An Expert’s Guide to Building a Great App

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  • 1. Register 4 Step Framework Ready-Made Apps Build Custom Apps About AppHappening Blog & App News Your online home for the latest app news Search Blog An Expert’s Guide To Building A Great App AUTHOR By Simon Anquetil - January 30, 2014 Simon Anquetil Tags: app development, creating an app, how to build an app Simon's career has seen him work side-byside with some of the world's biggest and I frequently get asked the question “I have a great app idea – but now what do I do?” As a most exciting brands. He has managed IT result, I have compiled a list of 6 steps that seta out the process of bringing your app idea to life: infrastructure and applications for companies- both large and small. Simon is 1. now a Consultant specialising in Protect your Big Idea Leadership and Innovation, and often This can be as simple as writing the idea down and emailing it to yourself as a record of the See more articles from this author speaks and lectures at industry events. thought process and steps you have taken. If you have made some notes, or done any research, scan those notes in and save them somewhere. For more information on this step, please refer to this article: http://blog.apphappening.com/protect-big-idea/ RELATED ARTICLES Building Your App Is Like Building ... 2. Research your market Here’s Why You Need To Do Mar ... Do a quick search in the Apple AppStore (https://itunes.apple.com/au/genre/ios/id36?mt=8) and in Apps for Achieving Your New Year’ ... Google Play (http://play.google.com) to see if anything similar exists. Not only will this let you know how unique Shipping Apps for Small Businesses your idea is, but it will let you see if other ideas out there include or exclude certain features that would be good to Show more include your app. Further, by seeing how many downloads the other apps have had, you can start to gauge the size of your market and potential number of users. This is a great place to start CATEGORIES Apps & Market Trends (49) to see just how big your idea can be. Latest App Technologies (39) 3. Validate your users/customers Business & Enterprise (39) Who is going to use your App? Once you know the answer to this question, you need to contact them and ask them whether they would use an app like yours if it were available. (Protect the conversation with a Confidentiality Agreement if you are concerned about the safety of your idea). Sparking up a discussion with your users will do the following things: Show more TAGS android (14) a) Give you an idea of the cost they may be willing to pay (if anything) c) Give you a chance to get some extra ideas from the very people who you expect to use app (6) app developers (6) Confirm that people will use your app if its available b) Great App Ideas (34) app development (2) Show more
  • 2. c) Give you a chance to get some extra ideas from the very people who you expect to use the app. 4. Make a business, not just an app AUTHORS Jacquie Pirnie( 40 ) Simon Anquetil( 23 ) Fletcher Martin( 8 ) David Such( 1 ) So you have a great idea, and you want to make some money out of it. You now know that customers would use it, and you’ve determined if they would pay for it. Now’s the time to take this up a step and consider drafting a Business Model Canvas. What is a “Business Model Show more Canvas?” This link (http://www.businessmodelgeneration.com/canvas) will answer that question in detail. Essentially, a BMC is the format of choice to help you get your technology business off the ground. Where Savvy Businesses Hire 5. Write a good brief for designers and developers AppGeniuses Take the time to thoroughly explain what you want your app to do and how you want it to look. Retail #apps are the next best thing to By combining some of the work you’ve already done in being in the store: http://t.co/FzoVJousf7 Step 1 above, with some examples of similar apps for Step #startup #entrepreneur #business 2, you will be able to build a framework for how your app #ecommerce should look and feel. This is very important information about 9 minutes ago from HootSuite when you go looking for a development partner to work with. They cannot read your mind! So giving as much What You Need To Know About Security for detail in possible will mean that you have a smooth Your Business App http://t.co/yeftmUh35U working relationship, where your expectations are aligned. about 13 minutes ago from NetworkedBlogs You can’t determine a cost to build you app without a detailed brief. For some examples of what NOT to do click here: (http://www.boredpanda.com/sharp-suits-worst-clientcomment-posters/) and for examples of what you SHOULD do, click here: (https://www.apphappening.com/ah/appbuildingguides) Another tip for writing a knockout brief is to include a “wireframe.” Here is an online definition of a wireframe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Website_wireframe), and I recommend tools like www.iplotz.com to help draw them quickly and easily. Some other available tools are listed here: (http://www.smashingapps.com/2013/11/19/11-tools-for-wireframing-of-mobile-apps.html) 6. Choose your partners carefully I covered this in some detail in this article: (http://blog.apphappening.com/pick-best-teamproject/) but basically you will need to make some decisions around who will actually design, build and support your application. There are some great marketplaces around that help you find app developers online, along with local application development studios in most major cities. Pay special attention to: a) The team’s past work b) Current, active clients who will provide references c) The team’s responsiveness to your questions and alignment of your vision for the app and the business model Some of these tasks are more difficult than others, so – as always – I recommend you seek good advice from professionals. Over at AppHappening.com, our service gives you an hour of free consultancy to all registered members.There are other experts available, through services like http://clarity.fm who will also help you with the process. The process of creating an app idea, and indeed a whole business to go with it, is intricate but exciting. Following these steps should see you well on your way to developing something great! Wishing you every success on this fulfilling journey. .@RyanBiddulph Thanks so much for sharing our tweet, Ryan! about 3 hours ago from web in reply to RyanBiddulph Follow @apphappening 3,448 followers
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