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Excellent customer experience with your mobile app is more important to your business than you might think.

Before we dive into the nitty gritty world of native florist mobile apps, there’s one aspect of mobile that you should be aware of.  Mobile phones are very personal devices. Have you ever lost your phone and said to yourself, “Oh well, I’ll find it another time. It’s just not that important.” Surely not. Once you lose your phone, your biggest priority at that moment is to find it or get a replacement. All other priorities go out the window.

Your mobile device is with you, pretty much, every minute of the day.  And since the device is with you constantly, it needs to be responsive and reliable. It should respond quickly and give you the answers you need as soon as possible. These are the same expectations of typical mobile florist consumers.

Nobody has time for bad user experiences, your customers and employees included. 

While 79% of consumers would retry a mobile app only once or twice if it failed to work the first time, only 16% would give it more than two attempts. Poor mobile app experience is likely to discourage users from using an app again. Source

You might get one chance to get it right. But you almost certainly won’t get a second.

The company you choose to launch your mobile app is critical to your long term success with mobile florist shoppers. 

We can help get you up and running the right way, while ensuring you receive 100% of each order, with payments made directly to your bank account. 

Click here to schedule a free 20-minute demo and let us show you how you can capitalize on this new exploding market. 

We have included some information below to help you make an informed decision and ask the right questions about florist mobile apps. 

Table of Contents

Overview of Florist Mobile Apps
Types of Florist Apps
Florist App Development Process
Development Costs
Design Costs
Total Costs

Overview of Florist Mobile Apps

In the past four years, the app market has exploded. Mobile app usage grew by 76% in 2014, and the average US consumer downloads on average 8.8 iOS and Android apps a month.

And for good reason. Having an app for your business or promotion or whatever it may be can be a game changing marketing tool to drive traffic and revenue.

A lot of conversations we have had in the past years don’t even talk about apps because florists think they're clearly going to be too expensive and they have no idea where to even start.

The good news? It’s not as expensive as you may think and it’s really not hard to start.

Let’s talk about what goes into getting an app developed. What is a true florist mobile app? 

There are several companies that provide “boilerplate” apps for flower shops. These are not real apps. They don’t appear with your name in the app store. You don’t control the data or orders. 

Many of these boilerplate apps are abandoned after a year (you can see the update history online) after they charge you thousands of dollars in set up fees. 

A real native app is one that appears in YOUR name online, not some “generic” name that requires your customer to enter a “code” to use it. 

Types of Florist Apps

There are two basic types of native apps that dominate today — IOS (Apple) and Android (Google). We are going to discuss Apple IOS apps in this section, but the same rules apply to Android apps. 

NOTE: You should download our sample florist app by clicking here. It will help you better understand how profoundly different a native floral app is versus a traditional mobile website. 

It’s important to realize that you can get a floral app done very quickly and inexpensively by working with a florist specific technology company. We know floral commerce, we build and code our own apps in-house, we keep them up to date for you and provide ongoing support. 

Florist App Development Process

The app development process can be broken out into four major parts – idea, layout and planning, design, and going live.

1. Fill Out the QuickFlora Setup Wizard

This online form will detail all the specifics about your flower shop to prepare for a proper app launch. 

2. Configure the Product Pricing

You may use your images or the free images from our library of free images for your app. Once you update the prices for products and set up your categories, you are almost there. 

3. Send Us Your Florist Logo

We will create a custom splash page for your app and a custom icon. We will then submit this for approval to Apple and Google. 

4. Going Live

Once your app is approved by Apple (ITunes) or Google (Google Play), you are live and ready to accept orders. Your orders will be emailed, faxed, or sent by text to you depending on the notification options you have set up beforehand.

You will then want to email your customers and announce your new app, and place the app download link on your website. 

Total Florist App Costs

There really aren’t any hidden fees except for the $99 that Apple will charge you per year as a renewal fee.

Call us today or email us at info@quickflora.com to get started on your own custom florist app. 

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The MobileFlora app is powered by the QuickFlora system, the most advanced cloud based admin system designed specifically for flower shops. Call us today to find out how you can get your share of this fast growing market!

Click here to download a sample custom app

Custom apps start at $2,000 (setup and configuration) depending on specifications and features in addition to a monthly $49 support and update fee. There are no transaction fees and you receive 100% of each order with payments going to your normal merchant processor.