An innovative app can expand your existing business or be the foundation of your startup. In this article, you’ll learn what steps to take to put it on the market quickly but reasonably so as not to waste its potential.
In this article, we will guide you on how to make the process most efficient, from polishing your vision and finding the best developers to creating the first version of your product.
Step 1: Polish Your Vision
While polishing your vision, try to present details of your app and your business goal. Elaborate on your vision and how this vision can be made into a tangible product.
- Does your idea solve a problem for a lot of people or a specified group?
- What features and functionalities will your app need to work properly (e.g., registration, purchasing, social media sharing, access to a camera, push notifications)?
- How will you make money on your app (e.g., paid app, premium version, subscription, ads)?
After you consider these questions, write these ideas out. For example, if your idea is for a mobile app for interior design, the app will likely solve a problem for those looking to redecorate their rooms or buy new furniture.
An interior design mobile app would allow people to take a photo of a room, choose furniture from a store, and then see what it would look like in their space. This type of app would need to have the ability to take a photo, use augmented reality, register users, and allow users to make a purchase.
Monetizing this type of app could be achieved by partnering with furniture stores and selling the stores’ furniture within the app.
The example presents all the most essential information you need to gather before turning to a software house.
Time spent on elaborating your vision is never wasted – developers will be able to understand your requirements easier.
Step 2: Choose Your Platform
Choosing the best direction and platforms (e.g., iOS, Android, web) for your project will minimize the time devoted to the development process.
With an innovative idea, you want to reach many people with a mobile-first design.
Developing two native mobile apps takes a lot of time and effort. We recommend two solutions for you:
- A cross-platform app for mobile development
- A Progressive Web App (PWA) for web and mobile development
With a cross-platform app, your developer writes a single codebase that works on both Android and iOS.
The app looks and acts like a native one. You can also adjust that code and develop a web app from it.
Cross-platform apps can be quickly developed for a low cost and can be applied to multiple platforms, while native apps take longer to develop for a higher cost and can only be applied to the platform for which it was created.
The cross-platform development allows you to expand for each platform faster than in the case of developing two separate apps, and the quality is similar.
With a PWA, you receive a website that can be added to the home screen and then it looks and acts like a mobile app. A huge advantage of is that they work offline.
With cross-platform or PWA development, you will access users on every platform with only one code developed.
Step 3: Find Excellent Developers
You’ll find perfect developers by looking at their previous work and asking the right questions.
Even the biggest innovation won’t win the market if the quality is poor. Your idea is unique, and it deserves a careful approach.
While choosing developers, try to find advisors: The right partner shares experience, knows what works, and helps you maximize the revenue.
Look at their experience, check out some previous project and even talk to their past clients.
Seek for excellent developers and also design talents. Don’t look at the price only – you want the best product, not necessarily the cheapest one.
Here are some questions you can ask your potential development partner to make sure it’s the right choice:
- Can I see some apps you’ve already created?
- Do you understand my business model, target audience, goals?
- How will we communicate during the project?
- How will the process look like?
- How fast can you scale up the team?
- What about submitting my app to app stores, future updates, support and maintenance services?
Developers who understand your vision and have excellent skills will provide you with a product that can change the world.
Step 4: Create the First Version of Your App
The first version of your future dream product – an MVP – allows you to start building your brand before investing time and money to release the final product.
What is an MVP? Consider Henrik Kniberg’s drawing where he shows two approaches to creating a product: a car.
When building a product, each version should be functional. In the second photo, it goes from a skateboard to a scooter to a bike, to a motorcycle to a car – All of these iterations served a transportive function.
A minimum viable product (MVP) is the version of your app that contains basic functionality and takes between 2-4 months to develop.
Thanks to an MVP you get first users before investing in the full product. It lets you collect the feedback and gives you an answer to the question if you’re going in the right direction.
But how is it possible to build a functioning mobile app in 2-4 months?
Comparing to the full product development, in the MVP development, you spend less time on design and develop only the most essential functionalities. Then, you collect feedback when you’re already present on the market.
The stage of developing an MVP can also open your eyes to new growth and profit possibilities.
For example, when we worked on an MVP for Smartfix30, a startup from France, our task was to create an app for a B2C market.
The app’s goal was to digitize technical support. The whole idea was innovative, but while we were working on an MVP, we thought of a new idea: Why not start cooperating with big telecommunication brands in order to facilitate their clients’ technical support orders?
We pivoted to implement this improved idea. Together, with our client, we turned this idea into a product, and Smartfix30 built a game-changing brand.
An MVP allows you to enter the market quickly with minimum investment and risk, validate your idea or even come up with something more innovative.
Step 5: Get Your Users’ Feedback and Plan Further Development
Your MVP’s users’ feedback will help you set further development direction.
After releasing an MVP, you and your development team should review the opinions of your initial users, find out what they do and don’t like, and determine whether your solution resolved their problem.
Ask your initial users:
- Does this situation solve your problem? Do you find it useful?
- What you do and don’t like about the app?
- What other features should we add to the app?
That is a fascinating part of the development process when you set up further direction.
For example, last year we worked on a mobile app for ASAP, a startup from Poland that wanted to enter the market with a comfortable app for carriers and shippers.
This MVP allowed us to learn what future app users need but also gain first clients. The initial users of our MVP were satisfied and turned into early brand advocates, being ready to receive the full version of the product.
Users already know about you, so it’s time to take their feedback and polish the final product.
MVPs Allow You to Get Your Innovative Idea on the Market Quickly
When you have an innovative idea for an app, it’s crucial to appear on the market as fast as possible but you also have to do it reasonably.
You can’t skip the time dedicated to evaluating your vision or choosing excellent software house, but you can save time developing the MVP of a cross-platform app or a PWA instead of creating two full-featured native apps.
An MVP allows you to start building your brand presence and test your idea with real users.
At Appstronauts, we helped many companies to appear on the market with their MVPs. Our examples also show that an MVP gives you the possibility to adjust the product to your users’ needs and even come up with something more.