6 Steps to Building Your Mobile Application
Everything has gone digital. What used to be done using pen and paper are now done with mobile apps. From logistics to retail, there is pretty much an app for any business endeavor.
In this article, I will talk about the steps to building your very own mobile application.
- First, Think About an Idea
The first step in the mobile app development process is to come up with an idea for your application. What does your application intend to solve? Most famous mobile apps today offer a solution to some of the world’s problems.
For instance, social networking apps provide a means to connect with your loved ones no matter where they are in the world. That solves the need for constant communication.
So, what does your app intend to solve?
- What is the Demand?
Aside from helping solve your customer’s problems, your application should also serve a demand. If there is no demand for a particular feature, then there is no use for incorporating it inside your application.
Research would be required to know exactly what people want. For instance, if your business involves some form of retail, then provide an application that makes the entire purchasing process much easier and seamless than others.
- Provide a Rough Sketch
Get your trusty pen and paper and jot down every feature that you want to add in your application. Next, limit it to about 3-5 features (for now) and then proceed to draw a rough sketch of how your application will look like.
Providing this will help your app development team make an app for you much easier than ever before.
- Design Matters
When it comes to the design of your mobile application, you only need to remember two words: simplicity and function.
Your app need not look too fancy or convoluted. Just stick with a 2-3-color scheme so that your app’s motif will be consistent all throughout.
Furthermore, make it a point to make your app’s navigation as simple as possible. Do not cram features on the application’s main page so as to not convolute the interface.
The simpler and more functional your app is, the better.
- Use Analytics
Your app’s success can actually be measured through the use of different analytics tools. Google Analytics, for example, can help you track how many times your app has been downloaded and installed.
Using analytics will help you make your application a little bit better. After all, your application is to help entice your customers to do business with you, right?
- Keep Your Application Updated
Before you release your application, ensure that you run it through testing phases to ensure that it is bug-free. Of course, it is impossible to create a truly bug-free application, so make sure to look at the review section of your application’s page and see what your customers like or dislike about your application.
Most of the time, people will praise your app (if it is good) and ask you to change things (if it requires more features) or they might even provide some useful feedback to give you knowledge about certain bugs in your application (which you should fix in a timely manner).