Looking at the scenario, everyone is into developing a mobile app. But have you give it a thought that why you want to develop a mobile app? Or you are just following the crowd. The answer will define the success of the app.
People are excited to build their first mobile app. But it’s not an easy task. You should have a clear guideline of the process of development. If you are developing the app for the first time you should follow basic steps. It starts with defining the goal to marketing the app and getting feedback from the users.
Before you hit the ground and starts commencing your goal, here are some tips and tricks to accomplish it!!!
1. What matters is Idea
A good idea will take you to a much better way. Everything starts with an idea only. Learn to note down inspiring ideas and keep them handy all the time. Look for daily life problems and accordingly arise an idea to work upon.
Successful entrepreneurs believe that there is no better way than noting down your ideas to work for your goal. Ideas may be simple, complicated or trivial but will definitely show you the best approach.
Look for the problems in daily life if you have no idea for the developing an app. Observation will give you idea to solve the problems, because problems are everywhere. Shortlist the problems and select the one, whose execution is possible for you.
2. Identify the Need and get inspiration from Successful Apps
Validation will prove that a demand exists for your app. You can validate your idea by using the Google Keyword Planner tool to look for the number of people seeking out what you’re trying to do.
You could also build a landing page that broadly highlights your app idea and seek user interest through an email signup.
Sometimes it is important to know about on-going trends and to be guided by it. For your first mobile app, it may be wise to stay on the safe track and hence get inspired by the successful apps and know and explore the market in a well manner.
3. Do the Research Work and Lay out the Flow and Features
You might not know from where to start and what to start. Don’t get panic rather try to find out the solutions and hence lay out them in the form of flows and features.
There are plenty of resources on the Internet like free how-to guides, websites, video tutorials, and information from forums and blogs. All you need to do is research.
Search for the ideas of the features you want to put in your app. Analyze the successful apps and how they have set up their app. It doesn’t mean that you have to copy their ideas; you’ll have your own vision and set of ideas. But by doing research you’ll get a clear idea where you want to take your app.
While putting your ideas down, 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.
4. Develop your Design and Hire a Designer/ Developer
After the above steps, proceed with designing and decide how the user will experience the app. Go with the basic design and make sure that your technology is useful enough. After reading and researching, draft a design which can clearly convey about the app’s look, graphic and design.
Go through some well-known easy software and tools or free programming software and get comfortable in designing. Afterwards, look for an app development company, that’ll help you to implement your idea. It’s quite difficult to select the right app development firm as there are number of emerging app development agencies are taking place.
Choose the developers carefully. Convey the message of your idea of app development exactly. Ask them the time they require to develop the app so that you can plan accordingly.
5. Find Programmers and start coding
Being a developer does not confirm you as a programmer. Some developers are their self the programmers and thus fix the amount to avoid delays, frustrations and added costs. And now let the coding begin there are three important steps being involved into these.
- Start with smaller tasks like design of an icon.
- Let the several ideas come out your programmer and hence judge his or her capabilities, speed and skill.
- And then the real work starts. Work with your programmer closely and set a deadline so that you can certainly go for app test version.
6. Test your App and submit it for Approval
Before launching, you need to test the app properly to confirm the functions and user experience. If you have an expert team to test the app then it’s cool, otherwise many people go for private Beta-testers. And you can also let your friends and family use this app and get feedback from them also. It will help you to find errors.
This is very important test because at the time of development you can confirm how exactly it will work. So once it is built, you can check the features, it will also help to identify bugs if there is any.
The reason of testing is you can make changes in the app before final launching. If the app is launched without testing, and there are bugs, and users are not satisfied, it can ruin the impression of your app. After launching you can make changes but if users are not satisfied in the first use, they’ll not bother afterward even if you put your 200%.
After testing period and all final changes, submit you app at app store for review and wait for its approval.
7. Market your App
Even after Testing, if you think your job is done, then wait, it’s not.
There is millions of app in app stores; people don’t even know how many app exist in app store. You need to let your users know that you’ve made a particular app.
To make an application to be successful, marketing the app properly is mandatory. There are marketing avenues that you can explore, one of which is social media. Plan some marketing strategies to ensure that the app will have an ample exposure and reach the target market.
Hence we studied how step by step we can make our first mobile app. Aforementioned guidelines will help you in effective manner to achieve your goal. These guidelines will ease your work of the mobile application development. Now it’s all about customers and users attraction in which real challenge lies.