If you are not a developer, building a mobile application is likely to take several months and could cost a lot. Designing your app is yet another significant factor responsible for success of an app in the market. An app developer should concentrate on the UI design, multi-touch gestures for touch –enabled devices and consider platform design standards as well. As the owner of a start-up and mobile app company app instruct the following eight steps to follow;
1) Research the market
The first and mostly important thing you need to do before you get started is to do a research of your idea. Therefore, this stage does not cost much and you can do most of it of yourself. Start by searching the app stores and look for competing products.
2) Talk to potential customers
Talk or ask friends and family about their views on your idea for their honest feedback. If you plan to sell your app, ask them if it is something they would be willing to pay for and if so, how much they are willing to pay for, whether they would make in app purchases, the similar products they use and also would they be willing to switch anyway.
3) Consider your business model
This help to determine whether your business will make money. This is where a higher percentage of your revenues should be earned in the app stores comes through in-app purchases. To achieve this, there are several considerations which should be considered such as; does your app fit into this model and how, whether you will charge people to download your app, will it is free but still have advertising. If this happens, you will probably need to raise several rounds of venture capital like snapchat, pinterest.
4) Define your value proposition
This step help to define if your app is unique and what does it offers. Therefore, the simpler it is to explain, the easier it will be for your audience to understand it. The more unique it is, the more likely the customers will seek it out after you launch.
5) Assemble your team
This is where you should find a talented designer by reviewing portfolios and looking for the previous work that is visual fit with what you are trying to achieve. And therefore, design is more complex than looking of the app. Take time to download and try out apps your potential designers have built.
6) Set a budget
Make sure you have a realistic and manageable budget with room to spare. It is a good idea to allocate as much as 30% of the total for it to be contingent. You will also need to set aside money to work on iterations of your app.
7) Market your app
Once you have the right app for your target market, you should the word out about it, because the app stores have almost twice as many as apps today as they did ago.
8) Keep innovating
Since no app is ever complete, listen to your users and find out what they are asking for. Therefore keep running wish list of features you can build when you have time.…