The best app developers can allow you to get ahead of your competition and create an app that’s head and shoulders above the rest, but finding them can be tough. Whether you’re just starting out in business or you’re looking to expand and reach a whole new audience, you’ll no doubt want to work with the very best in the app development world – and that makes sense.
The mobile app market has exploded in popularity over the past ten years, thanks to innovations such as the iPhone. Last year, the App Store held more than 2 million apps, while Google Play was home to more than 2.2 million apps. That number is expected to continue to grow as more businesses and multinational corporations join the trend of custom apps for their businesses, delivering unique functionality to their users to help them cement their place in the market.
For developers, apps are big business. In the UK alone, the mobile app economy was worth an incredible £8.8 billion in 2017, and that figure is set to climb to an eye-watering £30.8 billion by 2025, according to analytics by Statista. Not only does that figure demonstrate just how powerful smartphone apps have become, but that the market in the UK is now packed with original apps that are taking a slice of consumers’ disposable incomes, whether it’s through gaming, entertainment, productivity, or even everyday services like food and accommodation.
The good news for businesses like yours is that, while the market is no doubt saturated with apps both designed here in the United Kingdom and around the world, there’s still plenty of opportunities to create your own innovative piece of software and grab a slice of the action. The mobile app development experts here at Zudu are on hand to help you create a consumer app that unlocks new revenue streams, creates loyal customers, and raises your brand awareness.
What to look for in an app developer
If you’re ready to take your business and enter the mobile app sphere, then you’ll first need to find a mobile app developer that will help to make your vision a reality. Indeed, you could hire a developer in-house, giving you access to a dedicated professional who will be able to work on your project every day of the week, but for most small and medium-sized businesses, hiring an app developer could set you back more than £52,000 per year – and that’s without taking into consideration the costs associated with launching an app and then marketing your new tool.
More often than not, it proves more effective to find an app development company that will create a custom app for your business, and then pay a management or retainer fee to ensure that the app is correctly optimised for new operating systems and updated with new features and functionality as and when necessary. Finding the best app developers for your job is the hardest part of the equation. After all, designing a custom app – an app that might take months to plan and develop – is a major investment, so making the right hiring decision is essential.
Of course, the first thing that you should look for when trying to find a developer for your project is experience. Speak with multiple app development agencies and ask them about who they’ve worked with in the past, and the results they helped those businesses achieve. You should also ask for a few case studies so that you can understand the ins and outs of their clients’ projects, and download and test their apps so that you can get a feel for their style and quality of work.
You should also take reviews and accreditations into account. Google and Facebook are good places to start, but marketing and development companies often have a presence on sites such as Clutch.co and The Drum Recommends – sites that collect feedback and testimonials from agency customers transparently and without bias – allowing you to make an informed decision.
Depending on your budget and the app development company’s approach, you may even be able to ask for them to submit a proposal. That could include their thoughts on your app, ideas on how they would implement some of your required functionality, and a breakdown on price. Such proposals can help you to ensure you’re working with the right app development company for the job. Find an app developer that you can trust, and you’ll be on to a winner.
Who are the best app developers?
Just like most things in life, deciding who is the ‘best’ can be pretty subjective. A developer that was perfect for your app might be the best solution for you, but they might not be the right fit for another, so do your research before deciding on the best app developers for your project.
For example, Zudu was named amongst the best iOS app developers in a report from Mobbed, but our service is very different to the services offered by other agencies listed in the piece, who specialise in areas such as education and startup businesses. Zudu’s specialisation lies in healthcare, recruitment, HR, FinTech and sports, leisure and tourism, so while a hotel chain may find our services suited to their needs, a university might get a better app from a development agency that is skewed more towards education. That’s what makes ‘best’ so hard to define.
If you are considering launching a new app for your business, then we’d of course recommend our own services. We believe that our agency houses some of the best app developers in the industry, and our previous clients, including NHS Scotland, BBC, Npower and Action for Children, would agree. At Zudu, we get to know your business on a personal level, evaluate your objectives, and develop an app that not only benefits your business, but serves as a useful resource to your end-users. If you’d like to find out more about how a custom app can change the fortunes of your business, get in touch with the team here at Zudu today. You can call us on +44 (0) 1382 690 080, send an email to email@example.com, or click here to drop us a line.