Written by Richie Harris
5.5 minute read
In 2019, worldwide mobile app revenues reached $461.7 billion. By 2023, they are projected to double. The mobile app world is vast and varied. With a little over 200 billion mobile app downloads in 2019 (expected to reach 300 billion downloads by 2023), no one anticipates the development of mobile applications to slow down soon.
With so much competition, finding the right mobile app development agency to invest in is critical to the initial launch and long term success of your mobile app. It is important that you choose a company that has the expertise, talent, and passion, to bring your app idea to the next level.
Define Your Project Criteria: You’re searching for the “best” mobile app agency: what does “best” mean to you?
Are you looking for something quick and cheap? Or high end and bug free? Does your app need to have high security? Do you simply need a working MVP by a specific deadline? Should it be fast but not highly functional? Your answer to each of those questions leads to a different end result.
To choose the right app development company for your project, you must first figure out what category your project fits in. Are you building something in eCommerce or eLearning, a subscription based app, a game? If you are building an app for a particular vertical – company, service, game; you should be looking for a company that has a foundation in that vertical. If you are building a storefront you should look for a company that does eCommerce. If you want to build a highly complex system that is new and handles a lot of integrations, you want to look for an enterprise integration company. If you’re building a game, you should be looking for a company that has experience in building games. It doesn’t matter how many web apps or mobile apps a company has built, if they don’t develop products in your niche, it’s not going to make a difference.
What is the candidate’s initial pitch? What is their approach? Do they propose implementing every feature from the very beginning?
App development companies that encourage you to build a feature complete app from the start (requiring full payment up front) aren’t invested in the success of your business. A “take your money and build it” approach leaves no room for evaluating and iterating on your product idea.
A key criteria in evaluating whether or not a company cares about the success of your product is to ask their team something like; Do you have a notion of a support and maintenance plan for the app after its launch? Your app will need a detailed plan in place and if their team does not provide one, you might be better off finding a team who can.
If the company has considered the entire mobile app strategy, from ideation through launch and beyond, it is a likely indicator that they’ve done this before (and they are anticipating your project to be a success!).
Note: It’s a great idea to ask about who will be owning the app’s launch into the app/play store. Is it your responsibility? Will they provide you with documentation and training? Or will their team own the launch process?
To find the right app development agency, it is important that you look extensively at their past projects and clients. If intelligent user experience design is a vital part of your mobile app design, then scouring an agency’s portfolio for examples that their UI UX designers have implemented is extremely valuable to you. Consider the following;
In software development, the “value triangle” speaks to; price, quality, & time. You can only ever choose two of the three. Some companies have well defined processes with rigid testing expectations, they can get moving quickly on your project and produce a high quality end product, but it won’t be cheap. Other agencies can be more flexible, sacrificing quality for speed and cost. Ultimately you have to ask yourself;
Remember; you get what you pay for. If you get multiple estimates on a project (you should), several are pretty close and one is an outlier (very cheap or expensive), get to know more about the outlier. You should understand why it’s an outlier. Don’t simply ignore it. Go talk to that company again, maybe their team is seeing something that the others aren’t.
What are the expected team roles? What role do you want to play in the project? Does that fit with the contractor’s expectations? Our team here at SingleMind partners with clients. We believe that when the client is sufficiently involved in a project and acts as Product Owner, we can better understand the business needs/goals not just the technology requirements and budget. Be wary of any development company that exhibits malicious obedience (prolonging the problem as long as they are part of the solution). A quality development company will drill down exactly what the client is trying to accomplish with the product and find the most efficient way to implement it.
Considering the technologies a company works with can be useful for selection criteria. Ask;
It is important to consider a company’s testing process. Ask;
Choosing the right mobile app development company can be a challenge, we encourage you to use the above criteria to evaluate several different companies before making your final decision.
Written by Richie Harris