Leverage Ionic and Xamarin's Mobile App Capabilities to Extend Your eCommerce Reach
Five great ways to use Ionic and Xamarin to improve your customer's digital experience.
These days, no eCommerce site is truly complete without an accompanying mobile app. Today's consumers expect to be able to carry around their favorite online stores with them, so it is in eCommerce site owners' best interests to make such apps available. However, this typically entails extensive amounts of work, including the development of multiple sets of code. It also usually means engaging in a frustrating process of trial and error to deliver useful features and information directly from an eCommerce platform to a mobile app. Ionic and Xamarin are mobile app development tools that allow users to easily incorporate crucial eCommerce platform features into their mobile apps.
Cross-platform mobile apps are a must in today's world, where different mobile operating systems vie for people's attention. Developing an eCommerce mobile app that only works on Android, for instance, is woefully short-sighted. Xamarin and Ionic make it easy to develop cross-platform mobile apps. A single set of code is used to develop apps that work across all platforms. All that's left for developers to do is develop custom user interfaces for each, and that is the easy part.
Top Xamarin and Ionic Features to Include in Enterprise eCommerce
As easy as Ionic and Xamarin make it to develop cross-platform mobile apps that work well with eCommerce platforms, the type of platform that is used dictates how easy it will be to incorporate those features. Before delving into that, however, consider a few of the top features to incorporate into enterprise eCommerce:
Notifications: Developers and eCommerce site owners can save a lot of time--and stay on top of various tasks--by incorporating notifications into their mobile apps. Sales and inventory updates are particularly useful, and that's true not just for website owners but for consumers too. Xamarin and Ionic can be used to seamlessly integrate sales and inventory data from an eCommerce platform into a cross-platform mobile app. For site owners, this means always having crucial information right at hand. For consumers, it means being able to use a mobile shopping app with the knowledge that all inventory information that's being displayed is accurate. After all, nothing turns off a potential customer more than seeing conflicting information between an eCommerce site and its mobile app.
Apple Wallet: Apple Pay and Passbook are now grouped together in Apple Wallet, which allows smartphone users to store credit cards, concert tickets, loyalty cards and other information in their mobile devices. If a website owner wants to develop a mobile app, it makes sense for the eCommerce site to accept Apple Wallet. With Xamarin and Ionic, this is easy--especially if the eCommerce platform is designed to work with them too. By giving customers a fast, convenient way to pay, eCommerce site owners can increase sales and improve customer service in one fell swoop. It's also an excellent selling point that shows consumers that a company likes to stay on the edge of leading technologies.
Manage Inventory Information: A well-designed eCommerce mobile app lets a website owner manage inventory across multiple devices. For this to work properly, inventory data must reflect information from all platforms, including the eCommerce site and its associated apps. With this capability, a site owner can adjust inventory information while on the go and can be confident that the changes will be reflected across all platforms, which ensures a seamless experience for consumers as well.
Shipment Notifications: Customers don't want to have to log into a desktop website to retrieve shipping information. They also don't like having to jump through a bunch of hoops to access it on a mobile app. All too often, eCommerce apps merely provide links to shipping companies' websites, which forces users to navigate away. This is bad for business, but an eCommerce site owner can easily incorporate shipping information and notifications into their mobile app with Ionic and Xamarin. In addition to keeping customers informed, this feature helps to reduce customer service requests by allowing customers to access shipping information on their mobile devices.
Dashboard Views: Having access to easy-to-digest, at-a-glance information is a major plus for anyone who is running a successful eCommerce website. From sales statistics to website data, having everything laid out on the screen visually makes it easier to understand. Dashboard view capabilities from Ionic and Xamarin make this easy. Data is integrated seamlessly between an eCommerce platform and a mobile app, and the dashboard views are rendered automatically.
The Right eCommerce Platform
Even when relying on effective tools like Ionic and Xamarin, a web developer still has their work cut out for them if they are using an inefficient eCommerce platform. Custom-designed platforms have some advantages, but a huge drawback is finding ways to incorporate the most useful features from these tools into an eCommerce site and its accompanying apps. For this reason, it is crucial to select and work with the right eCommerce platform from the start. If this is not possible because a different platform is already being used, it is typically worth it to switch to one that works seamlessly with useful tools like these.
How Clarity Can Help
Bringing portability to a well-designed eCommerce site doesn't have to be difficult. By using Clarity eCommerce as the platform for your online store, you can take full advantage of the best features that are offered by Ionic and Xamarin. Clarity is fully compatible with these cross-platform mobile app development tools, allowing you to incorporate the features that you need quickly and efficiently. Your developers only need to develop a single set of code, which works for all platforms. From there, they can develop a separate UI for each app to ensure that all users can make the most out of their eCommerce shopping experiences. Clarity's skilled developers can assist you with making the most of these capabilities. Contact us now to schedule a consultation or for a free quote.