Wanna know about mobile app mistakes to avoid? Ever wondered why some apps just don’t succeed in the market even if they look so cool and meet every expectation of their potential audience? It is because the app owners don’t bother checking if they made any app development mistakes.
Recall the Hike Messenger. This was one big hit in the Indian market, and then bam- it was a flop about a couple of years later.
It doesn’t matter how promising your team is- your app may still be a HUGE failure if you ignore the fundamental factors crucial for your business. It includes everything- from flawed market research to targeting the wrong audience, wasting time and resources on unrequired features, not being prepared for updates, and many more.
Check out a few examples of app developer mistakes and notice how common they are:
Thinking of developing an app of your own? Not sure what mobile app mistakes to avoid? Bear with us as we discuss the DON’Ts of app development in this article. With that said, let us get right into it.
There are over 3 million apps on Google Play Store and Apple Store combined- making a smartphone one heck of a medium to reach your customers. But although a mobile app may prove to be a kick for your business- it may also sink horribly.
Unless you want to be one of the clueless app owners with no idea how to fix things for good, here are a few silly.
Many app owners approach the audience with an awesome idea for their business. And although mobile apps help expand the customer base- developing with no demand is a disastrous mistake.
As a business owner, you must do enough research before deciding on mobile app development. Remember that every app has a different set of objectives. So, you have to consider various factors before starting out with an app idea.
Pro tip: never jump to a conclusion on the basis of your Google research. Understand what is your primary objective, competition, nature of your business, target audience, and your USP (unique selling proposition). Thorough research is going to save tons of money.
Planning your budget beforehand is very important. For starters, you can easily blow through your budget within the very first phase of the app development. As a result, you could be paying developers and designers for weeks or even months- with no output in hand whatsoever.
To avoid this, you could estimate your costs by requesting quotes from different development companies. Then you can set aside extra money for new technology such as AI, AR, and VR. Remember to cover unexpected expenses by allocating funds. This way, your budget will always stay on track. Before setting a price, you must always discuss your needs and objectives with a developer- as development costs may vary over different apps.
The total cost of developing an app depends entirely on how much time goes into its development. It’s simple. A simple app with basic features and simple graphics would require less expertise. On the other hand, a complex app with creative slides, interactive features, a basic algorithm for its products and services, etc., would require more expertise and a larger team to manage the app and fix the bugs.
Also, keep in mind that you have to develop three modules. One of these has to be for the backend that the developers can access, one for the frontend that the users can access, and an admin panel that controls these modules. Thus, the cost to make an app ranges somewhere between $40,000 to $200,000 for development alone.
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About 42% of people who download an app on their device uninstall it after its first use if it has a poor UI/UX build.
Make sure that your UI and UX design gives your users relevant interactions that are somewhat meaningful in the app. Try to incorporate more helpful features that make the navigation easier instead of trying to elevate the app’s performance with some complicated features. It will only impede your user experience.
Try to include the basic features first- like home, search bar (if needed), menu, navigation, etc. Only include the additional features in the later updates according to your users’ convenience. Try not to include anything unless it is absolutely required- or else your app will become vulnerable to errors, crashes, and bugs.
To fix this, you will need more time, money, and effort. Also, as a result, these features will increase the app size and will lead to unnecessary updates. The user might be annoyed with the size and updates and may eventually uninstall the app.
Launching the final app without proper testing can be dangerous for your app.
It is very crucial to test your app on various platforms, versions, and devices at regular intervals. The inability to test an app multiple times before its release may lead to its failure in the future.
When you test an app regularly on different levels, it helps you gauge the issues in a timely manner. You must make sure that real users install, use, test, and give feedback about your app before you release it to the public. Proper alpha and beta tests get you honest feedback about every aspect of the app, such as ease, functionality, and design.
Try rearranging elements, adding or eliminating features, or making necessary changes as required after you have performed the tests and received the feedback.
Even though testing an app comes with its own challenges- you can still make it work. But inhouse testing experts may display bias and miss out on some crucial issues. In such a case, a third-party expert can provide its users with objective and reliable feedback.
One of the aspects of testing an app is the use of MVP (minimum viable product). An MVP is basically a model of your application that only has all the necessary features to be released for a controlled audience set.
As a matter of fact, you can lose about 62% of your app users in case your app misbehaves in any way. The MVP comes into play in such cases. They allow app owners to test their app’s performance, detect bugs, fix them, and correct logical inconsistencies.
Once you confirm that your existing features are running properly, you can feel free to include any additional features to this MVP and then release it for your audience as a whole! How clever is that?
One of the silliest mistakes that app owners commit is that they go after every platform- all at once.
Don’t get us wrong- it is certainly good to mark your presence everywhere, but it is a huge risk of development efforts and cost. Here are a few tips that you must consider-
Creating an app is like running a machine- with different parts of the device having to work in unity for the app to run properly. The machine will be compromised if one part fails or sends the wrong signal.
A continual and effective communication lets a team express their ideas, understand the requirements, and meet the objectives of building the app. Finding solutions to roadblock become easy, and progress can be shared in daily, weekly, and monthly meetings.
It is one of the most common app development mistakes committed by most app owners.
Notice that most of the popular apps, including Amazon, have fewer features. So don’t let your app consist of too many glitzy-glitzy features. It may confuse your users and increase their chance of bouncing back after the first use itself and even uninstalling the app.
If you want to eliminate this risk, you must identify the principal features that will make your app stand out in the market. Don’t overburden it with those useless features that only sound cool but have no utility whatsoever. Concentrating on just a few and getting expertise on those over time will uplift your app exponentially.
The app developer mistakes go beyond the phase of app development. Remember that you will always get what you will pay for. A majority of businesses are price-sensitive, and they end up hiring cheap developers incapable of delivering what’s required. Always choose a developer who would understand and meet your needs.
Also, as an app owner, you must have a solid developer panel for providing the proper resources and support to your clients.
Are you releasing updates on time?
It is going to have a direct impact on your app’s performance.
Let us look at it this way- mobile app development is a continuous process. You cannot just sit back and relax once you have released the app in the market- you have to assess its performance and make all the necessary changes in a timely manner. These changes will include everything- from fixing bugs to incorporating customer feedback and adding new features.
Nevertheless, frequent updates are a prerequisite to making an app error-free. And not being prepared for updates is one mistake app owners commit more frequently than you can think of.
With plenty of opportunities in the market, creating a mobile app the right way will help you generate profits in no time. Breathe life into your ideas by avoiding all the mistakes mentioned above, and you will be left with an amazing app ready to rock the market.
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