Are you creating an app for the very first time? You must be so confused as to where to start and end. Don’t worry! We’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of developing an app.
And also by the end of this blog, we’ll give you 3 exclusive checklists that you must follow to ensure that your app is a success!
Remember to follow these 7 steps to get an overview of what you must be doing while preparing to build an app.
Step by Step Process to create your first app:
Step 1: Identify the Need
The foremost step of developing an app has to be because your business needs it. And not because your competitors have one. You have to understand the scale and situation of your business to know whether it can handle having an app.
You must be able to answer the following questions:
- Can my business handle the upscale of creating an app?
- Will be able to manage the clients/customers who come through the app?
- Do I have the resources and the budget to develop a worthy app?
Step 2: Come up with a break-through idea/ solution
The app that you develop either has to be an innovative idea or a solution to a problem that you have been facing in your business. The customers must be able to reach out to your business through the app.
Every product and service is a business as it shows potential.
Step 3: Develop a Wire frame
A wire frame is basically a rough layout of your mobile app design. If you want your layout to be creative you can use a digital wire framing tool.
The core purpose of the wire frame is to simplify the process of illustration and to figure out the core component and the schemes.
This process is performed to visualize the structure and flow of the app.
Step 4: Figure out the features
The next prompt work that you should be concentrating on is to know what features you want for your app. Refer your competitors and be creative with the features – not just creative but also it has to make the app user friendly. Be specific about the features that you want.
Even come up with the features when you decide to do the first update of your app. That way you’ll know what you provide with the first and then how far you are planning on improving the performance of your app.
Step 5: Choose the development method
The next step is to choose the right method to develop your app based on these four main factors
- Technically skilled personnel.
- App type. (based on the industry your business functions)
- Market time.
Native Development: It has some low-level coding. Therefore, you’ll need the developers to help when it comes to building apps for both Android and iOS. It is one of the longest processes of developing an app.
Rapid App Development: This method is highly used by non-technical people who want to develop an app on their own. It is one of the cheapest methods used to build an app.
Step 6: Narrow down the tech stack
There are numerous tech stacks that you can choose from. But as an entrepreneur, it is essential to know what works better and more efficiently for your app.
Step 7: Create an MVP
Creating a minimum viable product must be the priority of any entrepreneur.
Only when you think from the point of view of your app users, you’ll be able to come up with suitable features for your app.
3 Things to do post-launch:
1. Market your app:
Well, you build an app to increase the performance of your business. Then you have to market the app in the manner that it’ll reach your target audience and your existing customers.
Promote your app on social media channels, like Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, and Instagram. And to cover the millennials you should try Snapchat and Tiktok.
2. Track down the Key Performance Indicator (KPI):
You created an app and launched it in the Play Store and App Store. Don’t you want to know how it is performing? That’s why you’ll need Key Performance Indicators (KPI) to know how many installed your app? How many uninstalled? Active and Passive app users, etc.
3. Get Feedback and Fix it:
The next important and final thing to do is to get feedback from your users and constantly try to provide updates and satisfy your users. Keeping your users engaged is one of the competitive tasks in the whole scenario. Make sure you give them a reason to keep using your app.
These are some of the steps you should be taking while building an app and the main 3 things to be doing after the launch of your app in the market.
Remember the app-based market is growing and there is no immediate substitute for this new-gen-based business model.