Choosing an app company can be a daunting task; with so many app companies on the market with varying prices and experience, finding the top company can be complicated, time-consuming, and risky business.
However, there are a few simple tips that will help you find the best app company for your product idea. Knowing these tips will fast track the selection process and save you from potential financial losses.
Here are five tips to help find a top app company:
1. Securing your product idea
With over 30,000 new iOS apps released every month, securing your novel app idea is essential to ensuring your app is either first to market or your intellectual property is preserved. A reputable app development company should be able to provide you with a mutual non-disclosure agreement and advise how your app idea, and your intellectual property will be safeguarded during development.
A mutual non-disclosure agreement should be entered into detailing the privacy expectations of both parties, and how your app concept will be kept secret until launch.
At Bilue, we are proud to have been the trusted app company for Australia’s biggest and most innovative brands, such as Stan, Cricket Australia, Ticketek, nib, NAB, Seek, and Domain, to name a few.
2. Examine their past work
An experienced and reputable app company will be able to easily provide a long list of previous works completed. Their portfolio should also include reviews from their customers who can attest to their abilities. Examining their portfolio will help you get a sense of the quality of the work, the length of time required to create these apps, and whether the company has the skillset for market expansion outside of Australia such as New Zealand, the United States, and Asia.
3. User Experience
UI and UX are very different things
User experience is at the core of all successful apps. An app needs to create a positive experience by being intuitive and aesthetically pleasing, as well as generate user loyalty. An experienced, top app development company will have a process by which they validate the design ideas to help guide the app development, with user experience at the forefront of the design process. In addition, consider whether the app development company also has evidence of understanding the globally accepted design standards for mobile app development, and an in-depth knowledge of the mobile design frameworks, ensuring your app is set for future growth.
4. Communication process
Clear, open, and concise communication between the client and the app development company is essential to ensure all members are informed and are achieving the expected outcomes. When engaging with a potential app company, consider whether the developers are generous with their time in answering your enquiries and whether they seem genuinely enthusiastic about working on your project.
Confirm if the app development company is open to your preferred method of communication, whether it be email or in-person. Our app developers at Bilue are available to meet either online or in-person at one of our offices based in Melbourne and Sydney.
Once engaged, at a minimum, the app company should be able to provide an update once a week and respond swiftly to any queries you may have via email or phone.
They should also be open to you attending their daily standups, showcasing fortnightly at a minimum, and inviting you into other agile ceremonies, such as retrospectives or sprint planning.
5. Ongoing maintenance and support
After an app has been launched it will inevitably require updating or modifying due to changing technology, essential upgrades, or potential bug patches. Choosing an app company that not only provides, but understands the changes that will be coming is critical. Do they have both designers and engineers attending Apple’s WWDC, and Google’s Google IO each year? Will they be out in front of the platform updates that are coming? These updates are essential for longevity and functionality of your app, unlike building a website, these platform updates are not optional for you or your customers, Apple and Google will release them every year, and the platform that your app has been built on will be changed.
Consider whether the costs for ongoing maintenance, including bug fixes and upgrades, are charged as a fixed rate or an hourly fee, and understand the Service Level Agreements(SLAs) that your app development company is providing.
Bilue is a 100% Australian owned app development company that has been in operation for over nine years. With over six million users of apps we have built, we are confident in providing solutions to ensure your mobile product reaches new heights.