Do you want to build a mobile app and make money from that? Here is a guide to get you through all the steps, need to follow while making a mobile app. But note, it may not work for everyone. Select from it what suits your strategy best, or follow it to the end. The main part is to get started.
Step 1: Get an idea or a problem.
If you already have an idea about what app you want to develop, move onto step two. And if not, read on. Everyone have certain problems in their lives whether big or small. When you look around you, each and every product and service you use, all are created to solve a problem. When you wanted to get from one place to another, you got a car. And when you wanted to get from one country to another, you got planes.
So observe all the problems in your daily life and list each one of them. Once you have an in-depth list, and then start to think on how you can implement them and shortlist the ones that is most useful.
Step 2: Identify the need.
Verification will prove that a demand exists for your app. You can prove your idea by using the Google Keyword Planner tool to look for the number of people seeking out what you’re trying to build. You could also build a landing page that widely highlights your app idea and seek user interest through a simple email signup.
Step 3: Lay out the flow and features.
Verification of your app idea means that you’ve got something that people are looking for. Now is the time to make complete detail of your product onto a document, or if you want to go to the extra mile, use a wire framing tool.
When putting your idea down on any document, remember to be as detailed as possible. List the complete flow of how the user will navigate the app as well as all the features conceive. This will help your developer to precisely understand your expectations.
Step 4: Remove non-core features.
Using the flow and features document you prepared, start looking precisely at features that you can remove. Include only the core value of your app idea. Never add all the features in the first version of your app that are “great to have” and can always be included later in a new version of your app. This will help keep the initial costs of development low and also help you get to market faster.
Step 5: Put design first.
I have heard many people saying they want a very common and basic design and want to concentrate on just building an app. They all are so wrong! Design is not just about how your app looks, but it’s about how a user will use the app depending upon his or her requirements. So look for a developer who adds design (user experience and graphics) first.
Step 6: Hire a designer/developer.
Search for a development company that has great design talent and an expert developers. While hiring a developer, go online to check on their score and the apps that they have built. If you really liked an app they created from their portfolio, chances are, and they could be the good one for your product.
Step 7: Create developer accounts.
Register for a developer account first with the respective app stores to be able to sell your app using their platform. Google’s Android charges $25 a year and Apple charges $99 annually. You have the choice of registering as a company or as an individual, if you already have one formed.
Step 8: Integrate analytics.
Analytics help you check downloads; user engagement and retention for your mobile app make sure you use tools such as Flurry, that is available for free, and Localytics, which has a free and paid version.
Step 9: Get feedback quickly and improvise.
When your app goes live on the app store, the first group of customers’ usage and behavior will give you the insight into how to improve and enhance your app. Improvements and changes are constant, so keep an eye on user responses and feedback to keep building.
Step 10: Introduce features.
You have build app version with limited offering and only the core features. Now is the time to add up and introduce the remaining features that were left out in the initial version. You can track through analytics and feedback whether the features are relevant anymore or not.
These steps are not sacrosanct, but rather a guideline to building your app in the most effective manner based on our experience. Once you’re ready to start, you must also know that building a mobile app is the easiest part. But challenge is to get customers for your app.