Why do you want to build a mobile app?
Do you want to ride the wave of other entrepreneurs, or did you come across a problem that you feel you can resolve?
The answer to this question will determine whether your app will be successful or not.
A couple of weeks ago one of our customers asked us “How much does it cost to build a killer app?“
What we told was:
“Asking how much it costs to build a killer app is like asking how much does it costs to build a house.
Before someone can give you a good answer, they’ll have to know what kind of house you want to build and who you want to build it.
Who is your architect and how will he or she design it?
Will it be a typical home or will it have solar panels, talking refrigerators, and other super cool state-of-the-art features of a smart home?
All of these questions are going to factor into how much it will cost to build that house.
The same is true when it comes at: How Much Does It Cost To Build A Killer App? OR How to build a Mobile App?”
Step 1: Research for an idea or a problem.
Look for problems in your daily life and list each one of them.
Once you have an exhaustive list, then start to think on how you can resolve them and shortlist the ones that make most sense.
Step 2: What’s the need.
Use Google Keyword Planner to look for the number of people who are trying to seek for what you are trying to do.
You could also build a landing page that broadly highlights your app idea and seek user interest through an email signup.
Step 3: Decide on a platform.
Each mobile application has its own language called application programming interface or API.
Step 4: Note down the flow and features
When putting your idea down on paper, remember to be as detailed as possible.
Include the flow of how the user will navigate the app as well as all the features envisioned.
This will help your developer to clearly understand your expectations.
Step 5: Remove non-core features.
Offer only the core value of your app idea.
Do not build features in the first version that are “nice to have” and can always be added later as an update.
Step 6: Put design first.
Design is not just about how your app looks, but it’s about how a user will experience the app.
So look for a developer who puts design (user experience and graphics) first.
Step 7: Hire the best designer/developer.
Look for a development company that has great design talent and a solid development team.
If you really liked an app they created from their portfolio, chances are, they could be the right one for your product.
Step 8: Launch & Tell.
Upload your app to the platforms website and wait for the app to be approved and if you have hired the mobile app developer then just sit and relax.
Step 9: Remember analytics.
Analytics help you track downloads, user engagement and retention for your mobile app.
Make sure you use tools such as Flurry, which is available for free, and Localytics, that has a free and paid version.
Step 10: Welcome the feedback asap.
Once your app goes live on the app store enhancements and changes are constant, so keep an eye on user feedback and keep building.
Step 11: Introduce features.
You built version one with limited features and only the core offering.
Now is the time to evaluate and introduce the remaining features that were left out in the initial version.