Checklist: Key Steps in building a mobile app
When companies go mobile it can be quite overwhelming. There are so many moving parts that its often difficult to know where to start. Suddenly your marketing, product or hr job includes mobile product management and you are operating in the mobile ecosystem that you know nothing about.
With that in mind we've decided to put together a few checklists "Building an App", "Managing an App" and "Promoting an App" (we're still working on the last 2 so make sure you sign up to the newsletter so you don't miss them if you are interested.)
So we have put together a step-by-step checklist of all the things you should know about as you prepare to build an app. Here is an overview of the checklist and the key steps in building a mobile app.
Building an App Checklist
Define your App
Define the objective of your app (Read "6 key mobile app objectives)
Consider your audience, their phones, their languages and countries
What are your competitors doing? Your industry? Parallel industries?
How will you know if you have succeeded? e.g. downloads, foot traffic, image uploads, advertising revenue, sales revenue etc.
Have you set aside a development budget? Not sure what it will cost? Play with the App Cost Calculator to get a ballpark.
Build your App
If you did “Define” right you can already tell the developer a lot but do you know what to tell them? Or how long it might take?
What else might help you convey your message to your developer?
How do you even choose a developer? Should you choose a freelancer, a small company or a big one? What else should you consider when trying to decide on how to choose a mobile developer?
Are their some basic things that you should insist on having in any app you build?
What happens once the app is finished?
For these and many other questions make sure to download this well tested checklist that we use with our customers.