Anyone who is building their first app might have a lot of questions in their mind. Questions like, Will it ever work? Am I making a huge mistake? How do I make this? Will anyone care about the app? It is common to have such questions when you’re building your first app.
You don’t have to be a developer to build an app. You can build an app even if you don’t have any technical background. But what you need is Determination, Courage and Resolve.
It might take longer than expected, but you can still do it. With the help of this article you can build an app too.
#1. Get your ideas down on paper.
The first step is to put the idea that you have on paper. You don’t necessarily have to make a completely new app. You can take an existing idea and improve upon it. Research and look for popular categories on which you can put your own fresh spin on. Your initial work is to getting your ideas validated and putting it on paper.
Consider these questions as you to get started, and make multiple drafts of your idea as you refine it:
How is your idea unique?
Who is your target audience?
What are your business objectives?
How is the app going to be marketed and promoted?
What will it cost to make the first version of your app?
It is important to create a visual of your idea. Try to understand the story you want to tell by sketching a rough draft of your app.
Simply talking to people will help you develop the idea. Starting a dialogue with your friends and will help you collect feedback from them.
If you have enough money you can hire an agency to get started faster.
#2. Don’t keep it locked in
Because of the fear of rejection and not feeling ready yet, you keep your ideas locked in. Execution is hard so we keep giving excuses which stop us from executing. So you should stop giving excuses and execute; tell everyone. And remember this is a collaborative process.
Before anyone starts writing any codes for your app you should remember the most important thing – Communication with your key target audience. It is important to stay connected with your key demographics throughout the entire process.
You should share your ideas with your family, friends, and most importantly with people who help your target market. You should also share your ideas with people who fit your target demographic.
Gather as much feedback as you can. Conducting survey is an easy way to gather feedback. Do your research and make necessary adjustments
#3. Don’t skip anything
Don’t skip anything, even the boring things.You should get your ideas organized. Begin writing your brief, and while you’re writing your brief be more specific.
Here are few questions that you should begin with:
What is the purpose of this app? What will it do?
What content should be added in the app?
What are the key features to be included in the app?
Do you have a wireframe or a specific design?
What type of device or platform will you build first? You should start with whatever your audience use the most.
Will the app be vertical or horizontal?
Will the app need internet to work?
Do you plan to make money with this app? If yes then how will you achieve it?
For an app the design and User Experience is important. While designing it you should decide how the app should feel and how easy it is to navigate the app.
#4. Finding the right developer
You must find the right developer, someone who can commit to the project. This is especially important if you’re a non technical founder. A technical adviser or a consultant will benefit you if you are a non technical founder.
You should search everywhere for a developer. You can even choose someone you know to work with you. See if they are interested in partnering with you. LinkedIn is a good place where you can search for a developer.
If you are hiring an engineer make sure they are good communicators so they can explain the technical things to you.
Remember that strong team is a crucial element when you’re building an app. MAke sure you find partners with the right skills.
There are more skills that you have to consider while building an app like, Graphic designing, Copywriting, Marketing, PR, Customer Service, and more.
Minimum viable product (MVP) is the first is the first version of your app, which includes only the main features, features that users must have to use the app. This is also called the alpha stage of the app. Functionality and user experience should be your focus.
Do an early testing of the app. It can teach you a lot.
Remember that your first version of your app won’t be perfect. But it should be enough to pass the internal Quality Assurance (QA) test. Make sure it has baseline functionality before you share it with external users.
Your app might not work for someone else even if it works in your phone. That why internal QA test is very important. But sadly most app developers overlook it until there’s a problem. Test your device across variety of devices.
After building your app and testing it, it is officially ready to be released into the marketplace. Keep updating it, there will always be something to update.
#6. PR and Community building
It is advisable to invest in PR and Community building 3-6 months before the launch of your app. There might a platform for your specific approach depending on your industry. So find the social media platform that fits your objectives and connect with your audience. Research about your audience, in which social media platform they spend their time in. Nowadays you can’t just put your app in the market. You have to plan properly.
Find people with the same target and build partnerships with them.
Build communities by meeting users in person.
#7. Engage with your customers
Engage and collect feedbacks from your customers. Your app will be successful if you stay connected with the community. As the community grows invest in customer service.
You want your community to know that a person a listening, so even if there are softwares with automated options for growing communities, personal touch is important.
You will make improvements and updates to your app as you keep collecting feedback and analyse user data.