Developing Mobile Strategy
This is probably the most important step in creating your app. While it might seem
fairly obvious, it cannot be overemphasized how crucially important this step is.
It does not matter which platform that you intend to develop your app for, you have
to have a clear, concise idea of what your app will be, what it will do, how it
will look, and how it will interact with the customer. Beyond this, there are other
important features of the app from a purely business standpoint that may have been
overlooked in a haste to produce an app quickly so as to become part of the competition
on the market.
For example, an app doesn’t necessarily have to generate revenue for the company,
or at least that does not have to be its primary goal. The purpose of an app can
simply be to generate interest in the company and spread the brand name. With traditional
advertising methods lagging and dying off, businesses have to try and find new ways
to approach their potential clientele. With the wild spread of smartphones and tablets,
a quality app could spread the news about a product or brand in a very effective
Once you’ve decided what the purpose of the app will be, it’s time to
decide what you want the app to do and how you want it to perform. It’s easy
to get bogged down in all of the details of what you would like the app to do at
some point in the future, but it is crucial to figure out what is the core of the
app, what it is designed to do at the core, and get the initial version of the app
created and launched. There will be time later to tweak the app and add all of the
functionality you would like to see, but if you can’t narrow down what it
is the app does and get that feature launched and on the market, you may find that
your app is trapped in developmental purgatory and never finds its way onto the
market. That’s time, money, and countless other resources wasted. This waste
can be avoided and directed into improving your business, but you have to know what
you want your app to do and you have to get that core of the app developed and on
The illustration of erecting a building has been used to describe designing an app.
If you just have a vague idea of what the house should be and hire various teams
of contractors- plumbers, carpenters, etc- to work on their specific function, the
building will be hideous, and that’s if it can even stand. An app is the same
way. You have to know what you want the app to do, what it needs to be for. Think
of that as the foundation. From there you figure out what the next improvement should
be and implement it. Do this over and over, and eventually your app will be the
vision that you want it to be.
Another important aspect of developing a mobile application is setting a budget
and a timeline for the app. Depending on what you want the app to do, the timeline
can be a bit tricky to predict. If you are working with a firm, such as Instani,
frequently there is a “pre-development” phase. Part of this phase involves
estimating the timeline and budget for the app, business aspects for the app that
are necessary to establish.