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Where to begin if you have a mobile app idea
The apps have dominated the mobile market completely. From small to big businesses, everyone is getting their dedicated mobile apps to lure more customers through mobile devices. Mobile has nowadays become the synonym of growth, where businesses with no mobile apps are very less likely to continue to grow in the future. A dedicated mobile application is easier to use and navigate and looks much better than a mobile website. Moreover, the mobile app development business is so good that almost every developer in the world is trying to make money in this field.
Having an incredible, out-of-the-box, jaw-dropping mobile app idea is one thing. Executing it flawlessly is another. As we speak, thousands of companies are developing mobile apps, and even more startups and entrepreneurs are kick-starting their mobile app journeys. Yet, only a few apps make it to the app stores; even fewer make it to users’ mobile devices, and even fewer stay on a user’s device for over a month. Research shows that only 1% of mobile app startups succeed. With unlimited options available, users are only seduced by apps with innovative features, astonishing functionality, and immaculate designs.
Brainstorm your app idea.
Understand that your initial app idea might require some changes and updates for it to be user-centric and result-driven. Start by writing your app idea on a piece of paper, and then ask yourself whether the app idea solves a problem or not. If it does not, then you need to go back and review the idea.
One common misconception is that you require a highly innovative and crazy idea for it to be successful. That’s not always true. You need one-of-a-kind execution for success instead of a breakthrough idea, as long as it effectively solves a problem.
Now, identify the target audience and explore their characteristics:
• What are the demographic and psychographic characteristics of the target market?
• Is the target audience using any other app to solve the problem?
• Is the target audience looking for a solution?
• Is the audience familiar with the app features you are planning to launch?
Also, narrow down your target audience to a niche. You cannot serve everyone, especially in the beginning. Even Facebook was first introduced for Harvard students only. So, start small, and pave your way one step at a time.
Look for an app development partner.
Finding the right development partner is the most crucial step in the process. Understanding the technology stack, development challenges and other technical aspects can be difficult. It can be troubling for entrepreneurs without tech backgrounds. So, find an app development partner that takes care of your project professionally, without you having to look into everything.
You can choose between:
• Freelancers: You can easily find freelancers who fit in your budget. However, freelancers can forge their experience or portfolio, or they may have limited exposure to diverse industries. This option can come with a lot of risks, but if you are on a budget, then it’s for you.
• In-House Development: You can hire an in-house development team for your project. This option is a major investment, including recruitment costs, employee benefits, operational costs for the team, and more. However, you may have more control over in-house development teams in terms of delivery and deadlines.
• App Development Agencies: With diverse portfolios and experienced engineers, app development agencies are affordable, experienced, and professional. You don’t have to chase them as you might have to with freelancers. Agencies have expert developers, designers, project managers, creative artists, and data scientists. However, not all app development agencies are experienced in modern technologies.
• Silicon Giants: You can hand over your project to silicon giants like Oracle and IBM. But this elite app development is rarely affordable for startups.
Find investors for your app.
I recommend investing your own money into a project before looking for investors. Next, look for investors within your family and friends, but ensure that your investors believe in your app idea. You don’t just want money -- you want people who chant for you.
Your next option is crowdfunding, which is collaborative fundraising via the internet, where entrepreneurs collectively purchase the equity of your venture. Another alternative is finding angel investors who provide capital in return for ownership equity or convertible debt. You can also look for investments from venture capitalists. Often, venture capitalists ask for some adjustment for a faster return on their investment
Build an MVP first.
A minimum viable product (MVP) is a fully functional app with just enough features to engage the audience. It is not an incomplete product, as popularly believed, but a complete product with bare minimum features that are essential for the app’s design and functionality. Launching an MVP allows you to introduce the product, engage the users, collect user feedback, and nurture the app as per the feedback. Meanwhile, you can attract investors to your app.
An MVP takes hundreds of hours to build. The costs of building an MVP depend on your app development partner. Freelancers may charge the least, depending on their location, and app development agencies often charge more. You’ll spend lots of money with a silicon giant.
Start marketing the app before you launch.
I recommend that you start creating a buzz before your launch. It is important to attract and engage your target audience before launching so that the app gets some instant downloads. Focus on creating curiosity and communicating the perks of using the app. Distribute press releases, and use social media platforms to inform the audience about the app. Get the audience hooked.
Again, 99% of mobile app startups fail. Executing the idea flawlessly is as important as having an incredible idea. Make sure your development partner is a veteran in app development and knows the job well.
#1 – Scan and Shop apps that let you scan any items to find it online by the image so you can search and buy them from the online shopping sites easily. You can add more features to make the app more interesting and useful.
#2 – A digital mall navigation app that will store a digital map of all the shopping malls in an area. The app can be used to navigate the map as well as directions in the mall and to check a particular store, bathroom, restaurant, or the status of parking sport.
#3 – Graphical Restaurant Reservation/Booking app that allows you to check the graphical layout of the restaurant, choose your desired seats/table, and make the booking for a specific time.
#4 – On-demand car wash app will give your customers the facility to order a car wash from home, anytime, and anyhow they need it.
#5 – The Criminal alert app can be designed to help users stay alert of wanted criminals in their area. It will also have an alert button to inform the police and GPS feature to show your location to the police.
#6 – A virtual exam study app where students can meet and prepare for the exam along with other students of the same disciplines. The learning can be promoted via study tools, discussions, help, guides, and free study material.
#7 – Online navigation app that instead of taking the shortest or the most preferred route to a destination, takes the user through a less explored yet interesting route based on their interests and likes.
#8 – An online flower and gift delivering app where you can schedule deliveries for upcoming birthdays of your friends, relatives, or anyone else. The app will automatically choose the best flowers/gift and place an order for home delivery to them on your behalf.
#9 – Fast supermarket checkout app that lets you automatically scan the products on your mobile app while shopping in a supermarket and also makes payments automatically through integrated e-payment options.
#10 – A food recommendation and review app that shows suggestions from actual people that the user trusts. The app will allow users to follow other people whom they trust and see their recommendations while selecting a product or service.
#11 – An app to find available parking in a specific location. The app will make use of GPS, location, webcams, and parking data to find a free parking space around you in real-time.
#12 – Virtual Interior Designer app will allow you to take a picture of your room or whatever place you wish to design and visualize it with various available design options, like colors, objects, wall stickers, curtains, etc. It will also recommend the places from where you can buy these interior items.
#13 – A phone silencing app that will automatically put your device on silent mode based on your location. For example, if you are in a meeting or in the office and forgot to shift to silence, the app will automatically put the phone on silent by detecting your location.
#14 – A total security control app that will let you control all the security devices and equipment within your house or office space, allowing you to open the door, check camera footage, etc., via the app.
#15 – Finance and bill management app that automatically ads user finances based on the bills, sends payment due date alerts, splits bills among roommates, and sends alerts to them.
#16 – A social networking app where you can make friends or connect with your existing friends to sell and buy stuff online. The app will also allow you to make recommendations and search and buy products based on friends’ suggestions.
#17 – A real-time car-sharing app that will allow users to enlist their cars whenever they are going somewhere so that other users can share the ride if it is in their own way and split the cost accordingly.
#18 – Voice language translation app that will translate the spoken words of a person in real-time so that it can be understood by a different language speaking person. It is a really interesting and useful idea for a mobile app.
#19 – A task scheduling and motivation app that reminds you of the daily to-do tasks and provides motivation to do the tasks that you are less willing to do, such as exercise, wake up, read, etc.
#20 – An intelligent flirt app that automatically scans your friends’ lists from all social networks and suggests the best match based on your similar activities, likes, sharing, their opinions about you, and more.
#21 – A receipt management app that will store all user receipts and bills in a single place so that they no longer have to manage each and every receipt manually. It will also have the option for stores to send your receipts directly to your mobile app.
#22 – A subscription organization app that will keep track of all your subscriptions and bills and will alert you as the payment date arrives. The app may also have an integrated payment system for automatic payments of bills.
#23 – A tenant finder and communication app that will allow landlords to find and communicate with potential tenants directly without any dealer. It will also allow tenants to communicate with their existing landlords regarding property issues, maintenance requirements, pay rents, etc.
#24 – A travel suggestion app that will automatically scan and find the best places to visit and things to do in a particular location new to the user. It can also have the features to suggest the best restaurants, hotels, etc. and reviews feature.
#25 – A customized restaurant app that will not only allow users to check the real-time menus, table availability in a particular restaurant but also make bookings and even pay bills from within the app.
#26 – An app for refugees that will help them understand the languages and cultures of new locations so that they can connect with locals and start becoming a part of the community in a better way.
#27 – Cheap delivery and postal app that will find the best delivery option in your local area based on the type, location, size, and weight of the product one needs to be delivered.
#28 – A food donation system where the restaurants will be able to find suitable charities in their local areas to donate their excess food every day. This will not only save a lot of food that otherwise goes to waste but also it will help lots of poor people.
#29 – A transport alert app that will help users catch their buses on time by altering them of the bus timing, schedule, time change, delay, etc. This may also include the GPS facility to keep track of the bus running status in real-time.
#30 – A tax application that will keep records of all your income, business supplies, expenses, and tax transactions and will automatically calculate your tax liability for the particular period. It will be extremely helpful for all types of taxpayers.
#31 – A common note-taking platform where everyone can take notes, share with others, comment on notes, add to existing notes, or make new notes about a particular topic, lecture or seminar.
#32 – A text reader app that will be able to read the text written on a paper so that you can save it in the digital format on your phone or PC. It will not exactly scan an image of the paper but it will only read the text or number written on it.
#33 – A social eat-together app that will find the perfect eating companion for you every day based on your location, schedule, and preferences entered by you so that you don’t have to eat alone.
#34 – A social rating mobile application that lets you rate your friends anonymously for different qualities like smile, anger, beauty, nature, and more. Your friends will be able to see the rating but won’t know it’s from you.
#35 – An app for hiring contractors online where users can compare the different services providers and choose the one according to their budget and needs. The app will let users post their requirements, budget, and availability timing online. Contractors can see the ads and reply with their interest and can find the deal.
#36 – An interest-based dating app that will help people find the best dates with special interests like nerds, geeks, comic lovers, etc. This would be the perfect place for introverts to find a date.
#37 – A goal management and sharing app that will allow you to create life goals, keep track of them, share them with others, and find those who share the same goals so that users can support each other in the completion of such goals.
#38 – A cloud presentation application that will allow all members of a meeting or team to come together and collaborate online to make a team presentation by contributing ideas and feedback in real-time.
#39 – An instant messaging app that has the features of all the popular IM apps like Whatsapp, Skype, Viber, and FB messaging, i.e. It will offer great messaging service, video calls, audio calls, internet calls, sharing, emojis, sharing of business cards and data, sharing of big files and more.
#40 – Book review app that will let you take a picture of the book and get reviews instantly from Amazon, Goodreads, and other platforms to help you make the choice of whether to buy/read the book or not.
#41 – The seasonal food-finding an application that will tell you about the nearest places to find fresh seasonal produces, organic food items, etc. It can further have other features for healthy diet management.
#42 – A missing item finder app that will help users find their glasses, keys, wallet, socks, and other items that they put somewhere and then forget where they actually placed them. One way to do this is by taking a pic with your phone each time you place such an item so that you can look at the pic if you forget about it later.
#43 – A writer’s solitude app that will allow writers to work in peace by blocking all the distractions and other functions on the device except the ones needed for the writing task.
#44 – A room cleaning service app that will allow users to find and hire a person/service for the cleaning of a particular room rather than the entire apartment, thus saving money and time.
#45 – A health inspection and monitoring app that will keep track of your health records, clinic visits, and illness history. It will also keep track and alerts you of your regular health checkup appointments along with the doctor’s number.
#46 – A social goal sharing app where users with similar challenges and short-term goals like quitting smoking, working out regularly, dieting, etc., come together to support each other with the right motivation and words.
#47 – A profile explorer app that will make use of Augmented Reality (AR) to find more details about a particular person or an object by simply scanning them. So, when you scan the face of a person with the app, it will show all the details about them from all over the internet.
#48 – A shopping assistant app that will allow brands to keep their users updated with new, latest releases and help them find the places nearby to purchase a particular product.
#49 – A money lending manager app that will keep track of the people (friends, etc.) who owe you money and those whom you owe money. It will have the names of such people, the pending amount, due dates, etc. It will also alert you of due dates and allow you to make payments via integrated payment options.
#50 – An anti-smartphone addiction app that will have many features aimed to help people avoid getting addicted to their phones. It will show timely notifications, send overuse alerts, show tips and suggestions for reducing the use of phones, etc.
#51 – A caller image identifier app that will gather/detect the image data of the person on the other side of the call by sending an ultrasound and will show it to the receiver.
#52 – A brand identifier app that will allow users to find out more about the brand of a particular item by simply scanning the brand tag or logo. The app may also show some brand references and reviews from existing users to further assist the person.
#53 – A virtual time capsule app that can be used to record memories, videos, and other digital data that can only be viewed in a predetermined time in the future and only to specific people.
#54 – A selfie competition and compare app that will allow friends to go into selfie competition with each other with the aim to find new features and ways to enhance the quality of their selfies.
#55 – Grocery shopping and delivery service app that will find the right service or agent who can grocery shop on your behalf, exactly according to the grocery list you provide to them and deliver the groceries to your doorstep.
#56 – A suicide control app that will provide humanitarian assistance to those people who need to talk to someone to get convinced against such actions.
#57 – A social shopping app that will help you find and connect with users to discuss everything related to shopping. Users can exchange information about offers, deals, best products to shop, reviews, etc., to help others make informed shopping decisions.
#58 – All all-in-one help application that can be used to hire services to your doorstep for any kind of help related to plumbing, repairing, maintenance, mechanic, medical, teaching, and everything else.
#59 – A story writing and sharing app for those people who have stories to tell. They can access the app to write a story that can be viewed and even further improved by other users.
#60 – An instant party planning and invitation app that lets you make all the planning and arrangements for immediate parties within the app. It will also let you send instant invites to the selected persons from your contact list.
#61 – A fashion designer and shopping app that will suggest specific clothing designs and styles based on the user choice, body, interest, and the occasion. The users will also be able to share pics with others to get suggestions on a style. It will also help you find amazing tailors in your nearby area.
#62 – A different social networking app that will help you plan meet-ups with your selected friends or people. It will have an integrated option to find places to meet and/or events to attend. It can even suggest new plans based on your group’s social preferences.
#63 – A restaurant management app that will help restaurant owners to manage everything related to their services including placing supply orders, maintaining inventory and staff, comparing prices of different items for grocery shopping, etc.
#64 – Startup assistance app to help startups and new entrepreneurs find answers to common questions related to starting a new business, finding clients, getting investment, business tips, and everything else.
#65 – An app for finding small paid work in your local area. It is for users who are in need of some quick cash and willing to do small works like repairing a computer, walking a dog for someone, babysitting, mowing a lawn, and other similar tasks.
#66 – A hair coloring assistance app that will let users see how they’ll look if they try a certain hair color/style, without actually having to try it. The app might make use of AI to do the job.
#67 – Review and earn a platform that will offer its users some kind of gift or money when they download/use a newly launched app through the platform and write reviews or assign ratings to it.
#68 – A mobile app for finding team members for a specific project. The app will allow developers, writers, designers, and other freelancers and/or professionals to join the platform and participate in different projects to earn money.
#69 – A consumer guidance app that will let users search for specific products, brands, companies, etc., to purchase online. The app will also analyze the product and suggest better alternatives to the user if any.
#70 – A public transport app that will have all the information including the schedule, routes, timings, conditions, etc., of public transport services in a particular city or area. Users can check the app to find the most suitable transport option for them in a specific situation.
#71 – A real-time pub/club/restaurant finder app that will show only the bars, clubs, and/or restaurants that are open at a specific time when the user is searching for them.
#72 – A mobile food selection app that will let users access the restaurant menus and place their orders in advance through their mobile devices so that the order is ready when they actually arrive at the place.
#73 – A sync camera app that will let you use or access someone else’s mobile camera (of course, with their permission). It is particularly useful when the other person is clicking a pic of you through their phone and you want to see on your own phone how the pic is coming.
#74 – A random chat application that will show new, random people every time you sign on your chat list. You can chat with these people, add them to trusted friends, and continue finding more random people to chat with.
#75 – A social messaging app that allows users to send messages anonymously to random users whether they know them or not.
#76 – A digital receipt app that will allow users to get digital receipts for every transaction they make at retail stores and shopping centers. It will reduce the overuse of paper and make it easy to manage all your receipts from one place.
#77 – A travel app that instead of telling you about places to go to, will tell you about the places you should not visit, based on your interests.
#78 – A song finder app that will let users find the title of a particular song on the basis of the tone or any words provided by the user. It may also provide the link to download the song or listen online.
#79 – An on-demand beauty specialist hiring app that allows users to find and hire the right stylist anytime with home service options. The app may also have an integrated payment option.
#80 – A goods exchange app that allows users to find other people in the same area who would be interested in an exchange of items like toys, clothes, electronic devices, mobile phones, etc.
#81 – A smart alarm app that will allow users to add some text or customize news updates to be narrated along with the wake-up alarms. The content may include anything that the user prefers to receive first thing in the morning.
#82 – The wish to fulfill the app will let users input their wishlist (long-term goals) into the app. Then, the app will research online and find the best possible path for the users to actually achieve the things on their lists.
#83 – A food freshness checking app that will let users scan or click a pic of their food and will automatically check the freshness of the food items based on some predefined mechanism and parameters.
#84 – A video hosting app for stand up comedy videos. Users can share either their own live comedy performance videos or a recording of a live event they attended and earn on views basis, just like YouTube.
#85 – The tutor finder app that helps students find the right tutor or teacher for a particular subject and/or class. The app can be further improvised with a review system, teacher profile, rankings, etc.
#86 – A mobile app for finding a public toilet in the nearby area. It will be a useful app for almost everyone all over the world.
#87 – An on-demand health check app that will let you find a doctor, therapist, or some other health specialist with home service option.
#89 – An all-in-one cards gaming app that will let users play every existing card game within a single mobile app. It will also have the feature of online gaming for users to play with other players online.
#90 – An app for finding people with the same interests as yours. The user can input some professional and personal likes and dislikes based on which the app will scan and find other users in the same area and having the same interest.
#91 – A kindness sharing app that gives suggestions for users to do right by their colleagues, friends, and people whom they do not know. The things include making small donations, showing kindness, helping people, caring more, and becoming more polite to others.
#92 – The original item detector app will check and confirm whether the product you are buying is an original one or not. It will make use of parameters like product quality, build, colors, tags, etc., to identify the brand.
#93 – A nearby deal alert app that will notify you about the latest deals and offers being offered by your nearest restaurants, shopping places, theatres, etc. you can select the categories for which you want to receive deal alerts.
#94 -The DIY encouragement app will encourage users to do more tasks themselves, build small items, and perform activities that are beneficial for physical, mental, and financial purposes.
#95 – A life assistance app that will help people with everyday tasks like cooking, repairing a fan or computer, performing minor renovations, repairing a flat tire, and more.
#96 – Trash giveaway app through which a user can donate or give away his/her unused items to someone who actually needs them.
#97 – A health video chat app that allows like-minded users to connect with each other. The people who are sharing the same kind of health issues (mental or physical) can connect and talk through video/text chat.
#98 – A location-based app in which a user can highlight all the places where he has been so that when someone else plans to visit there, they can ask for suggestions, reviews, etc.
#99 – A collective shopping app that will let you find buyers in the same area who would be interested in buying the same products as you are planning to buy from the same seller. The benefit is that you may get a good discount/price on bulk purchases and get other benefits like free delivery.
#100 – The compatible food finder app will suggest food items and nearby restaurants based on the specific diet details as entered by the user. Users can search for vegan, non-vegan, or any specific food menu through the app.
#101 – An all-in-one launcher app that consists of the features of all the existing launchers and then some more like app drawers, voice commands, customization, and more.
#102 – Global Shopping Assistance app through which you can connect with an international community of shoppers. Now, whenever you want to shop for a particular product from a specific store, you can post your requirements on the app. Someone, who can deliver that product, will accept your order, make the purchase on your behalf and deliver it to you, and you can transfer the payment via PayPal. Shop wherever you are!
#103 – Restaurant Booking app that will allow users to choose and book a specific table with their favorite restaurants in the nearby area. It will provide a map view of the inside of the restaurant, just like you see when booking a movie ticket. Users can see which tables are already booked and which are available, and they can book a table by making payment online.
#104 – A decentralized skill-assessment and freelancing app that will let people assess their particular skills through a series of automated tests or problems. Based on the skill assessment, the app will also connect job-seekers with employers for freelance work around the world.
#105 – AI-based Investment App that will make your investment decisions automatically based on the market research and analysis and will invest on your behalf. You can choose how much you want it to invest and how frequently you want to receive credits in your account.
#106 – Digital CV/Resume app where you can create and store a digital copy of your professional resume. Each resume will be given a unique ID number. You can share your CV number with potential employers while seeking a new job. The companies can then check your online profile through the app.
#107 – Online Guide Booking app that will help tourists connect with professional and experienced guides in a new city/country. They can read about guides, connect with them, select and hire them, and even make payment online through the app.
#108 – Real-time translation app for chatting and text. It will allow foreign language speaking people to connect and chat with each other. The app is useful for both casual and professional conversations on messaging apps like Whatsapp and Skype.
#109 – Taxation App that will automatically calculate your tax liability for a financial year based on your expenses and business transactions. There will also be an option to pay taxes within the app by making online payments.
#110 – A safety/help alert app that can be used by women, girls, or anyone else in need. The app will send an alert to all the members in a respective area so that they can approach the place from where the alert has been originated by a person in distress and help them with any situation.
#111 – Health Monitoring app that will not only monitor and keep track of your health but also will automatically make appointments for your regular health check-ups. This way, the user will not have to remember to make appointments manually.
#112 – A Mobile tutor app for children, which not only helps them to learn new things and skills but also allows them to be creative with the easy to use DIY products
Note: These app ideas have been gathered from various trustworthy sources on the internet. Some or many of these ideas may have already been realized into actual apps (or similar), so proceed accordingly and as always do your own research first. Visit www.sagipl.com to get started on building your own successful app today.