According to Statista, mobile apps will generate 935+ billion in revenue via paid downloads and in-app advertising by 2023. The past decade witnessed the rise of mobile app-driven businesses in industries as diverse as entertainment, health, productivity, education, shopping, and media.
Established businesses and emerging brands also acknowledge the potential of applications and are investing to make the most of the app rush.
While entrepreneurs across the globe are trying to take advantage of application tech, many of them still don’t know how to go about creating a profitable mobile app.
In this blog, Big Kitty Labs will share all the critical aspects of creating a successful mobile application. Read on to come across six critical stages of creating a highly functional and feature-rich mobile app!
Do a deep dive
Every business doesn’t need an app. Every startup idea is not suited for mobile tech. That’s why you need to think carefully before starting the work on the web or mobile application.
Here are a few questions to answer before investing your time and efforts in the app development process:
- What is the objective of your app?
- Who all makes the target audience?
- Do your existing customers need an app?
- Who are the biggest competitors?
- What will be the USP of the app?
- What much will the app cost in terms of time and money?
Answering these questions will help clarify your app requirements before dipping a toe into the vastly complex tech ocean.
While the earlier step was about answering questions on your own, this one involves gathering insights from customers and stakeholders; This will give insights into the potential demand, audience interest and also provide an opportunity to modify your app idea accordingly.
Here are the easiest ways to conduct market research with ease:
- Survey your existing customers
- Reach out to potential customers through call or email
- Schedule an online survey through social media
Scan your competitors’ apps and analyze them for strategic pointers. List all the critical features for future reference.
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Choose app tech
When we say ‘app,’ a lot of people think of a mobile application. However, a mobile app is not the only ‘app’ out there! These are the three popular options available to entrepreneurs, and they have to decide as per their app idea, business position, and of course, budget:
Native app: These are the most common type of apps built mainly for iOS and Android devices. Businesses and entrepreneurs invest in native apps because they have broader acceptance and mass appeal.
Web app: These applications use browser and cloud capabilities to deliver content and do not need to be downloaded from the app store. Built using modern development technologies, these apps are majorly designed for desktops.
Hybrid app: Somewhere between web and native app, these apps can work efficiently on multiple platforms. This application type needs only one code base and has access to the internal APIs of the device.
Progressive Web App is another type that’s gaining popularity for a couple of years now.
Hire a team
If market research gave a green signal and you have somewhat made up your mind about the technology, it’s time to figure out who will build the app for you (given you don’t know to code).
To be honest, finding a talented team of app developers that fits your budget and goals is challenging. Here are some developer hiring tips and hacks:
- Ask your friends and virtual network for referrals.
- Decide if you want to hire local or global (offshore developers are cheap).
- Search companies on Google and read app development case studies.
- Read company reviews before scheduling calls.
Discuss your app goals with a couple of seasoned developers to gather bonus app development insights.
Hire the team that makes the most sense!
Note: The below three steps will be majorly taken care of by your technology partner, but you must ask to be kept in the loop!
Start with wireframes
After finalizing your app development partner, it’s finally time to work on the app blueprint. Creating wireframes of different app processes will help get the app’s ‘first look’ and allow design refinement in the initial stages only.
For some teams, wireframes and sketches are an opportunity to move beyond the fundamental features and concerns of the app. This step will establish the groundwork to create a mobile application with a streamlined UX and capabilities.
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Design and code
The design greatly determines the success of an app. Don’t believe us? Well, studies have proven that almost 95% of the application’s first impression is made from its design.
After crafting a practical and engaging design for your application, you must also ensure that the programming leaves no scope for bugs, errors, and performance glitches.
Device compatibility is also a significant factor worth remembering while designing and coding the application.
Test it out
Hire the best app development team out there but technical issues will still appear. That’s why full-fledged processes and methodologies have been evolved for app and software testing.
The best app development teams conduct testing to identify usability, compatibility, security, and performance-related issues. Here are the popular types of mobile testing:
- App functionality
- Real environment condition testing
- Non-functional testing
For complex web applications, launching a beta version is highly recommended.
Concluding app development process
You must have noticed that the mobile app development process is quite comprehensive, but it’s rewarding as well if your technology partner executes it in the right manner.
This step-by-step app development guide will greatly help you create a stellar web or mobile application. However, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to app development. A lot depends on your budget, requirement, and app type.
Join hands with an experienced team of app developers to create an application that will mesmerize your target audience and generate profits.
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