1. What type of apps do you specialise in?
Do you want your new app to be available on iPhones, Galaxy S5s or both? Decide which operating system your mobile app will be built in, before approaching a developer. If your organisation uses Android phones, you’ll want your agency of choice to be able to develop fantastic applications on the Android platform.
The purpose and intended use of your app will also steer you towards certain app companies. Are you building a multiplayer game or a complex scheduling tool? Developers with experience in what you’re building will get it right the first time. Don’t use your budget on trial and error.
2. How much?
Believe it or not, app development agencies want to know what your budget is just as much as you want to stay within it. Set expectations early on by discussing this upfront. You should also consider how payment will be made. Will you pay the whole thing upfront, at milestones, or when the project is completed? Gridstone has a unique offering, as some of our platforms are billed on a user subscription basis, so your upfront costs are minimal.
3. How involved will we, the client, have to be?
We get it, the technical specifications of a mobile app may not be something you know anything about. That’s why you’re hiring an expert.
Depending on what you need the app to do will determine how involved you will have to be. If integration with a backend system is required, your IT department will need to be involved. Otherwise communication should be as much or a little as you like. Great account managers are hard to find. Luckily, we know some good ones.
4. Why should we choose you?
Competition in the mobile space is steep. Find out what sets them apart from their competitors.
Note: If their answer involves describes their competitors’ weaknesses, run for the hills. A good agency will be able to tell you what great work they can do for you.
5. How do we maintain the app?
Once all is said and done and your perfect mobile solution was built on time and on budget, what happens next? Find out what the maintenance of your app may involve. Will you have to pay every time Apple rolls out a system upgrade? What if your needs change slightly and you need your iOS app transitioned to Android as well? Some app developers, like Gridstone, offer free system upgrades as operating platforms evolve. Find out what services are including and what may come at an additional cost.
6. Is there a better way?
There’s no shame in not really knowing what you need in a mobile solution. That’s what we’re here for. Let us know what the problem is, and we’ll help you find you a simple solution.