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How to build an app in 3 months

Nov 21 · 4 min read

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We know you have been thinking for far too long to develop an app, but somehow you have become the victim of long-lasting procrastination, or you’ve lacked information on how to do it correctly. Here are a few tried-and-tested app development avenues that will help you launch an app in 3 months.

The clock is ticking, and you can count the days left until the beginning of 2020 on the fingers of one hand. If you are finding yourself reading these lines, you might be one of us who are trying to squeeze all the resolutions in the last couple of months. Let’s start with a few questions to ask yourself!

Are you down-to-earth enough to build an app?

Not trying to shatter your dreams in pieces but you can develop an app in 3 months only if you know what it is you are trying to build precisely and the needs you are trying to cover. Try to answer these questions with a naked truth approach before you start: 

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In case you are dead serious of the app concept you have in mind, go ahead and let’s test it.

Make sure your business plan is geared toward the long haul, and you have taken into consideration the facts below.

So, is it really possible to build an app in 3 months?

We, at Wolfpack Digital, get to answer this question all the time for founders based all around the world just like you.

Here’s our straight-forward response. Yes, it is possible! 
You just have to consider some factors that will play a primary role in defining whether or not you will have a fully functioning app by the end of this ambitious timeline.

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For some of the readers, this might be a piece of catchy information to share around the Christmas table, for startup founders these are the need-to-know guidelines. 
So in case, you haven’t made heads or tails of how apps are built, here’s your preach from a top app development company from Europe.

Now, let’s break down these factors!

1. Validate your app idea

Before anything else in this world start with ideation. The accuracy of your research is going to have a defining impact on the overall journey.

  • Define your target audience and the exact way you are going to solve their pain points. Start with creating the user personas and planning a way to enter and improve their lives. You should only move on if you have found your niche — users that are hungry for the digital product you want to build.

  • Do hair-splitting research on your competition. You don’t want your idea to fail because there’s a titan that has been solving your target audience’s needs for years and they have all the things on point. Competitor analysis will have your back and lessen the chance of having surprises along the way.
  • Market your idea and get feedback even if it’s just a scribble on a piece of paper. You might be surprised by the valuable insights you can get by only asking your target audience real-time feedback with each step you take. That’s a life-saving ring in your journey of sailing towards the light-house.

2. Build an MVP

We have written an article containing the 6 steps to build an MVP, and you can dive into the steps of creating a Minimum Viable Product and how the feedback loop works.

To zoom out a little bit for you, the goals of an MVP are: 
It covers your user needs and offers enough value to motivate your target audience to use it in the first place; 
Is marketable and desirable to use making the early adopters’ retention a piece of cake; 
You can acquire enough data to create a feedback loop to continue with improvements and development.

From our years of experience in building web and mobile apps, we have gathered some tips and tricks on what works and what doesn’t. Therefore, here’s a secret on how to build an MVP that is wanted and delightful to use. This way the product that you should wish to obtain in the end is a Minimum Marketable product.

There are many cases in which the feature that takes the most resources to build is actually not that important and you can come up with an alternative or leave it for the next phase of your product.

User profiles: do you want each user to be able to create and share his profile?
Social Media Apps: does your user have to be able to share a profile?

There are some time-consuming features that can be added after you have a product-market fit, and you have gathered enough data to validate your idea.

3. Hire a Top App development company

Since we started to talk about the product, it’s time to bring out the importance of having the right app developers on board. There are several things to consider when choosing a software partner: the geo-location, size, their culture, the experience of working on similar projects, client reviews, the success of the products they have built.

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In this industry, like in any others, there’s a time when small companies or freelancers find a way of swindling entrepreneurs by creating fake reviews, adding hypothetical projects in their portfolio or giving misleading information about their location and having ghost employees. Therefore, look for a company that has proven experience and is transparent about each aspect. Check this article on how to choose a strategic partner for your product that you could start right away working on your project with the following steps.

  • Writing a project brief and an initial draft of requirements;
  • Work on the user stories and wireframes of your app;
  • Have a Product Discovery Workshop;
  • UX/UI design and build an interactive prototype;
  • App development with the on-going QA tests;
  • Deploying the project and making the app available on the web or in Google Play/ App Store;
  • Adding improvements and fixes;
  • Plan the next steps and start over.

The app development process will require your input and feedback regularly and a lot of trust in your chosen app development/technical team! It’s something you want to be able to control in a short period of time, so you have time to redirect your startup in the right direction.

If you still haven’t found the right team to help you build an app in 3 months, contact Wolfpack Digital and let your idea in the hands of experts while you may enjoy buying Christmas presents for your family.

4. App launching strategy

Don’t rush! 
Everybody wants to launch in January. 
Give your users time to get some fresh air after the first avalanche of new apps that usually takes place in January. Define the areas where your targeted users spend most of their time and find a way to tease the launching off your app.

Work on giving your app an online presence by creating a simple landing page for presentation, gather beta users, schedule your launch, start writing content on a related blog or use the power of social media and online communities to create a FOMO-effect around your app!

Once you want to actually step in the app stores, make sure you are not claustrophobic cause that place is crowded as hell. Since you have one shot with launching your app, make sure you have the following: 

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🐺That’s it, folks! Ready for your 3-months journey? Drop us a line and let’s mark the date of your app launch in the calendar.

  • Valentina biciuc marketing specialist at wolfpack digital

    Valentina Biciuc

    Marketing Specialist

  • Startup world stalker and innovation hunter, former chess player with a soft spot for history of art.