Part 1 of a 2-Part Series
What you need to know so your great idea becomes a great app and how Connect Think can help.
Perhaps you are one of these people.
One of the first things we will ask is why you want to build an app. Many people don’t realize that a simple, straightforward app can cost between $1,500 and $5,000; or, that there are hundreds, if not thousands of apps being developed at any given time. So you want to have a full-fledged idea, and the money to build it, before you get too excited.
Is there a market for your app?
Part of our business is to be the app experts for our clients and to help them figure out what they need. When Justin Bolles, one of three partners at Connect Think, began building apps in 2008 when they were first introduced, there were 500 apps. There are three-quarters of a million today.
Today’s apps must provide value to users and give them information, or features not available anywhere else. Our apps have ranged from a useful, elegant Race Day app for runners to share their times and photos (www.drumstickdash.com) to an iPad app for Simon Property Group that is integrated on the back end for use by leasing agents around the world. http://connectthink.wpengine.com/project/simon-property-group/
Whether your app is a game, an educational tool for teachers or a unique solution for someone with a learning disability, it still needs to be thought through from not only the audience perspective but also from the marketing side. With only a quick thirty-minute conversation, we can help you determine where your app idea is in the process and how we can help you get it ready for production.
Do you have a business plan? Have you thought through how to go to market with this app?
Sometimes someone just has a great idea. That’s fine; but, given the cost to build an app, before we get started we will produce a statement of work that outlines every step of the process — from timing, costs, features and design to website development, integration and testing. If you’ve already determined some of these features and need help with others, it will all come together in the planning process and allow you to determine where you need to devote your resources. Obviously, the more details you have worked through, the better.
As Sara Angeles explains in her Infographic “How Much Does It Cost To Make An App? (http://www.ideatoappster.com/how-much-does-it-cost-to-make-an-app-an-infographic/)
“Asking how much it costs to build an app is like asking how much it costs to build a house… A bare-bones app costs $1,500 to $5,000. A decent app costs $10,000; (but) if you’re serious about developing an app that actually gives value to its users, expect to spend anywhere from $30,000 to $150,000 for a high-quality product.
So whether you’re an IT Director, a tech savvy entrepreneur or a retired social worker, you can build an app with the right consultants and developers. Just have a great idea and the willingness to commit to the correct software solutions using the most progressive and sophisticated technologies. Contact Connect Think and we will help you turn your great idea into a great app.