With increasing business opportunities due to increase mobile usage, mobile app development is something every entrepreneur wants to adopt to boost sales. However, having an iOS or Android app has its own challenges. More and more businesses have keen interest in getting an app developed to reach out to their customers. Before building an app, answer these top 10 questions, so that you can head in the right direction.
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8 Critical Questions Startups Need to Have
Answered Before Making an App
After years of building mobile apps for startups we came to a
realization: they always seem to ask us the same questions, no
matter their size. These questions result from the modern issues
these entrepreneurs face, so we do our best to guide them to an
answer. Here’s our top 8 list, and our answer for each.
How Can I Maximize my App’s Chances of Success?
Building an app isn’t easy, and succeeding with one is even harder. Going through
fundraising to build the app, finding the right app building team, there’s a lot to keep
track of. What we find is that founders all too often forget - apps need to be treated
like a complete business. They require marketing, a good customer experience,
reporting on KPI’s, and so on.
While considering these factors, our number one recommendation for founders
looking to build an app is to stay side-by-side with your users. Never take a step back
to prioritize fancy features rather than their experience –because that’s the one
thing that will make or break your app. The real challenge is to remember this tip 2,
3, 5 years down to road.
How Will I Raise Money to build My App?
Startups looking to build an app mostly rely on investors to push their idea into
reality. But getting investors to actually invest requires a perfected pitch. Several
sentences with your app purpose and its value are good enough, but you’re also
going to need basic marketing assets ready to go like a logo and email address.
Investors often want to learn more, so setting up a landing page for you brand
should be considered.
If you are also willing to contribute your own pocket change to the app, you can
mention that in your pitch to showcase your commitment. It’s also not uncommon
for the first round of fund raising to be through personal network sources like family
or close friends.
What Are Other People in My Niche/Industry
Doing with Their Apps?
A quick look at the app store to see if there’s anything identical to your app idea isn’t
market research. Investors find this important too. You can get valuable insights
about your competitors when you do thorough market research, like:
1.Avoiding mistakes competitors made
2.Finding the strengths and weaknesses of their app
3.Gleaning useful feedback from reviews for similar apps
Should I Build for iOS or Android First?
It can be hard to know if you should build for iOS first or for Android, so we wrote a
piece on it. Typically, going iOS first is the best choice for companies that want to
directly face the consumer. And iOS users overwhelmingly spend more on average
per app than those on Android. Additionally, the demographics for iOS users
matches what most startups aim for in their users to get that early growth.
If your app targets the demographics of Android users or you can’t justify in-app
purchases, building for Android first could be for you. There are also certain features
only available on Android that may be relevant to your desired app.
How Do I Make Sure No One Steals My Ideas?
Great ideas have been stolen before, but there are ways to make sure it doesn’t
happen to you while also being able to work closely with a developer. We completely
understand if you’re worried about your about your idea being stolen, even from a
developer. So we recommend signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement with any and all
you work with, just do it afteryou’ve communicated the pivotal, non-proprietary
details about your app’s design.
Signing a NDA keeps you safe, but can inhibit communication so this tends to work
best. It works so well because we can make sure you can guide the production of
your app accurately from square one while still being able to keep your idea safe.
How Can I Tell How Much is My App Idea is Going
The cost of your app is influenced most by (a) your app's features, (b) the platforms
you publish your app and (c) the quality of developer you choose. Some of the
biggest app development companies charge all the way up to a million dollars to
build an app, and their pricing reflects the perceived value of their brand.
Companies that do development like Digital Success Agency are able to offer high
quality and budget feasible solutions because we keep and retain top talent for long
periods. Offshoring may appear cheaper from the get-go, but with the quality risks
and other sacrifices it may end up costing more in the long run.
How Long do I Need to Wait for My App to be
Using efficient development processes, apps around here usually take 3-6 months to
completely roll out. This time estimation includes ideation to bug testing to
But that time estimation completely depends on the team you’re using to build your
app. If they use the most recent agile development practices, it will be on the shorter
end of the spectrum. But it can also be on the shorter end of the spectrum if the
team you’re using doesn’t sweat the details and produces a low quality app – so you
need to be careful when choosing your partner.
Should I Consistently Update My App?
Many founders forget their work has only begun after their app has been produced.
Finding the flaws and sending out updates is critical to growing your user base. Also,
a huge benefit of sending out updates is that it generates excitement! Who doesn’t
love seeing their favorite app getting better?
Generally, top of the line apps roll out, at the very least, one update a month. How
much time and money to funnel into updating your app should of course be decided
by your budget, user reviews, and business plan. You might also want to stay on top
of updating your app when big iOS or Android updates are released, so you can ride
that hype wave.
How well you answer these questions and the time you spend thinking about them
will directly influence your app’s success with users. Even after the initial hype dies
down, your app will continue to be influenced by the answers you gave to these
questions. If you think we missed a major question, let us know here.
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