Building an App: Where to Start?
Why building an app? Do you want to take advantage of the wave of other entrepreneurs, or do you find problems that you think can be solved? The answer to this question will determine whether you need an app.
This is a guide to get you started. It is based on our experience working with entrepreneurs for more than ten years to help them create and market their mobile applications. Get the advice that best fits your strategy. The important thing is to start.
Get an Idea
If you already have an app idea, go to the second step. If not, please continue reading. Want to create an app, but you have no idea? What you really need is the problem, they're everywhere!
Successful business owners solve problems in ways we can not imagine. When you look around, all the products and services that you use are created to solve the problem.
So, look for problems in everyday life and list each one. Once you have an exhaustive list, start thinking about how to correct them and list the most meaningful ones.
Identify the Requirements
Verification will prove that your application has requirements. You can use Google Keyword Planner to confirm your thoughts and figure out how many people you're trying to reach. You can also build a landing page that broadly highlights your app ideas and subscribes to the email for user interest.
Organize the Process and Functionality
Verifying your app idea means you have something people want to use. It's time to present your product in the documentation or, if you want to work more, use the wireframe tool.
When writing your thoughts on paper, remember to be as detailed as possible. It includes how the user views the app and all expected features. This will help your developers clearly understand your expectations.
Remove Nonessential Features
Begin with the documentation of processes and functions that you have prepared and closely examine the features that can be removed. Please provide only the main value of your app idea. Do not build all the features in the first release, and you can add them as updates later. This will help reduce the initial cost of building an app and help you get to the market faster.
Place the Drawing First
Many business owners say they want a very basic project and want to focus on building an application. They are wrong! The design is not just about the look, but about how users will experience your product. So, look for a contractor who puts the design (experience and graphics) first.
Hire a Designer / Developer
Look for a development company with excellent design talent and a solid development team like ours. When hiring developers, check their credibility online and the products they create. If you really like the apps they built, they are likely to be the right partner for your project.
Integrate the Analysis
Google Analytics helps you track downloads, user engagement, and retention rates for mobile apps. Be sure to use free and free versions of Flurry (free) and tools like Localytics.
Get Feedback Quickly and Improvise
When your app is online, the behavior of the first set of customers will provide information on how to improve your app. Improvements and changes are constant, so keep an eye on feedback and keep building.
Expand the Functionality
The first version you built has limited functionality, just the main product. It's time to evaluate and introduce the remaining resources missing from the initial release. You will know through analysis and feedback if these resources are relevant.
These steps are not a must, but a guide to building apps most efficiently based on our experience. When you're ready to get started, you should also know that building mobile apps is the easy part. Attracting customers is the challenge. Contact us to discuss your project and ask questions.