NEW DELHI: About 55% of millennials say a poor mobile app experience would make them less likely to use a company’s products or services, a new research from Oracle said.
According to the global report, ‘Millennials and mobility: how businesses can tap into the app generation;, 39% of millennials would also be less likely to recommend a company’s products or services to others following a poor app experience, and 27% admit it would even give them a negative view of that organization’s products or services altogether.
Seventy percent respondents in India rated poor performance or speed as a deterrent to using an app. While millennials around the world have each downloaded between 20-25 mobile apps on average, 40% of those in APAC have paid for as many as five of these, compared with roughly 25% of those in EMEA and North America.
If companies cannot provide current and prospective customers with engaging mobile app experience that also accurately reflects the values of their brand, they risk alienating the millennial generation and seeing their competition pull ahead with a more convincing mobile offering.
Suhas Uliyar, VP Mobile Strategy and Product Management at Oracle, said: “An engaging and personalized user experience has become the new weapon in the battle to attract and retain millennial customers. Businesses that cannot add value for customers with a more convenient, functional, and relevant mobile experience have little chance of coming out on top.”
The report also shows that millennials are turned off by unsolicited communications in the form of push-notifications that aren’t relevant to their individual needs, but are happy to receive support in the form of value-added communications from businesses.
Seventy-three percent like the ability to purchase a company’s product or service using a mobile app. Likewise, 71% like the ability to manage billing for services, and 65% like being able to flag issues or complaints to a business via a mobile app.
That said, more than half (56%) would prefer not to receive push-notifications. The same percentage rarely act on the push-notifications they do receive, even though nearly 50% admit these are personalized to them.
Uliyar added: “The ability to manage bills or flag service issues to a company via a mobile app implies an agreed-upon relationship between a customer and brand or service provider. The story is completely different in the case of push-notifications. Organizations will need to provide app-based services that deftly tread the line between helpfulness and overbearingness if they want to tap into young peoples’ affinity for using mobile and tablet apps without alienating them.”
A region-specific breakdown of the survey reveals that young people in APAC are miles ahead in their app use across the board, most notably so when it comes to apps for work and more “serious” functions.
Nearly three times as many millennials in APAC than in EMEA rate their work apps as absolute must-haves, with a similar ratio holding true for security apps. 70% rrespondents from India were more likely to consider security apps a “must-have” along with finance management (44%) and work (54%).
For millennials in APAC, mobile apps are not just “nice-to-haves”, they are necessary resources in their day-to-day lives. Young people in this region are constantly on the look-out for new innovative apps and, encouragingly for businesses, are willing to pay for applications that deliver a valuable experience
The study also said that while young people use tablets on a considerable scale, smartphones remain their device of choice for accessing mobile apps.