Just like in the good old book, whoever desires an app desires a good thing. Today, apps provide solutions to most of our questions and worries. For example, you can communicate, get entertained, work out or even shop from the comfort of an app. In this article, we share with you five tips to successfully go about an app development idea.
Well, the idea of an app is a major step in the right direction. It not only allows you to funnel your audience/ customers into one platform but also improves the quality of your interactions. Before you begin developing an app, these tips are sure to give you a heads-up.
1. Choose the right platform.
You will need to conduct a survey to determine who and where your audiences are. This ensures you meet your targets by building an app that is compatible to their smartphone operating systems. Additionally, it ensures you spend just the right amount of money in the development stage.
By June of 2018, 80% of the total phones sold had an Android operating system with iOS accounting for 20%. It is vital then to consider your audience carefully before you settle on an Android, iOS, web or hybrid platform. This way, you get to decide on the coding software to be used in the app development.
2. Determine your users’ taste and preferences
Perhaps as a cardinal rule, you should find out what your users love and what they hate. Nothing sucks like a poorly developed app. However, when you decide to develop an app, ensure it adds value to the end-user. Make the app intuitive, interesting and interactive.
The app development process is a fairly involved task. You may want to take some considerable time monitoring your audience’s behavior, preferences, and needs. This knowledge helps you to develop an app around these questions with a view to solving them.
3. Keep it simple
The smartphones are everyone’ best friend. The app as well should be as simple as the smartphone itself. While you may want to show off the technical side of your business, try to keep the apps simple. This is why.
People love smartphones because they are easy to use. Complicated non-intuitive apps, therefore, come along as a kill-joy, an anti-climax. Users stop using them, uninstall them and replace them with more easy to use apps.
4. Make the App SEO & ASO friendly
There are about 8 million apps in the app stores. Out of these millions, only 2 % are successful, while the rest struggle to get attention. To navigate your way to the top apps, you need to develop the app in a manner that it is Search Engine Optimization (SEO) friendly and App Store Optimization friendly.
5. Compatibility with current OS
Assuming you have settled on a great developer for your web or mobile app, ensure you are aware of the OS improvements. This is because they have a great bearing on the overall performance of your app. An obsolete OS may make some features of your app become inaccessible to certain smartphones.
As a general rule of thumb, the app should have a single purpose. While you may want to develop a one-stop shop of an app, stick to one purpose. Having an app that has GPS navigation, sends messages, tracks spending and have a torch is fancy but untenable.
If you have the sensation and dream that you need an app, you definitely need one. This guide gives you some of the key considerations to make before you begin with the development phase. To become visible and successful in the crowded app industry, you will find this simple guide truly useful.