In today’s era, mobile apps are an essential requirement for businesses. Although websites were the in thing a few years back, they no longer rule the roost in the world of an increasingly huge number of smartphone users who prefer apps more than anything else.
According to a report by Nielsen, consumers spend 63% more time on apps in today’s times than they did in the last two years. With millions of apps being released every single day, there is an app for every purpose and everyone.
Many folks think that building apps is a technical process, and therefore it is impossible for them to create one of their own. However, the truth is entirely different, with the right tools and methods, you too can become a proud app owner.
- Write Down Your Goal
Defining your goal is a crucial step in ensuring the future of your apps. What do you want your future app to do? Will it be a game? Or will it be that much-needed grocery automation app that your grandmother badly needs? In short, do you expect the app to solve a pressing issue, or just be another entertainment app.
- Sketch Out Everything On Paper
When you sketch out your apps potential design, you are laying down a firm foundation for the design and interface that you want your app to have. This visual layout will also give you a better understanding of the design process which you can easily communicate to your designer( if you’re hiring one).
Nothing can beat effective and well-done research. By conducting an effective research survey, you will be able to gauge the effectiveness of your future app, you will get to know whether your idea clicks well with the people or whether they seem disinterested in it. Either way, you will know which app to create based on user interest, this will save you unnecessary loss in the long run since you will be building apps that people will be interested to use.
While doing research, find out the answers to these four questions:
- Are there other apps doing exactly what you want your app to do?
- Which design do users prefer most? Can you emulate the same design in your app?
- What technical requirements will your app need?
- How about the market and monetization? What is the procedure for it?
The above are just a few of the key questions that you should be able to get comprehensive answers to while conducting a market research.
More importantly, you should also get an expert opinion about your app from old players in the field.
- Hire a designer and a developer
Now that you have a clearer picture of what kind of app you want, now get your hands dirty and begin the actual work of designing and developing the app. You will have to hand over the design and development work to a professional.
Both a mobile app development company and a freelancer are options you can go for, however, stick to the ones who have a good portfolio.
- Test and release your app
Test your app relentlessly to ensure that there are no bugs, and it works flawlessly, when satisfied that the app is bug free, you can then release it in the intended app stores. You will have to ensure beforehand that the meets the specific requirements of intended app stores since each differ.
- Market Your App
How will people know that your app is available unless you spread the news about it? Use different marketing tactics to market your app including paid advertising, and advisement through networking events is the key to building a large user base.
The above six tips are the major factors that you should consider when venturing into the app business.