5 Things You Must Know Before Developing Your Mobile App

Are you interested in developing an app for your business but feeling confused because you don’t know what to do? No need to worry because we are here for you. We have made the list of the five important steps you will need to take when it comes to making your new app through either an app development agency, or yourself.

1. Research
It is important to know what is out there. Take your phone and download and play with many apps that have a similar idea as yours. This will help you know what can be done and what others have done. Talking to a professional will help you know if the idea you have is technically feasible. The time you invest in researching is going to pay you back many times over.

Your target audience is very important. You cannot build a strong user base when you don’t even know who you are targeting. The success of your business is going to depend on how fast you can build a strong user base.

2. Android or iOS or Both
If you don’t have a big budget but want to enter the market fast and validate your idea, you should try seeing which mobile app is going to work, iOS, Android, or both. If you reach this point and still not sure, consider going to the first step and doing a little more research. One of the most important decisions you are going to make is the platform to use. The biggest mistake you can make is assuming the platform your user base uses.

3. Time and Resources
It is a good idea to announce your launch date ahead because it creates a buzz that will make people feel excited.
For you to do this, it is important to know the time frame to scope, design, develop, and test the app. This is why you need to talk with your technical teams and developers. You will have an easier time guiding the entire project and allocating the appropriate due dates to the different stages of development, such as;

Scoping the required functionalities
Wireframe
Designing the app
Developing the app
Testing it out
Publishing the app

4. Maintenance, Privacy and Security
There will be ongoing maintenance costs when you publish an app, and this applies to every app, no matter who built it. After launching the app, you will need to create new content, track the performance, and let your users know what is new. If you rely on a server to store information such a payment history or user records, you will need to pay to manage that information. Maintenance of the app is very important or you might end up becoming a one-trick pony.

5. Business model and Monetisation
An app can be important for the business and its bottom line because it can play different roles. The obvious one is generating revenue directly from the app. Other roles that the app can serve include being a resource for the audience, assisting other phases of the sales funnel, or increasing the brand’s reach.

There are benefits and disadvantages just like most choices you have to make. You can still change your mind later, but it might be a better approach to establish the choice on a solid understanding. From there on, mobile app development is going to be steered in a way that it aligns with the goals of your business.