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iOS 7 is proving that retailers can no longer afford to ignore the app channel, or publish an app once and then leave it to languish. The app revolution is happening, and it’s sweeping the retail industry along with it, whether individual companies decide to participate or not.
As 2014 approaches, the very factors that have kept mobile measurement in the background are about to push app analytics front and center. The mobile channel is growing as a revenue driver, merchants are beginning to integrate apps with other communication efforts, and technology platforms are emerging to support in-depth measurement of app activity.
The first step in fixing the mobile app retention problem is acknowledging the situation and understanding why it exists. Few, if any apps are perfect on day one, but the rush to bring an app to market, and an inability to know precisely how audiences will respond, both put pressure on companies to launch apps whether they are ready or not.
When the mobile app economy exploded, few merchants understood how apps could benefit their business. Here’s why part of the solution to this problem for marketers and retailers is gaining a better understanding of how mobile usage differs from traditional web browsing, and the other part is finding the right tools to craft an app experience that will measurably deliver value and strengthen customer relationships over time.