it’s actually really affordable. In fact, it might save you money.

Applications Will Save You Money

To illustrate how this works, let’s look at this example we created:

Janice works as an administrative assistant. Every day, she grabs a daily report and converts it to Excel. Then, she sends that Excel document to five managers. It takes her 20 minutes to do this. So let’s figure that Janice earns $40,000 a year. Those 20 minutes don’t seem like a lot, but they add up to $6.60 a day. Over the course of a year, Janice’s company will have spent $1,650 just for her to do that simple task for 20 minutes a day.

A simple repetitive programming task like that might take us just a few hours to program. So for around $500, that company saved almost five grand over the next 3 years. We see these examples all the time, and it’s always painful! Sometimes you have to spend a little to save a lot.

Quick Bits

Have an online store? Programming can help your customers save products in a shopping cart, compare prices, and review your products. Running a consulting firm? An application can sort your files, schedule your appointments, and allow you to connect with your clients. No matter what kind of company you have, you can probably benefit from a customized application.

And Finally…

Want a solution to a problem you’ve been facing? If you can imagine it, we can probably create it. And hey…think about all the cool stuff you can do in the 20 minutes you’ll save. Reply to this email and let us know what your problem is. We’ll lay out a plan and cost for an application for free.



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