Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just create an app and have millions of people download it? Well, the truth is that this is not going to happen.
Whether you create a survey app to gather data or have another popular app idea, you will need to work hard on marketing your app and getting traction in the App Store before you start seeing high numbers of downloads.
In this article, we will provide a step-by-step guide for how to bring your app successfully to market. This includes:
- Defining your target audience
- Creating a prototype of the app
- Determining whether or not you need outside funding
- Finding a developer who can create an app for you from scratch or modify one that already exists
- Various marketing strategies such as social media outreach or paid advertising through Google Adwords or Facebook Ads
Define your Target Audience
Who are your customers? For example, is your target audience interested in how to start a trading company? How to find the best trading deals? Or the best investment schemes?
What can your app do for them that will solve their problems and allow them to start their own trading operations? Or how will your app make their investing decisions easier in some way?
Who is not your customer? This includes people who would benefit from what you offer but can’t afford it. Also, those who think they need something else more than what you have to offer.
Create a Prototype of the App
What features do you want your app to have?
What are the limitations of mobile phones and tablets that make it impossible for an app creator to offer every feature on the market? How much time will it take, in hours or days, to create a prototype-level design for each feature?
Determine if You Need Outside Funding
Decide if you should seek outside funding. If you need to raise outside money, then the next step is finding a way to do that and considering potential investors or partners.
If you don’t have any outside funding available but still want your app created, then find an experienced developer who can work with what budget you have. How much will it cost? What are the terms?
Find a Developer to Create the App for You
With expert input and guidance from an app developer, you’ll be able to create your custom-designed mobile app.
This is also a great idea if you don’t have the time or expertise necessary for creating and marketing an application on your own. This will save both money and time in the long run.
When choosing a company or individual for this service, make sure they have experience with mobile applications like yours.
Market Your App
Gain traction in the App Store by employing various marketing strategies such as social media outreach, paid advertising, and influencer partnerships.
Get featured in the App Store for the best chance at success. For the best chance of being featured in the App Store, it’s important to market your app as well as you can. Your marketing efforts should include campaigns for social media, paid ads, and influencers.
Reach out to bloggers with large followings and try to get them on board with your project. This is the best way to ensure that you have a successful app launch, as it will provide more exposure for your product. The major platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are all great ways of promoting an app – but so too are YouTube, Vine, and Snapchat.
What are Some Common Problems with New Apps?
One of the most common problems is not defining your target audience, which will cause you to waste time and money finding out that they are the wrong people. Another problem is having a poorly designed prototype or app, as this can result in negative reviews and low download rates.
On top of these issues, there may be other factors such as lack of funding (outside investment), and not having the expertise to help create your app.
If you don’t have the money to hire a developer and take care of other aspects of launching your app, consider outsourcing these tasks to a freelancer or agency that can help you on a short-term basis.
Easily outsourceable tasks:
- Android/iOS App Development
- Marketing Strategy Consulting
- User Interface Design
There are many ways to bring an app to market. You can do it on your own, or you could outsource various tasks that may make the process easier for you and less time-consuming.
It is important, though, to understand the different parts of launching a product: from figuring out what type of app would work best in your sector to understanding what users want from such an app.