Choosing the Right School App

4 Things to Consider & 5 Questions to Ask when shopping for your mobile app

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4 Things a Native App Can Do 

(that a mobile website can't)

1.  Branding, Branding, Branding. Market your school & district with your own branded app right on your users phones, devices, and in the app stores!

2.  Push Notifications & Alerts. Message directly to the devices of your target audience.  Users are 80% more likely to view than an email!  

3.  Works Offline. No internet or WIFI needed to use a native app, just a basic smartphone will do!

4.  Retrieve Info Faster. Since native code is written specifically for smart devices, response times can be up to 5X faster than a mobile web browser! 

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Today's audience wants their info in "2 Clicks or Less"

5 Questions To Ask Before Deciding On Your App

#1 - Is your audience more likely to use an App or a Website?

As of 2021, research is showing people spending 86% of their device time in a mobile app compared to just 14% on a website!

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#2 - Can you quickly & easily push ALERTS & NOTIFICATIONS to your audience?

This is a deal-breaker (native apps can, mobile websites can't).  Think school emergencies, closings & delays, scheduling & location changes, big game announcements, and more!  Today's schools have to be able to communicate quickly and effectively.  Our native apps allow admins to push out messages directly to the phones & devices of your app's audience, knowing your message will get read! 

 

And since your message is going directly to an audience who is invested in your cause, your messaging options are exciting and limitless - post job listings, celebrate student achievements, fundraise, acknowledge, inform, remind, encourage, challenge ...  

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#3 - How many CLICKS does it take to get to your desired info?

1,2, in 3 ... 1 click is ideal, never more than 2, in 3 seconds or less!  Users shouldn't have to "look" for information.  Today's attention spans are very short and people will stop using your source if they have to click, pinch, or zoom to find things!

# of Clicks will either drive users away or keep them coming back every day!

#3 - Is there extra work for our staff?
Not much.  Whenever possible, we integrate with your existing information sources so there is NO EXTRA WORK for schools!  Your app is custom built and comes with our exclusive data input tool to make content management even easier.  We make sure you are knowledgable and comfortable with the app, check in regularly, and even help promote your new app to your school community ... all completely free of charge!

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#3 - Is this a tool our families and fans will use every day?

Well, that always depends on how easy the tool is to use.  Research shows that today's user expects their info to be delivered to them in "2 clicks or less" and in under 3 seconds.  If that cannot be delivered, they'll stop using the app, mirrored website, or other source.

       

Clunky app or website = NO!

Clean, fast, easy app = YES!

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Clunky Mobile Website

School Courier's Native App

#5 - So tell me again, what's the difference between a Native App & Mirrored Website?

Native Apps have code written specifically for your mobile device.  Notifications can be "pushed" directly to your users devices and can work without internet connectivity.  They work much faster, are much more intuitive, and take full advantage of your device features.  Native apps are common in the business sector because of their quality, speed, and versatility.  Native apps are highly used and boast the best user experience in the app industry.

 

Mirrored Websites are not true apps, but rather mobile websites that mirror a desktop website on a device.  They run by a web browser on your device (that wheel you see turning) and come with limited phone and tablet navigation (lots of pinching & zooming) because they do not utilize any direct code for "smart" devices.  They require internet access and have significantly slower operation speeds because they depend on the quality of the cell signal or WIFI to which a user is connected.  Web apps commonly come along as an "added feature" to a website or software service (i.e. LMS, grade book, scheduling software, etc.).  Web apps tend to be clunky and frustrating for users, leading to very limited use of the "app". 

#1 - Is your audience more likely to use an app or a website every day?

Our team is a professional mix of educators, coaches, parents, & software engineers.  This ensures that every app we build is exceptionally practical, powerful, & relevant to your Academics and/or Athletics.  Nothing is more important than parents, students, & educators effectively communicating EVERY DAY!  Check out Our Story

#2 - What's the difference between NATIVE app vs. WEBSITE app?

Native Apps have code written specifically for mobile devices and can work without internet connectivity.  They work much faster, are much more intuitive, and take full advantage of your device features (i.e. Notifications, GPS, etc.).  Native apps are common in the business sector because of their quality, speed, and versatility.  
Native apps are highly used and boast the best user experience in the app industry.

Website Apps are not true apps, but rather mobile websites that mirror a desktop website on a device.  They run by a web browser on your device (that wheel you see turning) and come with limited phone and tablet navigation (lots of pinching & zooming) because they do not utilize any direct code for "smart" devices.  They require internet access and have significantly slower operation speeds because they depend on the quality of the cell signal or WIFI to which a user is connected.  Web apps commonly come along as an "added feature" to a website or software service (i.e. LMS, grade book, scheduling software, etc.).  
Web apps tend to be clunky and frustrating for users, leading to very limited use of the "app". 

#3 - How fast can I get the info I'm looking for?

#4 - Is this a tool our families and fans will use every day?

Well, that depends on how easy your app is to use!  
         Clunky app = NO!  
         Clean, fast, easy app = YES!
Whenever possible, we integrate with your existing information sources so there is NO EXTRA WORK for schools!  Your app is custom built and comes with our exclusive data input tool to make content management even easier.  We make sure you are knowledgable and comfortable with the app, check in regularly, and even help promote your new app to your school community ... all completely free of charge!

"2 Clicks or Less"

BE DIFFERENT!  We're much more than just a mobile website...

Don't just settle for a mobile version of your website or a limited app that comes along with your website or LMS software!  Our powerfully integrated, industrial quality native apps are comprehensive and specifically designed to be used by your school and athletics program all day, every day.  Your School Courier app is custom built using native iOS and Android code, making it uniquely clean, exceptionally fast, & incredibly easy to use!  Check out the KEY FEATURES of our ACADEMICS or ATHLETICS apps!

For Educators, By Educators

Our team is a professional mix of educators, coaches, parents, & software engineers.  This ensures that every app we build is exceptionally practical, powerful, & relevant to your Academics and/or Athletics.  Nothing is more important than parents, students, & educators effectively communicating EVERY DAY!  Check out Our Story

We make it EASY from Start to Finish = NO EXTRA WORK!

Creative FUNDING Solutions

YES - you read that correctly!

Quality has a price.  That's why we offer creative options to ensure any progressive district & athletic department can utilize our powerful apps to significantly improve their communication.  

High Usage Rates

School Courier apps are heavily used because they are exceptionally powerful and extremely easy to navigate.  Our apps are used all day, every day by 1st graders to grandparents!  What if you could easily reach that many people in your school? 
Nothing is more important than a fast & easy user experience!  We take great pride in getting you to the information you need in "2 Clicks or Less".  If your current primary information source is clunky, there is a good chance it is not being used.  Take our 2-Click Challenge to see how fast you can find your daily information in one of our apps!

What People Say

"Our Bloomington South Athletics app gets used by our parents, grandparents, students, & fans every day!"
 

- Mark Fletcher, Principal