How to develop the mobile app. 8 steps.
If you’re thinking about “how I make an app,” then you came to the right place. We are ProArea digital agency that specializes in mobile/web development and UX/UI. And today, we prepared for you a guide on how to create an app from scratch. So, let’s move to our 8 steps of creating an app.
1. Provide a research
Well, before developing a mobile application, it is worth researching it. Read about the mobile application specifics and specifics of such a business to find out if this model will be good for you. Make sure to learn about programming languages for writing an app, their pros and cons, the differences between mobile and desktop apps, and, of course, define types of popular apps. Read about healthcare apps in our article. With this information gathered, you can evaluate the field and understand it. Moreover, you will be prepared to find the right idea and realistically formulate it.
2. Validate the ideas for an app
This step is basic. No idea – no app. That is why we made an article on this particular topic and recommend it for reading. Generally, to develop a good mobile app, you need to find the problem to solve and provide good research. Define the goal of your app. It is essential to understand the market you want to join, thus searching the trends, startups that are getting funded, and tops in the industry, their strategies. Therefore, the process of finding the right idea is not just about coming up with a cool app, and that’s it. It is about finding an application idea that will fit the market, your budget, and your values. Connect your found problems with deep research, and then determine your available resources to evaluate your information.
3. Find your Target Audience
After successful app idea validation, you must understand your target audience. Who are the people who will use your app? You cannot concentrate on everyone because your TA decides on the design, flow, and features specification. Moreover, it will influence your communication with the customers, which is marketing. Therefore, analyze your future users very deeply to understand every detail.
4. Prepare the best mobile app design
Visuals often decide whether the user downloads the app or not. However, User Experience (UX) design definitely decides if the user will stay and use the app often. That is why it is important to think out both your UX and UI designs in detail.
Firstly, consider features you want to include in your app, like a search engine and wish list in the e-commerce store or visual recognition of food and analysis of calories eaten in the wellness app.
Secondly, after a deep research on top mobile app design examples and getting familiar with tools for designs, like Figma and design trends, draft your vision of how you want to design a mobile app for the development team. Thereby, it will help you make a clear understanding of your design concept. You can also google some mobile app design templates for completing your vision.
5. Gather the app development team
There are three most common models of developing an app: outsource, outstaff and finding your own team. Let’s talk about each of them.
Outsource is a model where you find a company that realizes your idea at all stages of the development process. This is actually a very great way if this is your first mobile app or you need an app in the short term made by professionals. Moreover, it lets you find developers with experience in specific industry apps, like Healthcare or Fintech. What is also great is that you can clearly see the products of a team and evaluate their quality. Last but not least, with usually extensive experience, outsource developers can give you useful advice during the development or indicate the right direction.
Outstaff model is basically borrowing developers from outsourcing companies. It can be very useful when you already have some devs on your team but need to add some app creators or professionals to complete the process. Such added developers actually adapt very quickly to the team, as they have experience and can share their expertise.
Making your own team is a serious path that works when you want to make more than 1-2 apps or even make it your daily business. Therefore, it takes a lot of time and effort to select the right developers, set up all the processes, and manage it all mostly by yourself. However, it can give you your fruits pretty quickly.
When you decide which model you want to follow, it’s time to create a Minimum Valuable Product (MVP). Why it is needed? Because this is your way to avoid mistakes. Your product will never be perfect, you will always need to update it. Moreover, the code gets written by humans, which means it’s impossible to make it without bugs. Therefore, when you create an MVP, it allows you to test it, let users first try it, and receive feedback to improve or understand that your direction is right.
7. Test and improve
Testing is your way of improvement. Generally, a tester is a person who scrolls through your application and looks for mistakes. Therefore, this work is important. Moreover, when you publish your MVP on different app stores, you get the first users that can provide you with some feedback on different topics that you better take into consideration. Improve your app by correcting of mistakes provided by users and testers, but also don’t forget to analyze it by yourself and add something your heart feels right.
8. Set up marketing
Finally, after successful MVP and testing, you are ready to show your creation to the whole world. Marketing strategy is essential for letting customers know you exist. Therefore, this is not the thing you want to save money on. Brand identity, SMM, the right message for your audience, etc. All those things are essential for your user. Ensure to also provide an analysis of your key competitors to stay unique and check the keywords of all your text content. You can use the services of marketing agencies or hire a good marketer, but make a suitable strategy for your app promotion. This is the only way your product will find its user.
Well, here you go: those are the 8 steps to creating an app. Of course, you can have your own best way of developing an app and mix them as you wish. However, the development of an app consists of two key points: idea and development. So, if you want to get a consultation from experts with six-year of expertise in different industries, contact us. We will show you our cases and advise you on making your vision happen.
Created by Avgustyna Loiek