Now that mobile apps have become such a necessary part of online marketing strategies, it seems as though every marketing firm is suddenly claiming to have skilled, experienced mobile app developers on staff. Whether your mobile app will be a purchase portal, reservation booking engine, or simply a brand–building ambassador of good will, you need to find an experienced mobile app developer who has the skills to bring your vision to life. Cutting through the hype to find the South Florida mobile app developer who is the best fit for your company can seem like an impossible task, but it is not as difficult as it seems. Just follow these 5 tips on choosing a mobile app developer and you’ll find the right person sooner than you think!
- Make sure the app developer is experienced in your industry.
An app developer who is experienced in your industry will be able to contribute to the conceptual process as well as the mechanics of the design process. When a designer has experience designing apps for your industry, he or she will have valuable insights that will help you create a killer mobile app for your business:
- what works (and what doesn’t) for your industry
- what users in your niche are looking for in an app
- how to differentiate your mobile app from the apps that are already out there
- what specific need exists in your industry that an app could fill
- Examine the mobile apps the developer has created
Well-qualified candidates will be eager to show you their portfolio of mobile apps. Take the time to take each application out for a spin, assessing the interface as well as its performance. Look for attractive, easy to use apps with intuitive controls. Make sure the apps perform their chosen function flawlessly.
- Ask for referrals and question the clients for whom they have developed apps
It’s easy for someone to claim they had a central role in developing an app, and difficult to verify if they actually did the work unless you can speak to the company that commissioned them. Speaking with past clients will allow you to determine if the developer actually did the work he or she claims and allow you to form a complete picture of what it would be like to work with the developer. Don’t be afraid to ask questions:
- How active a role did the developer take in the app design process?
- Were the developer easy to deal with and responsive to client concerns?
- Was there a clear and open channel of communication at all times?
- Did the app developer meet deadlines and complete work in a timely fashion?
- Did the design firm come in on budget?
- Meet the app developer in person
In the effort to gain more clients, some marketing and design agencies are claiming they develop apps when they are actually subcontracting the development work to someone who may be in a different city or even a different country. These firms often erect communication walls to keep clients from collaborating closely with their third party developers. Dealing with a nameless, faceless app developer on the other side of a communication wall will not result in the highly functional, user-friendly app that you deserve. Look for a local agency with an on-staff developer with whom you can engage in a free exchange of ideas. When you choose a local South Florida mobile app developer, you will be able to work closely with him or her throughout the development process to ensure that the app that is created is exactly what you want.
- Don’t let price be the determining factor
While price is always a consideration, it is more important that you have a beautiful, well-functioning mobile app. Choosing an app developer on price alone can end up costing far more in the long run – if you lose clients because a poorly functioning app, or have to hire a second developer to fix flaws left by a low-bidding firm, it will cost you far more than you would spend hiring a quality mobile app design firm from the start.
Now that you have a better idea of how to choose a South Florida mobile app developer, it’s time for you to meet the staff at Blue Interactive Agency. As a full service South Florida Internet Marketing Company, we can provide you with a local mobile app development team with the skills and experience to fully realize your vision.
Contact us at Blue Interactive Agency today at 954-779-2801 for a South Florida mobile app development team with the experience and talent to create the mobile app your company deserves!